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Walk Across Polk County

BY KIM HUGHES –

If folks can come from all over the world to walk across our beautiful county and enjoy its scenery, couldn’t you and a group of friends walk across Polk County for better health?

Through a modest increase in daily activity, most Americans can improve their health.  “Walk Across Polk County” is a program that persuades and motivates people of all ages to make that most important change… to get started.  It is a simple, inexpensive, and safe program.  All you need is a team of eight people and a desire to get moving.

At the end of the program, winners are selected based on total number of minutes walked or exercised by individuals and teams.  Prizes vary each year and are usually exercise equipment, such as exercise balls, hand weights, and maybe a Fit-Bit bracelet for the overall winner.  Top winners also receive an Olympic-like medal.

So, dust off your walking shoes and prepare to join us in this 8-week walking and exercise program.  First get a team together.  Teams have eight members and biking teams are limited to four people.  Choose a team captain and name your team.  Registration deadline is Friday, March 11 at 5:00 PM.  The Walk Across Polk County Kick-Off is set for Saturday, March 19 at 10:00 AM at Janssen Park Pavilion.

Registration fee is $10.00 per team member.  The registration fee will cover cholesterol and glucose blood work, both before and after the activity.  This activity is co-sponsored by Quality of Life Outreach, Inc.  Make checks payable to Quality of Life (QOL).  Registration packets are available at the Extension office at 211 DeQueen Street in Mena. For more information, call 479-394-6018 or e-mail me at khughes@uaex.edu.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.  If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office as soon as possible.  Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

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