Walk Kansas starts March 17

Walk Kansas is an eight-week team-based program, sponsored by K-State Research and Extension, which this year runs March 17 through May 11.

Joining forces with friends and forming a team is motivating. Have fun naming your team and pushing each other to cover the distance.

Participants will learn about the Eight Wonders of Kansas as they log the minutes they’ve walked each week. The Eight Wonders include such places as the Kansas Cosmosphere, Monument Rock and Castle Rocks, and the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and the Flint Hills. These places were identified through a contest series organized by the Kansas Sampler Foundation to inspire awareness of the beauty and value in Kansas, and to encourage travel.

Walk Kansas participants don’t actually walk to those places, but as they log the minutes online that they’ve walked in their own neighborhoods, they learn about those iconic sites around Kansas.

“The program is for all fitness levels,” said Sharolyn Jackson, state program coordinator. “Whether you never walk around the block or your idea of a great afternoon is a three-mile hike, this program helps you work toward or maintain a healthy lifestyle. Plus, it can connect you with friends, colleagues at work, or family members as you log miles as part of a six-person team.”

Through the eight weeks, participants receive a weekly e-newsletter with tips on healthy eating, strength training, mental and physical well-being and recipes. The Walk Kansas website has information about converting such activities as swimming, bicycling and dancing to miles, for those who prefer other activities to walking. The idea is just to get moving and keep moving.

State of Kansas employees can earn four Health Quest credits for participating in the program.

More information is available online at http://www.meadowlark.k-state.edu/walk-kansas or by contacting your local Meadowlark Extension District Office in Seneca, Holton, or Oskaloosa.

Nancy Nelson40 Posts

Nancy Nelson is the Meadowlark Extension District agent in the areas of family and child development.

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