2016 Wellness Challenge

Calling all students, staff and faculty--the 2016 Wellness Challenge begins on Monday, Feb. 1. The Wellness Challenge is meant for people of all fitness levels, so whether you're a fitness fanatic or just starting to lead a healthier lifestyle, you are encouraged to participate. 

Here's how the challenge works:

  1. Create your team of 10 members and submit a Team Sign-Up Form (PDF)
  2. Earn points for participating in a variety of wellness categories through the week
  3. Document your team's points daily and weekly on the Point Tracking Sheet (PDF)
  4. Hand in or email your team's Point Tracking Sheet to the Wellness Center each Monday morning

The team will the most points at the end of the Wellness Challenge wins a prize!

If you have any questions, contact Samantha Slinger at SSlinger12@winona.edu.

Point Explanations

Use the following guidelines when tracking points for the Wellness Challenge. A printable version (PDF) of the point explanations is also available.

There is several ways to earn aerobic points including:

  • 30+ minutes on any cardio equipment located in the Fitness Center or fitness center of your choice
  • 30+ minutes of jogging, walking, rollerblading, etc. of outdoor activity
  • Attending a fitness class offered by the WSU Intramurals department. (see intramurals activity)

You can earn 1 point maximum per day. If you do an hour of aerobics a day, you don’t get another point.

Earn 2 points by attending any WSU sponsored event. This could be a campus concert, athletic event, guest speaker's lecture etc.
It is very important that you have a yearly appointment with your doctor.  This can be the first indication of any concerns or changes that you may have to make in your quest for lifelong wellness. This appointment must be done during the challenge and can only be counted one time during the challenge. You can receive 10 points for meeting this goal.
Water is so good for you, and everyone should be drinking water all day long. If you get 8 or more 8 oz. glasses of water in a day, you can award yourself 2 points.
Eating healthy can be the last thing we think about, particularly while attending college. Make it a priority and earn 1 point daily by eating 3 veggies and 2 fruits each day. Hey, it’s a start!
The Fitness Center will try to arrange a fitness evaluation open to all students, staff and faculty. This will be worth 3 points and can only be submitted one time. You must make an appointment to get a fitness evaluation.
One of the biggest problems on a college campus is the lack of sleep issue. Sleeplessness can contribute to the inability to concentrate, depression and many other wellness problems. Earn 2 points daily by getting a minimum of 7 hours of sleep each night.
WSU offers extensive Intramural activities and participation in any of them is worth 1 point. This is separate from your aerobic workout. So you can have a point for intramurals and for aerobic if you did both activities in one day. But you can’t give yourself a point for intramurals and aerobic if the only thing you did was intramurals.
This category encourages you to try something new. Each new activity provides a one-time opportunity to earn 2 points. You must list the new equipment or activity on your tracking sheet. You can qualify for a new activity max of 2 points daily and cannot earn points for a new activity (2pts) plus your regular aerobic activity (1pt) in one day.
We are encouraging everyone to quit the habit of smoking. Each day without smoking is worth 1 point. Non-smokers qualify for points too.
Earn 1 point daily by abstaining from consumption of alcoholic beverages. Avoid alcohol, feel better and earn extra points for you and your team.

Walking Warrior is a new program this semester for employees and students. The program gives you another opportunity to get your personal fitness started with a leader to help guide you. Look for flyers around campus, and if you are interested, please contact Karli Dorn at kdorn005@gmail.com.

You will receive 2 points per day of participation.

You can do any type of strength training you desire. However, it must consist of a minimum 30 minutes of strength work to claim your 1 point max per day.
Taking to time to stretch is extremely important, so spend a minimum of 20 minutes daily to earn 1 point.