The 10 month challenge was initiated in June 2014 and gathered momentum through the fall. Of the 5,000 BC First Nations taking part over 1800 actively competed for prizes on fitbit.com.
On April 30, 2015 the totals rolled in and they are impressive! Group total for distance was 764,426 KM (equivalent to walking 19 times around the earth!), group total active minutes of 3,567,271 minutes (equivalent to 6 years, 9 months and 12 days!) and group total steps of 1,181,698,715. Grand prize winners received community wellness grants for their respective communities.
Kim Roberts – #1 Most Steps Winner
The awards ceremony was hosted by Dr. Evan Adams and Grand Chief Doug Kelly.
1. Kim Roberts: Kwakiutl District Council Health Centre, Campbell River $4,000
2. Sheri Daw: Lower Nicola Indian Band, Merritt – (Sheri is also the Quarter 3 prize winner for most steps.) $3,000
3. Val Rubinato: Gitxsan Health Society, Hazelton – (Val is also the Quarter 3 prize winner for greatest distance.) $2,000
1. Gina Warburton: Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre, Duncan $4,000
2. John Powell: Mamalilikala-Qwe’Qwa’Sot’Em First Nation, Village Island $3,000
DISTANCE: 3,006 KM
3. Robert Clydesdale, Nooaitch Indian Band, Merritt $2,000
DISTANCE: 2,460.33 KM
MOST ACTIVE MINUTES:
1. Carole Basil: Lower Nicola Indian Band, Merritt $4,000
ACTIVE MINS: 45,029 MIN
2. Janette Dennis: Lower Similkameen Indian Band, Keremeos $3,000
ACTIVE MINS: 35,445 MIN
3. Ruby Alexis: Okanagan Indian Band, Vernon $2,000
ACTIVE MINS: 20,484 MIN
Doug Kelly, The Original Beefy Chief
Congratulations to all participants! Keep Stepping Up! The Step Up Challenge registration remains open but sign up soon as supplies are limited!
The Beefy Chiefs 2.0 Step Up Challenge winners for the Community Prize Buckets from the 2nd leg of our competition have been chosen and prizes will be in the mail soon. Gina Warburton from the Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre won the step award with a total of 1,157,586 steps – just less than 500km! Jannette Dennis was our distance winner from the Lower Similkameen Indian Band with 482km, and Carole Basil from the Lower Nicola Indian Band won the Active Minutes award with 6000 very active minutes. Congratulations all!
Our forum winners were once again difficult to award because there are so many inspirational and positive posts being added. Thanks to all that have contributed and we always look forward to seeing what others are doing and their inspiration. Molly from the Interior inspired and lifted many of those in the forums with her stories about her personal wellness journey and goals. She was also very helpful with suggestions for exercise and different activities. Our Community Builder Award goes to Sharon Duffy from the Nenqayni Wellness Centre. She offers her assistance to all when needed and is very thoughtful and insightful when she replies to posts that have been created by other users.
Our random prize goes to Mary Marchand from the Okanagan Indian Band. Mary is averaging over 20,000 steps a day. Great work and congratulations, Mary. If you would like to go into the draw to win the random prize, all you have to do is complete the “About Me” section of your profile as well as your profile name. The other important thing is to add ActiveAdmin (firstname.lastname@example.org) as a friend. All of which are in the instructions that are sent along with your fitbit.
We congratulate all of the winners once again and we start the final countdown to the conclusion of the challenge April 30 and winners for this year announced at Gathering Wisdom VII. Keep stepping it up and stay safe!
When I accepted the call to step up to the FNHC Step-Up Challenge I had to begin to change all aspects of my life. The hardest part was starting that first day. After that it was all gravy (but not the kind you eat). I changed the way I ate – researching all the foods that would give me the energy needed to carry out a very hectic schedule of fitness activity. I also researched foods that would help me achieve the weight loss goal that I set for myself. The Step Up challenge allowed me to become a more active person in my community once again.
I have begun to participate in the sport that I have always loved which is basketball. For the first time in 3 years I participated in the best First Nations Basketball Tournament in North America – the All Native Tournament in Prince Rupert BC. It felt good to be there, for the simple reason I was in better condition. I am not at the level of competing just yet but I felt 100% better. Next year will be my year, I will be in tiptop shape physically, mentally and spiritually. I am fully appreciating all that I have in my life again like my family and am becoming more involved in all aspects of family activities. It is amazing how people relate to you once you feel good about yourself and regain self-respect because of living healthier. Healthy Spirit, Healthy Body, Healthy Mind. I must acknowledge that a big part of my achievement is the Fitbit.
It just amazes me how this little object has helped pave the way to living a better healthier life. It connects you with people and friends from all over the world. So many people have helped me to become more active in my fitness and in return I have helped many others as well. The Fitbit to me is the best example of reciprocal accountability because it allows you to be accountable to yourself and to others on a daily basis and vice versa. Here is the end of my epistle.
January was a great month for those taking part in the STEP UP Challenge. Our First Nations Fit group continues to grow. We saw the number of members increase by 1000 in the last 4 months. As of January, 1309 people have joined the First Nations Fit community/activity group.
This month we collectively walked 163,973,725 steps and travelled a distance of 114,639 kilometers, which is roughly the same as circling the Earth nearly three times or a third of the distance to the Moon. The longer the challenge goes on, the more we are achieving. Our achievements are literally out of this world!
While our collective achievements have been huge, we cannot forget the achievements of each of the individuals in this challenge. To all those that have felt the positive effects of staying active in January, our shout-out to you is “congratulations!” No statistics or numbers will ever beat how good your body is feeling right now!
Our Step Up Challenge awards quarterly prizes and the end of January brings the announcement of our second quarterly prize winners. It was a very tight race this time around, however, the quarterly prize buckets will be awarded as follows: Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre on behalf of Gina Warburton achieving the greatest number of steps during Nov., Dec. & Jan.; the Lower Similkameen Indian Band on behalf of Janette Dennis for walking the greatest distance during the same period; and the Lower Nicola Indian Band on behalf of Carol Basil achieving the largest number of active minutes. There must be very dedicated people in the Interior and Vancouver Island as our entire community prize winners have come from there so far. Will the next group of community prizes be headed to the North, Fraser or Vancouver Coastal region?
Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre – January Community Prize Winners
For January, our monthly step winner is Sheri Daw from the Lower Nicola Indian Band. Sheri was also the step winner in September. It’s great to see that she is consistently getting out there and stepping up! During January Sheri walked an amazing 916,578 steps.
The distance winner for January hails from Nuu-chah-nulth on Vancouver Island. Lynnette Lucas was able to cover a distance of nearly 402 kilometers. This distance would be like walking from Brookes Peninsula to Point No Point of the Nuu-chah-nulth territory.
The most active minute’s winner for January is Charles Morven. Charles is the Northwest Representative for the First Nations Health Council and is a member of the Nisga’a Village of Gitwinksihlkw. He is also our active minute’s winner for January. It is very encouraging to see our leadership standing right next to us when it comes to individual wellness and physical activity. In January, Charles was active for 4303 minutes which is nearly 72 hours or the length of 28 NHL regulation Hockey games.
The discussion forum prizes go to the following people:
The Community Builder prize goes to Nick Chowdhury, who is also a member of the First Nations Health Council. Chances are, if you have been on the any of the discussion forums and asked a question, that Nick has helped you out. His posts have ranged from his activity during the holidays to getting feedback on fitbit functions. We, the admin team, say a big “thank you!” to Nick for making our jobs a little easier on the forum and giving valuable insight into his journey.
This month, we saw many who have inspired others; however, the Inspiration prize goes to Mandy Jimmie from Merritt. For those of us reading the posts, it is very inspiring to see Mandy pushing herself at work and to hear that staying active is her biggest motivator. We also love to hear that staying active is helping with sleep, flexibility and food intake.
The random prize is awarded to one that has completed the “About Me” section of their profile as well as their profile name. The other important thing is to add ActiveAdmin (email@example.com) as a friend. All of which are in the instructions that are sent along with your fitbit. For January, the random prize goes to Dean Heron from the North. Dean has been a part of the challenge since November and is walking on behalf of his community of Kitselas.
A big “Congratulations” to all of our winners in January. We will be in contact and your Fitbit prize will be in the mail as soon as possible.
The Beefy Chiefs Step Up Challenge has taught me a few key lessons since I joined this past July. I had to address mobility challenges that hindered my ability to keep active over the past few years. It was nothing too serious, but enough pain and suffering to allow me to embrace a sedentary way of life. Apparently I am a workaholic and have focused myself on work that involves a lot of sitting and traveling.
The Step Up Challenge has helped me with the motivation I needed. I figured I was beefy enough to qualify for the challenge and set out on the fit bit path. It took a good seven days to break through the pain of walking every day. The targets pre-set in the fit bit helped me focus on meeting the goals of ten thousand steps. I had to get help from my doctor, naturopath and massage therapists to help address the pain, flexibility and mental challenges I was facing as I continued down the path.
Once I started to consistently hit and exceed the daily step counts I challenged myself to do better and keep up with the cool kids in the Beefy Chiefs Step Up group. I soon found that I could not physically keep this up as I started to have injuries that took longer to heal up and started to become a little miserable. I was motivated to keep up the pace and soon bought new foot wear and started to take medications for swelling that did not really help.
After several visits to my massage therapist/naturopath, he helped me understand the importance of diet as a lot of foods were contributing to inflammation in my body and I had to make adjustments. As I started to feel better and my strength improved I was able to increase my time spent on walking. I soon had to deal with the amount of time needed to be able to do the walking, and keep up with work and life in general.
I realized that my leisure time was eroding away, my “negative time” of doing nothing productive was affected. I adjusted my routine to allow for walking more often during the day and that helped me perform better at work. I am able to deal with and think things through on a walk, where before I would carry that crap home and try to lose it with my negative time.
After all this, I have learned more about myself and how to create balance in my life by making changes for physical, mind, body and spirit. I now have very little negative time of doing nothing and have a reasonable amount of time for walking which helps me do more work and still have time for family.
Ernest Armann, First Nations Health Council – Vancouver Coastal
We’re over halfway in the Beefy Chiefs 2 Challenge and the top of the leaderboard is slowly starting to change. In December we had Gina from Vancouver Island & Jannette from the Interior fighting for the top spots in all three categories. These two have been very high in the leaderboards consecutively and continue to push each other to step it up.
While some of the familiar faces are still there, we’re starting to see newer faces at the top of the leaderboard, including Dan Modeste from the Fraser Region.
Dan was able to take over 1 million steps in December. That is an average of over 32,000 steps a day. We hope that he continues this and is able to inspire others from his region to do the same.
Kim Roberts, another who is familiar with the top of the leaderboard and is one of our first quarter winners, was the distance winner this month. She was able to walk 411km in December, the distance from Port Hardy to Lady Smith.
Carole Basil was the active minute winner for December. She has won this same prize last quarter except that she more than doubled her total. In August, she was active for 2012 minutes and in December she was active for 4110 minutes. This is a huge improvement and a great measurement of an increase in activity levels.
The forum prizes go to the following people:
In December, Irene Johnson from the Interior was very active in the forums. She continually updated the community on ways that she has improved her activity and starting to slowly cut out chocolate. Through Irene the group has seen the amount of steps one can get from not only walking but dancing. Thank you for your posts, Irene. For this, Irene received the Community Builder award for December.
The Inspiration award for December goes to Jen Narcisse. Jen’s posts have reminded us to work hard but keep our humor also. The topic that she started, “Funniest fitbit stories”, highlighted some of the things that we are doing amongst ourselves to motivate, challenge and inspire our own communities. It is a common occurrence and most of us can relate to the posts in that thread. Thank you, Jen. Keep it up.
The random prize is awarded to one that has completed the “About Me” section of their profile as well as their profile name. The other important thing is to add ActiveAdmin (firstname.lastname@example.org) as a friend. All of which are in the instructions that are sent along with your fitbit. In December that prize went to George Littlechild from Vancouver Island. He is walking on behalf of his community of Mamalilikala.
A big “Congratulations” to all of our winners in December. We will be in contact and your Fitbit prize will be in the mail as soon as possible.
Although the weather continues to get wetter and colder, the Beefy Chiefs 2.0 STEP UP challenge continues to grow strong in both participation and activity. Some of the participants are just as active, if not more, than what they were in the warmer months. This increase has meant a lot of change, changes in eating, exercising and work habits. Whatever changes have been made we hope that they have yielded positive results and continue to, throughout the challenge and beyond.
Our winners for November in the three main categories are from Vancouver Island and the Interior region. Will this change in the coming months? Will we see our cousins in the North, Vancouver Coastal or Fraser region step up?
The Steps winner for this month was John Powell who is participating on behalf of Mamalilikala. He was able to take 1,188,631 steps. On an average day, John was walking over 42,000 steps. This is a great and very consistent achievement.
The Distance award went to a first-time recipient this month. Gina Warburton from the Ts’ewlhtun Health Centre was able to walk over 408km in November. This distance would take her from Nanaimo to Duncan and back again, four times. This is a feat to be very proud of.
The Active Minutes award goes to Carole Basil who is competing on behalf of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band. She was able to log 4667 active minutes in November. So, that means that she was very active for over 2.5 hours per day.
The forum prizes go to the following people:
The Inspiration Award goes to Lynette Lucas representing the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. In the forums, she shared tips and updates on ways she was staying active and encouraging others to step up.
The Community Builder Award goes to Chris McIntyre for their advice on using their Fitbit One and Velcro band. I’m sure a lot of us have seen the Velcro band and wondered what it is for. Thanks to Chris for letting us know.
The random prize is awarded to one that has completed the “About Me” section of their profile as well as their profile name. The other important thing is to add ActiveAdmin (email@example.com) as a friend. All of which are in the instructions that are sent along with your fitbit. In November, that prize went to Juanita Mills from the North. She is walking on behalf of her community of Skidegate.
Congratulations to all of the winners and all that were able to step up in their activity. During the festive season, stay safe, enjoy time with your family and we will see you all in 2015.
The Beefy Chiefs 2.0 STEP UP Challenge has reached two new milestones in October. This was the first month where we had a lot of cold and rainy days, the kind of days that would normally see a severe lack of activity. However, those taking up the challenge have found many ways to get up and be active. Some have bought wet weather gear; some are embracing the wet and cold, while others are looking to those around them for the motivation needed to be active. The First Nations Fit forums have been a great way to share these stories and experiences.
The other milestone is that the Beefy Chiefs 2.0 STEP UP Challenge has completed its first quarter and we are giving one-time community prizes out to those that have the most steps, longest distance and most active throughout August to October. Each of the winners has won sporting equipment for their communities’ worth over $1200. The winners for this quarter are:
Most Steps: John Powell from the Vancouver Island region has gone from strength to strength and is setting the pace for the challenge. His strength, determination and effort will see one of the community prizes going to Mamalilikala First Nation. From August to October he was able to take nearly 3.5 million steps which is over 1600km.
Longest Distance: Kim Roberts, who is also from Vancouver Island, has been doing great in the Beefy Chiefs 2.0 and continues to challenge John at the top of the leaderboards. The community she is representing is Kwakiutl District Council Health Centre. They can be proud in the effort that she made. She was able to walk over 1200km and is still going.
Most Active: Milly Price, rounds out the third community prize for being the most active. She racked up 12,988 active minutes this quarter. That is a little over 9 days of activity. These are amazing activity levels. Keep it up! Milly’s constant activity will see her prize going to We Wai Kai First Nation.
Next quarter, we will have different winners as these prizes are one-time only. However, our three quarterly champions are still eligible for the Grand Prize. Who will challenge for the top in the 2nd quarter from November to January? Which individuals, communities and regions will STEP UP?
The Vancouver Island region has really stamped their mark on this challenge in the first quarter. Will this domination awaken the other regions or will the Island continue its hold at the top of the leaderboard.
As was said before, October has been cold and wet but we have still been able to log those steps, get that distance and stay active. Despite the cold and wet conditions, First Nations have remained super active! The 500 subscribers to First Nations Fit took over 87 million step in October traveling 54934.22 kilometers while staying active for 209457 minutes. Well done to all of those that got out and about in October. If you’re looking for motivation or for a partner to walk with in your region then please look at the forums. There are topics and comments there to help and invigorate. You may also find a long lost relative who is also participating that you would like to challenge. Don’t forget that you can win prizes for activity on the forums as well as activity outside.
Our individual steps winner for October was Warren Houde from the Penticton Indian Band in the Interior. He was averaging over 29,000 steps a day which is a great accomplishment over a 31 day period.
Distance goes to Wendy Ribbink from the Interior. She was able to travel over 378km in October. A walk that would take her from Kelowna to Vancouver.
From Seabird Island in the Fraser region, our activity winner was Linda McNeil-Bobb. She spent over 70 hours active in October. That’s being very active for almost 2.5 hours per day for 31 days.
A big “Congratulations” to all of our winners in October. We will be in contact and your Fitbit Flex will be in the mail as soon as possible. November is the start of the second quarter of our competition so previous monthly winners are now eligible for prizes again.
Our forum prizes go to the following people in October:
Sharon Duffy receives our Community Builder prize for both the quality and quantity of posts in October. Sharon was not only able to motivate but was a pillar of knowledge to those that needed it last month. Thank you and keep it up, Sharon.
Our Inspirational award goes to Kym B. She is from Fort Nelson First Nation in the North. Her inspirational post about challenges that she faces and overcoming them has inspired us all to do our best.
Our random prize goes to Diane Angus from the Seabird Island Band. She had correctly entered her name, role, community and region to her profile.
Watch the First Nations Health Council speak about why health is important for us:
38,000 KM logged by First Nations Health Champions
It’s the beginning of October and soon our nights will start to get longer and colder. This may affect our distances and steps but with a supportive network and positive attitude we should be able to continue with our goal of staying active.
On the cold and lonely days, when all you want to do is stay in bed or sit on the couch and watch TV instead, remember this little fact: In September, the combined distance traveled by all of those in the Beefy Chiefs Challenge was around 38,000km, which is only 200km short of the distance around the world. Each of our contributions, big and small, helped make that possible. The effect that being active and staying active on ourselves, our families and communities can go around the world many times more.
Stay warm, stay safe and stay active!
September was a very active month for those taking part in the Challenge! We had people walking, running, hiking, hunting and exercising all in the name of activity.
Our Steps winner in September was Sheri Daw from the Lower Nicola Indian Band in the Interior. She was averaging over 25,000 steps a day which is a great accomplishment over a 30 day period.
Distance goes to our very first winner from Vancouver Coastal, Robert Clydesdale. He was able to travel over 352km in September. That’s a walk from Vancouver to Kamloops.
Our activity winner was Jannette Dennis from the Lower Similkameen Indian Band. Who spent a little over 72 hours (4338 minutes) staying very active in September.
Congratulations to all of our winners this month. We will be in contact and your Fitbit Flex will be in the mail as soon as possible.
In the forums, our Community Builder award goes to Christine Johnson (Esketemc) from the Interior. She has been replying to most of the forum messages with positivity and helpful feedback. It is very encouraging to see. Keep it up, Christine.
Our random prize goes to Mavis Berland Morris from Nak’azdli in the North. She had correctly entered her name, role, community and region to her profile. She has also added the ActiveAdminVC as a friend. You, too, could win a Fitbit by simply following these steps.
As of September 25, The Interior still has the most participants with 221 but the North is catching up with 126. The Fraser region has really answered the call for the challenge as registration increased by 58%. Vancouver Island has the smallest amount of registrants but still continue to do very well in the leaderboards. How will this change in the Winter months?
Roberts walks length of Vancouver Island! Kruger most active minutes
Photo: Chief John Kruger wins in July for most active minutes
In July, those participating in the Step Up challenge walked a combined total of over 2820 km. Which is the same distance as walking from Whitehorse to Vancouver and then to Penticton.
Each month three Beefy Chiefs participants have the chance to win a Fitbit for a family member- we are excited to share with you this month’s big winners!
• The “Most Steps” winner for this month is Kim Roberts from Campbell River. She was able to take a whopping 715,815 steps! That’s almost the length of Vancouver Island! Kim ended up top in all of the categories but can only receive honours in one category at a time.
• The “Distance” award goes to Lee Anne Hunsbedt from Lytton. She was able to walk a distance of 217km. That’s the same as walking from Lytton to Hope and then back again.
• The final category was “Most active minutes” and this went to Chief John Kruger from Penticton. He was able to be very active for a total of 1254 minutes. That’s over 20 hours of activity.
Our random prize draw went to someone that had shown activity in July and had completed all of the required steps on their Fitbit page which included: Having your initials after your name, completing the “About Me” section and adding Active Admin as a friend. This month it goes to Nick Chowdhury from the Danaxdaxw Nation. In July, he was able to take 177,330 steps and be active for 346 minutes. Next month, we will choose another random person who has completed all of the steps required.
Learn more about the Beefy Chiefs Step Up Challenge here.