WISE NOTES FOR CONSUMERS

15th annual Wise County Walk Across Texas

By Tanya Davis | Published Saturday, February 16, 2013

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 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 to:walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu or the Extension office by phone, 940-627-3341; fax, 940-627-8070; or email, khbrown@ag.tamu.edu at the end of each week.

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, use a treadmill, swim, spin and/or run. A large Texas map showing the progress of teams will be at the Texas AgriLife Extension, Wise County office and at other locations.

So dust off your walking shoes and prepare to join us in this eight-week journey beginning March 4 and continuing through April 29.

Walk Across Texas is sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension. We are looking for captains and team members. 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 S. State St., in Decatur or call 940-627-3341 to pick up your Walk Across Texas Team Captain Packet.

Tanya Davis is a Wise County Extension agent.

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