Questions & answers

 
What is Thrive Across America?
How does it work?
Who can participate?
Is Thrive Across America for all fitness levels?
Is there a Mobile App for Thrive Across America?
How does the team competition work?
Do I have to join a team or can I go it alone?
Can anyone start a team?
Do team leaders have any special responsibilities?
Must all teams have at least four members?
Do all team members have to be in the same location?
How are physical activity minutes converted to movement on the trail?
Is there a limit to the amount of physical activity I can record in a day?
What activities can I do in Thrive Across America?
What happens if I can’t exercise for 30 minutes or more on a given day?
Do I have to record my physical activity online every day?
How can I be sure my Thrive Across America daily email tips aren't caught in my SPAM filter?
What if I have questions about the program?

 

What is Thrive Across America?

Thrive Across America is an online physical activity program where you travel from Maine to Hawaii, along a virtual route. On the way you'll visit more than 50 of our country’s most treasured outdoor attractions, brought to life with vivid pictures and detailed descriptions.

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How does it work?

Each time you record physical activity minutes, you move along a virtual route that winds through the United States, passing through America’s most exciting outdoor attractions. You'll complete Thrive Across America in 16 weeks if you average 150 minutes a week (for example, 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week). If you exercise 60 minutes a day, 5 days a week you'll complete the route in about eight weeks.

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Who can participate?

Whether you’re just starting out or an experienced exerciser, Thrive Across America gives you simple, motivating tools to track your progress and see results. With dozens of activities to choose from, you can increase activity and improve health no matter what your interests or ability.

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Is Thrive Across America for all fitness levels?

Whether you’re just starting out or an experienced exerciser, Thrive Across America gives you simple, motivating tools to track your progress and see results. Consistency is the key to success in any health improvement, so Thrive Across America provides practical tips, articles on starting and sticking to a physical activity program, delicious healthy recipes, and other tools to strengthen your daily commitment.

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Is there a Mobile App for Thrive Across America?

Yes. After you register on the website, download the Thrive Across America app for the iPhone® or Android™ from the App Store℠ or Android Market—and log your time as you go!

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How does the team competition work?

Registration and team formation opens Monday, March 10. If you’ve already registered for Thrive Across America, there’s no need to sign up again. You’ll need to start or join a new team by March 23.; previous teams will not carry over. Activity recorded between March 24 and May 18 will count towards your team score. The team competition will end on Sunday, May 18, but you may continue logging through October 14, 2014.

Team participation is optional—and a lot of fun. Teams consist of 4-10 participants. Each day you record 30 physical activity minutes or more, you earn a Thrive Across America star (star) for your team. Scoring is based on a combination of team averages for daily physical activity minutes (not to exceed 60 minutes/day* for each person), and number of Thrive Across America stars earned. The more stars you earn, the greater the impact on your overall team score. To learn more, click the Team tab after registering, then click "How it works."

*NOTE: you may record more than 60 minutes a day, but to encourage consistency, only 60 minutes count toward your team average.

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Do I have to join a team or can I go it alone?

Although you can participate on your own, we think Thrive Across America is even more fun when you’re on a team. And numerous studies show that you’re more likely to stick with a physical activity program or other healthy habits when supported by others.

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Can anyone start a team?

Yes. After you register, click the Team link to get started and invite others to join. The person who starts the team is the Team Leader. Remember, teams consist of 4-10 members (yourself and at least three others)—as soon as a third person registers and accepts your invitation, your team is complete.

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Do team leaders have any special responsibilities?

Make sure three others register and accept your invitation to form an official team by Sunday, March 23. Other than that, all team members are responsible for recording their own activity, and encouraging and supporting each other in the Thrive Across America journey. The deadline for recording activity to count towards the team participation is Monday, May 19, 9:59pm PT/ 10:59pm MT/ 11:59pm CT/ 12:59am ET, so be sure each team member has entered their activity before the deadline.

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Must all teams have at least four members?

Yes. A team is not official unless there are at least four members. Anyone who is not on an official team can still participate in Thrive Across America as an individual but will not be part of the team competition.

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Do all team members have to be in the same location?

No. While there are advantages to teammates all being from the same location, anyone can form a team and participate.

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How are physical activity minutes converted to movement on the trail?

For every minute of physical activity you record, you'll move along the Thrive Across America route. If you exercise 60 minutes a day, 5 days a week you'll complete the route in about eight weeks. If you record 45 daily minutes, you’ll reach the end in about 11 weeks. And by logging 30 minutes a day, it will take about 16 weeks to complete your journey.

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Is there a limit to the amount of physical activity I can record in a day?

No. But the Thrive Across America program is designed to encourage a consistent, lasting physical activity habit. So although you can record any amount of physical activity in a day, your progress on the route is limited to 60 minutes a day. And 60 minutes is the maximum daily amount each team member can contribute to the team’s score.

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What activities can I do in Thrive Across America?

Any activity counts if it increases your heart rate and breathing, and can be sustained for 10 minutes or more. If you participate in team sports or other activities with a lot of rest time, log only the minutes you’re moving.

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What happens if I can’t exercise for 30 minutes or more on a given day?

All physical activity—even a brisk 10-minute walk—is good for you. So take advantage of any opportunity to add activity to your day and record your progress. But for long-term success, try to set aside at least 30 minutes at the same time each day so that you can get into a routine. Even if something keeps you from exercising one or two days, aim for 150 or more minutes of dedicated physical activity a week.

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Do I have to record my physical activity online every day?

It’s not required, but if you record your activity daily, you will enjoy the full experience of Thrive Across America as you watch your progress through the route. If you’re unable to log in every day, use the paper log and update your exercise minutes/activities online when you can.

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How can I be sure my Thrive Across America daily email tips aren't caught in my SPAM filter?

Add no-reply@thriveacrossamerica.com to your email client's safe sender list or thriveacrossamerica.com to your safe domain list.

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What if I have questions about the program?

Use the Contact link at the bottom of each page on the website. A Thrive Across America representative will respond within one business day.

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