Schuyler Hospital’s Free Community Walking Program is Kicking Off for 16th Year

Schuyler Steps Out, a free community walking program presented by Schuyler Hospital, is back for its 16th year and will kick off in April.  The healthy living focused competition is to anyone who works or lives in Schuyler County, teams must register with the hospital by Thursday, March 31, 2022.

The program will kick off on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, with a virtual information session.  Participants can register online at

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, and reporting team steps 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. 

The program was designed to help get people moving by implementing healthier habits and is a way for the hospital to promote the fight against obesity, diabetes, hypertension and other associated healthcare issues in the community. By encouraging walking regularly, the hospital hopes to foster healthy changes that last beyond the 8-week program.

This year’s program will run April 18 through June 12, 2022. In 2021, participating teams tallied nearly 5 million total steps, or over 2.5 thousand miles, just over the length of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail stretching from Maine to Georgia. An average of 103 people from 10 teams participated.

Schuyler Steps Out is sponsored by Schuyler Hospital and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. 

For more information, or to sign up your team, contact Tina Rappleye at (607) 210-1950, fax (607) 210-1951, register online at or email


About Schuyler Hospital

Schuyler Hospital, part of Cayuga Health, is a 25-bed critical access hospital, with a 120-bed skilled nursing facility attached. Schuyler Hospital’s main campus – on over-50-acre facilities overlooking breathtaking Seneca Lake – is located in Montour Falls, New York. For over 100 years, Schuyler Hospital has been the primary healthcare provider in and around Schuyler County. They have evolved over the years into a network of providers, programs, and services that reaches throughout Schuyler County and into neighboring counties to meet the healthcare needs of a population of over 32,000 residents.

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