Step Challenge

From: Hector Gutierrez <>
Date: Thu, Jan 5, 2023 at 4:00 AM
Subject: Step challenge for 2023
To: Vi Curtis <>

Good day, With the change in leadership no new officers for 2023. To carry on the tradition it was recommended each region ASG sponsor the challenge on our own. ENS Arlene Henriques thought as ship counselor for USS Antares. It would be beneficial for Region 5 to continue it. I spoke with the chapter CO and recommended I bring it to you for review and approval. As an example, we can use this format of R1 and adjust it for ourselves.

Let me know if you think it is a good idea and approve of it.

Thank you

2LT Hector Gutierrez 


CMO USS Antares 

“New Year is upon us and, with it, resolutions to eat more healthfully, get more sleep, and be more physically active. Your Region 1 SF Medical Team may not be able to help you with the first two, but we can hopefully inspire you to get moving for the first few months of the year with the 2023 Wjnter Wonderland Challenge! This three-month challenge, which runs from January 1 through March 31, will hopefully motivate you to get through the first quarter of the year with your resolutions intact and, more importantly, with improved cardio-vascular fitness.

It’s easy to participate! All you need is a smartphone with a step-tracking app (many are free to download from the Apple App Store or Google Play; many phones already have one installed; look for Fitness or Health in your apps). There are even fun step apps like Pikmin Bloom and Pokémon Go, if you’d like an extra twist to your step counting. No smartphone? No problem! A pedometer can be purchased at sports shops like Dick’s and at department stores like Target (or from Amazon) for a few dollars. If you have a FitBit, Apple Watch, or Garmin, you are all set!

Each month will be broken down into four weeks:

Week 1: the 1st through the 7th

Week 2: the 8th through the 14th

Week 3: the 15th through the 21st

Week 4: the 22nd through the end of the month

All you need to do is move! You can walk, jog, run, skate, snowshoe, Nordic ski, dance, pace… just move your feet to move your body! You don’t need to run a 5K every day; just walk! Once your week has ended, report your total step count for that week to your chapter’s Chief Medical Officer (or to your SF Medical representative if there is no chapter CMO). Step totals must be turned in no later than two (2!) days following the end of each week to ASG@R1.SFI.ORG.

Once each month has been completed, certificates will be awarded for that month’s step totals as follows:

Anything up to 10,000 steps: Snowflake

10,001 – 50,000 steps: Icicle

50,001 – 100,000 steps: Snowball

100,001 – 200,000 steps: Snowman

200,001 – 300,000 steps: Barbegazi (Snow Gnome)

300,001 – 400,000 steps: Frost Giant

400,001 – 500,000 steps: Yeti

500,001+ steps: Kuraokami (Ice Dragon)

At the end of the three months, anyone who participated for all three months will receive a special certificate of achievement.

Quick FAQs:

• Please turn in only your total steps for each week, not screenshots of your daily activity. Your CMO and your ASG/DASG have many other responsibilities and totaling steps is not one of them. 😊

• Only foot-based, self-propelled movement counts in this challenge. No rowing, paddling, cycling, or downhill skiing count.

• Steps must be received no later than two (2!) days after the completion of each week. Step reports that are tardy for whatever reason will be applauded but not counted towards your total… so be sure to keep lives of communication open with your chapter and regional SF Medical staff!

Questions? Please email them to ASG@R1.SFI.ORG

Thank you, and we look forward to your participation!!

Yours in health and fitness,

Lt. Ana Hotaling

Region 1 Assistant Surgeon General”