Step to it challenge

Step to it is an activity challenge that motivates people of all ages and abilities to become more physically active during the month of May.

Participate

Everyone can join the challenge. Participate as an individual or with a group. The challenge is not just about walking. A variety of activities may be converted to steps, including running, cycling, dancing, manual wheel chair use and many others. Log your activity daily or weekly in an online Step to it account. An online step conversion chart makes it easy to convert many activities to steps.

Download the Step to it challenge brochure

Step to it with TC Bear

Meet Lee, a Step to it champion

Tracking

A pedometer is not required to participate. If you use a pedometer, remove it when you use the conversion chart to capture activities. The conversion chart captures intensity of activities. The pedometer does not. A printable activity log is available.
View the printable activity log (PDF)

Local activities

Find races and other events in May to help meet your goals. Find activities (PDF)

Groups

Form or join a group and connect with neighbors, coworkers, family, schoolmates, and friends. Track and compare progress as you compete with other groups. Join as many groups as you like.

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Schools

Integrate physical activity into the daily routine of students and their families. Our schools toolkit will show you how to sign up and save natural resources while increasing your step count.

Get the toolkit (PDF)
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Workplaces

Increase activity on and off the job. Compete against your coworkers and other workplaces. If you have questions, contact Linda Brandt.

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Day training, habilitation and group homes

Integrate physical activity into the daily routine of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our toolkit will show you how to sign up and be active for better health.

Get the toolkit (PDF)

Prizes

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Community and individual awards

24 communities compete to win a trophy for these awards:

  • Most active community
  • Most active residents
  • Most actively engaged community

 

Each community awards a pair of Minnesota Twins tickets to the individual with the highest total number of steps in their age bracket. This individual is recognized on field at a Minnesota Twins game.

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School awards

Win a visit from a Minnesota Twins player, conditioning coach and TC Bear! The elementary school with the largest number of registered participants in your enrollment size category wins. Parents, teachers and staff are invited to participate. Students must participate for your school to win.

Schools receive a limited number of Twins tickets to use as incentives for participation. To compete, contact Anne.nelson@hennepin.us.

Worksite awards

Hennepin County Health@Work recognizes workplaces with prizes for the highest average steps logged per participant and the highest percentage of employee participation. Workplaces must be located in Hennepin County in order to be eligible for prizes. For more information, contact Linda.brandt@hennepin.us.

Drawings

Qualifying day programs may win a visit from a Minnesota Twins player, conditioning coach and TC Bear. Individuals may win t-shirts and Twins tickets. To learn more, contact Carolyn.novak@hennepin.us.

Winners

2016 winners

Brooklyn Park

Most active community

Brooklyn Park

128,834,094 total steps

Shorewood

Most active residents

Shorewood

383,365 average steps

Minnetonka Beach

Most engaged community

Minnetonka Beach

2.52% participation

Partners

  • City of Bloomington
  • City of Brooklyn Center
  • City of Brooklyn Park
  • City of Champlin
  • City of Crystal
  • City of Eden Prairie
  • City of Excelsior
  • City of Golden Valley
  • City of Hopkins
  • City of Little Earth
  • City of Maple Grove
  • City of Maple Plain
  • City of Minnetonka
  • City of Minnetonka Beach
  • City of New Hope
  • City of Orono
  • City of Osseo
  • City of Plymouth
  • City of Richfield
  • City of Robbinsdale
  • City of Rogers
  • Sabathani Community Center
  • City of Shorewood
  • City of St. Louis Park

Sponsors

Hennepin County Hennepin County Public Health works with organizations, schools, businesses and communities to promote health and reduce chronic disease. Learn more about public health initiatives.
Minnesota Twins The Minnesota Twins Community Fund supports thousands of nonprofit organizations by donating game tickets, memorabilia and autographed items. Learn more about the fund's work.

Hennepin county public health works with organizations, schools, businesses and communities to promote health and reduce chronic disease.

Contact us

steptoit@hennepin.us

612-348-5618