Held in October and November 2018, the Eighth Annual Global Walking Challenge inspired connection for NYU New York, NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai, and the NYU Global Study Away Sites – moving and motivating faculty and employees across our global network to make enhancements in their daily lives toward a healthier lifestyle.
The results are in! With support and tracking from the MoveSpring platform, nearly 1,000 participants completed the challenge and collectively walked more than 270 million steps (107,000 miles or more than 170,000 kilometers) – equivalent to circling the globe four times. The winning team is calculated by the total number of team steps divided by the number of team participants to achieve the average number of steps:
Congratulations to participants of the top three teams who logged impressive average daily steps. They will each receive an NYU LiveSmart “Star Stepper” t-shirt:
Additionally, all participants were automatically enrolled in the Target Challenge, allowing steppers to compete against themselves by aiming to take at least 300,000 steps throughout the four weeks. 35% of participants achieved at least 300,000 steps, and several were randomly selected to receive a t-shirt. Congratulations to all steppers!
NYU LiveSmart has partnered with MoveSpring by Stridekick to enhance the Global Walking Challenge. Via desktop or app, MoveSpring integrates with Apple Watch, Fitbit, Jawbone, Google Fit (Android), Garmin, Misfit, Pebble, Xiaomi, Withings, and other technologies. Don’t have a fitness tracker? Connect your smartphone to track your steps (Apple Health or Google Fit). Manual entry is also an option when selected at registration.
New this year, faculty and employees will have the opportunity to create a smaller team that has a global affiliation. Team captains can identify themselves starting September 20 through September 28, 2018. Each team must have at least five members or will otherwise be added to a larger team of individuals. Starting October 3 through October 12, 2018, participants can register for the challenge and join a team. If you do not have a team captain or planned team, you will be added to a team of individuals.
As in previous years, each team will continue to compete to achieve the highest daily step average. Each participant will also be automatically enrolled in a Target Challenge that occurs concurrently; the target is at least 300,000 total steps throughout the 30-day challenge. The challenge begins Tuesday, October 16 through Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Additional features include:
Visit the help page or contact MoveSpring (Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm ET) for support with setup or other issues:
NYU faculty and employees globally have the opportunity to participate. (NYU Langone and NYU School of Medicine faculty and employees are not eligible to participate.)
NYU's Eighth Annual Global Walking Challenge begins Tuesday, October 16 and concludes Wednesday, November 14, 2018.
Team Captain registration is from Thursday, September 20 through Friday, September 28, 2018.
Participant registration begins Wednesday, October 3 through Friday, October 12, 2018 – see instructions on this page plus the troubleshooting and support page. Be sure to select the NYU-specific registration page from the web or mobile app to begin registration.
The contest begins on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.
The team with the highest daily step average will be named the winner. This team's global affiliation – New York, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, or Global Study Away Sites – will be named the overall winner.
To introduce technology that enhances the participant experience, NYU LiveSmart has partnered with MoveSpring by Stridekick to track steps and progress using your smartphone or fitness device.
Most smartphones can track your steps with Apple Health or Google Fit. The manual recording of steps on MoveSpring is also an option upon registering.
Any faculty or employee may choose to participate without being on a smaller team. In this case, you will be placed on a team of individuals.
Faculty and employees will have the opportunity to join any team they wish upon registering for the Team Challenge. You will be automatically enrolled in the Target Challenge, where you "compete against yourself" to reach a minimum target of 300,000 total steps throughout the month-long contest.
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