Food Around the Globe Virtual Challenge begins Feb. 8

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Augusta University employees and spouses can team up with other employees to track steps, learn about foreign cuisine and earn prizes for well-being in the USG's Food Around the Globe Challenge.

Join the Food Around the Globe Virtual Challenge, beginning Monday, Feb. 8, and you could earn USG Well-being credits or other prizes for logging your steps.

Augusta University employees and spouses enrolled in a USG health care plan are eligible to earn $20 in well-being credits by joining the challenge and tracking their steps each week. If you waived health coverage, you may still enter the contest and track your steps to earn entry into a prize drawing.

Team up with colleagues and embark on a virtual global journey in search of the perfect healthy dish. As your steps add up, you will unlock destinations around the world. At each destination, you will learn about that location’s cuisine, including simple recipes you can make at home. You are also walking toward better health!

But first, make sure you are signed up with a USG Well-being account. Here are more details.

Join the challenge
  1. Sign in to your USG Well-being account. If you are not registered yet, go to OneUSG Connect, select Manage My Benefits, and then click on the USG Well-being tile on the home page. Spouses may register at this link.
  2. Go to the team challenge page. Join an open team, or make a new one with your work friends!
  3. Connect your activity tracker to receive credit for all your hard-earned steps.
Challenge dates

This challenge starts at 12 a.m. Feb. 8 and ends at 11:59 p.m. March 21. The last chance to upload your steps will be 11:59 p.m. March 22. Steps uploaded after this date will not be counted in the final results. Try uploading daily — it’s more fun!

Earn rewards

Employees and spouses enrolled in a USG health care plan can earn $20 in USG well-being credits by tracking steps each week of the Food Around the Globe Virtual Challenge. (You must register your USG Well-being account and complete the health assessment by Sept. 30, 2021, to be eligible to earn well-being credits in 2021.) If you waived health coverage, you can still participate and earn prize drawing entries for tracking steps each week of the challenge.

Teams

Teams can have up to 10 participants. You may join an existing team or create a new team. It’s up to you, but either way, try to have a full team of 10 to maximize your score.

Scores

Team scores are based on total team steps. The more steps your team gets, the better your score. Log your steps on the challenge page or sync steps from a fitness tracker or app to contribute to your team score. You can get credit for a maximum of 30,000 steps per day (so aim high)! The team with the most steps at the end of the challenge wins.

Destinations

As you go, try to unlock each destination with your team. At each destination you’ll learn about local cuisine and get healthy recipes you can make at home. If you unlock all the destinations before the challenge ends, keep walking. Another team could pass you on the Challenge Leaderboard!

Good to Know

The Food Around the Globe Virtual Challenge is a motivational metaphor. You are unlocking destinations and recipes based on the number of steps you take in your activities. Participant names and step counts may be shared with other challenge participants and administrators.

For more information about this USG Well-being challenge, please contact the Human Resources Solution Center at 706-721-3770.

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Denise Parrish
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Denise Parrish is Senior Communications Strategist for Operations at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-721-9566 or mparrish@augusta.edu.

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