“A lot of people never get to know how ‘feeling good’ feels. They don’t know what they are missing.” Dr. Wayne H. Osness, Lawrence, KS
How Walk Kansas Works:
Groups of six people form a team, select a captain, and choose a challenge to work toward.
Each team member logs minutes of moderate/vigorous activity and cups of fruits/vegetables eaten daily, from March 17 through May 11.
Team members report to their captain weekly. Captains report team totals through the program state-wide website www.walkkansas.org or to K-State Research and Extension - Douglas County.
Progress of all teams in Douglas County (and throughout Kansas) can be viewed on the website.
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Choose Your Challenge:
Each team chooses a challenge or goal. (Note: 15 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity equals one Walk Kansas mile):
Challenge 1 - Across the state. Each participant gets 150 minutes of activity per week. Collectively over 8 weeks, the team would walk 423 miles across the state.
Challenge 2 - Across and back. Each participant gets 5 hours of activity per week. Collectively, enough to go across the state and back.
Challenge 3 - Around. Each participant gets 6 hours of activity per week. Collectively, enough to go 1200 miles, the distance around the state.
Bonus! Research is showing that sedentary living is a big health risk. If you sit for more than one hour at a time at work, home, while driving or traveling - take a 1-2 minute break. Just standing for a few minutes every hour makes a difference. You can earn 15 bonus minutes per week for breaking every hour of sitting (during waking hours). If you move every hour, 6 days during the week, 15 bonus minutes can be added to your weekly total.
Walking Isn’t The Only Activity That Counts!
Walking is an activity that most people can do; however, any activity that is at a moderate or vigorous level (for at least 10 consecutive minutes) counts. While doing the activity you should be able to just barely talk, but not sing (moderate); or can only say a few words before stopping to catch your breath (vigorous). Strength and flexibility exercises, such as yoga, tai chi, working with resistance bands, and strength training also counts.
Anyone Can Join
Anyone can be on a Walk Kansas team - co-workers, family members, friends and neighbors. And they don’t even have to live in Douglas County or, for that matter, they don’t even have to live in the state or nation! We’ve had Douglas County team members from across the state, from other states, and we’ve even had family members overseas participate.
Because team members don’t have to walk or be active together, it can still give that added push that we need now and then to start on a more healthful path - and that’s what Walk Kansas does - it motivates you!! A past participant commented “Walk Kansas helps get me motivated to increase my exercise on a regular basis. Since the hardest part is getting started, I appreciate the low-key and yet very important peer pressure and accountability that helped jump start my exercise.” You can count individual activity, team activities and you can even count activities that you do with others outside of your team.
How To Register
Registrations will be accepted until 1:00 p.m. on March 22. The individual participant fee is $7.00, plus $2.00 for each additional family member living in the household. Again this year, to encourage employers to support wellness, we are offering a $2.00 off discount per participant (which totals $5.00 per participant) to workplaces who pay for their employees to participate in Walk Kansas.
Walk Kansas T-shirts are also available in three colors. They cost $7.00 per participant (size 2XL and larger cost $9.00).
Registration forms and more information on Walk Kansas are available online. Go to our website at www.douglas.ksu.edu or call 843-7058 or email me at email@example.com or Margaret Kalb at firstname.lastname@example.org.