Reach Your Peak to Enhance Your Well-being

Reach Your Peak (RYP) 2023: Walking on Sunshine Was a Great Success

Walk in Sunshine to Enhance Your Well-being

The Mount Sinai Wellness team congratulates all who participated in the 2023 Reach Your Peak (RYP) walking challenge, Walking on Sunshine. RYP is designed to encourage you to think of ways to enhance your well-being: from exercise and nutrition to socializing and listening to your favorite music while walking. We encourage you to keep walking, as we look forward and prepare for RYP 2024 next summer.

This walking challenge opens the door for employees to many opportunities to exercise. You have access to discounted fitness programs through Mount Sinai's Recreation Department as well as our many exercise videos and yoga classes, recorded and live online.

Refer to these Frequently Asked Questions about Reach Your Peak – Walking in Sunshine.

Ways to Track Your Steps

Track steps using a personal activity tracker or a mobile App on your watch or phone. Trackers you may want to consider include one of these 12 Best Step Counter Apps to Meet Your Fitness Goals, or one of the following options:

Start by tracking the number of steps you take on a regular day. Aim to improve your step count every day! Any increase to the number of steps you take will benefit your health.

Weekly 2023 RYP Leaderboards

More Wellness Practices

Your RYP participation also may include adding other forms of exercise in addition to walking, and self-care practices such as making healthy food choices and taking advantage of our many Calm offerings such as meditation, yoga and much more. 

You may find that during RYP that you will decide to stop smoking, or learn how we can help you live well with diabetes through our Diabetes Care Program or the Diabetes Alliance.

Watch for weekly emails from the Wellness team for tips and inspiration to keep you motivated and engaged in RYP for your well-being.

Delicious Foods at a Discount

Enjoy Epicured’s dietitian-approved delicious freshly prepared meals. Mount Sinai Health System employees receive 20% off every order from Epicured when using this discount code: “MSEMPLOYEES.” Learn more about Epicured.

Welcome to RYP from Jane Maksoud

Inspiring Quotes from Past RYP Participants

Let their words inspire you during your Wellness Reset Journey.

“It gave me an opportunity to up my walking game daily with my team. I have been walking 5 - 7 miles per day for over 2 years now and I have lost over 30 pounds. Walking consistently has also helped me maintain excellent blood glucose numbers along with healthy eating. I am grateful for the challenge and all the perks that come with it.”
- Valerie Ruffin
Executive Assistant, IT

"This initiative was so fun because I watched the transformation of some of my colleagues. They went from thinking ‘oh this is something I couldn’t possibly do’ to putting up some of the highest numbers in the health system!"
- Bethany Kranitsky, MD
Associate Chief, Division of Hospital Medicine

“I really enjoyed the challenge as a means of motivation to stay active during the colder winter months. As a captain, I found it very encouraging to see how many of my colleagues wanted to participate and how well they did. It’s nice to have a little competitiveness in your subconscious all day long to walk as many routes as you can and never really be idle.”
- Benjamin McCauley
Icahn Institute and Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences

"This was a great experience … to get motivated daily to increase their cardiac workout and to become more fit.” 
- Allegra Lee, MD
Mount Sinai Queens

“A great experience and a valuable team building exercise. We learned to be accountable to each other in order to succeed and we really learned a lot about each other.”
- Brian Shih 
Finance Department

"Reach Your Peak was a great team building experience for my department and a way to start a conversation about being healthier by moving more and eating better. I felt extremely proud of my team week after week when I saw their step counts and, of course, when we won!"
- Meredith Price, MS, RD, CDN
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai

"It was a lot of fun, it changed our daily routines in a healthy and active way."
- Steve Fecteau
Talent Development & Learning, Human Resources


If you have questions about Reach Your Peak or for more information, email us at