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30-Day Winter Walking Challenge

Walk anywhere, anytime.

The 30-day Winter Walking Challenge is a commitment to incorporating 30-minutes of walking (physical activity) into 30 consecutive work days. The challenge is designed to encourage you to incorporate walking activity into your daily routine. Log at least 900 minutes of walking and be entered to win 1 of 4 grand prize packages!

Open to: UMD faculty/staff and graduate students*
Register: December 18 - January 12
Walk: January 8 - February 19
Contact: Bre Rowh, rowhb@umd.edu

*Faculty and staff do not have to work on the UMD-CP campus to participate.

Why You Should Participate Toggle Accordion

Walking is an accessible form of exercise that is easy to do and does not require a gym. Making time for brief walking breaks throughout your day can provide numerous health benefits to include: 

  • Increased energy. Going for a walk when you’re tired increases oxygenated blood flow and cortisol levels, the hormones responsible for boosting energy. 
  • Increased energy expenditure. The body burns approximately 100 calories of energy to walk 1 mile. So increasing your level of physical activity can increase energy expenditure and potentially help you reduce body weight. 
  • Improved strength and function of the heart. Your heart is a muscle and low-to-moderate intensity walking is a great way to strengthen your heart, helping it become more efficient at moving blood throughout your body! 
  • Increased focus and concentration. Along with a boost in energy, walking is a great way to regain focus and stimulate your mind and body.
How to Participate Toggle Accordion
Before the challenge starts:
  1. Register for the challenge online by January 12.
  2. Read, sign and submit the Winter Walking Challenge Informed Consent Form to be complete your registration. The signed form can be sent via fax (301-226-4455), email (rowhb@umd.edu), or campus mail (1115 Eppley Recreation Center) to the program administrator, Bre Rowh.  
Once the challenge starts:
The Challenge begins on January 9. During the Challenge, you may walk anywhere, anytime, Monday-Friday. You will be emailed a link to an online form to submit your walking minutes each week of the challenge.
 
To complete the challenge and be entered into the grand prize drawing, walk a minimum of 900 minutes or 60 miles by the end of the challenge.
 
All participants successfully logging a minimum of 600 minutes (20 minutes/day) will receive a participation prize.
     
Prizes Toggle Accordion

About the prizes:

Prize package #1: Bluetooth headphones with fleece ear warmers
Prize package #2: Thermos water bottle that tracks hydration + 1 personal training session
Prize package #3: Gaiam Balance Ball Chair
Prize package #4: Gratitude jar + resistance band

How to be entered for the chance to win:

  • All participants successfully logging a minimum of 600 minutes (20-minutes/ day for 30 days) will receive a participation prize. 
  • All participants logging a minimum of 900 minutes (30-minutes/ day for 30 days) will be entered into a grand prize drawing. 4 grand prize packages will be awarded.
  • Participants must keep track of daily time spent walking, then submit this into the weekly log form sent via email on Mondays at 9am.
  • Failure to fill out the weekly walking log by Wednesday at 9am will result in a forfeit from the challenge.
  • Refer someone to participate and complete the challenge and receive an additional prize entry into the grand prize drawing.
 
Make the Most of the Challenge Toggle Accordion
  • Encourage a campus colleague or co-worker to participate. Walking with a buddy increases accountability toward personal fitness goals. All participants referring someone to participate in/ complete the challenge will receive an additional entry into the grand prize drawings. 
  • Join the Facebook community group for daily encouragement and walking, wellness, and fitness tips. 
  • Consider tracking your walking through a mobile app like Map My Walk.
  • Take advantage of convenient places to walk on campus, including the Reckord Armory (check hours by calling 301-226-4444), McKeldin Mall, and Arboretum and Botanical Garden sites. 
 
Official Rules Toggle Accordion
  • Participants must be currently employed University of Maryland faculty/staff or graduate students. Faculty and staff do not have to work on the College Park campus to participate. 
  • Participants must register for the program online.  
  • Participants must read, sign and submit the Winter Walking Challenge Informed Consent Statement to be fully registered. The Informed Consent can be downloaded here then sent via fax (301-226-4455), email (rowhb@umd.edu), or campus mail (1115 Eppley Recreation Center) to the program administrator, Bre Rowh.  
  • Participants may walk anywhere, any day, anytime, and are encouraged to incorporate at least 30 minutes of activity into their daily work schedule. 
  • Participants do not have to walk 30 consecutive minutes and may accumulate 30 total minutes. Participants are encouraged to walk at least 10-minute intervals.
  • Participants must keep track of daily time spent walking and log this in the weekly log form sent via email on Mondays at 9am.
  • Participants must walk a minimum of 20-minutes/ day to have their time spent walking count toward the overall challenge.  
  • Failure to fill out the weekly walking log by Wednesday at 9am will result in a forfeit from the challenge.
  • Questions and requests for rule exceptions must be presented to the program coordinator, Bre Rowh at rowhb@umd.edu
     
Healthy & Safety Information Toggle Accordion
  • Participation in RecWell activities, including the use of facilities and equipment is completely voluntary. There are risks and hazards, minor and serious, associated with participation in fitness activities. Participants voluntarily assume all responsibility and risk of loss, damage, illness, and/or injury to person or property associated with the participation in the 30-day Winter Walking Challenge. 
  • Participants are advised to check with a medical professional before starting any exercise program. 
  • Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately and drink water before, during and after exercise.