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School of Public Health promotes Step Challenge

Step to it: Help UB reach its goal of 16 millions step during April

By JACKIE HAUSLER

Published March 1, 2016

“The challenge will be a great way to unite the university and greater community in a way that promotes healthy activity while increasing individual efforts toward living a healthy lifestyle.”
Jean Wactawski-Wende, dean
School of Public Health and Health Professions

One month, 16 million steps. That’s the goal of the School of Public Health and Health Professions’ (SPHHP) 2016 Step Challenge.

The challenge, which will take place throughout the month of April, is part of the school’s celebration of National Public Health Week. The national campaign serves as a time to recognize the contributions of public health that are important to improving the nation.

The 2016 Step Challenge is free and open to the public. Registrants may sign up individually or as a team and will be asked to log their step count once a week to help track progress toward the collective goal of reaching 16 million steps during the month of April.

A number of prizes will be awarded, including an iPad Mini, two Fitbits, gift cards and SPHHP apparel. A social media contest also will take place throughout the challenge. Social media users are encouraged to post pictures of persons actively contributing to the challenge goal using the hashtag #UBsteps16.

“The challenge will be a great way to unite the university and greater community in a way that promotes healthy activity while increasing individual efforts toward living a healthy lifestyle,” says Jean Wactawski-Wende, SPHHP dean.

Visit the Step Challenge website for more information, prize details or to register.

SPHHP’s National Public Health Week celebration will feature special guest speakers, seminars and interactive events. All events are free and open to the public.