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Steps to Health Challenge 2020

Steps to Health Challenge 2020 is back on from 14th September until 18th October.

Registration is now closed. We have 890 teams participating in this year's Challenge. Thank you everyone for registering to take part.

To keep up to date with news and competitions during the challenge click on the blue box below:

Competitions News and Updates

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Stay in Touch with the Steps to Health Project Team

Do you need help navigating social media? Take a look at the HSE social media guides HERE 

 Twitter: @hsesteps #hsestepschallenge | Email: stepstohealth@hse.ie

Steps Challenge 2020

The Steps to Health Challenge will be different this year because of COVID-19. However, it will still be fun and beneficial to all who participate. While some of our staff are never off their feet, many may be finding it difficult to reach their usual levels of physical activity, particularly those working from home. The Steps to Health Challenge runs for five weeks, supporting staff to walk more and count your steps daily so that you can record your improvements over time.

Due to COVID-19 we all have to be mindful of social distancing. So this year we are encouraging smaller teams, between 2 and 10 participants, along with a team co-ordinator. We encourage you to walk as part of a virtual team if you are working from home during the challenge and suggest you walk with just one colleague at a time if you are in a workplace.

If you took part in this challenge last year please reuse your step counter. You can also use your smartwatch, mobile phone app or similar devices to count your daily steps.

We will have some new competitions and prizes that will run throughout the challenge to keep us all motivated.  

 What is the Steps Challenge?

The steps challenge is a five week walking challenge that supports staff to walk more. The aim is to get you walking and counting your steps daily.

Steps can be accumulated in many ways. Take the stairs instead of the lift. Walk during your break and after work. 

Most of us walk between 3,000 to 5,000 steps a day. We challenge you to make up the extra steps so that you reach the goal of 10,000, which is the recommended number of steps for health benefits.

It might take longer for those who are inactive at present. You can break up the steps into ten minute walks at a time and still get the health benefits. 

Steps to Health is for everyone, regardless of your fitness or ability levels. Aim to increase your step count on a daily basis. Remember, every step counts!

Don’t miss out!  Join the fun while looking after your mental and physical wellbeing.

Challenge Resources

Each Team Co-Ordinator will receive a resource pack for their team.  Additionally, each item in this pack is available to download individually in pdf format (see below), along with other materials to support the Challenge. 

Steps to Health Working Group 2019

Pictured above are some of the members of the Steps to Health National Project Team from 2019.  (L to R): Meagan Hanley, Healthy Eating Active Living Programme, Muiriosa Ryan, Social Media & Digital Analytics Lead, Agatha Lawless, Project Manager, Healthy Eating & Active Living Programme, Edel McNamara, Senior Community Dietitian, Clodagh Armitage, Physical Activity Co-Ordinator, Caroline Murray, Health Promotion & Improvement, Norma Deasy, Campaign Manager,