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Fallbrook hospital patients and staff step their way across the nation

FALLBROOK – The patients and staff of Fallbrook Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department are adding some fun to their exercise program by participating in a creative ongoing step program they started last year. Equipped with a pedometer, each person has been keeping track of the steps they have walked throughout the day to contribute to the department’s total as a whole.

“The staff started logging their daily steps last year with every 2,000 steps equal to one mile. We added all the steps together to reach our goal which took us (in theory) to a geographical destination on the map,” said Lisa Dunckel, RN, organizer of the program.

The department took their first trip from Fallbrook to San Francisco in January 2009 with a total of 1,000,000 steps (500 miles). The second walk spanned 5,000,000 steps (2,500 miles) along the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. Route 66 was the third step trip, which began in California, crossed through eight states and ended in Illinois covering 4,762,000 steps (2381 miles).

The most recent step trip completed this July was the Lewis and Clark expedition route from Charlottesville, Va. to Fort Clatsop, Ore. The longest expedition to date, patients and staff traveled 566,000 steps (3,783 miles) and even passed the birthplace of the program’s medical director, Dr. Daniel Mannring, near Lewiston, Idaho.

“Our goal was to add some fun into our exercise program by establishing location goals instead of just numbers or time spent,” stated Dunckel. “Our ‘star’ steppers for our most recent trip are, Dick Erickson, Howard Schuler, Marilyn Schuler, Dave Larson, Janet Grover, Alan Shaw, Charles Sill, Carla Tinker, Gordon Tinker and Anita Timboe, who have each completed the most steps.”


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