This year marked the 6th offering of the “Become an ACC Exercise Star” Challenge coordinated by the ACC Employee Wellness Program to promote increased activity among our employees. 495 ACC faculty and staff participated this spring, of which 323 employees completed the challenge by meeting the goal for their activity level. This is a completion rate of 65.3%, and 7.4% more than last year! We also welcomed 131 new participants to the challenge this year.
The Challenge ran from February 1 through April 11, 2021, with the added challenge of not only the COVID-19 pandemic, but 2 weeks of a Texas Icepocalypse.
Together, employees logged a whopping 1,067,893 total minutes of exercise which equals 741 days of continuous exercise. That’s over 2 years of exercise!
ACC President, Dr. Richard Rhodes, congratulated and presented awards for the Top Individual Stars and Most Active Campuses via a livestream virtual awards celebration on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. In case you missed it, click HERE to check out the video!
Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s challenge and we look forward to seeing you again through other challenges throughout the year and back for more Exercise Stars in 2022.
Become An ACC ExerciseStar – February 1 – April 11, 2021
Could you use a little extra motivation to get back on track with your exercise goals? Looking to stay connected with your campus colleagues? Well….Get Ready because….. ExerciseStars is BACK!!!
Yes…that’s right! It’s almost time for your next opportunity to become an ACC Exercise Star for 2021!
Registration Open through Wednesday, February 10th, so be sure you get in on the fitness fun and help your campus win the title of STAR CAMPUS!
This annual exercise incentive program and friendly competition between the ACC campuses is designed for ALL LEVELS to encourage you to increase your activity level and get movin’! Just 15 minutes a day can really make a difference on your health (and even earn you a prize)!!
Participation is Easy…Just:
Set your exercise/activity goal & sign up for your fitness level
Start exercising and be sure to log your minutes each week on your campus spreadsheet
Be part of your campus’s ExerciseStars team… your exercise minutes contribute to your campus’s total to help win ‘The Most Active Campus’ competition
Receive tip sheets and motivating messages throughout the program
Watch your minutes add up and your fitness improve
Make friends and enjoy exercising with your peers
Be on the lookout for fun new BONUS POINT Opportunities! Yes…you can earn bonus minutes just by participating in additional wellness opportunities throughout this friendly competition.
We even have a New Incentive this Year- Earn ACC Wellness Program Wireless/Bluetooth Earbuds when you reach your goal.
Click HERE for More details and specifics regarding the challenge!
Are you ready to get started on your fitness goals already and represent ACC on the statewide level?
This additional 10-week challenge runs January 11th – March 21st (which overlaps some with Exercise Stars anyways), and it’s not too late to sign up and log your exercise minutes. Count your hard work for both challenges, and help us show the other state agencies that ACC is ready to GET FIT!!
The goal for Get Fit Texas is to log 150 minutes a week of movement for six out of ten weeks. Find out more about this challenge and register through www.getfittexas.org.
If you have any questions, contact Mauri Winters at mmiculek@austinccedu or 512-223-7577.
We recognize that exercise, self-care, and connecting with others are extremely important during this time. Human Resources has compiled a variety of online resources to assist you and your family.
Click HERE for a running list of Webinars and Online Resources that may be helpful during this time. Check back regularly, as more resources will be added and information will be updated regularly including new webinars, dates, times and registration information.
Online Exercise Classes- Exercise has been proven to improve your health and reduce the risk of illness. We are offering virtual exercise classes FREE for ALL ACC employees. These are live online classes hosted by some of our esteemed exercise instructors. Click HERE to Sign up for the classes that you’d like to join and Just click on the class links provided below during the scheduled times to join us for some fun and fitness. You don’t have to be signed up to attend…Feel free to try any of the available classes and even include your family in the fun if you’d like!
Check out the Fall schedule of Virtual Exercise Classes below and join us for a class!
We hope to see you in a class soon, but if you don’t have time for a full class or can’t make it during the scheduled times, we’ve included some links below to work exercise and stretching into your daily routine. Perhaps you can do these during your 15-minute breaks each day!
Also….Did you know that Mindfulness has not only been proven to help people manage stress, but can also help to improve productivity, reduce blood pressure, improve sleep, decrease anxiety and depression, and improve immune function. Why not give it a try? Click HERE for some resources on Mindfulness including links to guided meditation and breathing activities. There are also several apps you can download with free daily practices.
Blue Cross Blue Shield has provided some additional information and resources HERE for getting your flu shot. Check it out and don’t miss out on getting yours this year!
To learn more about flushots in general or read up on facts and myths, please review information on the Centers for Disease Control’s website HERE. You are also encouraged to consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns pertaining to your personal health.
This year marked the 5th offering of the “Become an ACC Exercise Star” Challenge coordinated by the ACC Employee Wellness Program to promote increased activity among our employees. 587 ACC faculty and staff participated this spring, which was a 67% increase from last year, and the most participants in the history of the challenge. 256 of these participants were new to the challenge. The Challenge ran from February 3 through April 12, 2020, with half of the challenge spanning through the COVID-19 pandemic. 340 employees completed the challenge and met their goal, for a completion rate of 58%.
Together, employees logged a whopping 1,069,911 total minutes of exercise which equals 743 days of continuous exercise. That’s over 2 years of exercise!
ACC President, Dr. Richard Rhodes, congratulated and presented awards for the Top Individual Stars and Most Active Campuses via a livestream virtual awards celebration on Friday, May 8, 2020. Click HERE to check out the video from this livestream event!
Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s challenge and we look forward to seeing you again in 2021.
Overall top “stars” for the ten-week challenge were: