Take the first step towards better health. Corporate Pedometer Challenge, October 10 to November 7. Will you be the team to beat?

The 2017 Corporate Pedometer Challenge is here. Step up and take the challenge!

Current Leaderboard

Position Name Organisation Competition
1 Sweet Soles GV Health Community
2 Steppenwolves G.V.Health supplydept Community
3 Walkforce Team 1 GV Health Community
4 Foot-stepping Finance Goulburn Murray Water Community
5 Standpipes GVW Community

See the full leaderboard    

A $20 entry fee per person provides you with a pedometer (if you need one), and the proceeds will go towards much-needed local charities.

You can choose which charity to donate your entry fee towards: Shepparton Retirement Villages, GV Health or The Sporting Chance Program.

Individual and team entries of all ages and abilities are welcome. Grab a team together of 4 – 6 people you work with – family, friends, housemates or sporting buddies. Individual and team entrants can compete in the Community Competition, for all abilities, or the Athlete Competition, for those who are really serious!

The Challenge will commence on Monday 2 October 2017 and end on Sunday 29 October 2017.

Workplaces are encouraged to enter multiple teams to compete against other workplaces and community groups. The challenge is a great team building activity!

Individual entries are a single participant in the competition, logging their steps each week. Teams (four – six people) will be required to assign a team leader who will log the team's weekly steps. Both individual and team entrants can view their progress on the leader board.

The Challenge will incorporate an Athlete Competition. Whether you are competing in the challenge as an individual or as part of a team, nominating yourself as an Athlete upon registration will assign you to the Athlete Competition. For the purpose of this challenge an Athlete will be defined as 'a person who is currently training and competing in organised events such as triathlons, and half and full marathons'. Also, if you are converting cycling into steps you need to enter the Athletes category.

Individuals and teams competing in the Athlete Competition can view their progress from the Athlete leader board and be in the running to win some great prizes.

Prizes will be awarded throughout the challenge including most creative team name. A weekly newsletter will be provided to all participants including updates on the leader boards and health and wellbeing tips, and upcoming physical activity programs and events.

Get Mooving Greater Shepparton and step into the Pedometer Challenge!

Contact Greater Shepparton City Council's Active Living Branch on (03) 5832 9431 for further information.

Registrations close Friday 6 October 2017 at 5:00pm.

Please note: if you wish to use a higher quality pedometer we recommend you visit a local sports store and purchase one. We can provide pedometers, however please be aware these may not be 100% accurate at all times.

Tips for competitors

Set your own personal goal and/or team goal – each individual should aim for 10,000 steps each day. Greater Shepparton has many accessible walking paths providing an ideal way to increase your steps.

Physical inactivity is the second most modifiable risk factor that contributes to disease, morbidity and mortality in Australia. The National Physical Activity Guidelines for Australians outline ways to incorporate physical activity into daily life and the minimum physical activity levels required to obtain health benefits.

VicHealth have published ‘Reducing prolonged sitting in the workplace’ that identifies workplaces being a key setting to implement changes to reduce time sitting and sedentary behaviour. New research findings show time spent sitting is associated with being overweight or obese, unhealthy blood glucose and blood-lipid profiles with premature death from heart disease. The Heart Foundation's sitting less for adults has a number of tips you can implement.

Introducing physical activity to the workplace can produce many benefits to both employees and employers, including:

  • A reduction in sick leave and injuries, therefore less absenteeism and rehabilitation costs
  • Increase in efficiency, productivity, staff morale and job satisfaction
  • Improved concentration, stamina, reaction time, memory and alertness
  • Reduces the risk of chronic disease
  • Reduces stress and tension
  • Improves sleep and circulation