Australasian University Health Challenge
The Australasian University Health Challenge (AUHC) is a health-focused initiative for staff and students across Australia and New Zealand.
The Australasian University Health Challenge (AUHC) is a health-focused initiative for staff and students across Australia and New Zealand. Each year we aim to encourage and support many of our students and staff to get involved.
Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington have participated in 2019 and 2020 with the aim to encourage and support as many of our students and staff to get involved.
Throughout the six weeks of the challenge we will encourage everyone to increase their daily steps and physical activity through small yet significant behavioural changes.
The 2021 challenge dates are Monday 6 September until Sunday 17 October.
Read about the health challenge on the 10,000 steps website or check out the previous year’s leader board and results below:
Joining team Te Herenga Waka
Registrations for the 2021 challenge open on the 10,000 Steps website on Monday 23 August.
Create an account on the 10,000 Steps sign up page:
- Enter your details.
- Select that you would like to register as a participant.
- Check your inbox to verify your email address.
After creating an account you can access your dashboard.
If you are a past participant, you can log in to your 10,000 Steps account directly.
From Monday 23 August, click on Health Challenge on your dashboard, and select Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington to join the team.
Ask questions regarding the 2021 challenge by emailing University Recreation at email@example.com.
During the challenge you can enter your daily steps via your dashboard.
2021 AUHC events
Wednesday 8 September, 12–2 pm
Location—The Hub/Tim Beaglehole Courtyard
Meet other Te Herenga Waka participants, learn how to log your activity, and kickstart the 2021 challenge by joining us in the Hub. We will be walking laps around campus over lunchtime so come along and get some steps in #everystepcounts.
We Love Our Bays
Saturday 2 October, 10 am–12 pm
Location—Freyberg Beach play area
Help us take care of our coastlines and clock some steps while you’re at it. Bring your friends and family for a beach rubbish pick up, an opportunity to learn about small easily missed rubbish that endangers our sea life the most. Every piece of rubbish counts.
Tuesday 21 September, 5–6.30 pm
It’s a glow in the dark dance party! Dress up in neon or white to glow, get creative with our neon paint station, and join our high-energy instructors for a cardio-dance workout.
Date and time to be confirmed
Celebrate our efforts in the 2021 AUHC challenge by joining us for a light morning tea. Winners will be announced at this celebration as well as our final spot prize give away.
Nukunuku ō piropiro | Move your mood
Having a tough day? Get those happy hormones flowing (endorphins) with a bit of movement to improve your mood! Check out the below opportunities, available for AUHC participants during the challenge.
Free group exercise classes
Location—Kelburn, Recreation Centre Level 3
Wednesday 7 am, Beginner Yoga
Friday 7 am, Yin Yoga
Location—Pipitea, Pipitea Fitness basement level, Rutherford House
Tuesday 5.40 pm, Yoga
Location—Te Aro, VS220
Thursday 11 am, Yoga
Free fitness studio entry
Fridays 9 am–12 pm, Kelburn
Fridays 11 am–2 pm Pipitea
To help our team increase their physical activity, we will be offering free entry to our University Recreation facilities at the times specified above. Simply show you are an AUHC participant at reception to gain access.
Free lunchtime table tennis
Fridays 12–2 pm, Kelburn
Take an active break with table tennis on us at Kelburn for all AUHC participants.
Monday 27 September until Sunday 17 October
For the final three weeks of the AUHC challenge we will run an interhouse tournament. You can enter a department team, group of friends, study buddies, or a team of 1, up to you. To set this up, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a captain from each team and a list of their team mates' names.
If you don’t know anyone else in the challenge, get in touch and and we will create a composite team.