The Step Challenge is Back! April 1-30.

step challenge logo in blue

The School of Public Health and Health Professions is hosting the fourth annual Step Challenge! The 2019 challenge is a 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 sync or log their individual step counts, with each participant’s submissions contributing towards the collective goal during the month of April. All participants will qualify to win various prizes each week throughout the contest ranging from yoga mats to iPads.

On this page:

Sign up!

We’re partnering with MoveSpring, an easy-to-use wellness platform, for our challenge. Registration is now open!

Create a New MoveSpring Account

All past and new participants must create a new account login and password. Click on the 'I'm new to MoveSpring sign up now' blue button when you Register for the Step Challenge.

If the organization code field is not already prepopulated, please use:  "UBSteps19"

Refer a Friend and Win!

Refer a friend to sign up for the step challenge and you’ll be entered to win additional prizes! Participants must enter your name during the registration process for you to qualify for the referral.

Participate as an Individual or as Part of a Team

Individual participation

Individual Participation

Individuals wanting to participate in the 2019 Step Challenge can do so by simply signing up. You do not have to join a team to participate individually.

Team Participation

Individual Participation

Encourage one another to step by signing up as a team! Once you've joined the 2019 Step Challenge Group, you have the option to join a team or create a team.

If you choose to join a team, please make sure it's a team that you were invited to join. Please do not join a team randomly. You are welcome to join the UB SPHHP team if you do not have a team, but would like to be part of one.

You can also create a team. Teams must be 2 or more people. Once the challenge begins April 1, 2019, you will not be able to change teams.

If you sign up and join a team, you are eligible for the individual participation prizes.

Step-by-Step Directions

Step 1. Select the blue button 'I'm new to MoveSpring Sign Up Now' to create an account.

create a new account screen

Step 2. Enter organization code: UBSteps19

enter the organization code screen shot

Step 3. Confirm the organization, University at Buffalo.

confirm organization screen

Step 4. Fill out the short survey. Refer a friend and be entered to win additional prizes when they register and enter your name as a referral.

survey screen

Step 5. Enter your account details.

survey screen

Step 6. Connect your device to sync steps or select manual at the bottom of the list.

select your device screen

Step 7. Select activities that you enjoy to complete your profile.

choose activity screen

Step 8. Welcome to the 2019 Step Challenge Group.

welcome to movespring screen

Step 9. Join a team.

If you have a team established with a team captain who already submitted a team name, you can easily join that team by clicking on the 'Join a Team' green button. Please do not randomly join a team unless you have been invited by the team captain. You can create a team, by clicking on the 'Create a Team' button. Teams must have two or more people to participate.

join a team screen

Commonly Asked Questions

Participation and Prizes

Step Challenge Prizes

More prizes than ever are going to be awarded during the 2019 Step Challenge! Winners will be announced each week of the contest with grand prize winners announced at the contest completion.

#UBSteps19 - Social Media Contest

#UBSteps18 social media contest

Throughout the challenge, we encourage participants to post pictures/videos of you (and your friends) participating in the 2019 Step Challenge on social media. Be sure to follow our SPHHP social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and post using the hashtag #ubsteps19. We'll be picking random winners each week in April with winners announced every Friday. Your profile must be public for us to see your posts.

Tracking Your Steps

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 Google form.  

Pedometer Pickup Locations
We'll be on campus next week at the following locations for you to stop by our table to pick one up just in time to get started stepping and tracking on your way to a healthier you!

Tuesday, March 26
Kimball Tower Lobby, UB South Campus
Student Union, UB North Campus
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m

Wednesday, March 27
Kimball Tower Lobby, UB South Campus
Student Union, UB North Campus
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m

Thursday, March 28
Kimball Tower Lobby, UB South Campus
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m
Alfiero, UB North Campus
10 a.m.-12:45 p.m

  • If you are at the medical campus, we are dropping pedometers off during the week of March 25.
  • If you are a community member, we will be mailing out your pedometers the week of March 25.


Contest Related Questions

Questions about registration, rules, prizes, and accessibility acommodations, email us at

Technical Issues or Troubleshooting Related Questions

Questions about the MoveSpring platform, contact the MoveSpring support center.

In the 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.’

On the web:

  • Click the chat bubble icon in the lower right of your browser window to start a new converstation with a MoveSpring expert.

Policies, Terms and Conditions

We understand the need and desire to keep sensitive information both private and secure.