Team set to walk like an Ipswichian
PEDOMETERS, a world map and a competitive streak will all be common sights at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Ipswich as seven staff members aim to achieve 10,000 steps every day for 100 days.
USQ Ipswich's only team, Walk like an Ipswichian, have signed up to the Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) in a bid to promote improved health, morale and productivity at the workplace.
Building H staff members Linda Cross, Caralyn DeCandia, Bryony Kennedy, Sue McGee, Katie Blonski, Jennifer Malcolm and Catherine Hay took their first steps on their globe-spanning journey last week.
As they pound the campus corridors and pavement, participants work out how many steps they have taken by logging on an interactive website which allows them to explore new locations on their virtual race around the world.
Mrs Hay, faculty librarian and team captain, said the challenge brought people into teams to work together collectively and be more active.
"It's a great way to get people moving and make them realise how much exercise they do," she said.
"We're all interested in our health and as members of the USQ Fit and Well Corporate Staff Health Program we're always looking to improve our health any way we can."
Mrs Hay said team members would be supporting each other every step of their journey towards healthier, happier and more active lives.
"We all spend most of our time behind the desk but with an aim of 10,000 steps a day makes it easier for us to monitor," she said.
"It's a good team bonding exercise because we're always encouraging each other to do the exercise by working together.
"We're all going to do walks at lunch time and we're no longer going to use the lifts and instead take the stairs."
More than 40,000 teams signed up to this year's GCC from 1500 of the world's largest companies.
USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Prof Jan Thomas said the University was always looking for health initiatives to encourage staff to become fitter and healthier.
"The GCC delivers a program that ensures employees arrive at work in the right mental and physical shape and ready to take on the world," she said.
"It's about changing behaviours and celebrating small achievements.
"By doing this, employees are more engaged and start to form positive, healthy habits in a supportive environment."