Through an immersive and engaging experience, the Global Challenge addresses key elements of wellbeing including physical activity, nutrition, sleep and mental health.
The Global Challenge is a team-based 100-day health and wellbeing event that takes place around the world every year from May until the end of August. UNSW has participated in the Global Challenge since 2015 as part of the University’s investment in employee wellbeing.
The Global Challenge encourages participants to increase their activity levels to a baseline of 10,000 steps per day over 100 days. Sections of the challenge are also devoted to nutrition, mental health, improving focus and sleep.
For the past three years, UNSW has won the title of “Most Active University in Australia”, beating close challenges from the University of Sydney, QUT and the University of Tasmania. In 2018, 222 teams and 1,554 UNSW staff participated in the Global Challenge. By the end of the 2018 event, 78% of participants were exceeding the 10,000 steps per day target, compared with only 21% before the challenge commenced. UNSW staff collectively lost 556kg and together walked the equivalent of over 30 times around the Earth.
Registrations are now open for 2019. There are 15 teams already signed up to join the event this year.
Staff members who wish to participate in the Challenge need to:
- Get together a team of seven colleagues
- Choose a team captain
- Choose a team name
- Check with your area manager (see below) that funding is available for your team
- Register your team here
All faculties and divisions have a Global Challenge area manager who should be contacted to determine if funding is available for teams. If your faculty or division is not listed but you have a team assembled and are ready to register, please contact Liza Poppert.
Arts & Social Sciences: Winnie Hii
Built Environment: Alfonsus Alvin
Business: Edwina Taylor-Perkins
Canberra: Pru May
Engineering: Blathnaid Farrell
Law: Kyle Allen
Medicine: Elaine Duffy
Science: Shane Hengst & Alyce Taylor
DVC Academic: Jenna Adams
DVC Enterprise: Claudia Avendano
DVC Equity, Diversity & Inclusion: Kylie Brenton
DVC Research: Lisa Sloan
Division of External Relations: Emma Sedlak
Division of Human Resources: Anna Rogers
Division of Finance & Operations: Maddy Stephen