We Active Challenge 2019

Tuesday 9th July 2019 by @NaomiMcVey

We Active Challenge 2019

Are you ready…?

The sun is making an appearance, holidays are on the way, and we’re dusting off our trainers and warming up .... it can only mean one thing ..... the largest social media campaign and competition for healthcare professionals is back.

WeActiveChallenge is running again for the FIFTH year, and with WeAHPs winning gold for the last four the competition is really heating up.  

So here are the details:

When?            1st – 31st August 2019 (winners announced on the 31st August)

What?             A social media campaign & competition for healthcare professionals, families and friends

Who?              YOU!

Where?           On twitter!

Thirty days to form new habits

Throughout August we’re asking our communities, your colleagues, families and friends and anyone else who wants to tag along to dust off their trainers, walking boots, or swimming gear, active wear, and then GET ACTIVE .... tweeting pictures to share what you've been doing.

We’re asking you to try to do a bit, or start a new activity, to help establish some new physical activity habits during the 30 days of the challenge.

Healthy competition

As well as competition between the communities you'll be working towards getting a virtual bronze, silver or gold medal:

We will also be looking out for best photos across all the communities in the following areas:

  1. Best overall photo
  2. Best team photo
  3. Best family photo


How to get involved: 

  1. Set yourself a goal or challenge for August – like taking the stairs, going for a lunch time walk each day, climbing your local peak, or trying out Park Run.
  2. Get friends, family and your work colleagues involved as well.
  3. Take some pictures (or even a vine or video) of your activity.
  4. Share your pictures on twitter with your community hashtag (see below) – choose your allegiance carefully, this is a competition!  

You can also share on Instagram – but this won’t count towards the medals or inter-community competition.

Choose your hashtag

These are the official campaign hashtags we'll using for the competition - choose one, or more if you have MDT loyalty, and use it in all your tweets for the challenge:

  • #NursesActive
  • #PharmacyActive
  • #AHPsActive
  • #MidwivesActive
  • #DoctorsActive
  • #ReserchersActive (Guests for 2019)

If you don't "belong" to any of the professional groups about then please pick whatever one, or ones, you fancy ... the important thing is to get active this summer. 

Some ideas on what to tweet:

Your photos don’t have to be in Lycra, poised or perfect, this challenge is about having visible fun, being inspired and inspiring others. 

Some of the feedback we received in previous years was around people not knowing what pictures to tweet - we understand that you may not want to take pictures of your sweaty self and upload them to Twitter so here are some suggestions: