APHA's 1 Billion Steps Challenge FAQs — #1BillionSteps

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Our goal is to collectively walk 1 billion steps by April 8. We hope to get as many people as possible to start the habit of walking every day. We know consistent physical activity like walking helps prevent chronic disease and improve quality of life, mental health and healthy aging.

What devices can connect to Stridekick?

Stridekick supports most major fitness trackers, including (click on your device's name for instructions on how to connect):

• Android Phones - Android 4.1 or above through the Google Fit app
Apple Watch
Fitbit - Zip, One, Flex, Charge, Charge HR, Surge, Alta, Blaze, MobileTracker app
Garmin - vívofit, vívofit 2, vívosmart, vivosmart HR, vívoactive, vivokí **
Google Fit (Android)
iPhone 5s and above
Jawbone - UP, UP24, UP Move, UP2, UP3, UP4
Misfit - Flash Cyclist, Flash, Link, Ray, Shine, Shine2, Speedo Shine, Swarovski Activity Crystal
Pebble - Classic, Steel, Time Round, Time Steel, Time
Xiaomi - Mi Band
Withings - Pulse, Pulse O2, Activité Pop, Activité, Activité Steel

**Stridekick can usually connect with the Garmin Forerunner and Fenix devices, however we can only pull the accelerometer data (not the GPS recorded data).

If you have any issues connecting your device, contact Stridekick using the blue chat icon in the bottom right hand corner of the Stridekick website or email Stridekick.

How does syncing work?

Stridekick grabs your data automatically after you sync your device to your device's app. They can’t pull data directly from your device so you have to sync it throughout the Challenge! Participants must sync at least once every three days.

To sync, simply open up your device app on your phone (e.g. Fitbit app, iPhone Health app). Stridekick recommends syncing several times a day to ensure your steps are counted for the challenge. There is a slight delay, so it may take up to 10 minutes for your data to reach Stridekick.

If you do not see your activity after several sync attempts, contact Stridekick using the blue chat icon in the bottom right hand corner of the Stridekick website or email Stridekick.

I don't have a device. Can I manually enter my steps?

Use Stridekick’s manual entry option to compete in the challenge. You can edit the past 14 days of data. You must enter each day's data individually. Do not add in sums of step or distance data over a period of time or for multiple members. Manually inputting team member’s collective steps into one account will mess up team challenge averages and give an unfair advantage. Grace period rules always apply. Once a challenge moves to the completed tab, your manually added steps will not be pulled into the challenge.

How do I communicate with my team members?

You can communicate with your fellow challenge participants by using the message feed in the Challenge.

  1. Log into your Stridekick account.
  2. Click on the "Challenges" button in the top right hand corner of the page.
  3. Select "View Challenge".
  4. Post on your page via the text box provided on the top right hand side. All participants can view this feed. You can also include photos by clicking on the blue camera button under the text box.

How can team captains monitor team member progress throughout the challenge?

Stridekick's team challenge is run in a leaderboard format based on averages. All you'll get to view is averages for the challenge as of that point in time. For team captains looking to view weekly progress by individuals or even total steps, Stridekick recommends setting up a side streak challenge to run either weekly or monthly — depending on the challenge and stats you're looking for! You’ll then invite all your team members to this challenge and monitor it alongside the team challenge. You will be limited to the free user limit of 10 participants per challenge. So if you have more than 10, you’ll need to set up multiple challenges to monitor. From the streak challenge you’ll be able to see total steps, percentage of streak met and more data on individual progress. This allows you to reward your team, whether it’s with physical prizes or verbal encouragement! So team captains, start your engines.

Questions? Email us!

Join the Movement

1. BECOME A PARTNER - Show your support for public health and prevention!
2. SUBMIT AN EVENT - Add your NPHW event to the hundreds of celebrations nationwide.
3. TAKE ACTION - Take one small step each day for a healthier life.
4. ATTEND AN EVENT - Join your community to celebrate NPHW.
5. STEP IT UP - Join the 1 Billion Steps Challenge. Let's get everyone moving!

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