Wellness Challenges

BeWell is facilitating friendly team challenges for Penn State Health employees throughout 2023. These free virtual, month-long competitions are designed to promote health and well-being. Participate with your colleagues to foster friendly competition and stay motivated all throughout the year.


The BeActive Challenge is a free system-wide, month-long, virtual activity challenge for Penn State Health employees, running July 131.  

BeActive Challenge Details:

    • Interested participants may register as an individual or as a team. If registering as a team, there is a minimum of two, with a maximum of three persons per team.
    • Each team member is encouraged to walk 10,000 steps per day for the month of July. Participants can accumulate steps through other activities besides walking. Use the provided conversion chart to convert other activities into steps.
    • Weekly emails are sent to registrants with motivators to stay active and strategies to keep moving throughout the day.
    • Team captains will receive an email at the end of each week with a link to enter their team’s total step count for the week.

To join the BeActive challenge, register here. (Registration will open on June 1).

Download tracking logs and an activity conversion chart below:

Individual Log

Team Captain Log

Activity Conversion Chart


Frequently asked questions

When does the BeActive Challenge begin and end?

The BeActive Challenge runs July 1-31, 2023

How do we form a team?

You can register as an individual or team. Teams should consist of a minimum of two, with a maximum of three Penn State Health employees per team. Each team must have an individual serving as a team captain. The team captain fills out the registration form, including each team member’s name, Penn State Health email address, department, and team name. 

How many people are allowed on a team?

Each team may have a minimum of two with a maximum of three Penn State Health employees. You may also register as an individual. 

What does the team captain do?

The team captain is responsible for keeping track of the total number of steps (or exercise equivalent) and reporting them each week. Captains should download the team captain log to easily keep track of their teams’ weekly steps. 

How do I keep track of my steps?

You can use a phone, pedometer, or other wearable fitness device to track your steps. Refer to the provided activity conversion chart to convert other activities into steps. Download the individual log to keep track of your daily steps. Team members report the total number of steps at the end of each week to their team captain.

What if our team does not reach its goal each week?

That’s OK! Not everyone will meet the goal of 10,000 steps per day. Employees should listen to their bodies, have fun and try to improve as the month progresses.

How will I receive communication during the monthly challenge?

All registered participants will receive a weekly email from BeWell with reminders, motivators, tips and tricks to stay active. The weekly email will also contain a link for the team captains to log their team’s steps.

Will there be prizes?

At the end of the challenge, the teams/individuals with the highest average step count will win a Penn State Health/BeWell branded cooler bag!