Welcome to ECGETfit!

FAQs

Who is eligible to participate in ECGETfit?

Participation is open to all faculty, staff and students at Emmanuel College.

What counts as exercise?

For the purpose of "counting minutes" for ECGETfit, "exercise" is defined as "physical activity done at a level that increases your heart rate and/or challenges your muscles." Allowable physical activity should include one or more components of physical fitness: aerobic/cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and/or flexibility exercises. For example, someone just starting an exercise program could probably count 15 minutes of brisk walking as exercise. For someone in better shape, it might be a 15-minute run or the equivalent.

How do I count exercise minutes?

Count only minutes actually spent exercising. For example, if you go to the gym to work out on a rowing machine, don't count the entire time spent at the gym as "exercise minutes." Rather, your total exercise minutes will be the time you spend rowing, along with warm-up and cool-down activities. But you would not count time spent waiting for a machine, showering, or changing. Similarly, for an activity like downhill skiing, count only minutes spent actually skiing. Do not count minutes spent waiting in line, sitting on the lift, or drinking hot toddies in front of a crackling fire at the ski lodge.

What's the weekly minimum exercise-minute threshold?

The ECGETfit Emmanuel challenge includes a steadily increasing minimum individual exercise goal for each week, beginning with 140 exercise minutes during Week 1 and ending with 315 exercise minutes in Week 6. Participants are not required to meet these exercise goals, but eligibility for certain team and individual prizes, including the grand prize, will be based on reaching the weekly minimum thresholds. A team will be credited with meeting its weekly minimum exercise threshold if the average for its members is at or above the target number of minutes. This means that some team members could fall short of the threshold by some number of minutes as long as other members exceed the threshold by at least the same number of minutes.

Weekly minimum exercise-minute thresholds for the 2014 ECGETfit Emmanuel challenge:

Week 1 - 210 minutes - 30 minutes/day
Week 2 - 245 minutes - 35 minutes/day
Week 3 - 280 minutes - 40 minutes/day
Week 4 - 315 minutes - 45 minutes/day
Week 5 - 350 minutes - 50 minutes/day
Week 6 - 420 minutes - 60 minutes/day

How did the ECGETfit Emmanuel organizers come up with the weekly minimum exercise thresholds?

We are trying to form habits. Minimal moderate physical activity is 30 minutes most days of the week. According to the Centers for Disease Control, weight maintenance requires 60 minutes of exercise most days a week. We combined the two in order to challenge you. It takes time to form a habit. By week 4, you will meet the minimum standards for moderate physical activity and by week 6 you will be striving towards the one hour activity level.

How will the grand prize winner be selected?

The team exercising the highest total number of minutes will win the grand prize

Where are the fitness centers located on campus that faculty, Staff and students can use?

Students and employees have access to the Jean Yawkey Center's Fitness Center and the St. Joseph's Fitness Center. Drop your Emmanuel ID at the front desk of either fitness facility and pick it up when you are finished.

When and how do we submit our team's exercise minutes?

Team members must keep a record of total minutes exercised every day and should submit exercise logs to their team captains every Monday. Team captains or co-captains must enter weekly totals for each team member on the ECGETfit website. The deadline for entering totals is noon, EST, each Tuesday. The ECGETFit committee will calculate the average number of minutes exercised by each team and post it on-line.

What if we miss the deadline to enter minutes for our team?

In order for teams and individuals to remain eligible for weekly prizes, it is very important to submit minutes on time. However, if your team misses a deadline, the team captain or co-captain should immediately send an email to kendalll@emmanuel.edu. Please note that late-entered minutes submitted after the week's results are tallied will be added only to final end-of-the-challenge team and individual totals. This means that affected teams and individuals will not be eligible for that week's prize drawing nor for any future drawings for which eligibility is limited to teams or individuals who have reached the exercise goal for every week of the challenge.

Can we change our team's name?

While registering a team, team captains may enter temporary team names to be changed once team members come up with a more creative or appropriate name for the group. However, no changes may be made to team names after March 14, 2014.

What if someone drops off our team? Can we replace this person?

No changes may be made to team rosters after March 14, 2014. Exceptions to this rule will be made on a case-by-case basis and only in the rare situation that a team member has no choice but to drop out before the end of the challenge (serious illness, leaving Emmanuel, or similar circumstances). In such situations, please contact the getfit organizers at kendalll@emmanuel.edu

What will you do with the personal information collected from each ECGETfit participant?

All personal information provided by ECGETfit participants is kept confidential. We will never sell, rent, or release your name, email address, or any other information to any third party, including program sponsors, without your consent.

What if I don't have an Emmanuel ID card?

Visit campus security during operational hours with a valid ID and they will issue you an ID card. Campus Security is located on the bottom floor of the Administration building.

Campus Security Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

What if I have a question that isn't answered here?

Email your question to Leah Kendall.