The Step Challenge is Back!

The School of Public Health and Health Professions is hosting the annual Step Challenge as part of our annual National Public Health Week celebrations. 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.

Contest Details

Participation is easy! Simply sign-up as an individual or as part of a team, track your steps and win prizes! 

Step totals will be submitted on a weekly basis in April.  Participants can choose to use their own activity/fitness trackers OR request a pedometer during the registration process.  

ALL weekly submissions will contribute to the 2017 Step Challenge collective goal of taking 200 million steps during April.

How to Register

Participants can register in one of two categories: Individual or Team

Individual Registration

The individual registration is intended for those who wish to participate in a non-competitive nature. Steps submitted by individuals will help us reach our goal of taking 200 million steps in the month of April. We will be giving away MORE prizes in 2017 for individual participation and step count submissions.

Team Registration

Team registration is intended for those who are truly competitive and desire to take as many steps as they can to improve their team's overall average each week during the month of April. Assemble your team, register and get ready to see which team can take the first place!

A leaderboard will be provided in the weekly progress emails during the competition.

*Participants who register as a team will also be eligible for weekly participation and social media prizes.

Registration Deadline

The team registration is closed. Individual registration remains open throughout the entirety of the 2017 Step Challenge.


More prizes than ever are going to be awarded during the 2017 Step Challenge! Learn how you can win.

Prizes given away during the 2017 Step Challenge include iPad Minis, FitBits, fitness gear, SPHHP apparel, giftcards and more!

Prize Details

Participation Prizes (Random Drawings)

We are giving away prizes to lucky individuals just for participating in the 2017 Step Challenge! Names will be randomly selected with winners announced every Tuesday in April. 

Each week, 1 featured participation prize will be given out and 5 additional participation prizes will also be given away.  

Just for signing up, you qualify for prizes throughout the month. However, you must submit your steps each week to remain eligible.

Top Team Contributor Prizes

Each week, we will also award prizes to our step super stars! These are participants that signed up as part of a team and contributed the MOST steps for their team that week. Prizes will be awarded to the top 5 step contributors regardless of the team's standings in the team competition.

2017 Step Challenge Team Winner

The team that AVERAGES the most steps over a 4 week period (steps are submitted once a week in April) will win the 2017 Step Challenge.  Each member of the winning team will receive a prize(s) to recognize their individual contributions.

Be aware that NON-SUBMISSIONS will be factored in as "0" steps taken by a team member for that week and will impact team averages. So be helpful teammates and remind one another about step submission deadlines and encourage dedication throughout the entirety of the event.

How Will Winners Be Announced?

Winners will be announced on Tuesdays and Fridays in our weekly Step Challenge emails. If you win a prize, please contact us directly at for details on how to receive your prize.

#UBSteps17 - Social Media Contest

Throughout the challenge, we encourage participants to post pictures/video of you (and your friends) participating in the 2017 Step Challenge on social media. Be sure to follow our SPHHP social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) using the hashtag #ubsteps17. We'll be picking our favorite posts each week with winners announced every Friday in April.

Prize Details

1 featured prize will be awarded each week to our favorite post and 2 additional prizes will also be given away.

Sam Calabrese won a Nike gift card during the 2016 Step Challenge Social Media contest.

Submitting Your Steps

Don't forget to submit your steps!  Step totals should be submitted on a weekly basis.

Unique IDs

Whether you registered as an individual or team, you submit your own steps each week using your Unique ID you received upon registering.

Step totals will be submitted once a week throughout the month of April. The deadline to submit steps will be EACH SUNDAY. For the fourth and final week, step totals will be submitted Monday, May 1- Wednesday, May 3.

Below is the schedule for step submission for the 2017 Step Challenge:

  • Week 1 - April 1-6
    Submit step total between Friday, April 7 and Sunday, April 9 (11:59 p.m.)
  • Week 2 - April 7-13
    Submit step total for April 7-13 between Friday, April 14 and Sunday, April 16 (11:59 p.m.)
  • Week 3 - April 14-20
    Submit step total for April 14-20 between Friday, April 21 and Sunday, April 23 (11:59 p.m.)
  • Week 4 - April 21-30
    Submit step total for April 21-30 between Monday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 3 (11:59 p.m.)

The winning team and the total collective steps taken during the 2017 Step Challenge will be announced on Friday, May 5, 2017.

Participants will be able to submit their weekly step totals on our step submission page. A weekly email will also be sent to remind participants of upcoming step submission deadlines.