The Step Challenge is Back! April 1-30.

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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 sync or 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.

On this page:

Sign up!

We’re partnering with MoveSpring, an easy-to-use wellness platform, for our challenge. Let's get started!

  1. Select the blue button 'I'm new to MoveSpring Sign Up Now' option.
  2. Enter our organization code: UBSteps18 (University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions group.) 
  3. Click to confirm.
  4. Follow the steps to create your MoveSpring account and "connect a device" or select "manual entry" at the bottom of the list if you are using a pedometer to track your steps.
  5. Select ‘Join a Team’ (Pick either "UBSteps18" to join the overall challenge group of individuals or select the team name your team captain provided to you.) Team creation deadline was March 11.
  6. Search or sort to find your team and join using the (+) button!
  7. Choose ‘Can’t wait’ and get moving.
Movespring

Step Challenge FAQs

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.

What Devices Can Connect to MoveSpring

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:

  • Android Phones - Android 4.2 or above through the Google Fit app.
  • Apple Watch 
  • 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

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.

What is Syncing and How Does it Work?

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.

How Do I Sync My Device?

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)

Apple Watch

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

I Don't Have a Device. Can I Manually Enter My Steps?

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 MoveSpring:

    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 organizational code.
       
        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.

    7. Save!

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. 

  1. The MoveSpring platform does not combine your activity count between devices. What this means is that when you switch to manual entry you'll have to add your two totals together and write the combined number into the manual entry field before saving.

  2. MoveSpring will always keep your higher number of activity. Say you have 5,000 steps synced into your challenge group and gain an additional 1,000 steps outside of what's tracked on that specific device. The next step would be to switch to manual entry to enter in 6,000 steps. Since MoveSpring always keeps the higher number if you're combining steps from two devices in one day what we suggest is doing this once a day the morning after the day is complete. So you have total step counts combined for your devices and the most accurate number in the challenge. You'll just switch to manual entry and conclude your steps for the previous day and then switch back to your device to do the same the next day.

How Do I Communicate with My Team Members?

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’ 

How Do I Know My Personal Data is Private and Secure?

We understand the need and desire to keep sensitive information both private and secure. Below are helpful links to both University at Buffalo and MoveSpring privacy policies, and general terms and conditions:

University at Buffalo

Privacy Policy

MoveSpring

Privacy Policy
Terms and Conditions

Participation and Prizes

Step Challenge Prizes

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.

#UBSteps18 - Social Media Contest

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.

#UBSteps18 social media contest
#UBSteps18 social media contest

Pedometers

Did you request a pedometer? Here are the pick-up times and locations:

Tuesday, March 27 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Student Union
Kimball Tower Lobby

Wednesday, March 28 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Student Union
Kimball Tower Lobby

Thursday, March 29 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Kimball Tower Lobby
School of Management (Alfiero Atrium -1st floor)

Questions?

For contest questions (registration, rules, prizes, etc.), please contact SPHHP at sphhp-step-challenge@buffalo.edu

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.’