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Get fit for free by forming a Walk Georgia team

It's time to get moving! You're invited to join the largest walking group in the state as we take a virtual stroll through Georgia.

Pull on your shoes and join us as we move more and become healthier. Walk Georgia is a free program open to adults, youths, families, schools, community organizations and employers. Visit to register yourself or your four-person team, now through September 8. While an email address is required to register, individuals without one can join as part of a team as long as the team captain has an email address.

Walk Georgia is an 8-week program sponsored by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. It is designed to increase your physical activity in a fun, community-oriented way. Participate in Walk Georgia as an individual or as a team of four. The goal is to be active, whether you're walking, biking or dancing, move more, and enjoy living more!

Log your real time exercise virtually at Your aerobics class during your lunch break counts -- so does a walk with your dog at home or pick-up game of basketball at the community center. Using a dropdown menu, you can record these activities by logging-in the length of time of the activities. The time is then translated into miles, and the website 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.

You will also be able to see how you compare to other individuals and teams throughout the state.

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.

Boost your physical activity by joining us in walking across Georgia. You may register now through September 8 and begin logging your activity Sunday, September 5 and continue through Saturday, October 30 when the 8-week period closes.

For more information about the program visit the above website or give us a call at the McDuffie County Extension Office, 706-595-1815.

Web posted on Thursday, September 02, 2010

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