Get Active – Take part in Walk Across Texas!

Get Active-Take part in Walk Across Texas!

For those wondering how to get yourself more physically active and yet maintain social distancing during the chaos of the coronavirus, walking across Texas with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is a good place to start. Walk Across Texas! is an eight-week community program delivered through a web-based platform to help people of all ages and abilities establish the habit of regular physical activity. A large-scale community Walk Across Texas! challenge is coming April 6 – May 31 to Wise County.
Walk Across Texas challenges teams to track and log mileage to virtually walk across the state of Texas. Through a team-based approach, participants are engaged in a friendly competition to promote engagement. There are two distinct versions of the program.
Walk Across Texas! adult program participants can walk and participate as a league of teams or on a team of up to eight friends, family, and colleagues. Each adult team may include up to 8 team members, all working together to reach the 832-mile goal to make their way across the state of Texas.
Walk Across Texas! Youth includes an unlimited number of youth participants, all working together towards the goal of making their way across the state of Texas. Teams can include schools, 4-H clubs, church youth groups or in any setting in which youth groups are involved.
Tracking activities each day is important so that miles can be logged daily at howdyhealth.org. It is a friendly competition to monitor which teams can “across Texas” in 8 weeks. Teams are not required to walk or ride together, although they may if they desire. Members may walk as well as jog, ride a bike, skateboard, roller blade, tread mill, swim, spin and/or run. There is an equivalency table that will assist with number of daily miles to enter.
Research shows the Walk Across Texas! program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is an effective way to begin and maintain physical activity. A recent study published in BMC Public Health confirmed the effectiveness of the Walk Across Texas! program to increase and maintain physical activity over eight weeks, even among inactive or low-active participants.
Dust off your walking shoes and prepare to join us in this 8 week journey beginning on April 6, and continuing through May 31. Local businesses, civic groups, families and schools are encouraged to participate. To find out more about the program and how to get registered, potential participants can email ttdavis@ag.tamu.edu call me at (940) 627–3341 or visit walkacrosstexas.org .
Remember prevention works! I encourage you to join the Walk Across Texas Program today.

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