MADISONVILLE, Ky. — Baptist Health Madisonville was named the fifth place finisher in the Medical Fitness Week 10K Walk Challenge: 70,000 Steps in 7 Days competition.

“For us to place this strongly in a national competition against large healthcare systems shows that our employees and community support the idea of healthy lifestyle activities,” said Robert Ramey, president of Baptist Health Madisonville. “It is our hope that this program acts as a start toward healthier habits.”

Medical Fitness Week was recognized nationally April 20-26, 2016 and was proclaimed locally by Mayor David Jackson. Baptist Health Madisonville asked participants to track their steps each day with a goal of achieving 10,000 steps or more each of the seven days.

For 2016, Baptist Health Madisonville submitted 18,981,995 steps to earn fifth place nationally. Baptist Health Madisonville also placed fifth in the average number of steps per participant category with 80,774 steps.

It takes just a little more than 2,000 steps to achieve one mile and typically the average American walks between 2-3,000 steps each day. According to the Surgeon General, the benefits of walking are having more energy, reducing stress, better weight management, decreased risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, colon and breast cancer and osteoporosis. Walking 10,000 steps per day will burn an additional 2,000-3,500 extra calories per week.

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