Stepping our way to better health and wellbeing

Staff from across GMSS have just completed the 100 day Virgin Pulse Global Challenge, a virtual journey around the world that encourages you to take at least 10,000 steps a day.

On Wednesday 23 October, in teams of seven, 56 members of staff set off on the virtual journey, committing to a goal of taking at least 10,000 steps a day and improving their overall health and performance. By the end of the challenge the average daily step count was 12,373 and collectively the teams clocked up an impressive 67,903,622 steps which converts to 27,003,549 miles.

Through goal setting and a sense of healthy competition, staff have increased awareness of how they move, eat and feel, improved their physical and mental health and taken steps towards becoming more resilient, productive and engaged at work.

The fight for the top spot was close between two teams of IT staff, in the end it was 6plus1 (pictured right) who were named the most active (winning!) team. They took the top spot at GMSS and ranked a very impressive 66th place on the Global Challenge’s leaderboard – no small achievement given that 483 teams across the world were in the running.

Not far behind was Die Lard, With A Vengeance who took 2nd place on the GMSS leaderboard and an equally impressive 67th place globally.

Showing real commitment from start to finish was Pimp My Stride, a team of staff from the Data Quality team. They were named the Most Improved team on the GMSS leaderboard.

Emma Watts, IT Procurement Lead and Captain of the most active team, 6plus1, said: “Participating in the challenge was great in so many ways. It improved our health and wellbeing and encouraged us to spend more time with our friends and family in a more mindful way.

From a work perspective, it helped us communicate with teams and colleagues that we wouldn’t necessarily speak to from day-to-day, and in a positive and open way.”

Feedback from staff taking part in the challenge has been really positive. Individuals who took part have reported that their overall physical activity has improved, new friendships at work have been formed, walking and exercise has become part of their normal daily life and the challenge has encouraged them to try new things and push for new goals.