Step Challenge

The average office worker only takes 3,000 steps a day which is a far cry from the recommended 10,000 that we should be taking to work towards improved health and wellbeing.

The Work Health and Safety Unit in collaboration with the School of Nursing and Midwifery are providing you with the opportunity to put your best foot forward and improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing with a little healthy competition and fun.

Join Western Sydney University’s 10,000 step challenge to determine if your School/Division has what it takes to be crowned the winner (and the bragging rights that come with it).

Starter packs are available for the first 180 participants to register for the challenge. Please see below for details on how to register.

Challenge Information

Staff members are encouraged to form teams of 4 within their School/Division to complete the highest number of steps by the conclusion of the challenge. The School/Division with the highest number of steps will be crowned Challenge Champions.

Commencement Date: 20th March 2019

Conclusion Date: 17th April 2019

All participants will receive a certificate of participation, with special prizes being given away to the most improve participant, the most improved team and the team of 4 who obtained the highest number of steps.


What's involved?

  1. Establish a team of 4 within your School/Division.
  2. Nominate a team captain and create a team name (be creative as possible!).
  3. Participants need to register at the 10,000 step challenge website: https://www.10000steps.org.au
  4. Once all team members have registered, email Jessica Nour with your Team Name, Allocated Team Captain and Team Members to ensure you are allocated to the correct tournament. Please include the following information in your email: School/Division, Team Name, Team Captain, Team Members.
  5. Start stepping!

Did you know that time spent completing other activities of moderate to high intensity can count towards your step total?

The 10,000 step challenge allows participants to be involved even if they are not counting steps. Please see the Activity Step Converter Guide for more information.

Why 10,000 steps?

Research shows that regular physical activity can prevent chronic diseases and assists in the management of a variety of illnesses. It also improves mood, concentration and emotional health and wellbeing. Recent students into exercise and mental health have found that 12% of depression cases could be prevented by just one hour of exercise per week (Harvey et al., 2018).

The recent 2018 HUNT study highlighted that 12% of cases of depression could have been prevented by just one hour of exercise per week. Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines recommend adults complete at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week to improve health outcome indicators such as the risk of chronic disease and obesity. Working towards achieving 10,000 steps per day is a great way to meet this goal and experience the benefits of regular physical activity. For more information on the benefits of regular exercise, please visit Exercise Right.

Which tournament should my team register under?

  • The School of Business
  • The School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics
  • The School of Education
  • The School of Humanities and Communication Arts
  • The School of Law
  • The School of Medicine
  • The School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • The School of Science and Health
  • The School of Social Sciences and Psychology
  • Office of the Vice-Chancellor and President
  • Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor
    • Office of Engagement
    • Launchpad
    • PVC, Engagement & Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership
    • Office of the PVC (International)
    • Office of the PVC (Global Development)
    • Office of the University Secretary and General Counsel
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic)
    • The Academy
    • Whitlam Institute
    • Technical Support Services
    • Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Digital Futures)
    • Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning Transformations)
    • Office of the Higher Education Policy and Projects
    • Office of Quality and Performance
    • Library
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Innovation)
    • REDI
    • Graduate Research School
    • HIE
    • MARCS
    • Institute for Culture and Society
    • NICM
  • Vice-President, Finance and Resources
    • Office of the Vice-President (Finance & Resources)
    • Office of Estate and Commercial
    • Project Management Officer
    • Strategic Procurement & Services
    • ITDS
    • Finance Office
  • Vice-President, People and Advancement
    • Employability and Graduate Success
    • Careers
    • Alumni
    • Office of Equity and Diversity
    • The Student Experience Office
    • Office of Advancement
    • Office of Human Resources
    • Office of Marketing and Communications
  • The College
  • WSU Early Learning
  • Western Unlimited

For more information, please visit the 10,000 step challenge website or contact Jessica Nour.