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’s a fun and flexible way to exercise, and 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 on the following website: walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu. Team mileage can also be reported to the Extension office at the end of each week by calling 940-627-3341, faxing 940-627-8070 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 the Wise County Extension office and at other locations.
So dust off your walking shoes and join us in this eight-week journey beginning March 3 and continuing through April 30. We’re looking for captains and team members. Encourage organizations in which you are involved to participate in this endeavor, and remember, prevention works! Call or come by the Extension office at 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.