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University at Buffalo 2018 Step Challenge

The University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) will host the third annual Step Challenge as a way to unite the university and greater community while promoting healthy and active lifestyle choices.

Sponsored by Whole Foods, the challenge will take place throughout the entire month of April as a part of the school’s celebrations for National Public Health Week (NPHW); a campaign organized by the American Public Health Association serving as a time to recognize and celebrate public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.

The 2018 Step Challenge is free and open to the public to participate. Participants will be asked to log their individual step counts, with each participant’s submissions contributing towards the collective goal of reaching 300 million steps during the month of April. All participants will qualify to win various prizes each week throughout the contest ranging from yoga mats to iPads. Registration opens for all on March 14.

A social media contest will also take place throughout the challenge. Social media users are encouraged to post pictures and videos actively participating in the challenge. To officially enter the social media contest, all participants should tag @UBSPHHP and use the hashtag #UBsteps18. Contest winners will be selected each week in April.

The past two years of the Step Challenge have brought together nearly 3,000 participants, taking over 500 million steps, helping join together students, alumni, families, and community members inspiring them to become more active and healthier versions of themselves.

To learn more about the 2018 Step Challenge, visit sphhp.buffalo.edu/UBsteps18.

To learn more about UB SPHHP’s NPHW celebrations, visit sphhp.buffalo.edu/NPHW.