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March 26, 2013

AgriLife to kick off ‘Walk Across Texas”

Corsicana — Get ready, get set, let’s Walk Across Texas.  

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Corsicana is once again sponsoring a fun and easy way to help get in shape for spring, and for the rest of your life.

Walking is one of the least expensive and easiest ways to get fit and reduce your risk for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. You don’t need an expensive gym membership or overpriced supplements. All it takes is a decent pair of walking shoes and 150 minutes of your time every week for eight weeks.

If you walk or exercise for 30 minutes a day, five times a week, for eight weeks, you'll feel better, lower your stress level, build a habit, and enjoy all of the amazing health benefits of regular physical activity.

Now is your chance to join a “Walk Across Texas” team, and your chances of success will go up dramatically. Since 1996, thousands of Texans have participated in Walk Across Texas. All you need to do is gather seven of your friends, family members, or co-workers and register your team at Team members can walk at their own pace, their own time of day, their own location, individually or together. Team captains will collect each member’s weekly mileage and enter on the Walk Across Texas website. It’s fun, it’s easy, and best of all, it’s free.      

Participants can also enjoy the Fitness Explosion kick off event which will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Cook Center at Navarro College. You will be able to turn in your team registration form, grab a snack, pick up a t-shirt, and learn about other local fitness opportunities. The eight week fitness program will be conducted April 1 to May 26 with miles walked between March 28 and April 1 counted as “Bonus Miles.”

This will be the fifth year for Navarro County to participate. In 2012, there were 39 teams of eight people walking a total of 57,379 miles.

Educational programs conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas cooperating.


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