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.
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
Participants can register in one of two categories: Individual
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 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.
The team registration deadline is Friday, March 24, 2017. Individual registration remains open throughout the entirity of the 2017 Step Challenge.
More prizes than ever are going to be awarded during the 2017
Step Challenge! Learn how you can win.
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.
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.
Participants in this category will be selected at random to win
various prizes so everyone has a chance to win. More prizes than
ever before are availabe in 2017 for all registrants!
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.
Don't forget to submit your steps! Step totals should be
submitted on a weekly basis.
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:
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.
Download the spreadsheet to self track your steps daily and see your progress. Use the electronic fill in XLSX version or print the PDF and write in your steps each day.
Pedometers can be picked up at the following locations and
Kimball Tower - 4th Floor Lobby
Every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
UB Student Union (North Campus) & Kimball Tower Lobby (1st Floor)
Tuesday, March 28
Wednesday, March 29
Thursday, March 30
12 - 2 p.m.
*Please note, you must be registered for the 2017 Step Challenge and requested a pedometer upon registration*