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JMU CommonHealth invites all faculty & staff to participate in our 2nd Annual Spring Walking Challenge – STEP IT UP!  This competition will challenge everyone to take 10,000 steps every day.   

The benefits of walking 10,000 steps: 

  • boost your energy 
  • aid relaxation and clear your mind 
  • provide a sense of achievement and satisfaction 
  • improve confidence and mood 
  • help manage your weight 
  • promote healthier blood cholesterol and blood pressure 
  • build stronger bones and muscles  
  • reduce your risk of heart attack 

GUIDELINES 

  • Competition is April 17 – May 12, 2017
  • Faculty & staff are encouraged to walk 10,000 steps each day of the competition
  • Each day that you report walking 10,000 steps, your name will be entered into a drawing for CommonHealth gift bag filled with goodies as well as a $75 gift card to help you purchase a new pair of shoes! (we assume if you are walking that much, the tread might start wearing thin!)


How do I let CommonHealth know that I want to participate?
You do not need to sign up for this event; submitting your steps will indicate your desire to participate.  Basically, to start participating, just start walking!! 

Do I have to log 10,000 steps each day in order to participate?
No – however, only the days that you reach the 10,000 steps will give you an entry into the competition.  The more days that you are able to reach 10,000 steps, the higher your chances of winning.  
EX:  If you reach this goal each day of the competition, your name will be entered in the drawing 26 times.  If you only reach this goal once during the competition, your name will be entered in the drawing one time. 

Do weekends count towards this competition?
Yes. 

Am I allowed to track steps taken on a treadmill or elliptical for this competition?
Yes – all steps count! 

If I take 20,000 steps one day, will I get two entries for the day?
Absolutely!

Will CommonHealth provide pedometers?
WWe will not be providing pedometers; however, several free apps are available for your iPhone or android that will track your steps.  10,000 steps = approximately 5 miles.

Can I begin participating in the middle of the competition?
Yes – we encourage everyone to participate whenever they are able! 

Are we competing as teams or individuals?
This is an individual competition. 

How will I turn in my steps to CommonHealth?
Please visit the JMU CommonHealth website here to download the step tracker PDF.  You may submit this form weekly or at the end of the competition.  We will need all submissions by Monday, May 15th.    Submit your entries by emailing commonhealth@jmu.edu, faxing to 540-568-7916 or intercampus mail – MSC 7009 

When will the winner be announced?
May 17, 2017 

How will CommonHealth determine the winner?
Each time a participant reaches 10,000 steps, their name will go on a spreadsheet in the order of which their entry is received.  We will use random.org to generate a random number. The corresponding row on the spreadsheet will be the winner.  The more frequently your name is on the spreadsheet (the more often you hit your 10,000 step goal), the better your odds of winning! 

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?
Please contact JMU CommonHealth at commonhealth@jmu.edu for any additional questions you may have.

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