APHA's Billion Steps Challenge FAQs — #APHABillionSteps

Our goal is to collectively walk 1 billion steps by April 7. 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 MoveSpring?

MoveSpring 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
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 

If you have any issues connecting your device, please select the blue chat icon in the bottom right hand corner of the MoveSpring website. In the app, head to Profile > Need some Help? Tap here.

How does syncing work?

Your data automatically becomes available to MoveSpring after you sync your device. But we can't pull data directly from every device, so you have to sync it. To sync, open your device app on your phone (e.g. Fitbit app). Then, open the MoveSpring app. MoveSpring will refresh your data from your recently opened device app (in this case, Fitbit).

Some devices, such as Apple Watch, allow us to pull data directly from the device so you will not need to open another app before opening MoveSpring. We recommend syncing several times a day to ensure your steps are counted for each challenge.

There is also a 72-hour grace period that allows participants to sync after a challenge is complete.

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

Use MoveSpring's manual entry option to compete in the challenge. You can edit the past five 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 team chat in the app. Click on "Chat" from the bottom navigation bar on mobile, or from the top right corner on the website. Select the chat to message your team. 

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

MoveSpring'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, you can take one step further to get this data on your team members.

Additional challenge features

Team Leaderboard — The team with the highest daily step average moves to the top of the leaderboard. Work together with your team to earn the top spot. Once the challenge starts, you can click on your team to view a leaderboard of your own team members.

Team Chat — Chat with your team by navigating to "chat" within the app. Post images, share how you got your steps, or congratulate other steppers on their hard work. Note: team chat participants must abide by NYU's social media guidelines. To turn off chat notifications, adjust your notification settings.

Quote — View a new inspirational quote each day of the challenge.

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!

Spread the word!

Healthiest Nation 2030

Download the NPHW handout (PDF).

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