Staff & Faculty Movement Break Challenge

Brought to you by UBC Okanagan Human Resources and Move UBC:

The Move UBC Movement Break Challenge is a fun and inclusive way to break up our sedentary time during our days for Staff and FacultySmall changes can have a big impact when it comes to reducing sedentary behavior and increasing physical activity. This challenge invites you to plan for, implement and engage with movement during your day to increase your faculty, department or unit’s total movement breaks. Participants can engage with movement breaks with their work colleagues, students, family and friends. The best part? It’s free, simple and you’ll have a chance to win great prizes! Let’s get our campus and the communities we impact moving!

Submit your Movement Breaks 

Leaderboard – Final Standings 2021


Total Movement Breaks (as of March 1st)

Faculty of Management 2387
Health and Social Development, Faculty of 1510
Student Services (APS, IPS, DRC, A&R, etc.) 586
Library 257
Finance & Operations 30
Engineering, School of 17
Human Resources 8
Arts & Social Sciences 2
Land and Food Systems, Faculty of 1
Science, Irving K. Barber Faculty of 1

How it works 

Open to all UBCO Staff and Faculty, participate as an individual and/or as a team starting February 1stCount the number of people (including yourself) that are impacted by the movement breaks that you initiate. 

  • Step away from your desk to go for a walk = 1 entry.
  • Take a walking meeting instead of zoom with one other person = 2 entries.
  • Get your family to make a snowman = 4 entries.
  • Implement a movement break in a lecture of 150 students = 150 entries.

Enter entries daily, weekly or at the end of the month. Choose the option that works for you. Fillable Movement Tracker is available. All entries must be submitted by February 28th 11:59pm PST. 


Prizes will be awarded to

  • Top 3 individuals who impact the most people with movement breaks will receive $25 gift certificate to Okanagan Lifestyle Clothing
  • Random draws for participation to local coffee shops
  • Movement Break Champion Certificate for the faculty/unit/department that implements the most movement break

Movement Break Ideas

Selected references and measures

Active Living Research. (2013). Research brief: Building evidence to prevent childhood obesity and support active communities. Retrieved from

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). The association between school-based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from:

Felez-Nobrega, M., Hillman, C. H., Dowd, K. P., Cirera, E., & Puig-Ribera. A. (2018). ActivPALTM determined sedentary behaviour, physical activity and academic achievement in college students. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36(20), 2311-2316, DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2018.1451212 .

Powell, K. E., Paluch, A. E., and Blair, S. N. (2011). Physical activity for health: What kind? How much? How intense? On top of what?. Public Health, 32(1), 349.

Taylor, W. C., King, K. E., Shegog, R., Paxton, R. J., Evans-Hudnall, G. L., Rempel, D. M., … & Yancey, A. K. (2013). Booster Breaks in the workplace: participants’ perspectives on health-promoting work breaks. Health Education Research, 28(3), 414-425.


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