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What Is the Step To It Challenge?

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The Step To It Challenge is a four-week physical activity campaign that motivates people of all ages and abilities to become more physically active.  Family members, coworkers, schoolmates, neighbors, and friends come together to participate in this friendly competition among communities.

How Does It Work?

From May 4 through May 31 track your physical activity by recording your steps online.  Log your physical activity daily or weekly on your Step To It account.  All steps will be counted in your community’s step totals in the competition for the Most Active Community award. 

Community Awards

All 24 communities compete against one another to win the Most Active Community awards.  The winning communities receive a trophy for one of the following:

  • The community with the residents who have the highest total number of steps accumulated throughout the challenge.
  • The community with the residents who have the highest average number of steps per participant.

Worksite Awards

Worksites participating in the Step To It Challenge will compete with one another to determine the most active and engaged worksite. There will be weekly coordinator prize drawings and final awards.

Throughout the challenge, Hennepin County Health@Work staff will keep you informed of how many steps participating organizations are logging so you’ll know how the competition is stacking up! At the end of the challenge, Hennepin County Health@Work will recognize and award prizes to the worksite with the highest average steps logged per participant and the worksite with the highest percentage of employee participation.

Your worksite must be located in Hennepin County and must register with Linda Brandt at linda.brandt@hennepin.us or 612-596-1511 to be eligible for prizes.

Individual Awards

All 24 communities will award the top stepper (the individual with the highest total number of steps) in their community a pair of Minnesota Twins tickets.  This individual will also be recognized on field at the Minnesota Twins game.

What Other Forms of Exercise Count?

While the focus is on walking, participants may also do other physical activities to accumulate steps. The Step To It online Step Conversion Chart makes it easy to convert time spent performing a wide variety of activities (for example, running, cycling, or team sports) into steps.

Interested in Creating or Joining a Group?

Are you interested in knowing how many steps your family or friends take during the challenge? Creating a group allows you to easily see how many steps your group has taken during the challenge. To create a group, first register for the Step To It Challenge. Once you have registered as an individual, you may join or create a group on your My Account page. Groups can be made for families, group homes or DT&H, schools, senior centers, organizations, apartments, worksites, or walking buddies.

If you are interested in joining a group, you may request to join a group on your My Account page. Click on the Join Groups button to view all the different Step To It groups.  Please keep in mind that it is up to the group administrator to approve your group membership once you have requested to join a group.

Interested in Participating as a Worksite?

Organizations that would like to record their steps together may register for the challenge by creating a Worksite Group. To create a Worksite Group, first designate a company coordinator. The coordinator then registers for the Step To It Challenge as an individual.  Once registered as an individual, the coordinator may create a group for the worksite.  Once the Worksite group is created, the coordinator may manage the worksite account and sign up additional group members.

To be eligible for weekly and final prizes, your worksite must be located in Hennepin County and must register with Linda Brandt at linda.brandt@hennepin.us or 612-596-1511.

Interested in Participating as a Family?

Families who would like to record their steps together may register for the challenge by creating a Family Group. To create a Family, first register for the Step To It Challenge.  Once you have registered as an individual, you may create a Family group.  Once your Family group is created, you may manage your family account and sign up additional group members.

Interested in Being Active Throughout the Day?

Active Living, integrating physical activity into daily routines, is a great way to stay active both during and after the Step To It Challenge. Consider replacing short car trips to the store or school with a walk or a bike ride. Or take transit to work, which includes a walk to and from the stop at each end. For a list of walkable destination examples, click here, and for more information about Active Living, visit http://www.hennepin.us/activeliving.