It is starting to feel like spring, with the nicer weather everyone will want to be enjoying outside activities. Many folks will be increasing their exercise programs for health reasons, all you really need is 30 minutes of exercise a day to realize the benefits of a healthier life. If you would like to participate in a program that helps you track your miles and the health benefits associated with your daily exercise you should consider Walk Across Texas! The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Comanche County Master Wellness Volunteers will host a Walk Across Texas program from April 1 through May 24th. With the kickoff event at 6:00 PM on April 1st at the pavilion in the Comanche City Park

The Walk Across Texas program encourages people to develop a habit of regular physical activity. Teams and individuals walk or run, dance, garden, swim or do any other form of exercise for an eight‐week period. Each 20 minutes of exercise counts as one mile. At the end of that time each team’s or person’s total mileage is added up. The goal for each team is to virtually walk the 832 miles it would take to cross Texas during the eight-week period.

You can do this by logging in several types of activities that can be converted into miles. To help keep you motivated you can log in and track your individual and team progress throughout the program. While 832 miles per team is the goal, there is no limit as to how many miles participants can log!

You can walk together, individually, outside, at a mall, at a grocery store or at a gym whatever fits your schedule and lifestyle. Keep track of your team’s miles to see if together you can go the equivalent of the 832 miles it would take to walk across Texas in eight weeks. Anyone can participate. Bring your family, friends, neighbors, pets, coworkers, and classmates. Teams consist of 8 people and will need a team leader to complete the team registration form and be sure weekly mileage for team members is entered. To register for the eight‐week program, visit: http://walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu, we also have the paper team and individual registration forms available at the office to help get you started.

The program also offers an opportunity for a little friendly competition between teams and individuals. We will be sure to recognize and give bragging rights to the “Comanche County World Champion Team” whomever that might be. If you would like more information call or come by the office 325-356-2539.

Do not forget the WAT kickoff event Monday, April 1st at 6:00 PM at the Comanche City Park pavilion.

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