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If you wanted to walk across the state of Kansas you would face a 423 mile journey. Many Walk Kansas teams reach that marker within the first weeks of Kansas State University’s state-wide, eight-week fitness program. If you’d like to join this year's fun the registration deadline for signing up a team is March 8.
Walk Kansas is a team-based program that helps participants lead a healthier life by encouraging more activity, better nutrition choices and learning positive ways to deal with stress. This year’s challenge runs from March 17 to May 11.
Pick Your Teams
Co-workers, family members, friends and neighbors form teams of six and track daily minutes of physical activity and food choices during the eight-week challenge. Part of the fun is picking a team name and team captain. Bipedaling Bibliophiles, Holy Walkamolies, and Walken to Get More Cowbell (a clever homage to Christopher Walken and his epic SNL sketch) are just some of the wickedly clever names Johnson County teams chose last year to express their team spirit.
Participants track their minutes of activity and fruits and vegetables consumed each day, then report these weekly to their team captain. Team captains then report their teams’ totals to the state each Monday.
What Kinds of Activities Count
Walking is not the only activity that counts. Any activity that is moderate or vigorous for at least 10 consecutive minutes counts. Strength and flexibility exercises such as yoga, tai chi, working with resistance bands, and strength training can be included in your exercise totals. Gardening can also be an active exercise. Anyone who has lugged bags of compost, raked leaves or dug gardens can attest to the activities energizing effect on heart and lungs. While Walk Kansas is not a competition, teams can track their progress at www.walkkansas.org
Who Can Participate
Anyone wanting to participate should:
- gather a team of six members,
- choose a team name and captain, and
- contact their local K-State Research and Extension office for registration information.
Participation is free for Johnson County employees, and $5 for non-employees. In Johnson County, information is available at www.johnson.ksu.edu/walkkansas, or call 913-715-7000.