DALLAS – Who can walk 800 miles across Texas? People joining a program called Walk Across Texas may find out. The program is kicking off in various locations around the Metroplex in September.
“Walk Across Texas is an eight-week walking program for teams of eight people,” said Susan Richey, county agent for family and consumer sciences for Texas Cooperative Extension in Dallas County. “The teams keep track of their miles and report the weekly totals to a team captain.”
Captains enter their teams total milage on the Web each Sunday. Team members can log onto http://walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu to check their team’s progress across the state. Team members can also check out the progress of other teams they are competing with.
“The team who walks farthest across Texas will win,” said Richey. “But everyone who participates will take home a healthy habit — walking for fitness.”
The program is very flexible. You don’t need to walk with your team, just report the miles to the captain each week. You can also walk on a treadmill or even ride a bike.
There will be two kick-off locations in Dallas: noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at Texas A&M Dallas, 17360 Coit Rd., and 10 a.m. Sept. 7 at St. Philips School and Community Center at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
The kick-off in Tarrant County is 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Fort Worth Outlet Square, 150 Throckmorton.
“At the kick-off, you can make sure you are properly registered for the program and receive free educational literature and give-away items,” said Richey. “You can also sign up for a free weight-loss letter series, enjoy some healthy snacks and log your first mile.
“Walking is an activity that everyone can do,” she added. “Some of the benefits include reducing the risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and colon cancer. Walking helps control weight, builds and maintains healthy muscles, bones and joints.”
The program ends in November with a healthy holiday extravaganza.
“At this event all teams will be recognized, there will be healthy holiday cooking demos and tips for reducing stress during the holiday season,” said Richey.
Walk Across Texas is sponsored by Texas Cooperative Extension and the Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health.
Register online at http://walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu or contact your local county Extension office.