What is Coast to Coast?

Put on your bell-bottoms, grab your favorite cassettes, and pack the Polaroid® for this fun-filled, nostalgic journey to some of America’s most popular attractions. With this virtual trip, you’ll:

  • Travel across the US, stopping at exciting hot spots as you record healthy behaviors
  • View postcard-perfect vintage and modern images and bet-you-didn’t know descriptions
  • Build well-being habits that last long after your epic shore-to-shore adventure is over

How does it work?

Each day you’ll tour a new attraction, earning points and road signs as you record exercise minutes or steps, plus two additional behaviors.  And you’ll answer a fun trivia question, learn why each attraction should be on your places-to-see list, and collect unique stickers to commemorate your visit.

What is the goal?

To earn 15 points a week by working up to 10,000 steps a day:

  • 4000-6999 steps = 3 Points
  • 7000-9999 steps = 4 Points
  • 10,000+ steps = 5 points

Daily Behaviors

  • Produce Servings = 1 point
  • 2-minute Timeout = 1 point

However, in order to earn the top incentive, your goal is to aim for 200+ points by the end of the challenge.

What are the Daily Behaviors and how do I earn them?

3 Veggie/2 Fruit Servings = 1 point

Choose from a variety of colors to get the most produce has to offer – vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients – for better health. What’s a serving? Check the box in the logging drawer for at least 3 vegetable and 2 fruit servings (5+ cups).

2 2-minute Timeouts = 1 point

Aim for 2-minute stretching or strengthening breaks throughout the day – in the morning and in the afternoon. Check the box in the logging drawer if you had at least 2 2-minute timeouts.  Click here for resources for WashU from WashU!

What is the incentive for participating?

60-149 points = $5.00

150-199 points = $15.00

200+ points = $25.00

If I am terminated or leave the university, am I still eligible for the incentive?

No, if you are terminated or decide to leave the university mid-challenge, you will not be eligible for the incentive for the points you have earned thus far in the challenge. 

Can I update my home address for incentive purposes?

Yes. You’re able to update your home address by hovering over your name in the top right corner of Coast to Coast, and clicking on the Settings page. On this page you’ll see the option to update your home address.  Please have the most current address on your account by the end of the challenge. 

Who is eligible to participate in this activity challenge?

All benefits eligible employees are able to participate. As you travel from east to west, you’ll enjoy breathtaking images while learning about some of America’s most treasured attractions.

When can I register to participate?

Registration opens October 14th and participants can enroll until November 8, 2019. Competition starts on October 28th and ends December 8, 2019.  You will be able to backlog seven days at a time and you will have until Friday, December 13th to backlog for the last week of the challenge.

What are the trivia questions?

Each day you log at least 1 healthy habit, you’ll have the chance to test your knowledge of must-see stops. It’s a fun little query (no points, no pressure) to see what you remember from geography and history classes.

How does the activity tracker sync to my Coast to Coast account?

After you register and have connected a device or apt to your Coast to Coast account, it’s simple. Just put your device on in the morning, then each time you sync it with your computer or app and log into your Coast to Coast  account, you can see your steps add up. To see a full list of devices you can sync with, click here.

Can I log manually if I’m using a tracking device?

Even if you have a device connected in Coast to Coast, you can still manually record steps:

  1. Go to Log drawer
  2. Under Log, click Edit (by Steps), then enter the number of steps, and click Save.
  3. To revert to device tracking, click Sync.

If my activity isn’t accurately measured with a tracker-like cycling- how do I count steps?

Refer to the Step Conversions tool under the Tools/Resources tab; choose your activity, then multiply the number listed by total minutes.

Note: Steps per minute conversions are estimates. Actual step rates depend on the specific activity, plus leg and stride length as well as fitness level. For nonstep activities, step equivalents are determined by the metabolic cost (higher intensity=more steps per minute)

Can I backlog my data?

Participants have 7 days to backlog data throughout the campaign.  After 7 days have passed, scores are locked in. When the campaign ends on Sunday, December 8, participants will have until Friday, December 13 to backlog data from the final week of the challenge.

How does individual competition work?

Once registered, you’re automatically part of the individual competition. You can view how you rank amongst your fellow walkers on the individual leader board. Not comfortable having your score displayed? No problem; you can opt-out of having your name appear in your Preferences.

How does the team competition work?

All teams must have 4-20 members (yourself plus 3-19 others) and must be formed  by November 1, 2019. The individual who starts the team is the team leader. You can be a member of only 1 team. The team competition will end on Friday, December 13th.  Team scores will be locked in on Friday, December 13th with no exceptions. Although you can participate on your own, team participation may be the most fun part of Coast to Coast. Scores are based on the team’s average points.  Each person’s individual contribution affects the team score, so gather a group who will encourage and support each other along the way.

Why do I want to be on a team?

It’s fun! Plus, joining with others striving for similar goals keeps you accountable – and doubles your chances of success. So start or join a team with members close by, across the hall, or around the campus – the most important thing is to recruit others who are motivated to be active and healthy.

If I have a disability can I still participate in Coast to Coast?

Yes; Coast to Coast’s self-paced, flexible design fits people of all abilities. If walking isn’t possible, be as active as you can in whatever ways you enjoy. If you’re unsure which activities are best, check with your healthcare provider. The National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability offers specific ideas.

The Step Conversions tool under the Tools/Resources tab is helpful for equivalents. If your activity isn’t listed, estimate your steps based on the closes in intensity (light, moderate, vigorous).  An odometer can gauge distance in a wheelchair; 5 miles of pushing generally equals 10,000 steps (2000/steps/mile).

Use the Contact Us box on the Coast to Coast page for further assistance. A HES representative will follow up within 24 hours.

Who do I contact if I have a medical condition that prohibits me from participating in the challenge?

Washington University’s Wellness Connection is committed to helping you take positive steps toward your well-being. Please check with your doctor and health care team prior to starting any new exercise regimen.

Tips for Motivating Teammates

  • Lead by example! Talk about your personal goals and efforts to reach 10,000 steps each day. Make a visible effort to be active during the work day: park in the furthest spot, walk to the furthest bathroom, take a 1-3 minute break every 30 minutes.
  • Integrate activity into your meetings and gatherings as much as possible. Include a “stand up moment” in your slide presentations and encourage coworkers to stand and stretch. Hold a walking meeting when appropriate.
  • Encourage your team to explore the campus and get some activity – reference these maps for guidance.
  • Use a “break buddy” to help cover your work when you take a short break. Plan ahead for when you intend to take a break and ask your buddy to answer the phone while you step away for a little while. Do the same for your buddy!
  • Make sure your teammates have an activity tracker; encourage them to check their batteries or have an extra charger at work to ensure their tracker is functioning.
  • Send a weekly reminder to remind teammates to record their steps if they aren’t automatically synced or to make sure they’re synced steps are loading accurately.
  • Share the ways you move through pictures and caption on social media: we’re on Twitter – @WashUWellness and #WashUMoves