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Walking Together, Apart: Virtual Step Challenge



Join the NLA in promoting heart-healthy lifestyle habits during this time of social-distancing by participating in our Virtual Step Challenge, sponsored by Esperion, this September during National Cholesterol Education Month (in conjunction with Lipidpalooza)! 

The Virtual Step Challenge will begin at 00:01 ET on Tuesday, September 1 and conclude at 23:59  ET on Wednesday, September 30. Participants can track their steps using their own personal Fitbit, Apple Watch, Garmin, or the step trackers integrated on their iPhone/Android smartphone via Apple Health or Google Fit. *
To join:
1) Download the "Heka Walk" Challenge app: 
2) Complete the registration and pairing process:
  • Launch the Challenge app and select "NLA Virtual Step" from the list of Challenges
  • Register and then pair your supported activity tracker (see the Challenge FAQ Webpage for details) - if you already have a NLA Challenge account, please use your existing login credentials
3) Start Stepping!
  • To sync your step data to the app, select "Tap to sync steps" at the top of the dashboard
  • Note that your steps will only count from the time you first pair your step tracker
  • Please sync your step data at least one time a day as some data sources will not provide step data that is over 24 hours old




Climb to the top of the Leaderboard by taking advantage of step boosts! 

Once the Challenge has started, select the "Bonus Activities" icon to: **

  • Scan-In: Make your way to using a tablet or computer and enter the NLA Virtual Exhibit Hall and using the Challenge app, scan the QR code in the Esperion booth to earn 5,000 bonus steps (limit: 1 scan during the challenge).

  • Share on Social Media:  Hit social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter) with the hashtag #NLAStepChallenge and post a photo of yourself stepping and staying healthy! You will earn 250 bonus steps for each public post which will be awarded on a weekly basis (limit: 1 photo per day, during the challenge).


  • 150K Step Giveaway:  All participants that reach 150K steps or more during the Challenge will be entered for a chance to win one of these prizes:

    • One (1) Registration to any 2021 NLA Meeting (Fall or Spring CLU or Scientific Sessions)

    • 2021 NLA Membership Dues

    • $100 Amazon Gift Card

  • Top Stepper Giveaway:  Keep an eye on the leaderboard posted in the app and below – the top 3 finishers will win these prizes:

    • 1st Place: Apple Watch Series 5 and Airpods with Wireless Charging Case

    • 2nd Place: $150 Amazon Gift Card

    • 3rd Place: $100 Amazon Gift Card

Winners will be notified directly via email. The Giveaway Prize Winners will be announced at 12:00 p.m. EST on Friday, October 2 via NLA social media accounts! 


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If you have any technical support questions, contact the support team here or email  For general inquiries about the Challenge email

Apps are supported on iPhones & iPads with the three most recent major iOS versions (e.g., iOS 13, 12, 11) and on Android phones with the four most recent major Android OS versions (e.g., Android 10, 9, 8, 7) that have not been customized by the manufacturer.


** Step Boosters:

  1. On the Challenge app's main dashboard, tap the Bonus Activities  selector.

  2. Press the Scan-In button and follow the app instruction to receive your bonus steps. 

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