Step up to stay healthy, reduce stress

Published March 17, 2020

Members of the UB community, as well as the greater Western New York community, can become healthier versions of themselves through the School of Public Health and Health Professions’ (SPHHP) fifth annual Step Challenge.

Registration is now open for the challenge, taking place April 1-30. It is free and open to the public.

Participants in the challenge are asked to log their individual step counts, with each participant’s submissions contributing toward the collective goal of reaching 375 million steps during the month of April. All participants actively stepping, regardless of distance, will qualify to win various prizes each week throughout the challenge. Prize include gift cards, AirPods, Fitbits, UB swag bags and more.

A social media contest will also take place throughout the challenge. Social media users are encouraged to post pictures and videos of themselves actively participating in the challenge. Participants who choose to officially enter the social media contest must follow and tag @UBSPHHP, while using the hashtag #UBStepsBoldly on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Last year, nearly 2,500 members of the UB community logged more than 375 million steps.

The challenge is part of SPHHP’s celebration of National Public Health Week April 6-12, an annual campaign organized by the American Public Health Association to recognize and celebrate public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.

To register and learn more about the 2020 Step Challenge, visit the challenge’s website.