Penn State Extension will once again be taking a virtual walk – this year visiting the natural beauty of Pennsylvania State Parks. Gather your family and friends or co-workers to form a team of up to five or walk individually. Team members will try to average walking or exercising ten miles per week to meet the goal of Everybody Walk Across PA. Walk with your team or on your own at a time and place convenient for you – we will be virtually visiting the state parks; you do not have to walk there. Of course, if they are convenient for you, what a wonderful place to walk. Team captains will report the mileage for their team each week. Everyone will receive weekly e-mail updates on the progress as we virtually visit the many parks. The program will run March 30 through May 24, 2015. Registration is free, but registration is required by each team member. Team and Team Captain Names, if applicable, will be gathered after the first week – they are not needed for the registration process. Register by March 29, 2015 or learn more about this event at http://extension.psu.edu/health/walk-across-pa or contact Karen Bracey at 570-836-3196 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each week will bring a new theme: beautiful vistas, dramatic waterfalls, unusual geologic features, family-friendly hikes and much more. Along the way there will be tips on outdoor food safety, ideas for child friendly activities, motivators to keep walking, and strategies for eating more fruits and vegetables. All of this will keep everyone moving toward a healthier lifestyle.
Moderate activity such as walking reduces stress and fatigue and increases mental alertness. It improves cardiovascular functioning and strengthens bones. Combined with healthy eating, it can help to reduce or maintain body weight and decrease incidence of certain chronic diseases. Spring is a great time to get outside and be more active, and eight weeks can help turn those healthy behaviors into healthy habits. Take the first step and join in Everybody Walk Across PA!
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Penn State encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, call the Penn State Extension Franklin County, (717) 263-9226.
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