Career and Work

Challenge accepted!

Pulse pedometer

Today is the day. The day that I throw away the sugar, start eating healthy and conquer the challenge – 10,000 steps a day. Yep. You heard right. Ten thousand. It sounds easy right? I thought so too… when I signed up back in March.  But when you work in an office job, and don’t really frequent the gym, you suddenly realise that actually –  it’s not that easy. Let me give you some background.

Griffith International is taking part in the Global Corporate Challenge or the “GCC”. When the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement) sent an email encouraging us all to get involved, we were excited to form our teams of 7! It even got competitive… Teams filled up faster than my water tank in a summer storm, and before we knew it our department alone had 16 teams (Griffith has nearly 100 in total!). We picked our team names (I’m repping for the Walkie Talkies) and I even took the time to design us a mascot. Okay maybe I got a little bit carried away, but I’m pretty proud of Wally, especially his itty bitty sneakers…

Wally the Walkie Talkies Mascot

So what is the GCC? It’s a 12 month wellness challenge designed to help boost employee fitness, health and morale. Our suave looking Pulse pedometers will be our best friends over the next 365 days.

Pulse pedometerWhat’s so fancy about a pedometer I hear you say? Well it’s no Fit Bit, but the GCC program comes with a pretty cool app. And it’s gamified. Trophies, challenges, leaderboards and more! Everything to keep you motivated. Each step you take counts towards your trip around the world. The challenge starts in Versailles and hopefully by the end of the first 100 days I’ll have virtually visited all four corners of the globe.

I hear you saying “but it’s a pedometer, won’t people cheat?” The pedometer has accelerometer technology and 3D sensors which make it crazily accurate, and a shake test proved it really does rely on you taking an actual step.

In addition to tracking our steps, we’ll also have the option to track our nutrition to help us make better, more healthy eating choices.

What’s going to be the hardest part for me (aside from the 10,000 steps of course!)? Anyone who knows me knows I love cake. I don’t even need a reason. Birthday Cake. Project Complete Cake. Happy Friday Cake. Because I Wanted To Eat The Batter Cake…

It’s going to be a long year! Wish me luck!

– Christy

Griffith International


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