Cardiovascular Challenge 2018 Recap

The ASE Foundation hosted its second annual “pedometer challenge” at ASE 2018 this past June. The challenge encouraged attendees to visit key areas around the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center that displayed step targets. Thirty-three attendees competed in the challenge, with each participant using his or her own tracking device to record steps taken between June 22nd – June 25th. Each day the participants recorded their steps at the ASE Foundation booth, where thetotals were displayed so participants could keep track of the competition.

You all know that physical activity can dramatically lower an individual’s risk of cardiovascular disease, improve mental health, and lower the risk of obesity related diseases. The Foundation hosts this challenge to encourage activity, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator. These simple decisions become healthy habits before you know it! It all starts with one step! The 33 participants of this year’s challenge walked a whopping total of 1,722,051 steps! That’s roughly 860 miles!

The ASE Foundation would like to congratulate the top three steppers of this year’s Cardiovascular Challenge! For the second year in a row Jennifer Schaaf, BS, ACS, RDCS, FASE, took first place with a total of 109,267 steps! Kathy Olejnik, BS, ACS, RDCS, who took second place last year, had a total of 102,635 steps and Vincent Sorrell, MD, FASE took third place with 84,541 steps! Way to get those feet moving! The ASE Foundation will continue to host this competition, so if you did not participate this year, plan to join us next year when the Scientific Sessions heads to Portland, Oregon!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this challenge and special thanks to our sponsors: