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It’s almost time to Walk Across Texas

By Tanya Davis | Published Thursday, February 17, 2011

Through a modest increase in daily activity, most Americans can improve their health.

Walk Across Texas is a program that persuades and motivates people of all ages to make the most important change…to get started. It is a fun and flexible way to exercise.

The program is simple, free and safe. All you need is a team of eight people to get moving, with one person being designated as the “team captain.” The team who walks farthest “across Texas” will win, but everyone who participates will take home a healthy habit: walking for fitness.

Team members report their daily mileage to their captain who reports the individual and team total miles on the following web address: http://walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu or to the Extension Office at the end of each week by: telephone, (940) 627-3341; fax, (940) 627-8070; or e-mail khbrown@ag.tamu.edu.

Teams are not required to walk or ride together, although they may if they desire. Teams simply pool their mileage each week to work toward “walking across Texas.” Members may walk, jog, ride a bike, skateboard, roller blade, tread mill, swim, spin and/or run. A large Texas map showing the progress of teams will be in Texas AgriLife Extension, Wise County office, and at other various locations.

So dust off your walking shoes and prepare to join us in this eight-week journey beginning March 13 and continuing through May 9.

Walk Across Texas is sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension. A kickoff event will be held at noon, Friday, March 11, at the Wise County Extension office. Participants may begin recording mileage on Sunday, March 13. We are looking for captains and team members.

Please encourage organizations in which you are involved to participate in this endeavor.

Remember: prevention works! Individuals can save a lot of pain, worry and money by avoiding health problems. I encourage you to join the Walk Across Texas Program today.

Call or come by Texas AgriLife Extension Service located at 206 S. State, in Decatur or call (940) 627-3341 to pick up your Walk Across Texas Team Captain Packet.

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