Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ Team Challenge

Please Note: There are NO team online challenges.

You each need to register for online SSHW Challenges individually. The tracking forms for team challenges, below, are provided for offline team challenges that teams and organizations run on their own.

From April 2 through May 13, 2007, 125 people (25 teams of 5 people each) participated in the national pilot test of the Small Steps to Health and Wealth Challenge, a 6-week team competition designed to motivate participants to simultaneously improve their health and personal finances.

Included were 5 teams from institutes and offices at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) at Rutgers University, 7 teams from the SEBS administration building (Martin Hall), teams from 7 different county Rutgers Cooperative Extension offices, several teams from Union County government agencies, and a team from Utah.

For 42 days, participants tracked their performance of 5 recommended health and nutrition practices and 5 recommended financial practices. Each practice received 10 points per day for maximum weekly personal and team totals of 700 and 3,500 points respectively. The maximum number of possible points for the entire SSHW Challenge was 21,000 (3,500 x 6).

The top three teams (145k PDF) were the Martin Hall Non-Slackers (17,550 points), S.C.A.R.E. (16,880 points), and The Hunterdon HONEYS (16,640 points). View a complete list of Challenge scores (27k PDF). Prizes were awarded at the SSHW Challenge Celebration held May 23, 2007. Prizes and refreshments were underwritten by corporate sponsor Lassus Wherley, a New Providence, NJ financial planning firm. Anecdotal evidence provided by Challenge participants indicated behavioral changes such as increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, enrollment in retirement savings plans, opening of investment accounts, and increased time spent in physical activity.


Barbara O'Neill
Phone: 848-932-9126

  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences