#WalkToWellbeing

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The Charity for Civil Servants’ Walking Challenge – FAQ’S

It’s all about increasing your step count, getting fitter and feeling good. Did you know, if your step count is less than 5,000 steps a day you could be at greater risk of some illnesses?

But by incorporating some simple lifestyle changes, such as taking the stairs instead of the lift, getting off the bus one stop earlier or walking to work you can easily improve your health.

Don’t worry you don’t have to walk 10,000 steps a day. Why not just aim to up your average and become more active across the 50 days.

From: May 8th to June 26th

You’ll have until Friday 30th June at 5pm to enter your final step entry.

Registration is £10 per person. Optional pedometer included in the fee, if required, please tick the box when registering if required.

Entering Steps

Log into your #WalktoWellbeing page to enter your steps, click on the fitness icon in the bottom left hand corner, select walk or run and enter your steps , they will then be converted into miles and roll up into your team and department total.

Click here to download our guide

Syncing Apps

fitbit integration is through Strava please visit strava.fitbit.com and click “connect”.

At the bottom of your personal Walking Challenge page there is a help link which covers several items one of which is a link that takes you to https://everydayherouk.zendesk.com/hc/en-gb/sections/202886849-I-need-help-connecting-apps-to-my-account

Fitbit help article here: https://help.fitbit.com/articles/en_US/Help_article/1727

Register as Individual, Team Captain or Join a Team

You can join as an individual or as a team (of up to 6) at any time during The Challenge.

When registering for The Walking Challenge you will automatically create a Walking Page page that you can access with a password you set. It’s here you enter your daily steps. These will be calculated and update the distance you’ve walked. Your steps will automatically be added to your Team if you are in one and to your Department and then to the overall grand total.

How to measure steps

You can use a pedometer or App to record your daily step count. There are lots of free Apps available for smart phones. Strava, Mapmyfitness & Fitbit integrates with our new software.

You can request a Charity pedometer when you register by ticking the box.

For verification purposes: 10,000 steps = 4.26 miles

How to add & delete entries

At the beginning of each day re-set your pedometer to zero. Record your steps over a 24 hour period and enter on the day after. You can delete incorrect entries. Be careful not to add extra zeros’s!

The Walking Challenge Team may ask you to verify large step entries.

Leaderboards

Contain live data and will show Individuals, Teams & Departments and amount raised.

Start a team: you will be the Team Captain and will receive a notification when members join your team.

Join a team: By searching Find a Team or you can register as an individual and walk solo.

Share with your friends, family and colleagues via social media Facebook, Twitter or email to ask them to support you and follow your progress.

Download our latest verified leaderboard (as of 7 July) here. Please note this leaderboard is verified to the best of our ability and may still contain errors.

Fundraise

We’d love you to fundraise for us. Last year our walkers generated an amazing £40,000 that helped towards the following:

  • We gave £2.6 million in financial support to nearly 30,000 people.
  • We Supported 650 people with money and debt advice.
  • We helped 66 people survive domestic violence with £67,000 of support.
  • We gave emergency help to 207 people with immediate needs following and emergency.

Donations are processed online using a secure payment gateway and will be displayed on your Walking Page.

Please set a fundraising target with an achievable amount, we’ve suggested £50 (£1 for each day of the challenge) and this is pre-set on your supporter page. To change your fundraising target amount log in to your Supporter Page and click on Edit this Supporter Page.

If you receive a cash or cheque donation you can add it to your fundraising target as an offline donation. This money needs to be paid to the Charity please contact the Fundraising Team to find out ways to pay Tel: 0208 240 2442/2448 or walking@foryoubyyou.org.uk.

The total raised from The Walking Challenge will be announced at the end of the challenge and will include Donations and Registration Fees.

Health & Safety

If you have a medical condition that may be exacerbated by physical activity, please see your doctor before starting The Walking Challenge.

For example, if you:

  • Have a known heart condition or have had a stroke
  • Have any chest pains, particularly if brought on during exercise
  • Have ever become dizzy or passed out during exercise
  • Get very breathless during mild exertion
  • Are worried that a joint or back problem may be made worse by increasing your physical activity levels.

Odometer

We want The Walking Challenge to be as inclusive as possible. If you're a wheelchair user you can still take part with a wheelchair odometer. Just like the pedometers used by our walkers, an odometer measures the distance covered in your wheelchair. Basic digital odometers designed for bicycles can be used and adapted as necessary. Make sure you've calibrated it to your tyre size. The standard wheelchair tyre diameter is 24 inches, but you may wish to measure your tyres beforehand just to be sure. The general instructions provided with your odometer should tell you all you need to know, but most bicycle shops should help you. Once you’ve registered Let us know that you are taking part using an odometer and we'll send you a simple formula to convert the distance travelled into steps, which you then add to Walker Page.

Badges & Certificates & Awards

There are two types of badges to collect throughout The Challenge, walking badges and fundraising badges. You will receive a notification as you earn each badge along the way.

We’ll send you a certificate at the end of The Challenge showing how far you walked in The Challenge and your spot on the leaderboard.

Awards will be made in the following categories:

  • The team with the highest step-count for each team size 2- 3 – 4-5 -6 Maximum team size 6
  • The Individual with the highest step count
  • The Department with the highest step count
  • The Agency with the highest step count
  • The top Fundraising Team
  • The Top fundraising individual
  • Special Achievement Award

Where am I on the Leaderboard?

Check your #WalkToWellbeing page to find your individual placing by visiting the walking challenge leader boards link in the right hand column.