Get Moving Challenge

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What is the Get Moving Challenge?

The Get Moving Challenge is a fun, team-based exercise focusing on pedometer steps, time spent exercising, and weight loss.

What do I get when I register?

When you register you'll receive a welcome email, fitness and nutrition tips and access to a competition tracking tool.

How are team standings calculated?

There are three separate team standings-one for each competition category. Team standings are based on cumulative results and are calculated as average weight loss percentage, average exercise minutes, and average pedometer steps per participating team member. Your team's average for a specific category will be calculated based on the number of team members actually competing in that category, not the total number of members on your team. But, if you have a team member competing in a category and they are not reporting their progress online, that is calculated into your team average.

When will team standings be published?

Team standings will be available online. After a two-week round of competition ends, team members will not be able to enter data for that round and the winners for that round will be announced in an email to all participants and posted online. Team members should encourage each other to enter all tracking data by the end of each round. There are five rounds in all.

Is LIVE FOR LIFE offering prizes for this 10-week Challenge?

We will raffle either a FitBit Zip, FitBit Alta, or Garmin Vivofit each week from those participants that entered their data for the week. In addition, take our weekly quiz and be entered in for a chance to win 50 LIVE FOR LIFE dollars. The top teams in each category will be published for bragging rights.

Do I need a computer to participate?

This is a web-based program, so having access to a computer is ideal. If you do not have access to a computer at home or work, you can use a public computer at a Duke library, 705 Broad St. or the LIVE FOR LIFE offices in the sub-basement, Orange Zone of Duke Clinic.

What are the responsibilities of the team captain?

Being a team captain is easier than you think! The captain's main responsibility is to recruit their team of at least five members. Once the competition begins, the captain also helps motivate team members and reminds them to record their progress.

How many people can be on my team?

You can have five to 11 people per team, including the team captain. The total number of people on each team cannot exceed 11.

What if I can't find four other people who want to be on my team?

You can connect with other participating colleagues using the online team search.

What are the competition categories?

There are three categories in this competition: weight loss, exercise minutes, and pedometer steps. Each participant can select to participate in one, two, or all three categories. If at least five people on a team select to participate in a particular category, then that team will be included in the team standings for that category. If less than five people select a category, the team will not be included in the team standings; however, each team member can still track personal progress in that category. For example, if five people on your team select pedometer steps, then your team will qualify for the pedometer steps team standings. If only four people on your team select exercise minutes, then your team will not be included in the exercise minutes team standings.

What if less than five people on my team choose a particular category?

Let's say only four people on your team choose to participate in the exercise minutes category. Your team will not be included in the team standings for the exercise minutes category. However, the four members who selected exercise minutes will still be able to keep track of their own personal exercise progress online.

Do I have to enter the weight loss category?

No. There are three categories in this competition: weight loss, exercise minutes, and pedometer steps. You may enter one, two, or all three categories.

Can I change which competition categories I want to participate in?

You can change your selected competition categories any time in your My Profile section until the end of the first round of the competition. After the first round, your selections will be set and cannot be changed.

How do I report my progress?

You keep track of your own progress by entering your results online daily.

Will other people be able to see my weight online?

No. Your individual weight will NEVER be available to anyone but yourself. We know this is a sensitive topic, so we protect your privacy.

Can I update my starting weight?

If you have noticed a change in your weight since registration, simply record your new weight in one of the daily logs during Week 1 of the competition. Once the first week is finished, all weight loss calculations going forward will be based on this number. If you do not record your weight during any of the Week 1 daily logs, the starting weight you recorded at the time of registration will be used as the basis of all weight loss calculations going forward.

What counts as "exercise"?

According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition, at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity should be completed each week to realize substantial health benefits. Moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity is any activity in which you are increasing your heart rate and breaking a sweat. This includes brisk walking, jogging, biking, running, swimming, other sports, etc. Additionally, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition recommends muscle-strengthening activities (such as lifting weights or using resistance bands) that are moderate or greater intensity and involve all major muscle groups on two or more days a week. Therefore, the Get Moving Challenge defines exercise as moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity and/or muscle-strengthening activities. Please note, the maximum number of minutes which can be logged per day is 420 minutes. We chose this number as the maximum value because the time limit to finish the Tobacco Road Marathon is listed as 7 hours.

Can I use another device or App to track my steps and/or minutes?

Absolutely! You may use any device or App to track your steps or minutes, but please be mindful the Get Moving Challenge defines exercise as moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity and/or muscle-strengthening activities.

What other Duke resources are available for addressing concerns about weight?

If you are concerned that you might have an eating disorder or issues around your relationship with food, consider contacting the Duke Center for Eating Disorders Clinic at 919-668-0398. If you are concerned about excess weight but find that a disordered relationship with food gets in the way, consider contacting the Behavioral Health Clinic at Duke Lifestyle and Weight Management Center at 800-235-3853 for a consult.