What is Green Steps?
A six-week walking challenge program for DePaul faculty and staff who want to engage in regular physical activity and have some fun in the process!
- The challenge begins Monday, September 16 and runs for 6 weeks through Sunday, October 27.
- Registration: Individuals and teams may register now and through the first week of the challenge!
Green Steps can help you:
- Lead a healthy life through consistent activity
- Sustain the environment through an "alternative" mode of transportation
- Build community while walking with friends and colleagues
- Improve mental focus and creativity through physical activity
- Apply daily steps to the DePaul Healthy Vincent$ program
Check out the information below and for further questions, contact Sarah Hardin
, Associate Director Campus Recreation.
How does it work?
Register a team or as a free agent to be assigned to a
team or participate as an individual. Use a pedometer or other tracking
device to track your steps and record this information on an online
platform. You will strive for individual goals but also engage in
friendly team competition.
What is the goal?
To help individuals develop a lasting routine for
physical and social activity. The daily goal will vary, depending your
starting ability. We want to see everyone improve over the 8 week
challenge! Weekly emails will assist participants in setting and
pursuing daily step and other activity goals.
How do I register?
- Register first as part of DePaul, then join the DePaul Green Steps Challenge 2019
- If you were registered last year,
the 2018 challenge may show up on your dashboard; click "Find More
Challenges" in the bottom left large green box.
- If you were registered last year
and forgot your password, click "Forgot My Password" and you will be
sent a link to change your password.
you click “join,” you will be asked again for your contact information
as well as team preferences. You may create a team, join a team of your
colleagues, or join as an individual.
- It is easier to determine your
team name and team participants prior to registration, but you may
modify and add to a different team later even if you register as an
- If you don't have enough people, but want more, have everyone on your team register with your team. If you are a Free Agent who wants to be asssigned to a team, email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us and we will assign you to a team.
Please note: Accessing the challenge platform through Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome usually results in better outcomes than using Internet Explorer.
How are teams formed?
You may put together a team with friends or
colleagues from your own or other areas on campus or you may register as
an individual or "Free Agent."
Team members can come from anywhere within DePaul. The “team” part is
that individual steps will be added together for team totals.
- If you know who you want on your team, develop a team name BEFORE you register.
- Once a team name is in the system, it will be available on the
pull-down menu of team names and others may join your team if it is not
- Teams are limited to four people, so if you have too many people,
split into two teams. Reach out to someone new or in a different
department to complete a team or wait for a free agent.
If you have a team member drop out, you can add a new person if you want your team to be
competitive, but if you can’t find someone else, just keep walking! We
will look at average number of steps and step totals.
How should I track my steps?
Many use various devices such as free phone apps, Apple
Watches, FitBits to count their steps. But if you need a pedometer to
count yours, we do have a limited number available. Registered
"Greensteppers" may step on over to the Ray Meyer Fitness &
Recreation Center weekdays 9 am - 7 pm to pick one up! If you do not
work on the Lincoln Park campus, email us at the contact email below and
we will put one in campus mail for you.
Do I have to use a Campus Recreation pedometer?
No! Many people have tracking available on their phones or some
other device. Use any device as long as you can see a total of steps
taken at the end of the day. Our system does not link to any devices so
you will have to log steps manually into the online application. Campus
Recreation will not be checking, calibrating, or otherwise monitoring
pedometers; reporting is on the honor system.