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 brochure (PDF)

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.

Step to it with TC Bear

Meet Lee, a Step to it champion

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. For more information, contact anne.nelson@hennepin.us.

Get the school toolkit (PDF)
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Workplaces

Increase activity on and off the job. Compete against your coworkers and other workplaces. For more information, contact linda.brandt@hennepin.us.

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Group homes, day training and habilitation

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

The most active communities, individuals, schools, and worksites are recognized and awarded with prizes.

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Community and individual awards

24 communities participate in the challenge. Trophies are given to communities that achieve these accomplishments:

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

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

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School awards

An elementary school with the largest number of registered participants in their enrollment size category wins a visit from a Minnesota Twins player, a conditioning coach and the TC Bear!

Parents, teachers and staff are invited to participate. Students must participate for the school to win.

Schools receive a limited number of Twins tickets to use as incentives for participation. For more information, contact anne.nelson@hennepin.us.

2018 Winners

Communities and individuals

Congratulations to these communities:

  • Plymouth, most active community
  • Minnetonka Beach, most active residents
  • Osseo, most engaged community

Congratulations to 48 individuals with the highest number of steps in their community. View list of community winners (PDF).

Schools

Congratulations to these schools with the highest number of registered participants.

  • Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion, Robbinsdale School District
  • School of Engineering and Arts (SEA), Robbinsdale School District
  • Rice Lake Elementary, Osseo School District

Way to Step To It!

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
  • City of Shorewood
  • City of St. Louis Park
  • City of Wayzata

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