FITNESS & HEALTH

Teams up and walking for Walk Across Texas

By Tanya Davis | Published Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wise Co. Extension Agent

Fourteen teams from across Wise County are working to improve their quality of life by participating in Walk Across Texas, an eight-week, fun and fitness program.

The eight-person teams have a friendly competition to see who can log the most miles walking, jogging, biking, spinning, on the treadmill, swimming or other doing physical activities. The purpose of the program is to have every person who participates to take home a healthy habit – walking for fitness.

Several teams are getting off to a great start. A map will be on display at the Wise County Extension office, 206 S. State St., in Decatur with the teams’ walking shoes depicting how far they have gone from Decatur.

Hats off to Walk Across Texas team captains. They have the responsibility of turning in registration forms and updating mileage each week. We appreciate their effort and enthusiasm.

Participating teams and captains include: Super Walkers, Dana Wood; Outlets, Anna Wallace; Slidell HS, Kimberly Dunlap; Hubba Bubba, Belinda Sherman; Kilowatts, Bill Hood; Young at Heart, Amy White; Transformers Wise Electric, Karen Culpepper; Volts Wise Electric, Jerry Brooks; City of Bridgeport, Judi Conger; Wise County 4-H Council, Morgan Barnes; POW (Paradise Over the Hill Walkers), Kay Stephens; Old Dogs, Don Covington; Soul Steppers, Tanya Davis; and Amazing Walkers, Dixie Range.

Many participants are walking for the “health of it” to prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, certain types of cancer and type 2 diabetes. Some may be walking to lose weight.

Remember, it is not too late to form a team of eight and begin a healthy habit. Call (940)627-3341.

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