Project Pedometer encourages a healthy lifestyle
September 17, 2012
Newburgh, NY -
(Left) Mount Saint Mary College nursing majors track their
steps for Project Pedometer. Left to right, seniors Salvatore J.
Cusa of Highland, NY; Alexa Sullivan of Mahopac, NY; Daniel Beers
of Montgomery, NY; and Lisa Choe of Brooklyn, NY. (Right) This is
an example of the pedometers that Mount students are using to
record their physical activity.
How many steps can Mount Saint Mary College students take in
Project Pedometer, a recently launched Mount program designed to
increase awareness of physical activity, is giving nursing majors
the opportunity to find out.
More than 100 volunteers are wearing pedometers for three
months, recording their steps, and comparing notes. Students are
also encouraged to track other information, such as eating and
Their goal is 10,000 or more steps per person per day.
Project Pedometer is the brainchild of Jill Brennan-Cook,
associate professor of nursing. She tracks the students’ activity
via weekly forms.
Cook said that nursing majors are their patients’ future role
models, and being familiar with their own activity level will help
prepare students to promote a healthy lifestyle.
“It’s positive for everyone,” she said. “Students are coming up
to me in the hall or emailing me and telling me how motivated they
But it’s not just the students who are benefiting from Project
“Our nursing faculty has been commenting about how much more
they are walking or trying to increase their activity levels,” said
Nursing major Alexa Sullivan of Mahopac, NY is excited to be a
part of the program.
“It’s already made me more aware of how little I walk sometimes,
because I’m always studying,” said the busy senior student.
“Hopefully I can pick it up a little bit.”
The college’s food service provider, Sodexo, donated the
pedometers. Caitlin Lazarski, of Sodexo Campus Services, said
Sodexo employees at the college will also take part in Project
Pedometer in the coming weeks.
At the Mount, 40 percent of freshmen aim for health professions.
The college’s nationally accredited four year nursing degree
program features state-of-the-art simulator labs, real-world
clinical experience and community nursing, and an NCLEX pass rate
that consistently outperforms the state average. Graduates work as
registered nurses in hospitals in the Northeast and beyond.
The college’s RN to BSN program leverages experience in a
blended online course with interactive modules and only one day per
week in class.
The Mount also offers pre-med, pre-veterinary, and
pre-physician’s assistant tracks, as well as physical therapy
studies. The pre-PA concentration puts students on the path to
obtain a PA license, which allows professionals to perform medical
or surgical duties delegated to them by a physician.