WELCOME TO THE THIRD ISSUE OF THE SURREYMOVES+ NEWSLETTER!

 

This monthly publication is the central hub for all SurreyMoves+ information including the latest announcements, new challenges & rewards, and user statistics. Here’s what you can expect from this month’s edition…

  1. Monthly user statistics
  2. Our donation to Alzheimer’s Society
  3. Latest challenges and rewards for July
  4. Introduction to a new Moves+ Motivator
  5. Summary of feedback survey

Remember, if you have any feedback or questions about SurreyMoves+, please do not hesitate to contact us at surreymoves@surrey.ac.uk.

MONTHLY STATISTICS

Our SurreyMoves+ users produced another fine month of physical activity with more steps walked, metres swam and miles cycled in June compared to May! Despite term coming to an end, we still also saw 66 new users join the SurreyMoves+ community ahead of the summer break.

TOTAL DONATION TO ALZHEIMER'S SOCIETY!

We are thrilled to say we are donating a grand total of £750 to Alzheimer’s Society following the generosity of our SurreyMoves+ users who redeemed points through our donation reward in June. For every 500 points redeemed through the donation reward, we gave £1 to help support Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Visit the Alzheimer’s Society website for more information on the charity’s fantastic work. A big thank you to everyone who contributed their points!

LATEST CHALLENGES
We launched new sets of challenges at the start of the month, and there’s still time to sign up and earn some bonus points on the app! Activity is tracked from when you join the challenge so make sure you join as soon as possible for the best results. Don’t forget there are also activity-specific challenges available within Groups throughout July.

Here’s what’s available…

TREATMENT ROOM CHALLENGE

Walk 50,000 steps to enter our prize draw to win a £5 discount to The Treatment Room at Surrey Sports Park. The winner will be chosen at random at the end of the challenge and contacted via e-mail from surreymoves@surrey.ac.uk.

The Treatment Room is home to a range of therapists who can help you iron out any aches, pains, niggles or tension that are stopping you either working or exercising effectively.
Our Sports Therapists, Osteopaths and Physiotherapists work with everyone, whatever your sporting or exercise background, utilising a combination of hands-on therapy and rehabilitation exercises, you work together with your therapist with the aim of keeping you moving to achieve your goals.

WALKING, RUNNING, CYCLING & SWIMMING CHALLENGES
There is a challenge for each of these activity types already underway:

– July High Step Count! Back by popular demand, this walking challenge asks you to complete 310,000 steps during May in order to earn a bumper 310 bonus points.

– July Marathon or Half Marathon! Challenge yourself to run the distance of either a full marathon or a half marathon in July. This can be completed in one go or across multiple runs.

– Summer Cycle to Windsor Castle! Our July cycling challenge asks you to complete the 42 miles it takes to cycle from Stag Hill campus to Windsor Castle. You can complete it physically or virtually!

– Dive Into July! Swim 1,000 metres in July to complete this challenge. To count, these metres must be logged on a waterproof wearable tracker.

 

 

MONOPOLY CHALLENGES
Complete either of these challenges by virtually running or cycling 15.7 miles along the streets of London on the classic Monopoly board! Any London-based users of the app can access the route HERE.
LOVE PARKS WEEK

In the last week of July, take some time to visit your local park and try to complete 50,000 steps in the process. This challenge is to mark Love Parks Week which aims to send a rallying cry to the British public to Love, Respect and Protect parks throughout the summer of 2021 and beyond.

Remember to join the challnge on July 23rd for best results!

LATEST REWARDS
You can use your SurreyMoves+ points to claim rewards online or on campus! Some new rewards have just arrived on the app this month…
THE BENCH BAR

Visit the Bench Bar at Surrey Sports Park to get 50% off the Super Salad or £3 off the Seasonal Showcase Lamb Kofta Ciabatta this month! These rewards come in addition to the reward giving you 50% off Bench Bowls which is already on the app.

50% off Super Salad (1,375 points) – Rainbow chard, fennel, spinach, apple and sunflower seed salad with whipped feta. (v) Allergens: MILK, SULPHITES.

£3 off Seasonal Showcase (1,500 points) – Lamb Kofta Ciabatta: pulled lamb shoulder, mint yoghurt, Greek salad & baby gem lettuce @ The Bench Bar, Surrey Sports Park (Menu price – £5.75)

SSP STARBUCKS

We have some new Starbucks items joining our SurreyMoves+ rewards this month including a Tall Cool Lime (975 points), Tall Chocolate Crunch Frappuccino (1,115 points) and a Tall Pink Drink (1,025 points)!

These rewards come in addition to the hot drink you can already redeem on the app for 1,200 points.

MEET OUR NEW SURREYMOVES+ MOTIVATOR!

After introducing our three SurreyMoves+ Motivators in the previous newsletter, it’s now time to say hello to the fourth Motivator who will be helping us spreading the word about the app among their peers!

Are you passionate about physical activity? Can you spread the word among your peers and help us engage with underrepresented groups on campus? We’re still on the look-out for Motivators and you can register your interest HERE.

CHIARA DE LUCIA

 

WHAT IS YOUR ROLE/WHAT COURSE DO YOU DO?​
“I am doing a PhD in Physics, in particular in the radiation and medical physics group.”
 
WHY DID YOU APPLY TO BE A MOVES MOTIVATOR?​

“I really enjoy sports and being active. I would love to share my enthusiasm about sport and I am always looking for new people to meet and do sport with.

“I know for personal experience that often not exercising derives from not having anyone motivating you, thinking not to have the strength, not to have the knowledge or the right body for doing sports. These are things that can be overcome when meeting active people or people that would like to get active with you. We all can be active at our own level, pace and time. I am keen to meet other Motivators and work together to help people staying active.”

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT MOVES?​

“I like that motivates you though points and prices, and mostly with challenges.”

HAS MOVES IMPACTED YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LEVELS AND HOW?​

“It made me think more about how many steps I was taking per day and increase my motivation to take a daily walk/run after or before work.”

WHAT DO YOU LIKE DOING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY-WISE?​

“My favourite activity is hiking and trekking for sure, even if here is more like walking in nature since the mountains are just hills! But the sensation of reaching a peak overwhelms me every time. Moreover, I am into running, climbing and I am used to working out at home. I am always keen to try out new sports!”

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TIPS FOR BEING PHYSICALLY ACTIVE?​

“Remembering the empowering feeling you have after an activity and using that as a motivation for the next one. Also, trying to find people with the same interests and motivating each other as well as setting some small daily goals and increasing them when you feel up to it.”

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE THROUGH BEING A MOVES+ MOTIVATOR?

“To understand what prizes would better motivate people to use the app and get points. Also, to organise a running group to stay motivated together as this would allow people to meet other runners with their own pace. And finally, Social walks and hikes as we all need to be active and meet new friends after months of lockdown.”

SURREYMOVES+ SURVEY FINDINGS

Back in May, we asked our SurreyMoves+ users to complete a feedback survey based on their experiences on the app. We were delighted to receive so much positive feedback and we will also be using the responses to help us improve elements of the platform ahead of the new academic year.

Here are some of the key statistics we learned from the survey…

  • 98% of our respondents stated that the Moves+ app has encouraged them to be more physically active.
  • 88% of respondents said they would be likely to recommend SurreyMoves+ to a friend or colleague.
  • Rewards are the feature of the app which encourages users to be more active (47%) and motivates them the most (54%). We also discovered that challenges have a considerable impact on users’ motivation to move more often.
  • 57% of users track with Apple Health while 19% use Google and 16% use FitBit.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey!