UC Living Well Program to Host Six-Week ‘Move More Challenge’

Program encourages employees and retirees to get at least 30 minutes of exercise, three days a week

people walking at UC Walks

Employees and retirees can participate in the six-week Move More Challenge, sponsored by the UC Live Well program and supported by UCR’s Wellness Program. Photo by Ross French

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — With the intent of improving the health and fitness of employees and retirees, the UC Living Well health and wellness program is sponsoring the Move More Challenge between June 23 and August 3, 2014 at locations across the University of California system.

The six-week challenge is a competition that is open to all employees and retirees who are covered on a UC-sponsored medical plan. Individual and team online registration began on June 10, 2014 through the UC Living Well website. (Instructions on how to sign up can be found at the bottom of this article.)

“People want to be more active, but it can be so hard to fit it into their busy schedules,” said UCR Wellness Program Coordinator Julie Chobdee.”The Move More Challenge is a good way for people to get started, to get them motivated, and kickstart them into a more active and healthy lifestyle.”

The goal of the Move More Challenge is to get at least 30 minutes of exercise, three times a week. Participants will be able to keep track of their activity via a program on the challenge website and can compete against colleagues as individuals or as a part of a team. They can also download a free app available called OptumizeMe on iPhone and Android devices that syncs with the challenge to track activity while on the go.

Participation in the challenge is worth 2,500 points towards the 7,500 needed to receive a $75 Visa card through the program.

Chobdee said that while the Move More Challenge is designed to allow participants to work out any time, the Wellness program will be offering events over the course of the summer.

“We are hosting the ‘Stretch Your Summer Challenge‘ that people can participate in during the course of the challenge,” Chobdee said. “And coming in July, Diane Del Buono will be teaching a four-week session of Gentle Yoga.”

How to Sign Up:

  1. Visit the UC Living Well website. Log in, or follow the instructions to create an account.
  2. Select “Challenges” from the “I Do” menu at the top of the page. You will be taken to the Challenges page.
  3. Select Join a Challenge. You will be taken to a new page.
  4. Click on “Available Employer Challenges” at the bottom of the page. The “Move More” Challenge Link should appear.  When it appears, click the “Join” link and follow the instructions.

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-4756
E-mail: john.warren@ucr.edu

Additional Contacts

Julie Chobdee
Tel: (951) 827-1488
E-mail: julie.chobdee@ucr.edu

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