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Fitbit 250K Challenge

01 November 2021


This November take 250,000 steps and support New Zealanders affected by diabetes.

This November take 250,000 steps – that’s about 8,300 steps a day - steps to get fit, to feel stronger and steps that will change the lives of New Zealanders affected by diabetes. 

Step up to the challenge and help Diabetes NZ raise funds to change the lives of the 1 million Kiwis affected by diabetes. Almost 280,000 Kiwis have diabetes, with a further 100,000 people predicted to have pre-diabetes or who are at risk. It’s a serious and life-threatening condition which is often misunderstood, and the high number of people affected means the personal and social costs are enormous. 

Diabetes NZ has partnered with Fitbit to create the ‘Step up 250K Challenge’ to raise funds and promote healthy lifestyle habits, which have a positive effect on the prevention and management of diabetes. All you need to take part is a Fitbit, or the free Fitbit app on your mobile phone, or a pedometer or step tracker. There’s no minimum amount to fundraise, but we challenge you to raise $75. 

So take part in the 250K Challenge and step with friends, family and whānau over the month of November to get fitter, stronger and to raise money for Diabetes NZ.

To find out more and register for the challenge, please head to https://givealittle.co.nz/even...

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FAQ

What is the 250K challenge?

Diabetes NZ has partnered with Fitbit to create the ‘Step up 250K Challenge’, taking place this November over Diabetes Action Month. We encourage you to take part in this challenge by taking 250,000 steps – that’s about 8,300 steps a day. By taking part and raising funds, you will not only feel stronger but be contributing to changing people’s lives. All you need to take part is a Fitbit, or the free Fitbit app on your mobile phone, or a pedometer or step tracker. There’s no minimum amount to fundraise, but we challenge you to raise $75.

What is Diabetes Action Month?

Diabetes Action Month 2021 kicks off on Monday 1 November, with the theme Step Up for Diabetes. We've chosen this theme because every year, 600 New Zealanders lose a limb to diabetes, but by raising funds for Diabetes NZ you can help this stop happening.

How do I sign up to the 250K challenge?

  • Go to the Diabetes NZ Fitbit 250K Challenge Event Page.
  • Click the Participate button and follow the steps to create your fundraiser page.
  • If you’re using your Fitbit to track your steps click on the ‘Edit Fitness Information’ on the Page Tools panel of your page and connect your Fitbit account.
  • On the 1st November if you’re connected via Fitbit your steps will be recorded. Or you can do this manually entering your daily step count - see steps on how to do this below in FAQ 12.
  • Share your Givealittle page link on your own social channels to spread the word.

How much money do I need to raise?

$75 is a great goal, but every little bit helps so just do your best 😊

How many steps do I need to do?

The goal is 250,000 steps over the month of November, or 8,300 steps a day. If you don’t do that many on any given day, you can top up your steps on another day.

How can I tell my friends and whānau and get them to sponsor me?

Share the link to your givealittle page on your social channels or by email to let them know you’re stepping up for Diabetes NZ and they can sponsor you through givealittle online.

What if I sign up after 1 November?

That’s totally fine, you can just do a few more steps each day to make up for it and reach your goal of 250,000 steps.

Do I need a Fitbit?

No, you can just use the free downloadable Fitbit app from the App store.

What will Diabetes NZ do with the funds I raise?

All donations made to the 250k challenge will directly support people living with or affected by diabetes.  

Will it change what’s happening on my Fitbit?

No, nothing on your Fitbit device will change, it will be tracking your steps only.

Can I use a pedometer and manually input my steps?

Yes you can, in three easy steps.

  • Click on the ‘Edit Fitness Information’ on the Page Tools panel of your page.
  • Select ‘Create a Manual Entry’
  • Enter the date and your total daily steps.

Is there a Fitbit discount available?

To celebrate the challenge, Fitbit is offering 20% off the full Fitbit range. To purchase a discounted device, please head to www.fitbit.com/global/nz/store..., and use the discount code: diabetesnz20. Please allow 3 weeks for delivery time.

How do I track my total steps?

Your givealittle page will track your total steps based either on your Fitbit data or your manual entries and will give you a running total so you can see how you are tracking to reach your 250,000 step goal.

Can I sign up with my workplace as a team?

Yes you can, just click on ‘As Part of a Team’ on the Givealittle page, however your steps will be tracked individually.