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Get fit, have fun with Walk Georgia

Move more; live more. 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 March 6 and ends April 30. 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 more fit, develop the habit of regular physical activity, get support from others and have fun doing it.

The online component of Walk Georgia provides an activity record for keeping 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 about 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 one another 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 see 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. 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 encourage each other throughout the program. An e-mail 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 information.

Registration is open online through March 9. For more information or to register, go to

Web posted on Thursday, February 24, 2011

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