Global Challenge - Virgin Pulse

The 2017 Global Challenge has begun...

There are strong links between your health and wellbeing and your physical activity. If you are more active you will also be healthier and happier.

The Global Challenge is a team based walking challenge to help improve the health and wellbeing of workers through regular physical activity. What better way to get to know your colleagues than by walking and talking with them.

“Team work in our area of the University was significantly enhanced through the program. We had several teams participating and this provided us with an opportunity to support each other in a context that was sensitive to confidentiality and related to work but outside of working hours and pressures. When colleagues are having a tough time, we used the Global Challenge as an excuse to take a walk together on our lunch break and benefit from social support and mindful thinking. We even had a few team exercise sessions after work. The University’s offering of this program to staff shows real commitment to workplace health and great leadership in supporting a positive and productive working environment.”

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University Global Challenge statistics, how we finished up in 2016
602 participants from across the University forming 86 teams
ranked 2nd in the nation for our industry
Daily Step Average: 12,519 steps
Total distance covered: 437,955km (this equates to walking around the length of Great Britain 306 times)
73% of participants reported a decrease in their stress levels either at home or at work
72% of participants now meet the recommended amount of sleep vs. 61% pre-GCC
71% of participants now meet the recommendation of 10,000 steps per day vs. 27% pre-GCC
58% of participants who tracked their weight have lost weight

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. The University of Sydney acknowledges participation in GC me requiring the input of personal information is on a voluntary basis and employees can opt in too participate having agreed, on an individual basis on the GC terms and conditions.
  2. What are the responsibilities of the team captain? The team captain registers their team, receives and distributes the Pulse accelerometers to their fellow team members, and hopefully provides inspiring team leadership and motivation.
  3. I can’t find my GC login details. What should I do? Your team captain should be able to login and re-send your GC welcome email. If that doesn't work, contact Safety, Health and Wellbeing on x15555 or
  4. Are my daily steps uploaded automatically from the GC Pulse to the website, or is it manual entry? You can choose to manually enter your daily steps on the GC App or website online using your GC website login details OR you can use the GC device and synch your steps to the App or synch your own personal device to the App.
  5. How often should I reset my GC Pulse accelerometer? The GC Pulse accelerometer only needs to be reset once per day ie. last thing at night when you take it off, or first thing in the morning when you put it on. That's when you record your steps for the day. The device will snooze while you are seated or stationary (to save battery power), but will wake-up again when you start moving.
  6. Does my swimming count towards my GC steps? Yes. As long as you count the number of laps you do (and know the length of the pool), then all of this effort will count via the swim to step converter on the GCC step entry page. For example, four laps of a 25m pool would mean you add 100m to the swim converter. This equates to 475 well deserved steps.
  7. Does my cycling count towards my GC steps? Yes. Just enter your cycling distance (kilometres or miles) into the cycling to step converter on the GC step entry page. This will automatically convert and credit your step entry with the extra ‘steps’ you earned on the bike. Please ensure that you still wear your GC Pulse when cycling as the small movement detected while riding also counts towards your daily activity.
  8. What happens if a member of my GC team withdraws from the competition? The team member can be replaced.
  9. Does workers compensation insurance cover an injury caused as a result of participating in the GC? Workers compensation insurance covers injuries incurred as a result of someone’s normal course of employment. If someone is injured during a work sanctioned event, they may be covered for that injury but. If an injury does occur as a result of participating in the GC please contact Injury Management immediately.