New York—May 25, 2012
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), the Official Hospital of The PGA of America, announced today the launch of an interactive Website dedicated to The PGA of America’s “Let’s Move on Course!” health and fitness initiative. Entering its second year as the exclusive supporting sponsor of the program, HSS encourages golfers and golf fans to walk the course by offering them an easy way to keep track of their steps and calculate how those steps contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
Consumers can create a personalized “walking” account to track their steps daily. By including height and weight to obtain accurate information regarding calories and BMI index, the site automatically keeps a running tally of total steps walked (converted to miles) and calories burned. Walkers can use a pedometer to track their steps, or if they don’t have one, they can enter the duration of their activity and the site will calculate steps for them.
“This website is an extension of our commitment to injury prevention and to promoting a healthy lifestyle,” said HSS CEO Lou Shapiro. “Golf and walking are a natural fit, and HSS is proud to partner again with The PGA of America on LMOC and engage golfers and golf fans all year long.”
Users can create groups to compete with fellow walkers, and the site features a leaderboard to display the top 10. The profile also tracks where an individual ranks if not in the top 10. Consumers also have the option to track rounds of golf throughout the year by recording course names and scores, watch instructional videos and find golf tips to stay healthy on the course. The site also has a Facebook feature to share individual activities with friends.
Let's Move on Course! reflects The PGA of America's continual support of First Lady Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move!' campaign and encourages golfers and golf fans to pick up a pedometer, walk the course and keep track of their steps as a way to enhance a healthy lifestyle at all PGA major championships. In 2011, HSS distributed 25,000 branded pedometers to fans at the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club. In 2012, HSS will distribute 60,000 total pedometers for attendees at the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup.
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HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the ninth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report (2018-2019). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.