Council staff step it up!

Southern Grampians Shire Council (SGSC) staff launch into their second internal workplace step challenge!


After almost 100 staff members keenly participated in 2018, SGSC Learning and Development Officer Lisa Kearney decided to again push the cohort to build healthy habits. “Our February challenge will run for four weeks and we already have over 17 staff teams registered to take part. We celebrated the end of a similar challenge in October with a healthy afternoon tea and presentation of a novelty trophy to the winning team, everyone is certainly keen to have another crack and improve on last year’s effort. This time  our Mayor and Councillors are also getting involved”. 

SGSC staff use the free platform “on-track 10,000 steps” throughout the challenge to record and monitor their steps and other health behaviours like fruit and vegetable consumption and sleep. Challengers are awarded extra steps for meeting nutrition and sleep goals. The site accumulates team steps to calculate distance covered and virtually teams race their way from one Australian city to another.




There have been notable changes in the workplace during and following the past challenge Lisa says, “We’ve definitely noticed an influx of people whom choose to get up and walk to a co-workers desk to communicate, as opposed to sending an email from down the hall. There have also been teams implementing walking meetings which are a great way to get your activity levels up and actually boost productivity”.

2018 participant, Andrew from Local Laws, said one thing he noticed was how hard it was to get steps in during days of travel, “I average around 24,000 steps though the active nature of my job and the activity I do, but I’ve noticed on the days where I spend time on the road that reduces a lot, I’d never really considered it before now”.

Staff members use normal smartphones with step tracking capabilities, as well as activity trackers that synced with the 10,000 steps web platform to record daily activity. SGSC were able to purchase a small number of devices for staff members keen to participate with no form of existing activity tracker. 




Has your workplace, community group, club or school made a change so that the healthier choice is the easier choice? Or do you have an idea to increase physical activity or healthy choices? Let us know about it! The GenR8 Change support team is here to share your story, connect you with like-minded others and provide support in making healthy change. Contact Ebony at [email protected] , or 5551 8475.