UACES Facebook Registration for spring edition of Walk Across Arkansas opens Feb. 19

Registration for spring edition of Walk Across Arkansas opens Feb. 19

Feb. 8, 2017

By Emily Thompson

U of A System Division of Agriculture 

Fast Facts:

  • Spring Walk Across Arkansas runs from March 11 – May 5.
  • Registration begins Feb. 19 at uaex.edu/walk.

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LITTLE ROCK – Having trouble motivating yourself to fit in your daily exercise? Walk Across Arkansas, one of the state’s largest public health initiatives, may be able to help.

For eight weeks, thousands of Arkansans form teams and log the time they spend exercising. In 2017, participants logged more than 4.1 million minutes of exercise. 

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STAYING FIT - Employee fitness program participants. 

By committing to exercise with a team, people are more likely to get their daily workout because there are people there to hold them accountable, explains Lisa Washburn, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture associate professor of health and an extension specialist.

“Social support is a powerful motivator. Working as a team to accumulate minutes of exercise can increase the likelihood one will stick with their exercise routine and ultimately improve their health. It also includes an element of accountability – no one wants to be the person to drag the team average down – and it can be more fun,” Washburn said.

Participation is simple. Grab two to 10 friends to form a team and register at www.uaex.edu/walk.

Then, from March 11 to May 5, record the amount of time you spend walking or getting any other form of exercise. Minutes can be logged online, or you can contact your local county extension agent for forms.

Registration begins Feb. 19.

For more information about Walk Across Arkansas, visit www.uaex.edu/walk, or contact your local county extension agent.

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system. 

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.  

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture 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. 

Media Contact: Emily Thompson
Communication Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
(479) 575-5647
eet002@email.uark.edu

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