Schuyler Hospital walking program kicks-off

Schuyler Steps Out – the free community walking program presented by Schuyler Hospital – is back for its 7th year, kicking off early next month.Open to anyone who works or lives in Schuyler County, the program kicks off on Friday, March 8, 2013, with an opening celebration and information session. Teams must register with the hospital by February 22, 2013, and team representatives should plan to attend the opening celebration.While many teams are workplace-based, service clubs, churches, and even scouts can form teams. All that’s required is walking daily for 8 weeks, logging steps walked with pedometers, and reporting to the Hospital weekly. At the end of the 8-week program, awards are given for most team steps, most valuable “players,” and most improved. “We continue to sponsor this program because our participants tell us that it gets them moving more and – most importantly – some have lost weight, reduced use of medications, and seen some major changes in their overall health,” said Michelle Benjamin, Executive Director of Community Relations for Schuyler Hospital. “We hope to foster healthy changes that are long-lasting, far beyond this 8-week program.”The 2013 program will run March 11-May 12, 2013. In 2012, 367 walkers on 21 teams logged 279 million total steps, or 137 thousand miles – the equivalent of 5.5 trips around the Earth. Schuyler Steps Out is a partnership between Schuyler Hospital, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, and Wal-Mart. For more information, or to sign up your team, contact Community Relations Executive Director, Michelle Benjamin at (607) 210-1950 or [email protected]

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