Health Trails

About Health Trails Summer 2017:

Valdosta State University will be taking part in the 8-week long University System of Georgia Health Trails competition! This is an exciting new way to compete internally here at VSU through teams and externally as a whole against other colleges and universities across Georgia. The program will be designed to allow you to track the following three activities: Steps Walked, Sleep, Self-Compassion. Simply set up your Fitbit or Jawbone device to the Health Trails app and take on the virtual challenge for automatic tracking of your steps walked. The goal you set is up to you based on the minimum and maximum values listed below. Choose from exotic locations to traverse like Hawaii or Australia or more local areas here in the US.

To View The Prior Semester Health Trails Information:

We will recycle this landing page as we hope to make this event a continual program. We will do our best to keep a history of the prior event pages up for view for no more than one-semester proceeding from the prior event's ending celebration date. Go to this link to view the Spring 2017 Event Page.  

Helpful Instructional Materials:

PDF Document: Getting Started
YouTube Playlist: Complete Playlist of All Videos (11:03, 5:48, 7:49)
1.) How to Register (11:03)
2.) Overview of the Health Trails Phone App (5:48)
3.) How to Track your Health Behaviors (7:49)

Tracking Healthy Behaviors:

This program will allow you to focus on tracking three healthy habits every day of this 8-week long program. All three healthy habits contribute to your total virtual mileage traveled. The amount of steps you take will automatically be tracked via your tracking device, while you will need to manually go in and update the amount of the other healthy behaviors you perform per day. Steps walked accounts for 60% of your total virtual miles moved, while both healthy behaviors account for the other 40% of your virtual travel. Health Trails uses a nifty algorithm to automatically account for the information collected in these three healthy behaviors. 

Use the table below to see what are the minimum and maximum values you can work towards in each healthy habit per week. You are welcome to exceed the Maximum value, however, the system will only calculate up to the maximum value you enter. If you only perform at the minimum value for all three healthy behaviors, then you will successfully complete the 400 virtual mile goal set by USG for individual participants.  

Healthy Behavior (% total) 



Steps (60%)

6,000/day for 4 days

25,000 Steps/day for 7 days

Sleep (20%)

6-8 hours for 5 days

1/day for 7 days

Self-Compassion (20%):

1/day for 5 days

2/day for 7 days

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HealthTrails Registration Will Open on June 5th.

Go to

- Note: If you participated in the prior semester's challenge then you will need to register again on the registration date. Otherwise, you will still be in the prior event when accessing the Health Trails Page. This also means that you will need to uninstall and re-install the Health Trails App after re-registering to fully participate in the challenge if using a smartphone for tracking purposes. 

Important Dates:

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USG System-Wide Competition:

VSU will have a team focused component of the competition that any full-time staff employee or faculty member can participate in. Join as an individual or join as a team member with colleagues around campus.  We can win this competition against all other competing USG college and university campuses if we all join and commit to this challenge every day. Put your all in this competition and reach out to the program lead for VSU, Kyle Culpepper (email:, if you need motivation or encouragement.   

How it Works:

  • Sign up as an individual and compete for VSU.


  • Sign up and ask colleagues to join your team for extra motivation.
  • The individual who starts the team is the team leader.
  • Teams consist of 4 to 10 members (team leader and at least 3 others)
  • Participants can be a member of only 1 team.
  • Once you join a team, you may not switch to another team.

Teams can support each other to exceed the minimum 300 virtual miles per individual. Be sure that your teammates are entering not just steps, but also the other two healthy behaviors; as these other behaviors are weighed out as 40% of each teammate's total mileage, which is directly affecting your team's average virtual mileage. Doing so will ensure that your team is able to exceed past the minimum requirements.  


Scoring is based on the team’s average miles/day. The more miles participants move along the trail, the greater the impact on their overall team score. By the end of the competition, your team average base goal is 400+ virtual miles which will be tracked within the Health Trails system based on all health behaviors listed above. 

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1. All participants must visit

2. Register for HealthTrails using their last name and birth year

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1. Reaching 400+ Miles - TBD

2. Ending Celebration - TBD

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