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      More than 10 million steps in the right direction: results from the first American Heart Association scientific sessions walking challenge.

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          In 2013, the Global Congress theme at the American Heart Association (AHA) Annual Scientific Sessions was Physical Activity (PA). As a key component of the Congress, iHealth working in collaboration with AHA provided a Bluetooth-enabled wireless PA and sleep tracker to up to 2,000 Scientific Sessions attendees. Approximately 1850 Scientific Sessions attendees registered for, received a PA tracker and participated in the Walking Challenge. More than 10 million steps were walked by participants (10,703,504) during the 2.5 days of the Walking Challenge. This translates into almost 6000 miles walked (5976.3 miles) and 656,716 calories burned by participants during the Challenge. The Global Congress of PA held at Scientific Sessions 2013 not only extensively reviewed the science of PA as a powerful/independent and, most importantly, modifiable cardiovascular risk factor, but it also provided evidence from a fun and entertaining challenge that PA as a risk behavior can be assessed and targeted. We just took 10 million steps in the right direction. Join us and make your steps count!

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          Journal
          Prog Cardiovasc Dis
          Progress in cardiovascular diseases
          Elsevier BV
          1873-1740
          0033-0620
          October 1 2014
          : 57
          : 4
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. Electronic address: robert.harrington@stanford.edu.
          [2 ] Department of Physical Therapy and Integrative Physiology Laboratory, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL.
          [3 ] Université Laval and Québec Heart and Lung Institute, Québec City, Canada.
          [4 ] American Heart Association, Dallas, TX.
          [5 ] Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.
          Article
          S0033-0620(14)00141-8
          10.1016/j.pcad.2014.09.009
          25269063

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