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Out Steppin’ the Competition: Pennsylvania Students Take 14.8 Million Steps to Win The American Horsepower Challenge

Congressman Altmire Joins 100 Students Representing the Five Winning Schools as They Accept $25,000 for Taking the Most Steps to Fight Childhood Obesity


Monday, October 26, 2009 10:30 am EDT



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BEAVER FALLS, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, The Humana Foundation is honoring 100 Western Pennsylvania students representing five schools in U.S. Representative Jason Altmire’s congressional district (PA-4) who walked a combined 14.8 million steps to win first place in The American Horsepower Challenge. Those steps, equal to approximately 5,600 miles, mean the students burned more than 250,000 calories during the four-week challenge! The reward for their efforts is a $25,000 gift to be divided evenly among the five winning schools. Grants funds will support school wellness activities.

The American Horsepower Challenge is a unique exercise/video-game program intended to increase kids’ activity to improve their health. Nearly 1,600 students in 20 U.S. Congressional districts participated in the challenge, which ended in May. Twenty members of Congress served as honorary participants. U.S. Representative Jason Altmire walked nearly 84,000 steps to support his district’s school students in the challenge.

“I am incredibly proud that the students in my district won this national competition,” Rep. Altmire said. “These kids excelled in making exercise a part of their daily routine. When you add it all up, they walked the roundtrip distance from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. nearly 15 times – a truly remarkable result. I hope that this competition was only the first step these children will take towards living a long and healthy life.”

The 1,585 students and 20 Congress members who participated in the challenge walked a combined 132 million steps – or just more than 50,000 miles – that’s two trips around the Earth! Collectively, the participants burned 2.25 million calories or about 10,000 chocolate bars. If all those miles walked had been driven in a car, the carbon emissions would be equal to 22.1 metric tons.

“With a focus on children’s health and wellness, The Humana Foundation seeks opportunities to encourage young people to be more active,” said Virginia Kelly Judd, executive director of The Humana Foundation. “We’re delighted with the results of The American Horsepower Challenge program and congratulate all the outstanding participants for walking more than 132 million steps in four weeks.”

The five participating schools in Rep. Altmire’s district will each receive a $5,000 grant from The Humana Foundation for winning the challenge. Students at the five schools increased their activity an average of 32 percent during the challenge. The schools are:

• Midland Elementary/Middle School (Midland, PA)

• Hopewell Memorial Junior High School (Aliquippa, PA)

• Beaver Falls Middle School (Beaver Falls, PA)

• Deer Lakes Middle School (Russellton, PA)

• Franklin Regional Middle School (Murrysville, PA)

Here is the official order of finish in the challenge:

Win – Students in Rep. Jason Altmire (PA-4) district – 141,731 average steps per student

Place – Students in Sen. Mel Martinez (FL) district – 130,126 average steps per student

Show – Students in Rep. John Shadegg (AZ-3) district – 105,852 average steps per student

The American Horsepower Challenge is part of a trend known as “active gaming” that incorporates real-world movement into video games. For example, this program translated actual physical activity (steps walked) into an online race. The students wore smart pedometers, called Actipeds, on their shoes to monitor their daily activity for four weeks. The steps were wirelessly uploaded to www.horsepowergame.com during the challenge. The Games for Health unit of Humana’s Innovation Center created the game and challenge.

About The Humana Foundation

The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health-benefits companies. The Foundation is located in Louisville, Ky., the site of Humana’s corporate headquarters. The Foundation’s mission is to support charitable activities that promote healthy lives and healthy communities.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, with approximately 10.3 million medical members and 6.8 million specialty members. Humana is a full-service benefits solutions company, offering a wide array of health and supplementary benefit plans for employer groups, government programs and individuals.

Over its 47-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio.

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