Registration Open for 'Ready, Set, Go' Walking Challenge!

diverse group walkingIt's time to "Step Up!" Registration is open for Step Up Carolinas, a statewide fitness challenge sponsored by the State Health Plan and the North Carolina Business Group on Health in partnership with ShapeUp. This two-month challenge begins April 1, 2013, for registered participants. There is no cost for members. The Plan is paying the $20 registration fee for members to participate.

Plan members who join up for this eight-week, online, team-based wellness competition will receive a free pedometer and have access to online tools to form teams, set goals, track progress, and motivate others. Plan members can participate in one, two, or all three divisions within the Step Up Carolinas challenge that include pedometer steps, exercise minutes and weight loss. In addition, winners will receive valuable gift cards.

The goal of the short-term fitness challenge is to promote health and wellness and raise awareness about fitness and good health through social networking. The challenge is scheduled for April 1, 2013, through May 26, 2013. Registration opened March 6 and lasts for four weeks.

Plan members are encouraged to form teams with co-workers. Each team can have up to 11 members. To register:

  • Go to
  • Click on "Join now"
  • Enter "NC State Health Plan" as your company. "State of North Carolina Employees and Retirees (NC State Health Plan)" should appear below the text box. Click "Next"
  • Members will be prompted to answer the remaining registration items that include, but are not limited to, the following information:
    • Name
    • Shipping address (to receive your free pedometer)
    • W # (your health insurance Subscriber ID# located on the front of your health insurance card)
    • Employer group (state agency, university, public school, etc.)

For more detailed registration information, please click here.

For more information about the challenge, check out the Step Up Carolinas website at For questions, contact

The N.C. Office of State Personnel Miles for Wellness Challenge 7 (The Lighthouse Tour) will be running simultaneously with Step Up Carolinas. State and University employees may participate in both of the challenges.

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