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Australasian University Health Challenge (AUHC)

The University of Tasmania has been invited to join the Australasian University Health Challenge (AUHC) in 2020.

In June this year, we participated in the UTAS Active and Connected 2020 Challenge competing in teams against each other to reach as many steps as we could over 3 weeks from the 1st June to the 21st June.

Now as one UTAS Team we invite you to participate again to compete in friendly competition against 17 other Universities from mainland Australia and New Zealand.

The theme for the Challenge is "All in this together"  and the aim is to come together as one community to increase our daily movement and improve our wellbeing (plus enjoy a little friendly competition)

We will use the same platform as we did for the UTAS Active and Connected challenge, 10,000 steps to register and log our steps.

Registrations  Still Open  it's not too late to join:

Challenge commences: Monday 31st August

Challenge ends:  Sunday 11th October 2020.

Remember our Unigym has some wonderful programs to help boost those steps

Step 1. Go to the 10,000 Steps website

Step 2:

NEW MEMBER

  • Enter your details to create your own account, we encourage you to use your utas email address.  Please note down your password as you will need it to login.
  • Select that you would like to register as a participant.
  • You will be asked to verify your email address by checking your emails and clicking on the link provided.
  • Complete the last required details needed to create your account.  Your account will now be created and you can access your Dashboard.
  • On your Dashboard, click on the Health Challenge card.
  • Select the Australian University Health Challenge from the drop down menu and select the University of Tasmania team.

ALREADY A MEMBER

  • login with your email address or username and password
  • On your Dashboard, click on the Health Challenge card.
  • Select the Australian University Health Challenge from the drop down menu and select the University of Tasmania team.

Step 3. Each day enter your steps.   You can do this from your dashboard.

Further Information:  The leader board shows weight and waist loss measurements.  You don't need to measure this unless you want to.  This is confidential information that only you if you want to keep track of your weight and waist measurements you can add your details by selecting  the health Measures Card on your Dashboard.

To contribute your steps during the AUHC you will need to log steps in your own online 10,000 Steps account.

Only steps logged since the start of the Health Challenge (commences 31st August) will contribute to your team’s total. It is your responsibility to be actively involved and regularly log steps on the 10,000 Steps website.

To log your steps for the day access your Dashboard and enter the number of steps you have walked or the activity in minutes. Alternatively, you can click on the Step Log button on your Dashboard which enables you to enter steps and activity in minutes for numerous days. Entering activity in minutes will add the estimated step conversion onto your daily total, increasing your step count.

Can I enter physical activity other than steps?

The Step Log allows you to enter your minutes of physical activity as either ‘moderate’ or ‘vigorous’, so keep track of how long you swim or cycle for and the step log will convert this data to steps. You don’t need to add minutes AND step count for the same activity though.

How do I measure my steps:

There are numerous ways to measure your steps for the tournament. The AUHC team recommend:

  • Fitbit, Garmin or similar fitness trackers
  • Smart Watches
  • Pedometers
  • Step Counting Apps (freely available on the App Store and Google Play Store for smartphones)

If you own a Samsung or iPhone, there are already built-in applications on your phones that accurately measure your steps on a daily basis. Use the graph below to find the best application for your device:

AUHC

Viewing the Health Challenge:

View our university team’s progress from the Health Challenge dashboard card. This card automatically appears once you have joined a Health Challenge. Your steps will automatically contribute to your team’s total from this date.
Please note: Your individual data will not be shown.

The Australasian University Health Challenge is a wellbeing initiative focused on increasing movement while bringing communities together.

The aim is for staff and students to make small behavioural changes to increase their daily levels of physical activity, which will have a positive impact on overall wellbeing.

Eighteen 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.

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. 52% of Australians and 49% of New Zealanders do not reach the physical
activity requirements sufficient to achieve health benefits.

The  challenge commenced last year with 12 universities across Australia and New Zealand.

This year the Challenge is being hosted by Victorian University of Wellington, New Zealand PDF 71.7 KB

Below is a list of the 18 Universities competing in the 2020 Challenge:

  • University of Tasmania
  • Victoria University of Wellington,
  • University of Newcastle,
  • Southern Cross University,
  • Auckland University of Technology,
  • Australian Catholic University,
  • Bond University,
  • Waikato University,
  • University Canterbury,
  • Lincoln University,
  • Massey Palmerston North,
  • Massey Wellington,
  • University of New South Wales (UNSW)
  • University of Sunshine Coast,
  • University of Queensland,
  • CQUniversity,
  • University of Adelaide,
  • University of Sydney

You can run a Tournament at the same time as the AUHC, several universities did so during the 2019 AUHC to help with team bonding and comradery. Of those universities who created Tournaments alongside the AUHC ran them for the same dates as the Health Challenge.

A Tournament (UTAS Active and Connected) was held at UTAS in early June this year and many University of Tasmania staff and students participated.

If this is something that your would like to do you will need to appoint someone to be the Tournament Leader to create the Tournament and ask for Team Captains to set up individual teams to participate in your Tournament (you can have a team as small as 5 participants or as large as 20)

Tournaments can be linked with the AUHC, however this can only be done once the 2020 AUHC web page is made live on the 17th August.

For more information on how to set up a Time Out Tournament see here: https://www.10000steps.org.au/support/tournaments-support/creating-time-out-tournament/