The School of Public Health and Health Professions is hosting
the third annual Step Challenge! The 2018 challenge is sponsored by
Whole Foods as part
of our school's annual National Public Health Week celebrations,
taking place during the month of April.
Open to all wishing to participate, the challenge is a fun way to unite the university and greater community while promoting healthy and active lifestyle choices. Participants will be asked to log their individual step counts, with each participant’s submissions contributing towards the collective goal of reaching 300 million steps during the month of April. All participants will qualify to win various prizes each week throughout the contest ranging from yoga mats to iPads. Registration opens for all on March 14.
We’re partnering with MoveSpring, an easy-to-use wellness
platform, for our 2018 Step Challenge!
Use the website or mobile app to create an account and connect a device or select "manual entry" to participate!
Follow the steps below to register and participate in The Step Challenge:
The deadline to register for the 2018 Step Challenge is
Saturday, March 31.
Our goal is to collectively take 300 million steps during April
2018. This is a FREE and fun activity for anyone looking to get
active, get healthy and win prizes along the way.
MoveSpring doesn't want to leave anyone on the sidelines!
MoveSpring offers cross device compatibility making it the perfect place for everyone to play! We support most major fitness trackers, including:
Note: We are always looking to expand our list of supported devices. If you don't see your device in the list above, let us hear about it!
**MoveSpring can usually connect with the Garmin Forerunner and Fenix devices, however we can only pull from devices that report steps. If your device doesn't report steps, it will not sync with MoveSpring.
**Currently, MoveSpring does not support Samsung's SHealth. If you are using a device/wearable, we recommend manually entering your steps to get credit for data in SHealth. If you are using your phone to track steps, download the GoogleFit app to track steps from your phone.
Your data automatically becomes available to MoveSpring after you sync your device, but we can't pull data directly from your device so you have to sync it!
To sync, open up your device app on your phone. We recommend syncing several times a day to ensure your steps are counted for each challenge. When you next open the MoveSpring app your steps will be fetched.
There is also a 72-hour grace period that allows players to sync after each day in a challenge.
If you do not see your activity after several sync attempts, or you forgot to sync for over 36 hours, please reach out to MoveSpring support for assistance by selecting the help icon on the bottom right of the screen (web) or by navigating to Settings in the app, and selecting 'Message Support' at the bottom of the screen.
For specific syncing instructions for supported devices, click on the device below:
Android Phones - Android 4.2 or above through the Google
Fit app (see Google Fit instructions below)
Fitbit - Zip, One, Flex, Charge, Charge HR, Surge, Alta, Blaze, MobileTracker app
Garmin - vívofit, vívofit 2, vívosmart, vivosmart HR, vívoactive, vivokí, **
Google Fit (Android, Pebble, Xiaomi)
IPhone 5s and above - Apple Health App (Polar, Pebble, Xiaomi, and more)
Jawbone - UP, UP24, UP Move, UP2, UP3, UP4
Misfit - Flash Cyclist, Flash, Link, Ray, Shine, Shine2, Speedo Shine, Swarovski Activity Crystal
Withings - Pulse, Pulse O2, Activité Pop, Activité, Activité Steel
If you use a pedometer, don’t have a device, or your current wearable doesn’t integrate with MoveSpring, you can now manually add your activity to join in on the fun.
Currently you can edit the previous 5 days of data. You must enter each day's data individually. Do not add in sums of step or distance data over a period of time. Grace period rules always apply. Once a challenge group moves to the completed tab, your manually added steps will not be pulled into the challenge.
Follow the steps below to manually enter your steps into
1. Login or Sign up for MoveSpring via our app (App Store or Google Play) or the web.
If you are signing up for
the first time, be sure to enter UBSteps18 for the
If you already have an account: Navigate to https://app.movespring.com/profile/settings/device or
the Profile settings in the mobile app
2. Select Manual Entry from device options
3. From the dashboard select the Edit icon in the top right hand corner.
4. Manually add your steps, distance and
active minutes for today.
5. To enter previous day’s data select ‘Manually edit previous activity’
6. Enter your previous day’s step, distance and activity data.
Whether you've forgotten your device at home or it's died at the office, there's no reason you should have to miss out on your activity. When you're switching back and forth between a wearable device and manual entry, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.
You can communicate with your fellow challenge participants by using the chat in MoveSpring.
In the app, click on ‘Chat’ at the bottom of the screen. On web, select ‘Chat’ from the upper right next to your profile image. Select your team name to open the chat with only your teammates. Select the overall challenge name to chat with all members of the challenge group on all teams.
Use the chat to encourage your group, share photos and experienced throughout the challenge, and ask questions.
*This chat function is not MoveSpring’s support chat. To contact MoveSpring support, go to your settings and select the green button reading ‘Message Support’
More prizes than ever are going to be awarded during the 2018
Step Challenge! Winners will be announced each week of the contest
with grand prize winners announced at the contest completion.
Throughout the challenge, we encourage participants to post pictures/video of you (and your friends) participating in the 2018 Step Challenge on social media. Be sure to follow our SPHHP social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and post using the hashtag #ubsteps18. We'll be picking our favorite posts each week in April with winners announced every Friday.
For participants without their own step tracking device, a limited number are available. If you are in need of a pedometer in order to participate, please fill out this form and we will contact you with pickup information.
The deadline to request a pedometer is Friday, March 23.
For contest questions (registration, rules, prizes, etc.), please contact SPHHP at firstname.lastname@example.org
For technical questions or troubleshooting for the MoveSpring, please reach out to the MoveSpring support center from the MoveSpring app. Go to ‘Profile’ and click on the gear icon in the upper right to locate your settings. Scroll to the bottom, and select ‘Message Support.’