Early spring, once again, brings life to the Walk Across Polk County program sponsored by the Quality of Life, Inc. and the Polk County Extension Office. This program is an annual effort to promote exercise and fitness among Polk County citizens. Bridgett Martin, County Extension Agent-FCS wants to remind Polk County citizens, “Our organizations’ main goal has always been to promote health and wellness to the citizens in Polk County. Research has proven 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, pain-free living. In the past a lot of our teams have come from workforce groups from around the area, but we would also like to encourage all Polk County families and schools to exercise together and participate as a team!”
The 2020 WAPC will begin with the Team Captain meeting on Monday, March 9 at the Extension Education Building at 5:30 p.m. A 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. The beginning date for walking will be March 16. 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 take place March 9-13 each day from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Mena Regional Health Center.
This year, each team will be competing for a monetary donation to their favorite Polk County charity. The monetary amount will be determined by the number of teams competing in this year’s event and will be presented to the charity of choice by top winners of each competitive category-Competitive and Let’s Get Moving.
The 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 pre- and post- blood draws at Mena Regional Health System. All participants are encouraged to get the blood work done so they can report on improvements related to exercise at the post-evaluation. This year, teams are competing for a monetary donation to their designated Polk County charity.
For a team packet or for more information, contact Bridgett Martin at the Polk County Extension Office at 394-6018.