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More than 700 Capitol Hill Staffers Set New Participation Record in ACE Congressional Fitness Challenge

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Representative Susan Davis' Staff Taking a Stretch Break in the Capitol RotundaRepresentative Susan Davis' Staff Taking a Stretch Break in the Capitol Rotunda

WASHINGTON, D.C. - ACE's 3rd Annual Congressional Fitness Challenge, a competition that tracks steps and other selected forms of physical activity for six weeks, drew a record number of competitors with more than 700 individuals from 64 offices, a more than 200% increase from last year. The competition spanned from February 5 to March 18, 2018.

The challenge provided members of Congress, their full-time staff and interns the opportunity to get more physically active in a congenially competitive way, to build camaraderie while doing so and to inspire their constituents to embrace physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. The friendly competition drew almost equal numbers of teams from both sides of the political aisle.

"When it comes to embracing physical activity, the U.S. Congress leads by example," says ACE President and CEO, Scott Goudeseune. "The fact that so many of our nation's leaders showed up to walk the talk is a true testament to our collective commitment to build better health across our communities and our nation."

This year, ACE utilized MoveSpring, a walking challenge app that syncs to most activity tracking devices and apps to automatically track steps. Not only did this make it easier for participants to stay focused on being active, but it provided a real-time leaderboard that helped motivate teams to get moving. Offices were invested in the challenge, which has quickly gained popularity over the last three years. One participant stated, "This is always my favorite part about January."

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