Sign Up for the 'Get Moving Challenge'

The annual fitness competition for Duke employees begins Jan. 11

Employees get moving during a Duke Run/Walk Club gathering in the spring.
Employees get moving during a Duke Run/Walk Club gathering in the spring.

Registration is open for Duke’s annual Get Moving Challenge, which helps faculty and staff get their New Year off to a healthy start with health and wellness tips and team support.

The program, which begins Jan. 11, allows employees to compete as individuals or to form teams of five to 11 colleagues. The aim is to see who can take the most steps, exercise the most minutes and lose the most weight. The 10-week program runs until March 20.

“Each year offers a chance to start fresh and refocus on many personal goals, including wellness,” Nicholas Beresic, health promotion manager with LIVE FOR LIFE. “The Get Moving Challenge is a perfect way to find motivation and share the fun with friends and coworkers.”

As a new feature this year, participants will be able to track their progress against a “pacesetter” which uses guidelines set by the American Heart Association for health and wellness. Competitors can see how their effort stacks against a recommended 10,000 steps a day and 150 minutes of exercise a week.

The first 2,000 employees to sign up will receive a free pedometer to track their steps. Registration remains open until Feb. 1.

Last year, nearly 2,000 employees tallied just over 311,000 miles, about 36,500 hours of exercise and dropped nearly 3,500 pounds. Faculty and staff formed 191 teams across the University and Health System to participate.

Janet Betts joined a gym and found motivation to lose 15 pounds during last year’s Get Moving Challenge. 

“For me, it was not about losing weight, but making better decisions about my health,” said Betts, a clinical nurse at Duke Raleigh Hospital. “The key was making a commitment to my long-term goals, including eating healthier and exercising.”

For information and to sign up, visit the Get Moving Challenge website.