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Feetbeat – Get your team together now

Starting 8 September 2014

Nau mai haere mai ki Te Wero o Feetbeat. It's time to get up, get out and get active! Feetbeat is an 8 week walking programme starting 8 September for teams of between 4 and 8 people. Anyone can participate (workplaces, families, community groups, friends etc.). Feetbeat encourages you to walk for at least 30 minutes a day while taking a virtual journey around Auckland, New Zealand, or the Pacific Islands!

Each time you walk for 30 minutes or more you earn points for your team. If you take members of your family/whanau walking with you, you earn an additional point for each individual. Teams are encouraged to create unique and fun names and take photos of their achievements. There are weekly spot prizes and overall prizes for the longest distance, best photo and best story. Prizes are applicable only to Auckland region entrants, but any groups outside of Auckland are still able to take part. Workplaces, family and friends outside of Auckland are encouraged to think about internal prizes or incentives that they could offer.

Although Feetbeat isn't intended to be competitive, it can foster a fun interdepartmental rivalry and competition within your workplace/organisation, community groups and families.

For more details or to register, click here or contact Ruth Sliedrecht at feetbeat@adhb.govt.nz.

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