NYC Steps to Success in LiveSmart's Tenth Annual NYU Global Walking Challenge

The AMC Pavement Pounders team wins with 24,297 average daily steps, reclaiming the "torch trophy" for New York

Global Walking Challenge

Did you know? The World Health Organization, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and American Heart Foundation recommend a minimum 10,000 steps per day to improve health and reduce risks of chronic disease.

2020 Challenge Summary and Results

Held in October and November 2020, the Tenth 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 the global network to make strides in our lives toward a safe and healthy lifestyle.

The results are in! The top three teams with the highest average daily steps, calculated by the total number of team steps divided by the number of team participants, are:

  1. Congratulations to challenge champions AMC Pavement Pounders - NYU New York
    24,297 daily average steps
  2. Daily 5 - NYU Shanghai
    24,260 daily average steps
  3. No. 1 Walker - NYU Shanghai
    19,772 daily average steps

The top three teams with the highest number of total steps overall are:

  1. Walking Wonders - NYU New York
    14,040,173 total steps
  2. Team ProGo - NYU New York
    11,420,729 total steps
  3. CamminAlot! - NYU Florence
    10,370,114 total steps

Congratulations to all steppers in the Tenth Annual Global Walking Challenge.

Winning Teams

  • 2020 – New York
  • 2019 – Florence
  • 2018 – New York
  • 2017 – Abu Dhabi
  • 2016 – Abu Dhabi
  • 2015 – Abu Dhabi
  • 2014 – Abu Dhabi
  • 2013 – Abu Dhabi
  • 2012 – Abu Dhabi
  • 2011 – New York

2020 Features and Resources

NYU LiveSmart has partnered with MoveSpring to enhance the Global Walking Challenge. Via desktop or app, MoveSpring integrates across popular wearables and device technologies. Don’t have a fitness tracker? Connect your smartphone to track your steps (Apple Health or Google Fit). The option to manually enter steps has been retired.

Faculty and employees will have the opportunity to create a smaller team that has a global affiliation (New York, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, or Global Study Away Sites). Participants may register and team captains can identify themselves starting September 16. Register to be a team captain and lead a team of eight or more for additional fun and community. Consider organizing the smaller team by department, building, or subject matter expertise, then start stepping together in October. Each team must have at least eight members or will otherwise be added to a larger team of individuals. Starting September 16 through October 8, participants can register for the challenge. The team captains will submit a list of their team members. If you do not have a team captain or planned team, you will be added to a team of individuals based on your global affiliation.

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 to achieve is at least 300,000 total steps throughout the 30-day challenge. You can also keep your streak going by completing 8,500 steps per day. The challenge begins October 14 through November 12. 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 you complete 8,500 steps 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 also receive push notifications to remind you to sync your steps. You can adjust your push notification settings, but we encourage you to leave them turned on.
2020 Important Dates
  • Sept. 16: Team Captain and General Registration Begins
  • Oct. 8: Team Captain and General Registration Ends
  • Oct. 14: Challenge Begins
  • Nov. 12: Challenge Ends
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