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Australasian University Health Challenge

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ACU is participating in the Australasian University Health Challenge for the second time and we want you on our team.

Last year you challenged yourself, your friends and your workmates to reach 10,000 steps each day. This year, with your help, we’ll put ACU at the top of the leader board.

Starting Monday 31 August, ACU students and staff will have six weeks to step, swim, cycle and dance their way to the top of the leader board.

Ways to get your steps in:

  • walk/run
  • swim
  • cycle
  • fitness class
  • rowing
  • housework
  • shoot some hoops

What is the Australasian University Health Challenge?

The Australasian University Health Challenge (AUHC) is a wellbeing initiative focused on increasing movement while bringing communities together.
The aim is for staff and students to make small behavioural changes to increase their daily levels of physical activity, which will have a positive impact on overall wellbeing.

Eighteen universities across Australia and New Zealand have teamed up to provide staff and students with an opportunity to increase their physical activity, through a fun and exciting inter-university competition.

Being physically active is crucial for health and wellbeing. A large portion of our adult lives are spent at work; which are progressively becoming more and more sedentary environments. Fifty two per cent of Australians and 49 per cent of New Zealanders are not physically active enough to achieve health benefits.

The AUHC runs for six weeks, beginning on August 31 and ending on October 11.

This year the challenge is being hosted by Victorian University of Wellington, New Zealand.

What is the Australasian University Health Challenge?

The Australasian University Health Challenge (AUHC) is a wellbeing initiative focused on increasing movement while bringing communities together.
The aim is for staff and students to make small behavioural changes to increase their daily levels of physical activity, which will have a positive impact on overall wellbeing.

Eighteen universities across Australia and New Zealand have teamed up to provide staff and students with an opportunity to increase their physical activity, through a fun and exciting inter-university competition.

Being physically active is crucial for health and wellbeing. A large portion of our adult lives are spent at work; which are progressively becoming more and more sedentary environments. Fifty two per cent of Australians and 49 per cent of New Zealanders are not physically active enough to achieve health benefits.

The AUHC runs for six weeks, beginning on August 31 and ending on October 11.

This year the challenge is being hosted by Victorian University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Step 1. Go to the 10,000 Steps website

Step 2. If you are a new member:

  • Enter your details to create your own account, we encourage you to use your ACU email address. Please note down your password as you will need it to login.
  • Select that you would like to register as a participant.
  • You will be asked to verify your email address by checking your emails and clicking on the link provided.
  • Complete the last required details needed to create your account. Your account will now be created, and you can access your Dashboard.
  • On your Dashboard, click on the Health Challenge card.
  • Select the Australian University Health Challenge from the drop-down menu and select the Australian Catholic University team.

If you are an existing member

  • Login with your email address or username and password.
  • On your Dashboard, click on the Health Challenge card.
  • Select the Australian University Health Challenge from the drop-down menu and select the Australian Catholic University team.

Step 3. Each day enter your steps. You can do this from your dashboard.

Further Information: The leader board shows weight and waist loss measurements. You don't need to measure this unless you want to. This is confidential information available only to you if you want to keep track of your weight and waist measurements. You can add your details by selecting the health Measures Card on your Dashboard.


To contribute your steps during the AUHC you will need to log steps in your own online 10,000 Steps account.
Only steps logged since the start of the Health Challenge (commences 31 August) will contribute to your team’s total. It is your responsibility to be actively involved and regularly log steps on the 10,000 Steps website.

To log your steps for the day, access your Dashboard and enter the number of steps you have walked or the activity in minutes. Alternatively, you can click on the Step Log button on your Dashboard which enables you to enter steps and activity in minutes for numerous days. Entering activity in minutes will add the estimated step conversion onto your daily total, increasing your step count.


There are numerous ways to measure your steps for the tournament. The AUHC team recommends:

  • Fitbit, Garmin or similar fitness trackers
  • smart watches
  • pedometers
  • step counting apps (freely available on the App Store and Google Play Store for smartphones).

If you own a Samsung or iPhone, there are already built-in applications on your phones that accurately measure your steps on a daily basis. 


The Step Log allows you to enter your minutes of physical activity as either ‘moderate’ or ‘vigorous’, so keep track of how long you swim or cycle for and the step log will convert this data to steps. You don’t need to add minutes and step count for the same activity though.