Through a new program called Walk Georgia, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension invites you to spend eight weeks increasing your physical activity level in a fun, community-oriented way. The goal is to be active, whether you're walking, biking, dancing or participating in other physical activity.
The online component of Walk Georgia provides an activity record to keep track of your weekly physical activity. The activity that you record is translated into "walk" miles, based on average rigor of the chosen activity and the time you were active. You may participate as an individual and track your progress with other individuals in your community and state or form a team of four to exercise together.
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.
We hope you will be inspired to join us and others in our county as we get more active and become healthier. We want participants to become physically active if they aren't already and continue to do some kind of physical activity when the eight-week period ends. Hopefully, the program will be a lifestyle change that will improve each participant's quality of life.
The Walk Georgia online program allows you to log your real-time exercise virtually. Your aerobics class during your lunch break counts, and so does a walk with your dog or game of basketball. Using a dropdown menu, you can record these activities. The time is then translated into miles, and the Web site gives you the go-ahead to "move" around the state.
Through an online map, you can electronically chart a course as you 'walk' Georgia. Whether you visit the coast or hike the mountains, as you move you will read about the counties you visit and learn new ways to improve your health.
Walk Georgia is a statewide program, so a family spread across the state could walk as a four-person team.
Registration for Walk Georgia is free and will be open through Sept. 8.
Visit www.walkgeorgia.org to register yourself or your four-person team. While an e-mail address is required to register, individuals without one can join as part of a team if the team captain has an e-mail address.
Track your activity for an eight-week period, Sept. 6 through Oct. 31.
Final activity must be recorded by Nov. 4.
This program is sponsored through your local Cooperative Extension office. For more information call 706-595-1815.