Active U Frequently Asked Questions

Active U T-shirts and Upgrade Items

How do I earn an Active U T-shirt?

To successfully complete Active U 2019 and be eligible for a T-shirt you must:

  1. Reach or exceed your weekly physical activity minutes goal (minimum goal is 120 minutes a week). Included in this is logging at least 30 minutes per day, at least 3 days per week.
  2. Log successfully (#1 above) at least 8 out of the 12 weeks of the program.
  3. Answer the post-program questions (March 13- April 15)     
  4. T-shirts must be ordered by end of day April 15.

To see how many weeks you’ve completed, look on your tracker page  under “Weekly Minutes Goal History;” you will see the number of successfully completed weeks. Once 8 weeks and the program survey have been completed successfully, you will be able to choose your one clothing item.

What are my clothing item options?

Once 8 weeks and the program survey have both been successfully completed, faculty and staff can choose to get a free T-shirt OR pay to upgrade to a different item. Only one clothing item per participant is allowed. Students, retirees alumni, and spouses / OQAs who complete the program successfully can purchase any one of the below items.

Free T-shirt Options (choose one):

Short-sleeve unisex T-shirt OR Ladies cut short-sleeve T-shirt (free for faculty and staff)

OR, Upgrade Clothing Options (choose one):

Please note: Once you choose to upgrade, you will not be able to go back and select a free T-shirt.  

 Unisex Long-sleeve T-shirt 

Unisex Tech Shirt

Ladies Cut Tech Shirt

Unisex Baseball T-Shirt

Unisex Quarter Zip Sweatshirt

Unisex Tank Top

Water Bottle with Fruit Infuser

Note: Students, retirees and spouses / OQAs who complete the program successfully may purchase any of the above items as well.

How much are the upgraded clothing items?
Upgraded items can only be picked up at select Underground Printing locations or mailed to you. If picking up, you will choose a store location when ordering. If you would like your item mailed to you, an additional $5.95 will be added for shipping and handling.
Faculty and Staff Pricing (does NOT include $5.95 shipping and handling):
Unisex Long-Sleeve T-shirt: S-XL - $3.39; 2XL - $4.45; 3XL - $4.98
Unisex Tech Shirt: S-XL - $7.59; 2XL - $8.65; 3XL - $9.18
Ladies Cut Tech Shirt: S-XL - $7.59; 2XL - $8.65; 3XL- $9.18
Unisex Baseball T-Shirt: S-XL - $6.81; 2XL - $7.87; 3XL - $8.40
Unisex Tank Top: S-XL - $7.41; 2XL - $8.47
Unisex Quarter Zip Sweatshirt: S-XL - $22.13; 2XL - $23.19; 3XL - $23.72
Tumbler (with fruit Infuser): $6.57
Pricing for students, retirees and spouses / OQAs students coming soon.

   

Can I try on the clothing options?
Yes, Active U clothing samples are available for try-on at the three Underground Printing stores in Ann Arbor (listed below) beginning March 15. 
329 S. Main St.
2248 S. Main St.
1114 S. University
If you plan on trying on a sample, please DO NOT make your clothing choice online until after you’ve done so. 

How do I order my free T-shirt or upgraded item? (For faculty and staff only)

The Monday after you complete the program successfully, you will receive an email with ordering information.

To order a free T-shirt:

  1. Click on the link provided in your email for the free T-shirt (Option 1). 
  2. Choose your T-shirt type (either unisex short-sleeve or ladies cut short-sleeve) and size.
  3. Submit your order.
  4. Print out the confirmation email and bring it with you when picking up your T-shirt. View T-shirt pick up dates and locations
  5. T-shirts must be ordered by End of Day April 15.

To order an upgraded item:

Please note:  If you choose to upgrade, you CANNOT go back and select a free T-shirt.  Before upgrading, view the above FAQs to see upgrade item images and pricing.

  1. Click on the link provided in your email to pay to upgrade to a different Active U item (Option 2). You will be taken to the Underground Printing website. 
  2. Follow the steps to make your choice.
  3. If you have questions about upgrades, please contact Underground Printing at (800) 242-4787 

 Where do I pick up my clothing item?

Free T-shirt pickup: View on-campus T-shirt pick-up dates and locations. You (or your representative) should print out your T-shirt order email confirmation and bring it with you. If a representative is picking up the T-shirt for you, make sure to write your U-M ID number and sign your name on the back of the email. Free T-shirts (ONLY individual shirts, not team / group pick-ups) can also be picked up at one of these Ann Arbor Underground Printing locations:

    General Information

    What is Active U?

    Active U is a FREE 12-week physical activity challenge and fundraiser that is designed for every fitness and activity level. Join as an individual or become part of a team. By tracking your physical activity minutes in the online Active U Tracker every week, you can become more active and even learn healthier exercise tips!

    Who can participate in Active U?

    All University of Michigan faculty, staff, retirees, alumni, graduate and undergraduate students, and employees' spouses and Other Qualified Adults (OQA) are eligible to participate in Active U.

    What is an OQA: Please visit the University Benefits office page.

    How do I register for Active U?

    Starting Dec. 11, go to the Active U dashboard/homepage and use your U-M uniqname and Kerberos/Level 1 password to access the online tracker and begin registering. Once registered, make sure to also complete the pre-survey (located under “Complete Survey” on the main section of the dashboard). The pre-survey is required.  

    Also, please note these important dates:

    You can join a team through Jan. 7, 2019 Begin tracking your physical activity minutes starting Jan. 8, 2019. The last day to join Active U and still be eligible for a T-shirt is February 4, 2019

    Is the Active U pre-survey required?  

    Yes, the pre-survey is one of the accomplishments you must finish in order to complete the Active U program successfully. Once registered, complete the pre-survey under “Complete Survey” on the main section of the dashboard. Then, when Active U begins on January 8, you will already have one accomplishment (the pre-survey) completed!

    Do I have to join a team?

    No, some people prefer to participate in Active U on their own.

    Logging Activity Minutes

    How do I log my physical activity minutes?

    • To log minutes manually: Using your computer or mobile device, log into Active U and click on Favorites. Select either “Workouts” or “Exercise Minutes” to access your workout log. Click on “Add Exercise.” Enter your minutes and click "Save Exercise" to save your entry.  Note: You have the option to also log your distance, strength training, add a description, etc. These are not required and do NOT count toward achieving your Active U Autumn minutes goal.  To sync your device or mobile app: Log into Active U and click on your profile photo icon in the upper right corner.  Scroll down to “Connections” and find your device from the list of supported devices and apps. Click on the plus sign (+) and follow the steps for your device.
    • All devices must be re-synced at least once every two weeks.  To re-sync, simply log into the Active U dashboard on your computer or mobile device.

    You can log your physical activity minutes manually or by syncing your tracking device or mobile app with the Active U dashboard. Enter activity up to the last 14 days.

    NOTE TO FITBIT USERS:  For Fitbit syncing, you MUST click on the following boxes to allow access for the Active U program:  activity and exercise, Fitbit devices and setting, profile

    In the “Exercise by Time” section, in addition to time, there are options to include a name, calories, etc.; do I have to complete these fields? 

    No, adding an exercise name, calories and notes are optional. The only area you need to fill in to count towards your exercise minutes goal is time. Also, you will see options to log your exercise by distance or strength training; note, these do NOT count toward achieving your Active U minutes goal.

    How do I sync my device or app to the Active U program?

    To sync your device, click on your profile photo icon in the upper right corner.  Scroll down to “Connections” and find your device from the list of supported devices and apps. Click on the plus sign (+) and follow the steps for your device. All devices must be re-synced at least once every two weeks.  To re-sync, simply log into the Active U dashboard on your computer or mobile device.

    NOTE TO FITBIT USERS:  For Fitbit syncing, you MUST click on the following boxes to allow access for the Active U program:  activity and exercise, Fitbit devices and setting, profile

    What fitness trackers can I sync to Active U?

    Below is a partial list of compatible devices. A complete list is available on the Active U tracker.

    • Adidas Speed cell; Adidas Fit smart
    • Dailymile
    • Fitbit Ultra; Fitbit Zip; Fitbit Alta HR
    • Jawbone UP 24
    • Lumo Lift; Lumo back
    • Misfit flash; Misfit ray; Misfit phase; Misfit flare; Misfit Shine 2; Misfit Shine 2 swimmers edition
    • Movable MOVband
    • Withings Healthmate app; Withings pulse activity tracker; Withings Activite pop; Withings Acitivite steel
    • Nokia Steel; Nokia Steel HR
    • Suunto movescount app
    • Under Armour record-sync steps
    • Medisana ViFit Activity Tracker; Medisana VitaDock
    • Suunto Ambit3 Peak; Suunto Ambit3 sport; Suunto Spartan Ultra
    • Garmin edge 810; Garmin Fenix 2; Garmin forerunner 610; Garmin forerunner 220; Garmin tactix bravo; Garmin approach s60; Garmin epix; Garmin forerunner 225

    How do I change my weekly goal?

    You should start by setting your goal to a minimum of 120 minutes (the minimum number of minutes for successful completion).  You can change your weekly goal on Tuesday or Wednesday of each week.  To change your goal, click on Favorites and select “Program Goal.”

    Where can I go to see my progress toward reaching my program goals (logging exercise at least three days a week for at least 30 minutes a day, successful logging at least 8 out of the 12 weeks, and completion of the program survey, which comes out on March 13)?

    Once logged into the Active U tracker, go to the bottom of the dashboard page and you will see the weeks you have completed successfully (green check mark for successfully completed week, red X for unsuccessful week). Team Information

    How do I start a team?

    After registering, select "Active U Team Challenge" from the main section of the Active U dashboard. You will then be able to choose a team name and a team division. Select "Create a Team.”

    What division is my team in?

    There will be several divisions for Active U; the team captain may make their choice of being in the same division as a department rival, a division whose name they like, etc.

    How do I invite team members? 

    To invite people to join your team, please use your own email.  Let them know that once they have registered and completed the pre-survey, they can search for your name or your team’s name in the Team Challenge section of the Active U portal.  Please note: Team members can ONLY join teams until 11:59 p.m., January 7. Learn more about being a team captain and see a sample email invite.

    What does it take to be a team captain?

    As a team captain, you serve as a motivator for team members by organizing team activities and/or sending motivational emails; anything to help get your team moving.

    Team captains also remind team members to log their physical activity minutes throughout the program. Logging minutes is very important as it is the way team standings are determined throughout the program and at the end of the 12 weeks. Learn more about being a team captain.

    Can I name co-captain(s)?

    Yes, you can add someone as your co-caption by going to the Locker Room under the Team Challenge section. Select My Team by clicking on the pencil icon. Click on the checkmark next to the teammate(s) you would like to make a co-captain (the checkmark will be green).  

    Can I see who is on my team?

    Yes, to see your team members’ names/nicknames, go to the My Team section under Locker Room in the Team Challenge area.  You will be able to see all your teammates names/nick names, who are captains of your team, etc.

    Can my teammates see my information?

    Your teammates can only see your name or nickname.

    How are team standings calculated?

    We calculate the % of goal met for each person. This includes not only time but number of times logging. This is capped at 100%, (so if you log 5 times and a total of 1000 min, and you goal is 90 min over 3 days a week, you would have 100%).

    Then we average the goals for the week for everyone on the team, then we average that over all weeks in the program that are active.

    Team Information

    How do I start a team?

    After registering, select "Active U Team Challenge" from the main section of the Active U dashboard. You will then be able to choose a team name and a team division. Select "Create a Team.”

    What division is my team in?

    There will be several divisions for Active U; you may make your choice of being in the same division as a department rival, a division whose name you like, etc.

    How do I invite team members? 

    To invite people to join your team, please use your own email.  Let them know that once they have registered and completed the pre-survey, they can search for your name or your team’s name in the Team Challenge section.  Please note: Team members can ONLY join teams until 11:59 p.m., January 8.

    What does it take to be a team captain?

    As a team captain, you serve as a motivator for team members by organizing team activities and/or sending motivational emails; anything to help get your team moving.

    Team captains also remind team members to log their physical activity minutes throughout the program. Logging minutes is very important as it is the way team standings are determined throughout the program and at the end of the 12 weeks. Learn more about being a team captain.

    Can I name co-captain(s)?

    Yes, you can add someone as your co-caption by going to the Locker Room under the Team Challenge section. Select My Team by clicking on the pencil icon. Click on the checkmark next to the teammate(s) you would like to make a co-captain (the checkmark will be green).  

    Can I see who is on my team?

    Yes, to see your team members’ names/nicknames, go to the My Team section under Locker Room in the Team Challenge area.  You will be able to see all your teammates names/nick names, who are captains of your team, and who are your allies.

    Can my teammates see my information?

    Your teammates can see your name or nickname.  If you make them allies, they would also be able to see when you complete certain accomplishments (completed the survey, etc.).

    How are team standings calculated?

    We calculate the % of goal met for each person. This includes not only time but number of times logging. This is capped at 100%, (so if you log 5 times and a total of 1000 min, and you goal is 90 min over 3 days a week, you would have 100%).

    Then we average the goals for the week for everyone on the team, then we average that over all weeks in the program that are active.

    Perks and Prizes

    What are the extra prizes this year?

    There are many opportunities to earn or win prizes with Active U 2019. Learn more on our Perks and Prizes page. 

    How will the prize winners be recognized?

    Active U weekly prize winners will be recognized on the MHealthy website.