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3rd Annual Community Walking Program

While many Schuyler County residents may have resolved to lose weight or get healthy for 2009, Schuyler Hospital has resolved to help fight obesity, diabetes and hypertension with their 3rd annual Schuyler Steps Out free community walking program.Open to anyone who works or lives in Schuyler County, the program kicks off on Friday, February 6, 2009, with an opening celebration and information session.While many teams are workplace-based, service clubs, churches, and even scouts can form teams. All that’s required is walking daily for 12 weeks, logging steps walked with pedometers, and reporting to the Hospital weekly. At the end of the 12-week program, awards are given for most team steps, most valuable “players,” and most improved.”We want to help our community be more active, especially through the dreary winter months,” said Schuyler Hospital President and CEO, Rick Stelzer. “The program is free and open to all, so we encourage everyone to get your pedometers and get walking!”The 2009 program will run February 13th through May 8th, 2009. Teams are asked to register by January 30th, and attend the 2009 kick-off at the Hospital on February 6th.In 2008, 18 teams averaged 448 walkers logging 347 million steps or 173 thousand miles – the equivalent of 7 trips around the earth. Lakewood Vineyards placed first in the program for both 2007 and 2008, and donated a portion of their winnings back to the Hospital, in memory of Monty Stamp.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 Director, Michelle Benjamin at (607) 535-8879 or stepsout@schuylerhospital.org

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