Every step counts: Join a City group walk May 13

Get some exercise and socialize with your coworkers at a group walk Tuesday, May 13, for the Step To It Challenge. Challenge participants will earn a few thousand more steps to add to their daily walking totals.

Meet in the City Hall Rotunda at 11:45 a.m. for the noon-12:30 p.m. walk to the Stone Arch Bridge and back.

About the challenge

If you haven’t already, sign up for the Step To It Challenge. The four-week physical activity campaign helps us get walking more each day after a long winter. Walking more for the challenge gives us all of the benefits of regular exercise including more energy, less stress and lower risks of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Step To It participants can win Twins tickets and other prizes.

Help the City win the Step To It Challenge

The Step To It Challenge is a friendly competition to see which participating Hennepin County worksite or community is the most active. You can help City of Minneapolis employees earn some bragging rights.

Worksites in Hennepin County compete against each other for the title of most active and engaged worksite. All of your steps will count toward the City of Minneapolis’ worksite step totals. Hennepin County will award prizes to the worksite with the highest average steps logged per participant and the worksite with the highest percentage of employee participation.

You can also pick any participating community in Hennepin County to walk for (even if you don’t live in it). All of your steps will count toward that community’s totals in the competition for the most active community award. Each community will award a pair of Minnesota Twins tickets to its member with the highest total number of steps. This person will be recognized on the field at the Twins game. Individuals from each community who log their steps daily will have another chance to win Minnesota Twins tickets through a random drawing.

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 tally results and award prizes.

Take the first step

·         Register for the Step To It Challenge before May 4. Choose a community from the drop-down menu as the “Community to Walk For.” You can also choose “Non- Participating Community.”

·         Now join the City of Minneapolis worksite. Once you’re signed up, click “Join Groups” in the menu on the left of your account page. Find “City of Minneapolis Employees” and click “Join.” You will become an active member of the City worksite once Human Resources accepts your request.

·         Start walking more, and record your steps daily or weekly on your Step To It Challenge account May 4-31. Please use the online account if possible to record your steps. If you do not have access to a computer, you may call Hennepin County at 612-348-5618 to record your step totals.

·         Accumulate steps for other physical activities you do. This step conversion chart makes it easy to convert a wide variety of activities such as running, cycling or team sports into steps. Don’t forget to log those steps.

·         Remember to self-report your walking and any other physical activity as part of the Fitness Tracking health action for your My Health Rewards by Medica program. When you are physically active eight times a month for three months, you’ll earn 25 points. When you earn 300 points toward your My Health Rewards by Medica program by Aug. 31, you’ll get a discount on your 2015 health insurance premiums. (In 2014, savings averaged $400 a year for a single person and $1,200 a year for a family.) 

If you are interested in buying a pedometer to count your steps, you can find one at your local sports equipment store. In addition, most smartphones have free or low-cost pedometer applications available to download.

Questions?

Contact Amy Friedman by email or at 673-2592.

Published Apr 30, 2014