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Occupational Health Annual Step Challenge - May 2020

** Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Staff Step Challenge has been postponed until later in the year.  See here for our alternative 'Staff active@home Challenge'. **

May is National Walking Month.  To mark this, the Occupational Health Department will be running their annual ‘Step Challenge’ during May.  Take part in our challenge to help increase the amount of physical activity you do on a daily basis. 

Between Friday 1st and Sunday 31st May 2020, teams of between 2 and 6 people can compete.  Steps recorded both in and outside of work will count.  Any type of pedometer or step recording software can be used to record your steps but you will have to provide this yourself.

There will be multiple chances to win. 

We want to encourage those who may usually be less active to take part and increase their activity levels. Therefore, there will be prizes for the Overall Winners, the Best Team Name and the Most Improved Team.

During the month of May, your team will compete to record as many steps as they can.

At the end of the month, we will calculate the average number of steps completed by each member of the team, and the team with the highest average number of steps will win.  So, if you are in a team of 2 we will divide your total number of steps by 2, if you are in a team of 3 we will divide the total number of steps by 3 and so on.  The team with the highest average number of steps will be the ‘Overall Winners’. 

So that we can calculate the ‘Most Improved Team’, we will also have a ‘Baseline Week’ before the actual challenge begins.

The week Monday 13th to Sunday 19th April will be the ‘baseline week’, in which we will ask you to record how many steps each person in your team already does.  At the end of the challenge in May, the team with the biggest increase in their average number of steps will win ‘Most Improved Team’. 


If you would like to compete in this challenge, please follow the ‘steps’ below: 

  1. Get into a team of between 2 and 6 staff members. All staff are invited to take part and staff members do not need to work in the same school or service to form a team. Remember, it may be beneficial to include less active people in your team!
  2. Assign a team leader who will be responsible for recording each team member’s steps at the end of the baseline week and at the end of each week of the challenge.
  3. Decide on a team name. Remember there is a prize for the best team name so be inventive and original (don’t just google)!
  4. Download a registration form: Step Challenge Registration Form
  5. Complete the registration form and return by 4pm on Monday 6th April to or print off and bring to the Occupational Health Department on Level 10 of the Schwann Building.
  6. We will send each team leader a ‘Baseline Step Recording Form’ which they will need to use to record the steps for each team member during the week 13th to 19th. This will need to be returned to before 4pm on Friday 24th April
  7. We will then send you a ‘Challenge Step Recording Form’ which you will use to record the steps for each of your team members during the challenge.
  8. The team leader will need to return their teams fully completed ‘Challenge Step Recording Form’ to by 4pm on Monday 8th June 2020.

Once you have registered, we will send you reminders when you have to do everything, so you won’t have to remember dates and you won’t have to calculate anything yourself.  So get a team together and sign yourself up to get active and for the chance to win!

Good luck to all those taking part!

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