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Highlights of the Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge

The Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge is a fun and inclusive way to encourage staff and faculty to engage in movement. After a year hiatus, the challenge was back on this year from July 5 to August 2, 2021.

Despite the many challenges we faced this year, over 234 people and 30 teams joined us—it was also the first time we had a dual-campus Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge. This year we also opened the challenge up to include many additional activities to stair climbing to make the challenge more accessible for everyone.

Highlights of the challenge include:

  • 47 prizes were given away from local companies
  • Participants collectively climbed the equivalent of 589,033 flights of stairs
  • 10 meetups took place including six Move U sessions hosted by UBC Rec and four Ergo Your Posture sessions hosted by UBC Ergonomics

Here is what some participants are saying about the challenge:

These anonymous quotes were sent in via the post-event survey.

“It reminds us that we can fit in movement all throughout the day; we don’t just have to do a set-work out. Incorporate exercise and make it fun! I am proud that this year I smashed my numbers from last year. Next year, I hope to smash my numbers from this year.”

“This was a really fun challenge, and I appreciated the opportunity to push myself to do an amazing feat, which was climbing Mt. Everest in a month. Thanks again for making this a reality for me!”

“I personally feel this program participation has given me so much energy and good habits that I intend to continue this for my better health.”

Incorporate exercise into your day this fall

Exercise can be an effective way to increase resilience, foster social connections and improve health. We invite you to continue to incorporate exercise into your workday this fall. Some easy steps are to:

  1. Attend a 15-minute virtual Ergo Your Posture Session with UBC Ergonomics on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
  2. Book the Move U crew to do a 5-15 minute virtual fitness session in a staff meeting
  3. Take the stairs instead of the elevator when possible
  4. Ask a colleague if they want to go on a virtual walking work meeting


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