Global Walking Challenge

Start Stepping in the Eighth Annual NYU Global Walking Challenge from October 16 through November 14, 2018

A wellness and community tradition at NYU, the Global Walking Challenge inspires connection and camaraderie for faculty and employees at NYU New York, NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai, and NYU Global Study Away Sites – moving and motivating participants across the global network to make enhancements toward a healthier lifestyle. General participant registration begins in early October. (Update: Registration for this year's challenge has concluded, with more than 1,000 participants globally!)

Important Dates
  • September 20-28, 2018: Team Captain Registration – concluded
  • October 3-12, 2018: Participant Registration – concluded
  • October 16, 2018: Challenge Begins – in progress
  • November 14, 2018: Challenge Concludes
Challenge Information

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:

  • Education: Look for content posted within MoveSpring throughout the challenge. View motivational tips and articles on various health topics.
  • Team Chat: Your team will have its designated chat room to provide support, social chatter, or friendly conversation to engage as a group. Note: Please follow the University's social media guidelines when chatting.
  • Team Leaderboard: The team with the highest daily step average moves to the top of the leaderboard. Work together with you team to earn the top spot. Select your team to view a leaderboard of fellow teammates.
  • Streak: Try to meet a personal step, minute, or distance goal as many days in a row as possible. Each day of completion keeps your streak going.
  • Target: Concurrent with the overall challenge, you are encouraged to complete the target goal of 300,000 steps over the 30-day challenge. MoveSpring automatically calculates an ideal daily individual target to help you stay on track.
  • Notifications: When content is posted by the challenge administrator or someone posts within your team chat, a push notification will appear. You may adjust your push notification settings.

Need Assistance?

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:

  • App: Select the person (profile) icon in the bottom right corner, then “Need help? Contact Support”.
  • Web: Select the blue chat icon in the bottom right corner.
Frequently Asked Questions