Do you need an excuse to get moving after a long winter? Are you eager for a little friendly competition?
Starting Monday, April 1st through Sunday, April 28th you have the opportunity to get involved in the Annual Library Pedometer Challenge!!
The Library (courtesy of Paula Kaufman) will be providing Pedometer Challenge participants with a FREE pedometer. I know many of you have been frustrated that the pedometers provided in the past were not high quality and were not accurately recording your steps. The amount of funds made available for this was increased and we purchased Yamax SW-200 Digi-Walkers. (Here's a link to REVIEWS)
And no, we did not pay that much for them, so were able to purchase 100. Since these are nicer pedometers and we anticipate that folks will be able to use them for more than one year, we are asking you to sign that you have received them. If you are picking up pedometers for someone else on your team or in your library, you will need to provide their name and also sign your name. Please go to room 127 Library, Library HR, to pick up your pedometers.
The University of Illinois Wellness Center has created this helpful guide for starting and maintaining a personal walking program. You can find information about the best attire to wear while walking as well as tips for walking safely and staying motivated. Be sure to take a look at the FAQ links in the left-hand menu that talk specifically about pedometers and the 10,000 Steps challenge.
1. Select a team of 2-5 members from the Library. Students that work in your unit are welcome to join. Think of a team name and decide on a Team Captain. The Captain will E-MAIL Walk@Library the team name and the names and units of all team members by 5pm on March 30th.
2. Wear a pedometer every day from April 1st to April 28th, and record your steps on your calendar or on a website like the American Heart Association's Online Activity Tracker. You can also calculate your steps using an app for your iPhone or the Google Map Pedometer.
3. On Sunday evenings, turn in your steps for each day to your Team Captain. It is the responsibility of the Team Captain to record these on the team spreadsheets, which will calculate your daily average for the week, and e-mail these totals on the spreadsheets by 5pm the following day (Monday). Your Team Captain will email the team's average (and spreadsheet) to Walk@Library.
Please try to stay with these deadlines so that we can send out results in a timely manner.
4. Once we receive all of the numbers for the week, we will send out a list of all of the team averages. Try to increase your average each week!
At the end of the four weeks, we'll calculate the total average steps of each team over the course of the 4 weeks. Gift cards will be awarded to the top 3 teams.
Teams that did not place in the top 3 will be reviewed for the highest change in steps over the 4 weeks. The team that improves the most will also receive gift cards. The team with the highest average, of course, will have bragging rights for the next year!
Each individual who averages 10,000 steps during ANY ONE OF THE 4 weeks will be entered in a drawing. The total number of prizes will be determined by the number of people who achieve this. We will have a time set aside in May for people who want to attend when prizes are drawn.
Do this to feel good and to be a better and healthier parent, spouse, friend, and co-worker...they all need you around and at your best. This Challenge is about encouragement and wellness!
If you have any questions or concerns, please E-MAIL Walk@Library.
This year, a group of folks from the Wellness Committee will be helping me monitor this email to answer your questions.