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Step Up to the Challenge

Want to be more active? Join BCBSRI’s Step Up Challenge!

We all know exercise is great. It helps us feel good, sleep better, and be more relaxed. It can help protect us from heart disease, diabetes, depression, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. But sometimes we need a little extra motivation to keep us moving—like a friendly competition.

In the Step Up Challenge, you’ll team up with a local senior center or Your Blue StoreSM to track your steps and physical activity. Three Rhode Island senior centers—one in each region of the state—with the highest average steps over four weeks will receive $2,500 from BCBSRI. Senior centers will use that money to invest in health and wellness activities for you and other members. The Your Blue Store location with the highest average activity will get a celebration to honor the top participants.

When to register

July 1 to August 12

Where to register

Your local participating senior center or Your Blue Store

Participating locations

You must be a member of a participating senior center to sign up as a member of their team. Any BCBSRI member who doesn’t belong to a senior center can sign up at a Your Blue Store location. Your senior center may offer special Step Up Challenge classes. View the schedule of classes to see if your center participates.

Region 1
Cumberland Senior Center
Glocester Senior Center
Johnston Senior Center
Lincoln Senior Center
North Providence Mancini Center
Progreso Latino, Central Falls
Smithfield Senior Center
St. Martin De Porres Senior Center, Providence
Woonsocket Senior Center
Your Blue Store, Lincoln

Region 2
Coventry Senior Center
Cranston Senior Center
Pilgrim Senior Center, Warwick
West Warwick Senior Center
Your Blue Store, Warwick

Region 3
Benjamin Church Senior Center, Bristol
East Providence Senior Center
Leon Mathieu Senior Center, Pawtucket
Portsmouth Senior Center
Tiverton Senior Center
Warren Senior Center
Your Blue Store, East Providence

Let's celebrate the kickoff

The Step Up Challenge runs from September 3 to September 30. Join us for a kickoff celebration featuring a walk, healthy snacks, and a guest speaker! Choose the kickoff that is most convenient for you:

Warwick City Park
185 Asylum Road
September 3, 10:00 a.m.

Colt State Park Route 114
Shelter 1, by the beach
September 4, 10:00 a.m.

Lincoln Woods 
2 Manchester Print Works Rd
(E-Field, Use Twin River Entrance)
September 5, 10:00 a.m.

RSVP for a kickoff.

Track steps on your wellness app

Make it easy to track your activity! Use your BCBSRI wellness app, powered by Virgin Pulse®. With the app, you can also customize nutrition tools, track your sleep and mood, and create healthy challenges.

Get started with three simple steps:

  1. To get started, go to or download the Virgin Pulse app from the Apple App Store or Google Play
  2. Choose Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island as your sponsor.
  3. Connect your Max BuzzTM or other wearable device to track and sync steps with the app.*

*Standard mobile phone carrier and data usage charges apply. The downloading and use of the Virgin Pulse mobile app is subject to the terms and conditions of the app and the online stores from which it is downloaded. Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Google Play is a trademark of Google Inc. Virgin Pulse is an independent wellness company, contracted by BCBSRI to provide wellness services.