---- — The cardiac department at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown has announced the winners of its first UpClose Cardiac Surgery program’s Go Red Challenge in which students teamed up with their mothers or female guardians to walk as much as possible in a week.
The challenge was held in conjunction with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Day, which attempts to draw attention to heart disease among women.
A total of 138 student-guardian teams used pedometers to record the number of steps they took during seven-day periods in January and February, according to a media release.
Austin Joyce of Mount Markham Middle School in Herkimer County and his grandmother, Deborah Joyce, were the overall winners. They took a total of 431,603 steps, which equaled 1,079,007 feet or 204 miles.
Among the other winners were: Matt and Tina Gamache from Duanesburg High School; Mickenson and Thonda Clune from Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Central School; Mary and Patricia Mitsopoulos from Jefferson Central School; Kayla Shackelton and Laurie Marsh from Schoharie Central School; Amanda and Bridget Palmatier from Stamford Central School; Grace and Rebecca Brooks-White from Unadilla Valley Central School; and Billy and Shelly Shafer from Worcester Central School
The teams from Worcester Central School averaged the highest number of steps per team (147,360), and students from Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Central School walked the most total steps: 2,565,214, or a total of 1,215 miles.
The UpClose Cardiac Surgery program at Bassett educates more than 1,000 area seventh-graders each year about the benefits heart-healthy living.
Students attend three-hour sessions at Bassett Medical Center, during which they learn about the benefits of exercise and a heart-healthy diet along with the dangers of cigarette smoking.