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?
Can I log manually if I’m using a tracking device?
If I’m doing an activity that’s not accurately measured with a tracker — like cycling — how do I count steps?
How does the team competition work?
How do you form a team?
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 Step 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?

After you register and have connected a device or app to your HealthTrails account, it’s simple. Just put your device on in the morning, then each time you sync it with your computer or app and log into your HealthTrails account, you can see your steps add up.

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Can I log manually if I’m using a tracking device?

Even if you have a device connected in HealthTrails, you can still manually record steps:

  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 to device tracking, click Edit again, then Sync.

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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 Step 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 does the team competition work?

All teams must have 4-5 members (yourself plus 3-4 others) and formed by Sunday, July 31. The team competition will end on Sunday, August 14, so to have your activity count toward your team’s score, you must log by (date).

Team participation is a friendly competition where 4- to 5-member teams challenge others to see who can top the leaderboard. Although you can participate on your own, it may be the most fun part of this path to better health. Scores are based on the team’s average miles/day. Each person’s individual contribution affects the team score, so gather a group who will encourage and support each other along the way.

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How do you form a team?

After you register, click the Team link — invite others to join or accept invites from another team leader. Although there are advantages to having teammates close by, they can be across the hall or around the world; the most important thing is to recruit others who are 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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