Everyone knows regular exercise greatly improves health, but getting started is not easy. To help people get started and establish a habit of regular exercise, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service created Walk Across Texas! (WAT) in 1996. WAT uses friendly competition and group support to help people not only start exercising regularly, but also to continue exercising long after WAT is over.
Walk Across Texas! is a free 8-week program designed to help Texans incorporate regular physical activity into their lifestyle. Teams of up to 8 people compete to walk the equivalent of 830 miles across Texas. The friendly competition creates a fun, positive environment to support healthy lifestyles. WAT works well in schools, with each team consisting of a class or grade. Despite the program name, participants are not limited to walking– virtually any aerobic exercise can be converted to miles. For more info, check out walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu.
A group walk in downtown Lufkin (weather permitting) will help kick off the program on Feb 29th at noon. More details forthcoming. If you cannot attend the event, you can still participate in Walk Across Texas! You don’t need a bunch of fancy equipment or even a gym membership to participate – all you need is a good pair of walking shoes!
To get your organization or school involved, or if you have questions contact Joel Redus, County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences.