Seventh Annual Step Challenge, April 1 to 30

Let's step together!

step challenge logo with hashtag #UBsteps22.

Registration is open!

  • Open to anyone in and related to the UB and Western New York communities, the Step Challenge is a great way to reconnect with colleagues and friends, get outside and boost your health.
  • You'll track your daily step activity and see your progress along with other steppers' and teams' efforts.
  • And, yes, prizes are available! See the details in the FAQ.

Sign up today, and let's step together!

Sponsored by UB's School of Public Health and Health Professions.

What do I need to know?

Participate on your own or with a team

On your own

If you want to participate in the 2022 Step Challenge, simply sign up. You don't have to join a team to participate. You can create a team later if you want to or accept an invitation to a team if you receive one.

With a team

Encourage friends, colleagues and family to step by signing up as a team! You can join or create a team once you've joined the 2022 Step Challenge.

  • Teams are made up of at least two people (smaller teams typically have higher averages).
  • You can join a team by accepting an invitation from the team captain.

Challenge schedule

Each week of the challenge begins on Thursday and ends the following Wednesday through April 30.

  • Week 1: April 1 to 7
  • Week 2: April 8 to 14
  • Week 3: April 15 to 21
  • Week 4: April 22 to 28
  • Final days: April 29 and 30

FAQ

How do I join and get started?

  1. You can create your MoveSpring account on a computer or by downloading the MoveSpring app to your mobile phone. Join the challenge!
  2. When prompted, enter the organization code UBSteps22 on the website or mobile app.
  3. Follow the directions to create your MoveSpring account and connect your device. You’ll automatically be added to the challenge. Please note that all users must create a brand-new MoveSpring account. If you participated in a previous MoveSpring challenge, you must still create a new user account.

Which devices connect and sync?

MoveSpring connects to a variety of fitness tracking devices including Fitbit, Garmin, Withings and Apple Watch. View a full list of connectable devices.

Can I participate on my own, or do I have to join a team?

You can participate on your own, or you can create and/or join a team. Follow the directions to “Create a team” in the Team Leaderboard section in the MoveSpring app or the website to create your team. (To see the Team Leaderboard, you must be on a team. However, you can form a team of one, yourself, if you prefer not to be part of a team but want to see the Team Leaderboard.) Only teams of two or more people are eligible for team prizes.

Can I add my steps manually?

Yes. Connecting a device is the simplest way to track, of course, but MoveSpring also allows you to enter your steps manually if you forget your device or don’t have one. Find directions for manual entry.

Will you give out prizes?

Yes, we will give out weekly prizes along with final prizes at the end of the challenge.

How can I win a prize?

Weekly prize rules

$25 gift cards: To five randomly chosen participants who took steps each day during the week

Final prize rules

  • Three-month Hello Fresh gift card: To one winner randomly chosen from the top 15 steppers on the individual Leaderboard
  • Bose Sport Headset or Fitbit (winners' choice): To five randomly chosen winners among steppers who met their personal “stick to it” goal for at least 20 days.
  • Bose Sport Headset or Fitbit (winner's choice): To the one most improved stepper.
  • University at Buffalo merch (winners’ choice): To the Team Leaderboard's top three teams' steppers.

Other prize rules

  • To be eligible for the random weekly participation prizes, you must sync/submit your steps on a daily basis. You have up to seven days to enter your daily steps.
  • Participants on teams also qualify for individual prizes.
  • Team data in the Team Leaderboard is the average number of steps of all team members.
  • Results for the winning teams displayed in the app are not final. Challenge administrators will confirm the results before announcing the winners.

How can I share how I'm doing?

  • Share to social media using the hashtag #UBSteps22 for the opportunity to win prizes!
  • Chat with other participants in the MoveSpring app.

How do I get help with the MoveSpring app or if my steps aren’t tracking correctly?

  • To contact MoveSpring Support in the mobile app, tap the menu bars at the top left corner of the dashboard and then tap the green “Message Support” button at the bottom of the utility panel.
  • On the web, click the blue chat icon at the bottom right of the screen.
  • You can also reach the MoveSpring Support team at help@movespring.com.

MoveSpring Support is online during standard business hours, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. If you reach out during off-hours, MoveSpring Support will respond as soon as possible when they are back online.

What if I have questions on challenge registration, rules, prizes and accessibility accommodations?

Email us at sphhp-step-challenge@buffalo.edu.

Trouble syncing?

Reach out to help@movespring.com.

Questions?

Contact us at sphhp-step-challenge@buffalo.edu for more information about registration, rules, and prizes.

Accessing the Step Challenge

The University at Buffalo is committed to making the 2022 Step Challenge available to everyone wishing to participate. If you have any difficulty accessing the content or services on the MoveSpring website or platform, the UB Step Challenge team will provide an alternative means of access to the information and services required to participate in the program. Please contact us for assistance by email at sphhp-step-challenge@buffalo.edu, phone at (716) 829-5077, or in-person by appointment.

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