Walk Runnels County across Texas! The 2022 Challenge will start on March 21

RUNNELS COUNTY – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Runnels County is gearing up for the march across Texas! Challenge 2022! Starting March 21 and for the next 8 weeks, teams of 8 are working together to collectively log and track 832 miles; the length it would take you to cross Texas.

The walk through 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. “You can walk together, individually, outdoors, in a grocery store or in a gym — any way that fits your schedule and lifestyle,” said Kellie, assistant extension worker for the family and community health. “The goal is for your team to collectively log and track 832 miles in 8 weeks; the length it would take you to cross Texas.

To kick off the challenge, teams are encouraged to attend the launch event to be held at Ballinger City Park on March 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The launch event will include a small health fair and give attendees the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about the program. Team coaches will also receive a brief orientation on how to register and use the website. The first 50 participants to register at the registration table will receive a gift.

Kellie said anyone can participate. “Bring your family, friends, neighbors, pets and co-workers,” she said.

During the 8-week program, a mid-term event and recognition of the winner’s event will take place. At the end of the 8-week challenge, the team that has walked the most miles will receive a prize along with each team’s top walker afterward. To register for the eight-week program, visit: https://howdyhealth.org/

For more information, please call 325-365-2219 and ask for Kellie or visit the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Runnels County website: runnels.agrilife.org and click on the programs tab.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is a unique education agency that provides local and statewide programs, tools, and resources that teach people how to improve agriculture and food production, make advancing health practices, protecting the environment, strengthening the economy and enriching youth. Through a network of professional educators, trained volunteers, and county offices statewide, AgriLife Extension addresses the diversity of contemporary and emerging issues affecting local communities. With 250 county offices serving Texans in all 254 counties, County Extension Officers serve families, youth, communities and businesses statewide.

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