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Time to get walking across Texas

By Tanya Davis | Published Wednesday, February 8, 2012

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 – getting started.

It’s 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 the team captain, and the team captain reports the individual and team total miles online every week at walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu. Totals can also be submitted via phone, fax or email: (940) 627-3341, fax (940) 627-8070), email 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, Rollerblade, use a treadmill, 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 5 continuing through April 30.

Walk Across Texas is sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension. 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 the Extension office, 206 South State, in Decatur or call (940) 627-3341 to pick up your Walk Across Texas Team Captain Packet.

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