School of Public Health and Health Professions to Host 2017 Step Challenge

Published February 17, 2017

The University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) will host the second annual Step Challenge as a way to promote healthy activity and encourage individuals to live healthier lifestyles. The challenge will take place throughout the entire month of April as a part of the school’s celebration in recognition of the American Public Health Association’s National Public Health Week (NPHW).

The 2017 Step Challenge is free and open for all to participate.  Interested participants may register online at sphhp.buffalo.edu/ubsteps17 as individuals or as part of a team. Participants will be asked to submit their step totals once a week to help track progress towards the collective goal of reaching 200 million steps during the month of April.

A number of prizes will be awarded for stepping and social media participation throughout the month-long contest. Prizes include iPad Minis, Fitbits, fitness gear and more.  Grand prizes will be awarded at the completion of the contest. Social media users are encouraged to post pictures actively contributing to the challenge goal using the hashtag #UBsteps17.
During the inaugural 2016 challenge, over 1,100 individuals participated taking over 195 million steps during the contest’s duration. Steps taken during the 2016 Step Challenge also contributed towards the American Public Health Association’s 1 Billion Step Challenge.The University at Buffalo was the highest contributing number of steps for a collegiate community to APHA’s challenge.

For more information about the 2017 Step Challenge and prize details, visit sphhp.buffalo.edu/UBsteps17.

Additional SPHHP National Public Health Week celebrations will feature special guest speakers, seminars and interactive events.  All events are free and open to the public. The NPHW campaign officially takes place during the first week of April and serves as a time to recognize the efforts and contributions of public health important to improving the nation. SPHHP’s celebrations will continue throughout the month of April. For more details about SPHHP’s National Public Health Week events, visit sphhp.buffalo.edu/nphw.