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‘Walk Across Texas’ for better health

Want to begin a lifelong, healthy habit?
How about enjoy a little friendly competition? Or, get fit while having fun? How about spending time with your kids, friends, neighbors, and co-workers while you form this healthy habit?
Texas Cooperative Extension has a program designed to encourage healthy habits for the entire family and/or coworkers. “Walk Across Texas” is a program designed to encourage people to develop the healthy habit of walking. The object is to see if you and a team of seven others can “walk across Texas” (approximately 830 miles from East to West) in eight weeks. To “walk across Texas” each team member will have to walk approximately 13 miles per week, or a little less than two miles per day.
The Walk Across Texas will begin March 4 and continue through April 29, 2007 in Ellis County. However, any group can walk during any eight-week period will, and all participants will receive a certificate for their efforts, as well as receiving a “healthy habit.” One positive characteristic of this program is that it is NOT a fund-raiser and does not cost anything, except time, to participate.
For the “Walk Across Texas” program, a “team” consists of eight people with one person designated as the “captain.” (If you want to bicycle or jog as your physical activity, a team will consist of four individuals).
You can walk together, or individually, outside or in the gym, or even “work out” and it will count as miles. Each individual keeps track of their mileage/physical activity and reports weekly to their “team captain.” The captain reports the information to the Extension office (972-825-5175), and the office “charts” their progress across the state.

After eight weeks, it is likely that team members will have developed a healthy habit. And, certificates will be presented to all that participate.
Often people are unaware of the positive benefits of exercise. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number 1 problem in the United States. The risk of heart disease could be significantly reduced by regular exercise.
According to the Texas Department of Health, the positive effects of physical activity are not limited to lowering the risk of heart disease. Not only does regular exercise help relieve stress and anxiety, physically active people outlive inactive people.
For additional information about the Walk Across Texas program, contact the Ellis County Extension office at 972-825-5175.

Rita M. Hodges is the Ellis County Extension Agent-Family and Consumer Sciences.

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