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Pedometer Challenge Inspires Steps

Posted 05/01/2015 | By HealthCorps

The first round of the Active Alliance Ambassador Pedometer Competition took place from March 16th through March 27th.  Students from Cabrillo High School, Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Roosevelt High School, Mendez High School, and Valley High School strapped on the step counting devices, and for two weeks logged pretty much every step taken.  On average, 15 students from each school took up the challenge.  Coordinator Jaki Falch and her Cabrillo Squad were the big winners, with a whopping grand total among the Cabrillo participants of 1,846,696 steps over the 14 day period.  That’s an average of 142,000 steps per day per student!  Hieu Huynh was the highest student stepper, with a grand total of 391,397 steps – about 28,000 steps daily.  As a reference, most Americans are told to aim for 10,000 steps daily, which is an average of 5 miles.  Hieu Huynh was awarded a Jeremy Lin autographed basketball, courtesy of the Lakers, on behalf of the Active Alliance.

A total of 52 students participated in the competition.  A grand total of 5,187,998 steps were walked, or in some cases danced by the 52 participants!  That equals a total walked distance, over two weeks, of 2,075 miles.  Of course the southwest school threw down the gauntlet and challenged American Legion High School to try and beat them in the second round of the Active Alliance Ambassador Pedometer Competition, which ran from April 13th through April 24th.  Next week we’ll share the results.

What an incredible way to inspire teens to move and have fun!

Next Fitness Friday: We share a second set of “step results” from another group of California schools!

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-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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