In an effort to promote exercise and fitness among Polk County citizens, the Quality of Life Outreach, Inc. and the Polk County Extension Service are excited to announce the kick off of the annual Walk Across Polk County (WAPC) exercise challenge. According to Bridgett Martin, County Extension Agent, “Our organizations’ main goal has always been to promote health and wellness to the citizens in Polk County. We know research proves that 150 minutes of exercise per week decreases risk of major health issues including: depression, heart attacks, hypertension, obesity, osteoporosis, some cancers and stroke. This is a great opportunity for individuals to get started with an exercise routine that will increase energy levels and promote health. We are also encouraging our participants to begin making small changes to their diets and focusing on good sleep habits. These are all critical components for healthy living. In the past a lot of our teams have come from workforce around the area, but we would also like to encourage Polk County families to exercise together and participate as a team!”
The 2019 WAPC will begin with the Team Captain meeting on Monday, March 25 at the Extension Education Building at 5:30 p.m. The team leader, or an appointed individual, are required to be present at the Team Captain Meeting. Each team member present will earn 50 points for their team total. This year’s team meeting is also the begin date for WAPC. Teams are encouraged to “kick off” the program at an individual team event on their own, perhaps following the team captain meeting. Blood draws will also take place March 25-29 each day from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Mena Regional Health Center.
This WAPC event consists of 8 member teams and has both “Competitive” and “Let’s Get Moving” categories. There is a $10 registration fee which includes a t-shirt and free pre- and post- blood draws at Mena Regional Health System. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the program.
For a team packet or for more information, contact the Extension Office at 394-6018.