Record number of UNESB participants in UN Global Health Challenge 2017

13 Sep 2017

Record number of UNESB participants in UN Global Health Challenge 2017

Elise Aaland

The Global Health Challenge kicked off on Wednesday 6 September with a record breaking number of 91 staff members split between 13 teams. The participants sweated it out in an aerobics class with the Staff Welfare Committee’s gym instructor Marvin. 

The challenge provides a great opportunity for UN staff members to increase movement throughout the day, improve personal fitness and have fun with colleagues. Each of the participants has committed themselves to take at least 10,000 steps each day for a period of 100 days and all are determined to reach that goal as part of a common team effort.

The Global Health Challenge was designed by Virgin Pulse and offered to UN staff worldwide by the Department of Management’s Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM) and Medical Services Division (MSD). Teams of seven have to track their steps online and, through progress, navigate through a fun and engaging online landscape. The initiative aims to improve participants' physical and psychological well-being, through a focus on activity, nutrition, sleep and mental health.

The UNESB medical clinic generously supported the event by checking blood sugar, blood pressure and BMI. Dr. Ibrahim was also on the spot to provide individual consultation to participants.

RSCE is elated to see so many enthusiastic staff members and wishes them the best of luck over these 100 days and 91 million steps!

To learn more about the challenge, visit the website here