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"Walk Georgia" campaign aims to encourage better physical fitness in residents through teamwork

Boost your physical activity by joining us in walking across Georgia. "Walk Georgia" is an eight-week program to increase your physical activity in a fun, community oriented way.

The program starts Sunday, March 1, and ends Saturday, April 25. You may participate as an individual and track your progress with other individuals in your county and state or join a team of four to exercise together.

The goals of the program are to help you: get fit; develop the habit of regular physical activity; get support from others who are also interested in moving more and to have fun doing it.

Record your physical activity. The online component of Walk Georgia provides an activity record to keep track of your weekly physical activity and time. The activity that you record is translated into miles, based on average rigor of the chosen activity and the time you were active.

Track your progress across the state. When you accumulate miles, you will be able to navigate a map of Georgia and chart your course to "walk" Georgia. As you move throughout this virtual state, you will be able to view fun facts about each county you visit and learn new ways to improve your health. You will also be able to see how you compare to other individuals throughout the state.

You may participate in this program as an individual or as a team member. As an individual participant, you track your own activity and decide how you would like to move throughout the virtual state. You are only ranked within the individual rankings. You may create an individual account at any point within the program registration period.

Team members work together to encourage each other to participate in weekly activity and combine their cooperative effort to move throughout the virtual state. Teams are ranked with other teams in the state. Team members can also view how they compare to other individuals. Teams must have exactly four team members: one team captain and three members.

If you do not have enough people to create a team and you would like to exercise with other people in your county, give us a call for other individuals wishing to form a team. If you do not have enough to create a team but would like to participate with a friend, each of you can create individual accounts and still encourage each other throughout the program. An email address is required to participate as a team captain or individual. Team members are not required to enter this information unless an account is desired to manage his or her information.

We hope you are inspired to join us and others in your county as we increase our activity and become healthier! Registration for the eight-week program is open online through March 9. For more information and to register for "Walk Georgia," go to This program is sponsored through your local Cooperative Extension office. For more information about the program visit the above website or give us a call at the Extension office, 706-595-1815.

Web posted on Thursday, February 26, 2009

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