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What is Steptember

Steptember is a ready-made staff engagement activity which will improve the health and wellness of your employees, increase morale and have a positive impact on the lives of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

In teams of four, your employees track their daily step count by wearing a fitness tracker or pedometer, and record their results on the interactive Steptember website. The goal is to reach 10,000 steps per day. Each day participants enter their steps, and watch as their team progresses through the month. 

Steptember is not just about walking your way to better health – participants can run, cycle, swim or even dance their way to this daily step target. There are 60 activities to choose from including activities suitable for people with a disability. Teams are encouraged to fundraise throughout the event using an online fundraising platform. This will make a huge difference to the lives of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. 

The Benefits

A healthy workforce has a positive impact on the overall performance of an organization. Employers told us at the completion of last year’s event that they saw increased team work and morale, strengthened interdepartmental communication and reduced sick days. 

Feedback from last year’s participants told us: 

  • 80% experienced increased physical activity
  • 33% lost weight 
  • 86% had increased energy levels 
  • 20% were able to handle stress better & had improved sleep patterns 
  • 80% chose to make a difference by fundraising 
  • Importantly, 97% of participants said they would participate again. 

The Details

The Investment

$15 per person or $60 per team of four. An invoice option is available for organizations that pay for staff participation along with administration rights so the organization can follow the progress of teams. Each participant receives a welcome letter and a Steptember Handbook that includes some fundraising tips.

Key Dates

Steptember kicks off on September 4th and finishes on October 1st, 2017. 

Communications 

Participants will receive regular motivational messages via email, complete with health and wellness tips to increase engagement. Integrated leader boards allow staff to see how they are tracking against other teams within your organization and promote friendly competition between departments or different sites.

We can also work with you and your internal communications staff to design a communications plan to maximize the benefits for your employees. 

International Participation

Steptember began in 2010 in Australia, as the Cerebral Palsy Challenge. After two very successful years the decision was made to take Steptember around the world. In 2017, it will be run in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Canada, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore and India. You will be able to track your progress against teams in all of these countries.

Next Steps

1. Contact stepitup@steptember.ca to register your organization;

2. Promote Steptember through social media and other channels; 

3. Reach out to friends, family, co-workers, and others throughout your network to raise funds in support of cerebral palsy associations across Canada; 

4. Step it up to 10,000 (steps per day) from September 4th - October 1st!