FAQ

 
What is HealthTrails?
How does it work?
What is the goal of the program?
What health practices count toward the goal?
Who can participate?
If I have a disability can I still participate in HealthTrails?
Is there a limit to the amount I can record each day?
How do(es) the activity tracker(s) sync to my HealthTrails account?
What if I forget to wear my Fitbit or just want to manually enter my activity?
If I’m doing an activity that’s not accurately measured with a tracker — like cycling — how do I count steps?
How can I prepare for success in HealthTrails?
What is Trail Mates?
What is Trail Talk?
How does the team competition work?
Do I have to join a team or can I go it alone?
Can anyone start a team?
Must all teams have 4-5 members?
Do team leaders have any special responsibilities?
Do all team members have to be in the same location?
What if I have questions about the program?

 

What is HealthTrails?

HealthTrails is a wellness program that draws on the excitement of seeing and learning about new places and people by tracing famous trails around the world.

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How does it work?

Each time you record a HealthTrails activity you move along the trail. As you progress, you’ll see great images and vivid descriptions of that location as if you’re right there. It’s a fun, effective way to track health habits because you actually see your progress.

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What is the goal of the program?

(This answer will be customized depending on your setup. Default copy for the 6-week version of the program is provided here as an example.)

Your goal is to travel 300+ virtual miles along one or more trails — you have [6 (6-week program), 8 (8-week program), 12 (12-week program), 16 (52-week program)] to choose from (with distances of [148-414] [148-414] [148-621] [148-3100] miles). If you record at least 30 minutes of exercise a day 5 days a week, plus 3 vegetable and 2 fruit servings each day, you’ll reach 300 miles easily. And you can add to your mileage by taking the daily Tip Test. Aim for at least 50 miles a week to achieve the goal in 6 weeks.

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What health practices count toward the goal?
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Who can participate?

Everyone. HealthTrails gives you several ways to earn mileage and move along each trail. Consistency is rewarded over great athleticism or dramatic changes. Simple, everyday healthy habits produce the greatest benefits — and the most success in HealthTrails.

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If I have a disability can I still participate in HealthTrails?

Yes; HealthTrail’s self-paced, flexible design fits people of all abilities. If walking isn’t possible, be as active as you can in whatever ways you enjoy. If you’re unsure which activities are best, check with your healthcare provider. The National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability offers specific ideas.

The Steps Conversion Chart is helpful for equivalents. If your activity isn’t listed, estimate your steps based on the closest in intensity (light, moderate, vigorous). And an odometer can gauge distance in a wheelchair; 5 miles of pushing generally equals 10,000 steps (2000 steps/mile).

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Is there a limit to the amount I can record each day?

Yes. To encourage consistency, each activity has a daily maximum. Click on the name of the activity in the Record Progress box to learn more.

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How do(es) the activity tracker(s) sync to my HealthTrails account?

Put it on in the morning, then each time you sync [the Fitbit® with your computer [or] Jawbone™ with the UP app] and log into your HealthTrails account, you can see your steps add up. HealthTrails makes tracking easy and fun. For more information, read the FAQs (Fitbit [and] Jawbone) and Getting Started PDF (Fitbit [and] Jawbone).

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What if I forget to wear my Fitbit or just want to manually enter my activity?

As long as your HealthTrails account is synced with your Fitbit account, your activity — whether you use a device or track manually — will transfer between. To manually record data:

  1. Go to the Home page.

  2. Under Log Progress, click Edit (by Steps), then enter the number of steps, and click Save.

  3. To revert back to Fitbit tracking, click Use Fitbit Steps.

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If I’m doing an activity that’s not accurately measured with a tracker — like cycling — how do I count steps?

Refer to the Steps Conversion Chart; multiply the number listed by total minutes.

Note: Steps/minutes are estimates, not actual step rates. Actual steps/minute depend on the specific activity, leg and stride length as well as fitness level. For nonstep activities, step equivalents are determined by the metabolic cost (higher intensity = more steps/minute).

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How can I prepare for success in HealthTrails?

You can increase your odds of lasting success by gearing up for lifestyle change right now. To get started, check out Great Ways to Win at Wellness.

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What is Trail Mates?

Trail Mates is a buddy feature where you can invite others to a friendly challenge or to offer support as they follow your progress. Your teammates are automatically your Trail Mates.

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What is Trail Talk?

With this interactive message board, you can inspire others, stay motivated, or simply view the posts of the HealthTrails expert.

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How does the team competition work?

Registration opens (date); you may begin recording START_DATE. All teams must be formed by Sunday, July 31. The team competition will end on Sunday, August 14, but you may update activity until the team scores freeze on (date).

The goal of team participation is to reinforce healthy habits with a fun, friendly competition that emphasizes the overall goals of HealthTrails. Scores are based on the team’s average miles/day, not team total. Each person’s individual contribution affects the team score, so it’s best to form a team with those who will encourage and support each other along the way.

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Do I have to join a team or can I go it alone?

Team participation is optional. Although you can participate on your own, HealthTrails is even more fun when you’re on a team. And numerous studies show that you’re more likely to stick with healthy habits when supported by others.

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Can anyone start a team?

Yes. After you register, click the Team link to get started and invite others to join. The person who starts the team is the team leader. Remember, teams consist of 4-5 members — yourself plus 3-4 others. Your team becomes official when at least 3 people accept the team leader's invitation.

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Must all teams have 4-5 members?

Yes. A team is not official unless there are 4-5 members. Anyone who isn’t on an official team can still participate in HealthTrails as an individual, but will not be part of the team competition.

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Do team leaders have any special responsibilities?

Make sure at least 3 others register and accept your invitation to form an official team. Other than that, all team members are responsible for recording their own activity as well as encouraging and supporting each other in the HealthTrails journey. To have your activity count toward your team’s score, you must log by (date).

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Do all team members have to be in the same location?

No; since it’s an online program, your teammates can be across the hall or around the world. There are some advantages to having teammates close by, but the most important thing is to recruit players who are supportive and motivated to be healthy.

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What if I have questions about the program?

Use the Contact link at the bottom of each page on the website. A HealthTrails representative will respond within 1 business day.

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