The New York Physical Therapy Association focused on obesity, designing a 2-week walking challenge where participants tracked the steps they took each weekday for 2 weeks, using a tracking sheet and pedometer. Over 100 physical therapists and students participated, with four members of the New York State Assembly also taking part.
The reward for most steps was either a charitable donation or, for physical therapists, registration to the state conference. The winner was Carlos Lopez of the Greater New York district, who walked 198,066 steps within the ten days. He asked for a charitable donation to be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project, having been a member of the armed services for eight years. New York State Assembly member Michael Benedetto also completed the requirements of the contest.
"It was a great event to promote physical therapy in general and specifically the physical therapist's role in combating obesity" said Nathaniel Mosher, Chair of the New York Physical Therapy Association Eastern District.