10,000 Steps Challenge

10,000 Steps Challenge

Join the challenge

What is the Step challenge? 

The Australasian University Health Challenge or better known as the 10,000 steps challenge is a health-focused initiative where staff and students make behavioural changes to increase their daily levels of physical activity. Being physically active is crucial for health and wellbeing.

A large portion of our adult lives are spent at work; which are progressively becoming more and more sedentary environments. Around half (49%) of New Zealand adults reach the recommended level physical activity per day on average, at least 30 minutes on 5 or more days per week.

18 Universities across Australia and New Zealand have teamed up to provide staff and students with an opportunity to increase their physical activity, through a fun and exciting inter-university competition.

Over a 6 week period from August 21 through to October 1, challenge yourself and your friends to increase your daily amount of steps through small yet significant behavioural changes. Represent your University and compete against other institutions across the country and sea.

Physical activity CAN be fun. Sign up with your friends and feel the benefits yourself.

Who's Involved?

The New Zealand universities are:

  • The University of Canterbury
  • The University of Waikato
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Massey University
  • Lincoln University

The Australian universities are:

  • The University of Newcastle
  • Flinders University
  • CQUniversity
  • Western Sydney University
  • University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • University of Western Australia
  • Curtin University
  • Avondale University
  • University of Sydney
  • Deakin University
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of South Australia

Take a step in the right direction

If you need more information on the challenge please contact:

Gary Gin

Kairuruku Hākinakina | Sport Coordinator
Group Fitness Instructor
UC RecCentre (Room 141)
Internal Phone: 90369

Steph van den Anker

Kaiwhakahau | Active Recreation Promoter (Māori)
Active Health Promoter (Māori)
UC RecCentre Room (140)
Internal Phone: 93030

Check out some of the resources available to you on campus

Need some assistance in setting your goals to accomplish this? Check out the services we have on campus 

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