• Special to the Leader & Times
Walk Kansas, 2011, is scheduled March 13 through May 7, and local registration will begin Monday.
The popular K-State Research and Extension fitness challenge will mark its 10th anniversary this year, but participants need not have prior experience with Walk Kansas to participate, said Sharolyn Jackson, state coordinator and area family and consumer science extension specialist, in Manhattan.
“All are welcome,” Jackson said, who also explained Walk Kansas encourages friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to form teams of six to walk the 423-mile equivalent distance from Kansas’ east to west borders.
“The goal,” she said, “is to encourage heart-healthy, aerobic activity and a healthy lifestyle.”
While a team can accomplish what team members might never be able to accomplish alone, the personal challenge is to add 30 minutes of physical activity five or more days a week for a total of 150 minutes a week, Jackson said.
Participants in the program typically report multiple benefits from increased physical activity, including increased energy, a more positive outlook, stress reduction, improved sleep, weight loss and lower blood pressure.
Cost to enroll in the eight-week program is $7, and includes registration, weekly newsletters with food, nutrition, health tips and recipes, The Seward County Walk Kansas will kick off one day early, March 12, so participants can join in Liberal Parks and Recreation’s Leprechaun Challenge Walk/Run and count the earned miles toward their goal. An optional Walk Kansas anniversary T-shirt can be purchased for $7 small – 2XL, and $9 for 3XL to 5XL.
For registration or more information, please call the Seward County Extension Office at 624-5604 or stop by the office at 1081 Stadium Road, located at the north end of the Fairgrounds, from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The first 100 people to sign up will receive a Work-out Band and sheet of 10 exercises. Registration information also is available online: www.seward.ksu.edu and more information is available on the state program Web site: www.walkkansas.org.
Don’t have enough members to make up a team? Seward County Research and Extension office can pair individuals with others who share an interest in improving health and fitness.
For more information, contact: Kathy Bloom or Shannan Gehrer -624-5604 or