Shape Up RI is a statewide exercise and weight loss challenge founded by Brown Medical School student Rajiv Kumar on the belief that the solution to healthy living lies in the power of teamwork and peer support. This annual health campaign encourages Rhode Islanders to pursue healthy lifestyles through increased physical activity and better nutrition. Participants compete on teams and track their weight, exercise hours, and/or pedometer steps over a eight-week period in our Spring challenge. Over the past four years, nearly 35,000 Rhode Islanders have participated in this successful program, losing thousands of pounds, walking millions of miles, and proving that teamwork is a powerful prescription for taking control of our health.
The team captain registers and then uses the online system to recruit a team (5-11 members). Team members can join the team by signing up online through an email link they will receive from the team captain or they can join using the Team Access Code given to them by the team captain. Teams can be made up of co-workers, friends, family members, neighbors, classmates, religious groups, social organizations, etc. We recommend forming a team with people who see each other regularly, as teams that are in constant contact throughout the competition have the most success in our program. Go to www.shapeupri.org to registrer. The first 100 to register are free of charge.
Once the competition begins, the team captains will lead their teams in the challenge increase physical activity and eat healthier. Teams make their own schedules and plans, tailored to the needs and desires of their team members, for how they will succeed in pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Every year, teams join sports leagues or local gyms, develop daily exercise regimens, devise ways to squeeze in physical activity at work, wear pedometers to track their walking, take healthy cooking classes, share recipes, participate in walkathons, sign up for dancing lessons, attend nutrition seminars, and much more.
There are three competition divisions: weight loss, exercise minutes, and pedometer steps. At the time of registration, each participant can choose to participate in 1, 2, or all 3 divisions. If at least 5 people on your team select a particular division, then your team will be included in the team standings for that division. Team standings will be calculated as average weight loss per person, average hours of exercise per person, and average pedometer steps per person on the team.
Each participant will record results on a daily basis using the competition logbook and/or Team Tracker online system. There will be six rounds in the competition, each lasting two weeks. At the end of each round, we will remind you to log in to the website to make sure your results are up to date. Once results have been submitted at the end of each round, updated team standings will be published. To protect your privacy, no person except you will be able to see your individual weight.
Throughout the campaign, we will send you competition updates, exercise and nutrition tips, and information about upcoming events. We will profile teams and participants and help encourage everyone in their efforts to improve health and fitness. We’ll also give away fun prizes along the way!
The winning teams will be honored at the end of the competition.