Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Australasian University Health Challenge

Our role is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimise the risk of injury, illness and property damage.

We provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

Health challenge logoJoin the inaugural Australasian University Health Challenge running from 19 August to 29 September 2019.

  1. How it works
  2. Register
  3. Track steps

How it works and what is involved

A large portion of our adult lives are spent at work; which are progressively becoming more and more sedentary environments. Less than 20% of Australian adults reach the recommended level of 10,000 steps per day on average, which is required to achieve health benefits. 

Challenge yourself to be more active or improve your fitness. The aim of the Challenge is to achieve the recommended 10,000 steps per day. As part of the Challenge you are also able to set weight and waist circumference goals.

The Challenge is coordinated through the organisation 10,000 Steps and twelve universities across Australia will be participating in 2019 to provide a fun and exciting inter-university competition.

You will need to provide your own pedometer or step tracking device/app to participate. Garmin and Fitbit products will be able to synch to the 10,000 Step website. Note that UWA will not be able to provide any devices. If you need to purchase a pedometer you can do so through the 10,000 Steps website. If required, suggestions of apps to track activity can be found on this website: Android or Apple.

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Register

Registrations are open now!

Follow these steps to participate:

  • Go to the 'Sign Up' area of the 10,000 Steps website and enter your details (register as a participant). 
  • Once you have registered you will be taken to the dashboard and you should click on the message 'Join the Australasian University Health Challenge by entering your health measures and choosing your University'. Note that your health measures will not be available to anyone other than yourself.
  • Please tick the box: 'I give permission for 10,000 Steps to provide my email address and name to my Health Challenge Team Coordinator' as this will allow you to be in the running for a weekly random prize draw for UWA participants.
  • You should then be registered.

Important note: This is an individual challenge so you cannot enter a team. We are not in a tournament so ignore any reference to that.

Note that any technical issues with registration or operation of the website should be referred to 10,000 Steps support team.

Get moving and track your steps

Once registered and the Challenge has commenced you will be able to enter your steps - this can be done daily (ideal) or in a chunk if required. Fitbit and Garmin devices are able to synch step entry to the 10,000 Step website - otherwise manual entry will be required.

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Questions?

Contact Sarina Hilton, Health & Wellbeing Officer on email sarina.hilton@uwa.edu.au 

Note that any technical issues with registration or operation of the website should be referred to 10,000 Steps support team. A list of frequently asked questions and answers are available.