Team Captain Corner — #APHABillionSteps

Create your own team 

The team competition is purely for fun...and bragging rights, of course. You can create your own team with a group of friends or colleagues, start a team for your company, or promote an even to get your whole community walking. Set up your Billion Steps Challenge team on MoveSpring and track steps for both yourself and your team.

Reaching 1 billion steps is a challenging goal, and we need teams of every shape and size to get there. Our partnership with MoveSpring means the Challenge can accommodate teams of up to 1,000 people as well as small teams of three or four co-workers in a lunchtime walking group. Good luck to you and your team!

Step 1: Decide what kind of team to create

We're excited to welcome a variety of team efforts representing APHA Affiliates, APHA Sections, college alumni groups, company teams and public health departments. we also encourage groups of friends, such as Susan's Striders, Walking Dead watchers, Indiana Pacers fans or Liverpool supporters — all are welcome. 

Step 2: Register your team

Teams of three or more can compete together to step to the top of the leaderboard. If you're interested in creating or competing as a team:

1. Nominate a team captain and decide on a team name/image.

2. The team captain will then register the team by clicking "Create a Team" in the MoveSpring app, or by visiting this link in a web browser.

3. Create an account and connect your device.

4. Click "Create a Team."

four phone screens showing instructions for creating a steps challenge team

5. Input your team name and add an image. This can be edited by the team captain at any time.

6. To view the Challenge and your team's progress, head to your MoveSpring dashboard.

Step 3: Invite people to join

Share your team name with anyone you want to join your team. They'll be able to search for it when they join the Challenge.

Download and use the following email templates (Word) to communicate with your team members:

Invitation email – describes the walking challenge and invites people to join.
Encouragement email – motivates participants to keep walking.
Closing email – if you focused on a shorter time window for your event, this email announces final results and encourages people to keep walking through the end of APHA's Billion Steps Challenge.

Include this text in your newsletters to members and supporters:

Help us take 1 Billion Steps!
Walking is one of the easiest ways to improve your health — and it’s more fun if we do it together. That’s why (insert organization/group name) is participating in APHA’s Billion Steps Challenge. We’ve created team called (insert team name). When you join you’ll be able to track how many steps you take, see total steps for our team and the collective progress of all teams toward the goal of more than 1 billion steps. You can synch your step counting device or enter steps manually if you don’t have a device. So register today, and let’s get walking! We’ll have a lot of fun, improve our heath, and walk more than any other team! Join today!

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!

American Public Health Association