Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Active U winners announced; more than 16,000 participate

Active U's eighth year proved to be its most successful yet. More than 16,200 people participated, approximately 4,000 more than in previous years. Additionally, more than 30.2 million minutes of physical activity were logged during the 12-week challenge, more than any previous year.

"The enthusiasm and dedication of this year's participants were unbelievable," says Colleen Greene, senior wellness coordinator for MHealthy. "We set some pretty high goals for 2013 — get 15,000 people to sign up and reach 30 million exercise minutes in 12 weeks — and we achieved both. Our community really showed up, proving they can achieve anything they set their minds and bodies to do."

Active U encourages participants to be active three or more days a week, for at least 30 minutes a day. All university faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, retirees and spouses/other qualified adults of employees could participate as an individual or on a team.

A total of 813 teams were formed, ranging in size from two members to more than 100. The top teams in each division were based on the percentage of a personal goal achieved by each team member and logging minutes at least three days per week.

Team division winners

Arico Division — Team Vollano.

Berenson Division — Two Fit Broads.

Big House Division (teams with 30 or more members) – ASB-ITS-Alive.

Big Ten Division (teams with 10-19 members) – Team IBUprofen.

Blue Division (teams with 3-5 members), tie among:
• Tummy Poppers.
• RadFitnessJunkies.
• Primer Dimers.
• Hard Core Four +1.
• Rec'ing Crew.

Crisler Division — Free T-shirt.

Elbel Division — tie between:

• AECtive U's.
• Grant's Grams.

Hoke Division — tie among:
• Steel Joulies.
• Tri To Keep Up.
• The Book Club.

Maize Division (teams with two members) — tie among:
• Marathon Maniacs.
• SwissMyth BDM's.
• Kayfesh Familiy.
• Catfriends.
• Gotta mooove! We Are Marathon Training!
• Hiker Chicks.
• Sprouticus.
• WALKING FROM BSRB TO NW V.
• D and G.
• Rhea's People.
• IRON FIST!
• Steppin' for Success.
• Team Samson.
• Michoski's.
• Scotty Don't!
• MC.
• RECE.
• Jeegee Jao ?
• WE R 1.
• GAPGoddesses.
• Maple Knoll Dream Team.
• Team McEwen.

Mardigian Division (UM-Dearborn participants) — The Rivers.

River Trail Division (UM-Flint participants) — Total REC.

Victors Division (teams with 6-9 members) — Knee-Tap-Dinari.

Wolverines Division (teams with 20-29 members) — Alpac Attack Is Back.

Yost Division — ThreeWolves.

MHealthy has started planning for its third annual Active U Autumn, set to begin in September. However, for those who want to continue logging their exercise minutes through the summer, a Summer Activity Tracker now is available.

"We always hear how tracking activity and seeing the progress motivates people to continue exercising," Greene says. "So we've kept a version of the tracker available through late summer until we begin preparing for the launch of Active U Autumn."

Access the summer tracker at www.activeu.org.