Schuyler Hospital’s Free Community Walking Program Kicking Off for 15th Year

Schuyler Steps Out – the free community walking program presented by Schuyler Hospital – is back for its 15th year and will kick off in September. 

Open to anyone who works or lives in Schuyler County, teams must register with the hospital by Tuesday, August 31, 2021. The program kicks off on Tuesday, September 2, 2021, with a virtual information session and will run September 6-October 31, 2021. 

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 and 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. 

In 2019, participating teams tallied 150.6 million total steps, or over 75.3 thousand miles – the equivalent of 3 trips around the Earth. An average of 277 people from 13 teams participated. The 2020 program was started, and then put on hold due to COVID-19. 

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, or email


About Schuyler Hospital
Schuyler Hospital, a member of Cayuga Health, is a 25-bed critical access hospital, with a 120-bed skilled nursing facility attached. Schuyler Hospital’s main campus – overlooking Seneca Lake – is located in Montour Falls, New York. For 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.  

About Cayuga Health  

Cayuga Health (CH) has two hospitals, Cayuga Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital, as well as a multi-specialty group, Cayuga Medical Associates. Combined employment, including affiliated organizations, is over 2,500 employees. CH is clinically linked to Mayo Medical Laboratories, Rochester Regional Health for cardiac services, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center for cancer services, and the University of Rochester for neurosciences. Visit for more information. 

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