10,000 Steps Challenge

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The Monash 10,000 Steps Challenge 2014: Eat well, be active, stay healthy challenge has now concluded.

This year, 339 teams and 2628 participants across local and international campuses and sites, walked more than 6 million cumulative steps in a virtual walk around beautiful Malaysia, starting at the amazing Batu Caves, taking in the beautiful Cameron Highlands and historical Malacca before finishing at the Petronas Towers.

Participants were congratulated by the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner at a celebratory lunch at the conclusion of the event.  She highlighted the need for participants to incorporate physical activity into their daily routine and to continue their good work after the event. Professor Gardner encouraged all staff to become involved, including herself, in next year’s challenge.

Winning teams were also congratulated and presented their trophies, with the top prize for the first team to complete the virtual walk around Malaysia going to 'Edu Step Up' from Peninsula campus while the highest campus participation went to the Prato Campus.

To conclude the proceedings, Claire Palermo from the Nutrition arm of BASE (Be Active, Sleep Eat) spoke about the importance of a work life balance, and the significant role that nutrition and diet together with exercise play in achieving this balance.  Participants also received some great tips on how to incorporate a healthier diet into their daily lives.
The winning teams at all sites are:

Best overall Monash team:   Edu Step Up:  Team Captain – Pauline Wong, Peninsula Campus

Best campus participation:  Prato Campus

Best campus teams:


Team Name

Alfred Crisp Smiths
Bendigo Golden Steppers
Berwick Busy Bodies
Box Hill Happy Heels and Twinkle Toes 
Caulfield MisterFits
Clayton She’s Got Legs
Gippsland The Proclaimers
Malaysia Sunway Runners
Parkville Polyactivity
Peninsula Edu Step Up
Prato Run Baby Run
South Africa Holy Walk a Moly