Frequently Asked Questions
What browser is this site best viewed in?
On a desktop computer, the site is best viewed in a modern browser released within the last five (5) years. Preferably Safari 5.1+, Firefox 9+ or Internet Explorer 10+. For mobile devices it is recommended that the browser app be upgraded to the latest version to ensure the best experience.
Who can register for Exercise Across Abbott?
Exercise Across Abbott is open to all Abbott employees. Retirees, contractors, interns, spouses or dependents are not eligible to participate.
When can I create a personal profile?
Registration was open from April 1 to April 17 at www.ExerciseAcrossAbbott.com. If you are a past participant, you will be able to access your previous profile and edit it if needed. If you have not participated previously in Exercise Across Abbott, you will need to create a new profile. After you create or edit your personal profile, you can create a team and invite co-workers to join, or you can find a team to join in your location or region.
Why am I not receiving any of the emails from Exercise Across Abbott?
Occasionally the email from Exercise Across Abbott is interpreted as an unsolicited email. If you do not receive an email after a short period of time, please check your spam or junk folder.
Can I change teams or be on more than one team?
An employee can only be a member of one team. If you would like to change teams during registration, you must contact the Team Captain of the team you have joined and request that they remove you from their team. Once the Team Captain has removed you from the team, you can join a different team.
What type of exercise can be counted?
Any kind of exercise counts regardless of intensity (i.e., walking, martial arts, weight lifting, swimming, yoga, tennis, team sports, and more). Exercise must go beyond your daily routine and does not include minutes you are sitting, standing, gardening, doing household chores, riding a lawn mower, etc. While team sports count, you should only count the time you spend exercising, not the time it takes to play the game.
What is the maximum number of minutes Team Members can exercise?
There is no maximum.
What happens with a tie?
In the event of a tie for the World Champion, each of the teams will win the prize.
When can I create a team profile?
Registration was open from April 1 to April 17 at www.ExerciseAcrossAbbott.com.
How can I add Team Members to my Team?
During registration, click Invite Team Members under My Team under the left navigation to send an invite to a co-worker. Enter their work or personal email in the following format: email@example.com. If you don’t know their email address, click Find a Team Member to search for a co-worker who is already registered for Exercise Across Abbott and is not on a team.
How can I select a Co-Captain?
During registration, once this member is on your team, click the Manage Team under My Team on the left navigation. From here, click Make Co-Captain. This member will now be able to help you register participants without an email address; enter exercise minutes for members who are on vacation and help you organize activities and events, like a team walk or a pick-up-game of basketball.
Can I be a Team Captain of more than one team?
No. Team Captains and Co-Captains are only allowed to lead one team.
Can I leave the competition?
If you are the Team Captain and would like to leave the competition during registration, you must elect a Co-Captain to take your place. If you need to leave the competition once Exercise Across Abbott has started on April 29, and after you have elected a Co-Captain, please contact us.
Is there a minimum or maximum number of Team Members?
A team must have a minimum of two members (including the team captain) in order to participate. However, there is no maximum number of members.
When do Team Members start tracking their exercise?
Team Members track their minutes between April 29 and June 9 and report their minutes daily online.
What if Team Members do not have email?
Team Members do not need to have a work or personal email to participate; however, it is required for the Team Captain to have an email address. To register a co-worker without an email address, Team Captains may contact us for assistance.
What if a Team Member leaves Abbott after the competition begins? Can I replace that Team Member?
No. Once the competition begins on April 29, changes to the team roster are not allowed if a Team Member becomes ill, injured, retires or leaves the company.
Connecting Your Fitness Tracking Device
How do I connect a Fitness Tracker to my Exercise Across Abbott profile?
After you register for Exercise Across Abbott, you will have the opportunity to link your fitness tracker. On the registration confirmation page, choose to connect a Fitness Tracker or your Apple Watch. From there, you will be prompted through the steps to select your tracker and connect it to your Exercise Across Abbott Profile.
What Fitness Trackers can I connect?
You can connect a variety of trackers including Fitbit, Garmin, iHealth, Withings, Polar, Strava, Suunto, and Record. You can also connect your Apple Watch.
If I connected my Fitbit to my Exercise Across Abbott profile last year, do I have to connect
it again this year?
Yes. This year we have a new process to connect multiple tracking devices. You will have to reconnect your Fitbit, but you will also have the opportunity to connect a new device.
How are my Fitness Tracker minutes added to my total Exercise Across Abbott minutes?
Once a day (after you sync your Fitness Tracker), your previous day’s Active Minutes will be downloaded and added to your total minutes for that day.
Can I still log or adjust my minutes manually through Exercise Across Abbott even if my Fitness
Tracker is connected?
Yes, can always adjust—add or subtract—your minutes on your Exercise Across Abbott My Profile page under My Minutes.
Can I disconnect my Fitness Tracker from Exercise Across Abbott profile if I chose to?
Yes, you can disconnect your tracker at any point during the challenge. Click Edit Profile, scroll down to the “Fitness Activity Tracker” section and click Disconnect My Tracker. Remember, after you disconnect, you will have to log your minutes of exercise on your Exercise Across Abbott My Profile page under My Minutes.