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Hokie Health: Employees invited to sign up for Hokie Wellness Summer Outdoor Challenge

From: Hokie Wellness 

After a year of navigating challenges and stressors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, people are looking for ways to nurture their mental health and build in more time for self-care activities. Thankfully, warm weather is here, bringing with it opportunities to enjoy time outside.

Spending time outdoors has been shown to relieve stress and anxiety, improve mood, and boost feelings of happiness and well-being. Those who spend time outside may also find that their physical well-being is improved as a result of the many natural avenues for movement in outdoor environments.

Hokie Wellness invites employees to sign up for the Summer Outdoor Challenge, a 9-week program designed to help participants enjoy the many benefits of spending time outdoors while competing for a challenge prize. Employees may sign up to compete as part of a department team, or as an individual. 

From Monday, June 14, to Friday, Aug. 13, participants will log minutes spent outdoors. At the conclusion of the challenge, ¼ zip Outdoor Challenge pull-overs will be awarded to the team with the highest average number of hours per participant as well as the individual with the highest number of hours overall. The top 200 finishers will receive a challenge T-shirt.

To sign-up, please submit an interest form by Monday, June 7. Registrants will receive an email with challenge instructions by Friday, June 11. Please note: Employees signing up as part of a team will need to have a team name to provide on the interest form. Team size is limited to 15 participants; however, departments with more than 15 employees who wish to participate as a team may form multiple teams. 

For more information or questions, contact Hokie Wellness at

Hokie Wellness serves Virginia Tech to foster a healthier community by providing prevention services, education, outreach, and resources to employees and students. If you have questions, need assistance, or want to join the Hokie Wellness Google group to stay up to date with monthly updates, contact the team at

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