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Physical Wellness
Movement Challenge

Check out the 2016 Movement Challenge. The 2017 Challenge will be start in August 2017!

Final Leaderboards

Prize Winners

  • Week One Social Media – David Wood
    David Wood
  • Week Two Social Media- Adalee Brenner
  • Week Three Social Media – Wendy Schlesener
    Wendy Schlesener
  • Week Four Social Media – K-State First
    K-State First
  • Week Five Social Media – Colby Moorberg
    Colby Moorberg
  • Week Five Random Weekly Participants – Heather Bailey
    Heather Bailey
  • Week Six Social Media – Nate Scherman
  • Week Six Random Weekly Participants – Julie Fosberg
Overall Winners
  • Aaron Sauerwein – Jawbone Up2
  • Tracy McIntyre – FitBit
  • Joyce Polson – FitBit
  • Linda Logan - FitBit

Weekly Resources for Success

How do I track?

The Movement Challenge Progress eReport will be open during each week. You may record your activity daily or at the end of the week.

The activity tracker (pdf) is a resource for you if you would like to wait until the end of each week to track. An activity tracker or pedometer app will track steps from day to day, but some pedometers will need to be reset every night.

Why should I use an activity wearable?

An activity wearable provides awareness of what your activity level is and Knowledge is Power! When people are working towards a goal, and can track their progress, they are more likely to meet the goal! 

Activity Trackers

Some popular activity trackers that could be ordered online:

Pedometer Apps
Activity Converters

You may also convert activities to steps by using the below activity conversion calculators. These activities include but are not limited to: biking, swimming, gardening, cleaning house, etc.

Why Should I be Active?

  • Regular physical activity can lead to long-term health benefits. Such as: prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and stroke, relieve stress, and help you control your weight. See more
  • Helps you improve your memory and thinking skills – from Harvard Health Publications.
  • It improves your mental health and mood!
  • Is a great way to spend time with a friend.

How Can I Boost My Activity?

Little changes in your daily routine can help you boost your activity level. Try some of the following to get more active:

  • Have a walking or standing meeting.
  • If you sit at a desk during the day, set an idle alarm such as BreakTime or a reminder on your calendar to get up and move every hour. The Mayo Clinic indicates that breaking a period of inactivity can have health benefits… and can give you a good brain break as well!
  • Walk down the hall to speak with someone rather than using the telephone.
  • Go for a swim! Nothing is better in the summer than a cool dip and swimming can be a great cardiovascular exercise.
  • Try Yoga… it’s a great way to exercise both mentally and physically. The K-State Rec Complex has group fitness classes such as Yoga and you can find many resources on the internet for getting started with Yoga.

Where Can I Be Active?

Kansas is a great place to be active! This time of year is great for exercising outdoors and in the fresh air of fall. The department of Kinesiology at K-State has put together a great resource of local parks and trails in Manhattan.  However, your exercise doesn’t have to be planned and regimented, a simple walk around the block can be enough to get you up and moving!

K-State has wonderful Recreational Complexes in Manhattan and Salina that employees can join at a discounted rate. Check out Manhattan Running Company Race Calendar if you would like to participate in a race.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?

If you didn't already commit to participating in the Movement Challenge, no problem! Sign up is not required. Just start tracking your activity on August 21 and record your steps in our eReport. The eReport will be sent out each Sunday for the upcoming week. Otherwise, you may find the link to the eReport on PurpleIsProgress

Can I get HealthQuest credits for participating in the Movement Challenge?

Yes! K-State has partnered with HealthQuest and you may earn 5 HeathQuest credits for participating. At the end of the challenge, HCS will inform all participants, who have logged activity into the eReport each week, of a special code and then you may self-report that code in the HealthQuest portal

Why 10,000 Steps?

The goal of taking 10,000 steps in a day is a rough equivalent to the Surgeon General's recommendation to accumulate 30 minutes of activity most days of the week. It should be enough to reduce your risk for disease and help you lead a longer, healthier life. Read more about walking benefits

Are student employees able to participate?

Yes. Any employee is able to participate in the challenge and their "steps" will be counted towards the department by which they are employed. Employees that are in more than one position will be recorded by their department of record, see "How do I know what department I am affiliated with?" below.

How do I obtain a pedometer?

You may pick up a pedometer from Human Capital Services, Edwards Hall.

When can I enter my activity from the week?

The Movement Challenge Progress eReport will be open during the entire challenge. However, for accuracy of the department competition, please report your activity by the Tuesday following each week.

How is the average calculated?

For individuals – the average is calculated on average steps per day over the entire six weeks

For departments – the average is calculated by the average steps per day by participants, not by department size

How do I know what department I am affiliated with?

In HRIS Employee Self Service select View Work Information. This is the department we will count your totals toward.

Why should I participate?

By joining this challenge you are empowering yourself to Live Your Best and reap the healthy benefits of a more active lifestyle! There will be incentives from KSU too!
• You will earn 5 HealthQuest credits for reporting activity all six weeks.
• You will join in a fun and active challenge with your colleagues and friends!
• There are weekly prizes for participants.

Additional Resources

Ways to Get Moving in the Little Apple

The Department of Kinesiology at Kansas State University has provided a comprehensive resource full of opportunities to increase your physical activity. The Little Apple's Guide to Physical Activity has information on the current physical activity recommendations, why physical activity is necessary for a healthy lifestyle, and many different ideas to add more movement to your day. A sample of the topics they provide information on include:

Annual Physical Activity Events
Current Physical Activity Recommendations
Local Parks and Trails
Home-Based Physical Activity

Visit the Department of Kinesiology for more information and excellent resources on physical activity.

Recreational Services

As an employee of Kansas State University, you are eligible to purchase membership to the Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex and the Ahearn Natatorium. This also extends to your spouse and family! The Rec boasts modern equipment in a clean environment with exceptional staff to assist you as you pursue your goals. Whether you are in need of someone to teach you how to use the equipment, looking for a group fitness class, or curious about getting a personal trainer, the Rec has you covered. Prefer more of an outdoor approach to fitness? You can actually rent canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and everything else you might need to go camping for a weekend or even just paddling for a day.

Visit Recreational Services for more information.

Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health

K-State Research and Extension gathers and continuously updates their website with helpful information on food, nutrition and dietetics that can inspire you to improve your physical wellness with what you eat. Some of their resources include:

Lifespan Nutrition
Healthy Eating
Kansas Farmers Market Listings
Food Safety

Visit the Extension Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health for more resources and information on healthy eating topics.

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