Schuyler Hospital Steps Out Program Wraps Up with New Winner

Schuyler Hospital has wrapped up its fifth annual Schuyler Steps Out community walking challenge, with Kestrel Haven Wildlife Sanctuary walking away as the new “Grand Champion.”The team consisting of just two members took 2.5 million total steps over the course of the 8-week program. They raised the bar from last year’s high of an average 18,614 steps per person per day to an incredible 22,164 steps per person per day.Coming in second place was a new team – the Rainbow Chasers Club – who, with an average of 16 members, increased their weekly steps from 817 thousand to over 5.2 million by the conclusion of the program.Former 2-time champion, Lakewood Vineyards, finished third. How competitive has the program become in its 5 years? When Lakewood won in 2008, their average steps per person per day were 12,730 – this year, the champion team added 10,000 steps per day to that number!Members of the 19 participating teams also reported weight loss, joining gyms, healthier habits, positive lifestyle changes, and generally feeling better. A number of walkers have reported that they are still walking and using their pedometers.Recognized as “most valuable player” for 2011 was 8-year-old Luke Morris of the Boy Scout Troop 2000 team – for consistently logging the most steps, and being diligent about reporting.Named “most improved” for 2011 was Joyce Amisano of the Schuyler County Humane Society team. Not only did Joyce form and lead the Humane Society team, she also pushed herself to walk regularly despite suffering from an undiagnosed condition resulting in severe nerve and muscle problems. Prior to the 8-week program, Joyce received the medical go-ahead to walk, and by the end of the program, had gained 2 pounds in muscle mass, and lost 6 pounds overall.In all, participating teams tallied 273 million total steps, or 137 thousand miles – the equivalent of 5.4 trips around the Earth. An average of 378 people from 19 teams participated in the 8-week program, developed to get people up and active in the late winter and early spring.The program is sponsored by Schuyler Hospital, Walmart, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, and Lakewood Vineyards.

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