From October 1st through the 29th, GW faculty, staff, and students will be facing off in a steps challenge. Everyone knows that exercise is good for your health, and studies show that walking not only boosts your energy, but it also relieves stress. So we are challenging you to #StepItUpGW and participate in the GW Steps Challenge.
Getting Started is Easy
Sign-Up at go.gwu.edu/stepitupgw
Connect Your Device
Join a Team
Connect your Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin, Misfit, Apple Watch or Withings. Don’t have a fitness tracker? Download the Moves or Fitbit App to your smartphone.
Team Challenge - Win a Beefsteak Lunch!
Across the university, all departments will be competing against each other in the team challenge for a free lunch from Beefsteak. The team with the highest cumulative step average wins. So, the more steps you have each day, the more you can help boost your team’s average. One catch - you must participate in the contest to be eligible to win.
Head-to-Head Challenge - Win an Apple Watch!
Not only will the teams be competing against each other, but each day of the challenge, participants will be randomly paired with a colleague or student in a head-to-head challenge. The thing to remember is that the individual with the highest head-to head win record will be awarded an Apple Watch. In the event of a tie, the Apple Watch will go to the individual with the highest daily step average.
If you have an iPhone with iOS 8 installed, you can download the Matchup App. If you do not have an iPhone, no worries, use the mobile-friendly gwu.matchup.io url on your mobile or desktop browser to access your Matchup profile.
On your Matchboard dashboard, you can follow the scoreboard, chat with your teammates, and keep up with your daily head-to-head challenge. Not only can you see who your head-to-head challenger is, you can also keep up with his or her step count throughout the day and chat with your challenger.
The competition starts Oct. 1, 2015, so make sure to register by Sept. 30, 2015, at midnight. Winners will be announced at the Celebration of Excellence Awards Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 30, in the Marvin Center Grand Ballroom..
Help your team win. Walk at work. Walk at home. Walk with your friends. Walk all the time! #StepItUpGW and start walking. Follow us @GWTweets and on Facebook.
The GW Steps Challenge is part of the GW 2015 Celebration of Excellence: The Wellness Equation, taking place October 28-30 and is supported by Healthy GW.
Read the full GW Steps Challenge Rules.
FAQ & Support
Criteria for Winning - You must have a Matchup account and participate in the challenge to be eligible for either of the prizes.
Tracking Device Account - Make sure to create an account for your tracking device in addition to the Matchup account. You will need your tracking device account information to create a Matchup account.
Only One Tracking Device per Participant - You can only have one tracking device connected to a Matchup account at a time.
Only One Matchup Account per Participant - You can only have one Matchup account with the same device or else it will cause sync errors.
Switching Accounts - Switching If you need to switch the device to another account, please contact the Matchup support team for assistance.
Joining the Challenge Late - If you join the GW Steps Challenge after the start date and time, your steps will still be accounted for as long as you have been syncing and capturing steps on your device.
Other Questions - Have an issue with your device or Matchup account? Check out the Help Center or contact support by clicking on the question mark [?] on the bottom right side of your Matchup dashboard.