Step into Health Campaign Honors Top Walkers at Georgetown

Feb 6, 2017

A Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) service provider and staff member were recently awarded prizes as part of the Step into Health Be-an-Active-Campus competition. Hosted by the Aspire Zone Foundation under the supervision of Aspetar’s Healthy Lifestyle Program, the competition challenges students, faculty, and staff at Qatar-based tertiary institutions to escalate their activity levels by walking more than 10,000 steps a day.

As part of the program, GU-Q’s Ratnasingam Sinthathurai and Jim MacGregor were selected as two of the top walkers from the University. During the November to December 2016 period, Sinthathurai averaged 15,796 steps a day, while MacGregor averaged 13,070.

Winners from each of the participating universities were randomly selected from those who had exceeded the recommended average of 10,000 steps a day. Those who were chosen received a gift voucher from a local sports store and a gift bag of sporting goods to encourage them to continue to live a less sedentary lifestyle.


The Step into Health Be-an-Active-Campus is an annual initiative to promote healthy living in Qatar. Participants who volunteer for the program are provided with pedometers and a dedicated step-counting mobile app to track their progress towards the daily step goal.


Last year, GU-Q was awarded first place out of 15 competing universities, after over 260 GU-Q staff, faculty, students, and service providers logged 1.26 million steps during the six-month-long program.

About Georgetown University in Qatar

Established in 1789 in Washington, DC, Georgetown University is one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions. Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), founded in 2005 in partnership with Qatar Foundation, seeks to build upon the world-class reputation of the university through education, research, and service. Inspired by the university’s mission of promoting intellectual, ethical, and spiritual understanding, GU-Q aims to advance knowledge and provide students and the community with a holistic educational experience that produces global citizens committed to the service of humankind.

Located in Doha’s Education City, GU-Q offers the same internationally recognized Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree as Georgetown’s Capitol Campus in Washington, DC. This unique, interdisciplinary program prepares students to tackle the most important and pressing global issues by helping them develop critical thinking, analytic, and communication skills within an international context. GU-Q alumni work in leading local and international organizations across industries ranging from finance to energy, education, and media. The Qatar campus also serves as a residency and delivery location for the Executive Master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management along with the Executive Master’s in Leadership.

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