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5+ Team Challenge

We're mixing things up this time around and shifting the focus from a personal to a team challenge. The 5+ Team Challenge will focus on your nutritional health and mental wellbeing as well as your physical activity levels. So, for the 28 days of February we encourage your team of 5 to take the challenge. Get your team together and register today!

Challenge Numbers

Total KMs

  • Total KMs travelled - 33,302

Most KMs

  • Staff Photo Club
  • PRC 3
  • Fab 5
  • Five Go Walking
  • The Woodview 5

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5+ KMs of running, walking or rolling (wheelchair users)

This is the only part of the 5+ Team Challenge where you are required to record your efforts. We'd like you to try for 5 KMs a day but you are welcome to aim higher if you wish. This is a journey, not a race and our aim is to help you build up a healthy routine for 2022.

Follow the steps to sign up your team then track your distance online.

  1. All Team Members identify a captain, come up with a team name and select a day for your mental wellbeing check in / social meeting.
  2. Captain gathers the team details and emails them to Paul at (opens in a new window)engage@ucd.ie. 5 is the maximum number for your team but it's no problem if you have 3 or 4. (If you have more than 5 you'll need two teams).
  3. Culture & Engagement will set up the team on the challenge tracker and provide everyone with access.
  4. All Team Members record their KMs locally using an app or device of their choice.
  5. All Team Members record their KMs on to the collective 'Challange Tracker'.
  6. Team members meet up online or in person, but always in line with prevailing health advice, once a week for their mental wellbeing check in.

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Follow the progress of all teams now on our Challenge Tracker page.

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5+ servings a day

As part of the challenge, we are encouraging you to take in 5+ servings* of fruit and veg a day. You don't need to record your intake as part of the challenge but we would encourage you to take this element of the challenge as seriously as the physical activity or mental wellbeing.

*Serving or portion? A serving is a measured amount of food or drink. A portion can be defined as the quantity of food eaten at any one time/sitting. Portion sizes can vary considerably!

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5+ minutes for mental wellbeing

Put aside 5+ minutes a day to mind your mental wellbeing and perhaps try some of the following:

  • Stay connected: Set a weekly time to have a social check in with your teammates online or in person (if you can do so safely).
  • Give to others: Consider taking advantage of our volunteering policy to get involved with your community.
  • Switch off: Try some mediation, breathing exercises, art or a similar activity.
  • Try something new for 2022: Consider joining one of the existing employee groups on campus such as the Community Choir(opens in a new window)Purl Jam or the Photography Club.

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On this occasion, we are focussing on walking, running or jogging. Cycling KMs can not be included on the challenge tracker.

However...if you are interested in a cycling challenge then let us know and we will look at how we can run one in the future.

This is a challenge for employees and makes extensive use of Google sheets within the @ucd.ie domain. Access to the system requires participants to have an @ucd.ie email address.

For more on activities aimed at students, visit the Healthy UCD website.

It's true there are lots of APPs out there that can provide a similar service. However, we have chosen to go with an in-house version for the following reasons:

  • Better for GDPR - Names and emails are retained within UCD.
  • Better for the Charity - Using an in-house system means costs are greatly reduced and there is more money for the charity (when challenges are run in conjunction with a charity).

On this occasion we are just keeping to running, jogging, walking or rolling.

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Of course! If there aren't enough people in your area to complete a team then email (opens in a new window)engage@ucd.ie and we'll do our best to place you in another team that hasn't used all its slots.

Contact Culture & Engagement

Culture & Engagement, UCD HR 3rd Floor, Roebuck Offices University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
E: engage@ucd.ie | Location Map(opens in a new window)