Ashley Svaty - Nutrition, Food Safety, and Health Agent
Walk Kansas 2017 is quickly approaching! For those of you who have participated in this 8-week healthy lifestyle challenge before, you know just how fun it is! If you are new to Walk Kansas, it is a great program that motivates you to become more active and to increase your fruit, vegetable, and water intake. You have the option of gathering a group of 6 or register solo and we can find a group for you! Walk Kansas will begin March 19th and will go to May 13th.
How it works:
As a team of 6 or as an individual, you will log minutes of physical activity for 8 weeks. Each team selects one of three challenges they will collectively work towards. In order to accomplish the challenge, each person will have a personal goal. In addition to physical activity, participants will report the amount of fruits and vegetables they eat. Program participants will receive a weekly e-newsletter with motivational messages that focus on healthy lifestyle habits. This year, the Post Rock District will have giveaways associated with each weekly e-newsletter!
Why Walk Kansas?
The majority of Kansas adults do not meet the minimum recommendations for physical activity, and just 19% of Kansas eat enough fruits and vegetables. By practicing healthy lifestyle choices, you can delay or prevent chronic disease, and symptoms of illness can be managed better. According to the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease: If Americans were to stop smoking, exercise regularly, and eat well, they could prevent up to 80% of heart disease and stroke, 80% of type 2 diabetes, and 40% of cancers.
The registration fee for each participant will be $8 and a shirt can be purchased for an additional fee. Both paper and online registration will be available on March 1st. Captains packets will be available at each Post Rock District office and online registration will be done at www.walkkansas.org and by clicking on the “My Walk Kansas” tab on the left. Participants will choose “Post Rock District” from the drop down bar when registering. More details about registration will be found on our Facebook page-like Post Rock Extension to get the latest details!