What is Walktober?

In this fun, inspiring fitness campaign, you’ll go on a virtual color our through some of the world’s most breathtaking autumn landscapes as you record steps or other activities.  Along the way, you’ll have ways to give and get support, plus helpful tips and resources.

How does it work? 

Your goal is to collect 30 leaves – 1 leaf each day of the week, when you log 4000+ steps, for the 42 day program.  You can use a tracking device, enter manually, or add exercise minutes that convert automatically.

What is the goal?

Earn 1 leaf a day, 5+ days a week by tracking steps.

4000-6999 steps = Red Leaf

7000-9999 steps = Orange Leaf

10,000+ steps = Gold Leaf

Is there team participation?

Yes! In this optional friendly competition, teams of 4-20 challenge each other to build up points (the group that averages the most tops the leaderboard).  Plus weekly Thrive Thursday challenges can add bonus points.  After registering, read How It Works on the Team page to learn more.

I forgot my password to log-in to the mobile app. How do I reset my password?

You will be using your email and the password you created when you first registered for the Launchpad when you first participated in a wellness challenge.  However, to reset your password, go to your WashU Wellness Launchpad and click on the Settings wheel on the top right corner next to your name.  Under Mobile Password, enter your new password and click “Save Changes” on the bottom right corner.  You should be able to log onto the app after the new password has been saved.

Who can participate?

Everyone.  Whether you’re just starting out or exercise has been part of your daily routine for a while, Walktober gives you simple, motivating tools to track progress, providing instant feedback from your favorite tracking device or app.

How do the activity trackers/apps sync to my Walktober account? 

Once you register and connect a device or app to your Walktober 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 Walktober account, you will see your steps add up.

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

Just use the Step Converter in the Log drawer. Enter the activity and minutes, then Walktober does the conversion for you.

How do I get credit for my everyday movement if I’m not using a tracking device?

You’ve recorded your dedicated exercise minutes, but what about your movement throughout the day? You can manually add 2000-4000 steps for incidental movement each day, based on how active you were:

  • 2000 steps: I mostly stayed at my workstation except for occasional breaks.
  • 3000 steps: I moved a moderate amount, getting away from my workstation for short walks several times.
  • 4000 steps: I moved a lot, with frequent short walks to perform my job.

How long will registration stay open?

Registration opens Monday, September 21st and participants can enroll through Friday, October 9th. Competition starts on Monday, October 5th and ends on Sunday, November 16th.

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 Work of Art, and clicking on the Settings page. On this page you see the option to update your home address. Please have the most current address on your account by the end of the challenge.

How does individual competition work?

Once registered, you’re automatically part of the individual competition.

How does the team competition work?

You will have until Friday, October 9th to form a team of 4-20 members.  The team competition will end on Sunday, November 16th, so be sure to complete logging by Sunday to have your activity count towards your team’s score.

In this friendly throw-down, teams challenge each other to see who can top the leaderboard.  Although you can participate on your own, being on a team may be the most fun part of this color tour.  Scores are based on the team’s average leaf points plus Thrive Thursday challenges (1 bonus point/team member each week).  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 world the most important thing is to recruit others who are motivated to be active and healthy.

What are Thrive Thursday challenges?

If you’re on an official team, you’ll find an additional activity in your Thursday morning email and on the Team page – an everyday task to complete before midnight CT to earn a bonus point toward your team score.

If I have a disability, can I still participate in Walktober?

Yes; Walktober’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.

In Walktober, you can get credit for activities that don’t track steps by using the Step Converter in the Log drawer.  If your activity isn’t listed, estimate your steps based on the closest in intensity (light, moderate, vigorous).  An odometer can gauge distance in a wheelchair; 5 miles of pushing generally equals 10,000 steps.

Who do I contact if I am having difficulties with the website and cannot log activity?

Use the contact button on the bottom of the WashU Wellness Launchpad homepage for further assistance. A Work of Art representative will follow up within 1 business day.