Nowadays it seems you can sign up to a team challenge for almost anything and there is a good reason why; friendly competition is a great way to boost engagement and help maintain momentum for change.
When we talked to staff and champions nearly all of them said that team competitions like stepathons and stair challenges were (or should be) a key part of their BeUpstanding journey.
So what’s the science behind competitions? Well, we know that peer support (or peer pressure?!) is a key technique for supporting behaviour change. As one staff member said
I’m the type of person that needs to be reminded to do things for myself and my health. It was much easier with everyone being on board. I guess it was contagious.. in a good way