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Walk Across Campus Challenge

Healthy You Programs


 

WAC Kickoff
WAC Kickoff Walk | Source: Boston College Magazine | Photograph: Lee Pellegrini

Overview

Boston College’s Walk Across Campus (WAC) is among the most popular of many HEALTHY YOU sponsored activities. Over the last several years, the Walk Across Campus challenge has successfully promoted friendly competition while building solid camaraderie amongst peers throughout BC. The WAC has fostered a “community of walkers” year round, and once the challenge begins the campus fills with scores of walkers getting their steps in whenever they can. Our campus offers many areas to enjoy taking steps. For instance, when leaving from the 129 Lake building, two loops around Chandler Pond equals two miles, as does completing one loop around the reservoir when you leave from the front of the Rec Plex.

Read about Walk Across Campus in Boston College Magazine


 

Getting Started

Fall 2017 Walk Across Campus: October 2 - December 4, 2017

Registration for the Fall 2017 WAC begins online in August 2017 through BC’s HEALTHY YOU wellness platform. Check back for exact dates and be on the lookout for an email from HEALTHY YOU.

For this WAC Boston College is subsidizing a new Flex 2 Fitbit pedometer for all benefits-eligible employees who sign up AND participate on a fall team. Also, those who wish to upgrade to a Fitbit unit other than a Flex 2 can do so by paying only the difference in cost.

You MUST follow directions in the sequence below to allow activation of the 'promo code' that will be used to subsidize your Fitbit. Your 'promo code' will not be activated on the Fitbit site until you select a team.

1.  Join a fall WAC team on the Harvard Pilgrim BC Wellness portal, which is open now. If you did not set up a Wellness account on the portal last semester, you will need to do so. If you already have a Harvard Pilgrim Wellness account from last year, you still need to log in to your account and select your team for this year's Walk.

You can access instructions by clicking on How to Create a Wellness Account

You do NOT need to be a Harvard Pilgrim member to set up an account and join a team. If you need assistance, contact Harvard Pilgrim's Wellness Services Monday - Friday, 9 am-5 pm, at 1-877-594-7183 or email HPWellness@harvardpilgrim.org

2.  Once you register for a team, you can order your Fitbit on their site beginning Wednesday of the following week.  (For example, if you join a team on the Wellness portal on Tuesday, August 15, your 'promo code' will be ready to use on the Fitbit site by Wednesday, August 23.)  You will receive a confirmation email from the HPWellness team when your Fitbit code has been activated.

To access the Fitbit site click www.fitbit.com/store/bcwalkacrosscampus.  Your 'promo code' will be 'BC' followed by your eight-digit Eagle ID (e.g., BC12345678).  Through the Storefront you can order your Flex 2 Fitbit or upgrade to another unit and pay the difference by credit card, and you can have your Fitbit shipped directly to your home. The Storefront's instructions are pretty clear, but for more details you can click here.
[Note: The Fitbit Storefront will CLOSE at midnight, Friday, September 15th.]

3.  Upon receipt of your Fitbit, follow the set-up directions that come with the unit.
You will go to www.Fitbit.com/setup and click on the Download for Windows App.

4.  Link your new Fitbit to your WAC team by following directions here: 

How to Connect a Wearable Device focusing on Fitbit.

If you need assistance please contact Harvard Pilgrim’s Wellness Services, if you need assistance, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm at 1-877-594-7183 or via email at hpwellness@harvardpilgrim.org.

Challenge Duration

Fall 2017: October 2 - December 4, 2017

Our two-month team walking competition returns for the Fall 2017 semester from October 2, 2017 through December 4, 2017. BC is subsidizing a new Flex 2 Fitbit for all benefits eligible employees who sign up AND participate on a Fall team. Back by popular demand, employees who wish to upgrade to a unit other than the Flex 2 can do so and pay only the difference.

Once you’ve created your Wellness Account and signed up for the team challenge, lace up and get moving!

Registration and Fitbit orders will begin online on August 15 through September 15 through BC’s Healthy You wellness platform. Access the Boston College Fitbit instructions page to enter Your Promo Code. You will also be able to connect your Fitbit to your Wellness Account.

Kickoff Walk

Monday, October 2, 2017, 12:05 p.m. | In Front of Cadigan Alumni Center, Brighton Campus

Join your teammates and other fellow BC employees for a walk to kick off the beginning of this semester's competition! Meet in front of the Cadigan Alumni Center at 12:05 pm.  We will walk down Lake Street and cross over to loop twice around Chandler Pond, approximately a 2 mile walk.  The kickoff walk is optional, but a great way to get into the spirit of the WAC.  We hope to see many of you there.

Closing Celebration

December 12, 2017 | Murray Room, Yawkey

Lunch will be provided for all Fall 2017 WAC team members and prizes will be awarded.  Join in the fun with co-workers and enjoy the food, games, music, prizes, and camaraderie.  ALL can celebrate the accomplishments of becoming a HEALTHY YOU!

Walk over, if able, or park in the Beacon or Commonwealth Avenue garages for this event.