FAQ

 
What is HealthTrails?
How does it work?
What is the goal of the program?
What health practices count toward the goal?
Who can participate?
If I have a disability can I still participate in HealthTrails?
Is there a limit to the amount I can record each day?
How do the activity trackers sync to my HealthTrails account?
Can I log manually if I’m using a tracking device?
If I’m doing an activity that’s not accurately measured with a tracker — like cycling — how do I count steps?
How does the team competition work?
How do you form a team?
Why is the City doing this program?
How can I keep track of my steps if I don’t have a tracking device?
What if I don't have a team?
What if I have questions about the program?

 

What is HealthTrails?

WalkPlus HealthTrails draws on the excitement of learning about new places and people by tracing famous trails around the world. Consistency is rewarded over great athleticism or dramatic changes. Simple, everyday healthy habits produce the greatest benefits — and the most success in the WalkPlus program.

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How does it work?

Each time you record a physical activity (in steps) you move along the virtual trail you’ve chosen. “Steps” can be accumulated throughout your day, so tracking them (using an integrated tracking device, your LIVEwell pedometer, and/or your smart phone) is ideal. As you progress, you’ll see vivid images and detailed descriptions of that location, as if you’re right there. It’s a fun, effective way to track health habits because you actually see your progress each time you record an activity.

The Step Conversion chart helps you convert other activities, such as running, bicycling or swimming, to steps. If your activity isn’t listed, estimate your steps based on the closest in intensity (light, moderate, vigorous).

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What is the goal of the program?

Your goal is to travel 200+ virtual miles along the trail(s) you select — you have six trails to choose from (with distances of 148-414 miles). Aim for at least 50 total miles each week to achieve the goal in four weeks.

If you record at least 8,000 steps per day/5 days a week, you’ll reach 200 miles easily. “Steps” can be accumulated throughout your day, so tracking them (using an integrated tracking device, your LIVEwell pedometer, and/or your smart phone) is ideal. You can also add to your mileage by taking the daily Tip Test.

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What health practices count toward the goal?

Any physical activity counts towards your goal, once you convert the activity into “steps.” The Step Conversion chart helps you convert other activities, such as running, bicycling or swimming, to steps. You can also add to your mileage by taking the daily Tip Test.

You may record as many steps as you’d like, but to encourage consistency a maximum of 15,000 steps a day count toward your movement on the trail. “Steps” can be accumulated throughout your day, so tracking them (using an integrated tracking device, your LIVEwell pedometer, and/or your smart phone) is ideal.

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Who can participate?

All City Council District Office staff members can participate in the program. While family and non-member friends cannot participate in the online program, exercising with them or a teammate can help keep you motivated. Exercising with someone else also helps you be accountable, and can make exercise more fun. Find someone who shares your interests and pace, and then schedule a session for lunch or before/after work.

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If I have a disability can I still participate in HealthTrails?

Yes; WalkPlus HealthTrail’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 Conversion chart helps you convert other activities, such as running, bicycling or swimming, to steps. If your activity isn’t listed, estimate your steps based on the closest in intensity (light, moderate, vigorous). And an odometer can gauge distance in a wheelchair; 5 miles of pushing generally equals 10,000 steps (2000 steps/mile).

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Is there a limit to the amount I can record each day?

Yes. To encourage consistency, each activity has a daily maximum. Click on the name of the activity in the Record Progress box to learn more.

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How do the activity trackers sync to my HealthTrails account?

After you register and have connected a device or app to your WalkPlus HealthTrails 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 WalkPlus HealthTrails account, you can see your steps add up.

The Step Conversion chart helps you convert other activities, such as running, bicycling or swimming, to steps. If you do other activities, such as running, swimming or bicycling, use the chart to determine the number of steps. If your activity isn’t listed, estimate your steps based on the closest in intensity (light, moderate, vigorous).

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

Even if you have a device connected in WalkPlus HealthTrails, you can still manually record steps:

  1. Go to the Home page.
  2. Under Log Progress, click Edit (by Steps), then enter the number of steps, and click Save.

To revert to device tracking, click Edit again, then Sync.

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If I’m doing an activity that’s not accurately measured with a tracker — like cycling — how do I count steps?

Refer to the Step Conversion chart and multiply the number listed by total minutes.

Note: Steps/minutes are estimates, not actual step rates. Actual steps/minute depend on the specific activity, leg and stride length as well as fitness level. For nonstep activities, step equivalents are determined by the metabolic cost (higher intensity = more steps/minute).

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How does the team competition work?

All teams must have 7-30 members (including the team leader) and be registered, with all participants having registered and accepted their team invitation by Friday, January 19. The team competition will end on Sunday, February 11. To have your activity count toward your team’s score, you must log activity by Saturday, February 17.

The team contest is a friendly competition where Council District Office teams challenge other offices to see who can top the Leaderboard. Scores are based on the team’s average miles/day. Each person’s individual contribution affects the team score, so gather a group of teammates who will encourage and support each other along the way.

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How do you form a team?

After you register, click the Team link. If you’re a team leader, invite others to join. If you’re not a team leader, accept your invite from your team leader.

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Why is the City doing this program?

Physical Activity is a core Building Block of the LIVEwell program, based on wellness best practices and employee input. Over 97% of employees told us that exercise is important to them, and 70% said that they wanted a walking program. At the same time, research shows that simple, everyday healthy habits like walking produce the greatest health benefits. So the WalkPlus Program provides a practical, inspiring and fun way to get physical activity, while supporting each other on our wellness journey.

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How can I keep track of my steps if I don’t have a tracking device?

“Steps” can be accumulated throughout your day, so tracking them (using an integrated tracking device, your LIVEwell pedometer, and/or your smart phone) is ideal. If you do other activities, such as running, swimming or bicycling, use the Step Conversion chart to determine the number of steps. If your activity isn’t listed, estimate your steps based on the closest in intensity (light, moderate, vigorous).

Note: Steps/minutes are estimates, not actual step rates. Actual steps/minutes depend on the specific activity, leg and stride length as well as fitness level. For nonstep activities, step equivalents are determined by the metabolic cost (higher intensity = more steps/minute).

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What if I don't have a team?

While you can still take advantage of the program and all of its resources, please reach out to your Council District Office to get on that team.

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What if I have questions about the program?

Use the Contact link at the bottom of each page on the website. A HealthTrails representative will respond within 1 business day.

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