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2013-03-07 / Community News

Walk Across Texas in Lee County Kicks Off Soon

The Spring season is upon us and it’s time to “kick-off” Walk Across Texas in Lee County. The free event will run April 1 - May 24.

Walk Across Texas is a great way to meet new people, start a healthy habit, enjoy a little friendly competition, get fit, have fun and spend prime time with your family, friends, colleagues, etc. It is a fun and flexible way to exercise. A Walk Across Texas team is composed of 8 people with 1 team captain. The team can be your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or family members. You may also participate individually in Walk Across Texas.

The team goal of the program is to walk 830 miles “across Texas” in 8 weeks. That averages to about 13 miles per week per person. However, that is an average. If you don’t log that much in the beginning, you can catch up as your endurance builds. Of course, you can walk more than 13 miles each week. You can walk together or individually, outside or at a mall or on a treadmill; any way that fits your schedule and lifestyle. Miles are reported on a weekly basis to the team captain.

If you don’t enjoy walking, but like to run, bicycle, dance, swim or any other form of physical activity, those activities count too. There is an exercise equivalency chart that converts these activities into recorded miles, so you are not limited to just walking.

To get started, form a team of up to eight participants of any age, with the urge to get moving, and keep a log of each individual’s physical activity for the duration of the eight-week event. Your designated team captain will log in your team’s activity in the Walk Across Texas website each week.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: get moving, work together, have fun, and Walk Across Texas!

For more information, or to register your team, visit the website for Walk Across Texas at http://walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu.

You can also call Extension Agent Tonya Poncik at the Lee County Office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 979- 542-2753 or email her at ttponcik@ag.tamu.edu.

The Extension office is located at 310 S. Grimes Street in Giddings.

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