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Sign up for U of T’s 10,000 Steps Challenge for Staff

Date: September 16, 2019
To: University of Toronto Staff
From: Integrated Wellness, Division of Human Resources & Equity

Did you know that people who walk on a regular basis have increased muscle strength, higher energy levels and improved health and well-being?

Walking helps reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Health professionals recommend walking at least 10,000 steps a day to achieve those benefits.

So, get ready to move, because it’s that time again for the 10,000 Step Challenge for staff at U of T!

You can do it! There are lots of ways to sneak more steps into your day. Take the stairs, walk at lunch or on your coffee break. Get off the subway one or two stops early. Have a walking meeting. Walk to your co-worker’s desk instead of sending an email. And walk your way to a free team lunch!

Instructions:

This challenge will be managed by Incentfit with a maximum of 8 staff members per team.

If you want to join the challenge, create a teamdecide on a team name, appoint a team captain, and then every individual who wishes to participate will need to register by completing this form by September 26th.

Please note, registration closes midnight on September 26th.

Weekly Reporting:

You will be able to record your steps using your own personal device, pedometer etc. via many iOS/Android apps that Incentfit supports or enter steps manually, at least weekly, on the site every Monday for the previous week. While this will be on the honour system, please make sure we can verify your results, so if it’s not trackable, make sure to take a picture before you reset!

More information will be provided before the October 1st start date when tracking begins.

Team Challenge/Prizes:

Every day in October, team members take 10,000 steps (# of total steps divided by # of team members) and the team is then eligible to win either:

  • one Uber Eats lunch* in the office for the team with the highest average number of steps
  • one Uber Eats lunch* for participating teams to be drawn randomly
  • one Uber Eats lunch* for participating teams to be drawn randomly

*Maximum total value of team lunch is $100. Sorry, only participants are included!

Want to know about Wellness at U of T?

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HR & Equity’s Integrated Wellness initiative helps meet the full spectrum of staff wellness needs, and enhance the coordination, collaboration and communication of wellness programs across U of T services and systems.

Questions?

Contact hrandequity@utoronto.ca for more information about the 10,000 Steps Challenge or the Integrated Wellness initiative.