General Rules

General Rules

Every day for the duration of the Challenge, players will track their physical activity using a pedometer or track non-step activities in the form of physical exercise. Their steps and physical activity earn POINTS for each day. You should also “strive for five” and earn points by eating five or more fruits and veggies!

Activity Sheets will be provided to record your steps and exercises. These Activity Sheets are for your records only to help you remember and record your activities each day. A Point System has been developed to calculate how many points a person can earn each week.

This will be an 8-Week competition with teams competing to win their respective division. After the 8 weeks of competition the division winners will advance to the Final Wellness Challenge Day. During the Final Wellness Challenge Day the teams will complete in 3 ROUNDS and a final winner will be crowned. Everyone (including non-Wellness Challenge participants) is welcome to attend. There will be food, fun, door prizes, awards and maybe even a few surprises!

The competition is designed to include people of all fitness and activity levels, whether they are already active or not. All staff and faculty who are interested can participate, learn new things, and have fun!


Team Captains

It is the Team Captain’s responsibility to collect each team members’ Activity Sheet every week (if required) and record the results online. They also need to get everyone ready and excited to participate! If so desired, the Team Captain can also delegate each team member to enter in their own statistics if they wish. Each person in the Wellness Challenge will be provided a unique password to log into their account and enter their own activities on our website.


How much does it cost?

The cost to participate varies per individual school. Each school is responsible for collecting their own fees from their employees.

More details to follow.


How do you play?

Each player has two goals. The first is to strive for at least 10,000 steps each day (2,000 steps is approximately one mile). The second is to track any physical activity and exercise routines that you normal would do. There are also points if you choose to participate in the Weight Loss challenge and earn bonus points.

Each player will need a pedometer at the beginning of the competition and each player will be asked to keep track of their total steps and physical activity and enter them on their personal Activity Worksheet. Make sure you purchase a pedometer before the competition starts! Your school may also be able to provide them to their employees at the start of the Wellness Challenge.

The Activity Worksheet will be collected each Monday morning of the following week by your Team Captain and a new one will be provided to you for the new week. (Blank forms will also be available online for download as well).

Your scores are recorded by the Team Captain on our website and each player will be able to see their total points. Your numbers will also be added to your team’s total score. (If you wish, you can enter your activities directly using your account password.)

To track the weight-loss aspect of the competition, there will an initial weigh-in by your Campus Nurse or other Challenge official. Outside recordings of weight will not be allowed – this is to keep it fair and honest. Total privacy will be provided and no one will know your weight. It will NOT be shown to anyone. Don’t worry, there is nothing to worry about :-).

Bonus points are also given for having your blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels checked by our campus nurse. You can also earn bonus points by eating servings of fruits and vegetables every day, participating in events, and more. More more information, please see our section on Bonus Points.


How many winners are there?

By keeping track of each player’s points, they are recorded and added to their teammates points. Each team will compete only against those in their League Division. Your team will only compete against no more than five other teams. After the 8-week competition the Division winners move on to the final round. Depending on how your campus runs their Challenge, there may be an option for a Final Wellness Challenge Day with only one team will be crowned overall winner for each SUNY School.

The following will be recognized:

  • League Division Winners
  • Overall Wellness Challenge Team Winner
  • The Team with the most points
  • The Individual with the most points
  • The Individual who loses the highest % of body weight
  • The Individual with most total steps


Earning Points Based on Time – not calories burned

In previous years you earned points based on the total amount of calories burned. This year we are leveling the playing field. You will earn points on various exercise routines based on how long you exercise so everyone earns the same amount of points. For example, if you do 30 minutes on an elliptical you will earn the same amount of points as everyone else who does the same 30 minutes. If you use the Stair Master for 10 minutes you will earn the same amount of points as everyone else who does the same 10 minutes. Whether you weigh 100 lbs or 250 lbs – it will all be the same.

We still will be tracking steps the same so be sure to get your pedometer ready!


Eat Fruits and Vegetables – Earn Points

Healthy eating will earn you points! So if you “strive for five” by eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day you will earn points. Can’t eat five servings? OK – we will cut you some slack and you’ll be able to earn points for eating 3, 4 or 5 or more servings.


Division-Based Leagues

New to this year’s Challenge will be Division-based Leagues. Instead of your team competing against 35+ teams to be the Wellness Challenge champion, teams will be placed into “divisions” with a maximum of 5 teams per division. Every team has a 1 in 5 chance of winning their division! During your school’s Kick-Off Event teams will be randomly drawn and placed in their division.

Bracket Example 2013


Playoff Event between Division Winners

At the end of 8 weeks we will have multiple division winners. But that is only part of it! We will have a one-day final Wellness Challenge Event in which all the division winners will compete for the Grand Prize – winner of the 2014 SUNY Wellness Challenge. It will be a three-round elimination tournament and at the end there will only be one team standing!

League Chart Example 2013