Get up, get moving and stay healthy with the Steps to B-Healthy walking program

Healthier students, faculty and staff members mean a healthier University.

Register and log your steps

We are using the online American Heart Association's Activity Tracker. Join the Binghamton University group and receive rewards for your dedication and progress.

Sign up

The American Heart Association online portal startwalkingnow.org is currently discontinued. 

However, the Steps to B-Healthy walking program is still underway! 

Interested in joining the already 191 members? All you need to do is email bhealthy@binghamton.edu  with the following information: 

Name
Email Address
University Department (or Team Name)  

Each month, we will ask you to email us your total steps (or miles) for that month.  If you reach the monthly goal, we’ll send you  rewards and helpful tips and tricks to stay motivated.

Are you ready for physical activity?

The following information is for your own benefit and safety.

Physical activity is fun, healthy, and safe for most individuals, however, if you are new to exercise or seldom participate in any physical activity, it is important to determine whether you should seek consultation by a physician before increasing your physical activity. Below are questions from the PAR-Q — a questionnaire designed to determine physical activity readiness for people ages 15-69. If you are older than 69 years old and not physically active, talk to your physician before you start exercising.

PAR-Q: Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire

  1. Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and that you should only do physical activity recommended by a doctor?
  2. Do you feel pain in your chest when you do physical activity?
  3. In the past month, have you had chest pain when you were not doing physical activity?
  4. Do you lose your balance because of dizziness or do you ever lose consciousness?
  5. Do you have a bone or joint problem (for example, back, knee or hip) that could be made worse by a change in your physical activity?
  6. Is your doctor currently prescribing drugs (for example, water pills) for your blood pressure or heart condition?
  7. Do you know of any other reason why you should not do physical activity?

If you answered yes to any of the questions, it is important to talk with your physician before you become more physically active. If you answered no to all of them, it is likely you are ready to safely begin your exercise regimen.

Source: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Goals and prizes

Participants can track daily step counts by using a pedometer*, activity tracker (i.e. Jawbone, Fitbit) or by converting mileage into steps. There are also a number of good apps available for your smart phone to help with counting steps.

*Upon registering for Steps to B-Healthy, participants will receive a program pedometer.

In order to be eligible for rewards, participants must email the month's total steps to bhealthy@binghamton.edu.

Please note: only walking and running steps will count for rewards, although participants can log as many other activities as they wish.

There will be twelve monthly contests — some will be personal challenges, others will be a team challenge. To be eligible for monthly rewards, all steps must be sent by the last day of the month. Individual awards will be confirmed via e-mail and mailed to on-campus addresses. Other contest winners will be notified via e-mail.

2016 monthly contests

January

250,000 steps during the month (average 8,000/day) and receive a free prize from Campus Recreation.

DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY, "STEPS TO B-HEALTHY" PARTICIPANTS WALKED 5,245,905 STEPS, ABOUT THE EQUIVALENT OF 2,622 MILES.  AT LEAST WE AREN'T FROZEN IN OUR TRACKS!  WE HAD 17 WALKERS MEET THE 250,000 STEP GOAL AND RECEIVE A JAVA TUMBLER.  TOP WALKERS THIS MONTH WERE: BARBARA LEVONNE – 561,000, KATHY MICHAELS – 473,546 AND GENEVIEVE VALLERGA – 424,354.

February

300,000 steps during the month (average 9,675/day) and be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card from the Binghamton University Bookstore by Barnes & Noble.

The February Contest (300,000 steps during the month (average 9,675/day) and be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card from the Binghamton University Bookstore by Barnes & Noble) was won by Kathy Michaels, Physical Facilities. Kathy walked 463,196 steps. Way to go! Enjoy your shopping trip!

March

The team/department with the highest per person average number of steps for the month will earn a catered "Meeting Morsels" event from Binghamton University Dining Services by Sodexo.

 The March Contest (The team/department with the highest per person average number of steps for the month will earn a catered "Meeting Morsels" event from Binghamton University Dining Services by Sodexo) winner was…..
                Congratulations to Residential Life and Housing! It was a TOUGH race and they just barely beat out ITS with an impressive team average of 354,342 steps per member. ITS came in second with a 352,391 average followed by Financial Aid & Student Records with a 325,278 average.  Keep up the great team challenges!  

April

250,000 steps during the month (average 8,000/day) and receive a free prize from Campus Recreation.

The April Contest  (Record 250,000 steps during the month (average 8,000/day) and receive a free prize from Campus Recreation) had 19 winners meeting this goal. Top walkers were: Nancy Baudendistal, Harpur Dean’s Office with 500,351 steps, Lisa Wolf, ITS with 481,841 and Barbara LeVonne, Risk Management  with 460,277. Excellent! Winners will receive Steps to B-Healthy sets of three portion control snack cups. Snack away……

May

Complete 300,000 steps during the month (Average 9,675/day) and be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card from Campus Recreational Services good on all memberships, classes and services.  Try a membership for the summer, get a personal trainer to jump start your exercise plan or enjoy a fabulous massage!

The May Contest (Complete 300,000 steps during the month (Average 9,675/day) and be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card from Campus Recreational Services good on all memberships, classes and services.) was won by Chuck Paffie, Physical Facilities. Chuck submitted 546,320 steps for the month! Excellent work!

June

The team/department with the highest per person average number of steps for the month will earn a catered "meeting morsels" event from Binghamton University Dining Services by Sodexo.

July

Complete 250,000 steps during the month (average 8,000/day) and receive a free prize from Campus Recreation.

August

Complete 300,000 steps during the month (Average 9,677/day) and be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card from Campus Recreational Services good on all memberships, classes and services. Relax after opening with a great massage or feel the burn with a new personal trainer.

September

The team/department with the highest per person average number of steps for the month will earn a catered "meeting morsels" event from Binghamton University Dining Services by Sodexo.

October
Complete 250,000 steps during the month (average 8,064/day) and receive a free prize from Campus Recreation.

November
300,000 steps during the month (average 10,000/day) and be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card from the Binghamton University Dining Services by Sodexo.

December
The team/department with the highest per person average number of steps for the month will earn a catered "Meeting Morsels" event from Binghamton University Dining Services by Sodexo.

Team/Department Awards

Members must register for a specific team or department to be eligible for the team awards. Teams must consist of at least four people; there is no maximum. A team/department designation can be adjusted at any time by emailing bhealthy@binghamton.edu with the team designation/name.

Winners will be determined by taking the total number of steps accumulated by all team members during the month and dividing by the total number of team members.

Binghamton University Dining Services by Sodexo will provide "Meeting Morsels", healthy refreshments to the meeting of your choice (for up to twenty people). Team members will be able to choose the Meeting Morsel menu from a selection of options like crudite's and hummus, fresh fruit platters, yogurt parfaits, homemade energy bars or black bean brownies or make your own trail mix options.

Monthly winners will be announced online. Check back and watch our progress!

Resources

This chart may be helpful in determining your activity level and help set goals for yourself.

2,000 steps = 1 mile (based on a 2.5 foot stride)

10,000 steps per day = 5 miles

Steps per day Activity level
< 5,000 Sedentary
5,000 - 7,000 Low Active
7,500 - 9,900 Somewhat Active
10,000 - 12,500 Active
>12,500 High Active
Developed by C Tudor-Locke and DR Bassett Jr (2004)

Increasing your steps

For most people, increasing your average daily steps each week by 500 per day is a reasonable goal. For example, if you are currently averaging about 5,000 steps a day, your goal for the first week would be 5,500 steps. For week two, your goal would be 6,000 steps each day and so on. Your ultimate goal over time would be to reach 10,000 steps a day (or more!).

From The Walking Site

Last Updated: 6/15/16