Fitbit Challenge

Spring is a time of new beginnings! It is a perfect time to begin a campus-wide walking challenge. This year we are inviting members of the faculty and staff to improve their heart and general health while having a friendly competition with colleagues and coworkers.

The Love your Heart Fitbit Challenge is a program designed to encourage you and others within the campus community to walk 10,000 steps each day from February 14 to May 14. It’s easy and its fun! The Fitbit wireless pedometer tracks your steps and provides other valuable information about your activity levels. And those individuals that walk 10,000 steps every day will be eligible for monthly prize drawings during the competition.

The American Heart Association recommends that individuals should walk at least 10,000 steps a day. It is an excellent way to improve health and decrease the risk of heart disease. We know that inactivity is the source of many of the health issues that we face today. In fact, inactivity it a major contributor to heart disease, which is the number one killer of men and women in America. The good news is that increasing activity through walking 10,000 steps a day can be very beneficial in a very short period of time.

10,000 steps a day can aid in the following:

  • Long-lasting weight management;
  • Enhancing energy and reducing stress;
  • Increasing productivity on the job;
  • Lowering disease risk;
  • Promoting physical and mental health; and
  • Supporting better sleep

Spring is the time when all the trees and flowers will be blooming and the weather improving; so, it is a great time to be out walking around to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. Please join just over 100 of your colleagues and coworkers by participating in the Healthy “U” Love Your Heart Challenge! Spring is almost here and we don’t want to miss out on this wonderful opportunity to do something good for you and your heart!

Love Your Heart Fitbit Challenge Hosted by Hood College's HR Department

Why 10,000 Steps

  • Lengthens life span
  • Increases stamina
  • Lowers overall mortality
  • Reduces risk of diabetes
  • Healthier body mass index
  • Protects against heart attack and stroke
  • Enhances memory

Tips For Success

  • Use Stairs
  • Park farther from buildings
  • Family walks
  • Walk with someone (coworker, friends, pets)
  • Reward yourself

Bad Weather Concerns

  • Walk laps around local mall
  • Use local fitness center
  • Dancing
  • Jumping jacks
  • Walking/ jogging in place
  • Step ups

Additional Information

  • Health tips (daily water intake, healthy foods)
  • Local walking routes
  • Lunch time walks
  • Testimonies
  • Daily blogs
  • Daily motivational quotes
  • Motivational Video clips

Step It Up

  • Challenge yourself more
  • Multiplier day (x2, x3)
  • Challenge yourself on a certain day to hit 20,000 or 30,000 steps