HOUSTON COUNTY – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Houston County is hosting yet another Walk Across Texas! program for the new year.
The Walk Across Texas! program encourages people to develop a habit of regular physical activity. Teams and individuals walk — or run, dance, garden, swim or do any other form of exercise — for an eight‐week period. Each 20 minutes of exercise counts as one mile. At the end of that time each team’s or person’s total mileage is added up. A quick look at a map of Texas shows how far everybody would have gone if he or she had been walking in a straight line.
“You can walk together, individually, outside, at a park, at a grocery store or at a gym — any way that fits your schedule and lifestyle,” said Tasha Brent, Family & Community Health Agent. “Keep track of your team’s miles to see if together you can go the equivalent of the 832 miles it would take to walk across Texas in eight weeks.”
Brent said anyone can participate.
“This new year we have 4 different challenges to help encourage teams in a friendly competition. Following great success from the past few years and keeping the momentum, we have a Battle of the Badges competition where police, fire, paramedics or any first responder agency can create teams and battle against other agencies to be featured at the top of the weekly leaderboard and claim the traveling trophy, currently being held by the Crockett Fire Department. Also, a Bank Battle where I have called out the area banking institutions to compete for the top of the leaderboard. This challenge is also carrying over from the previous years with a traveling trophy currently being held by Lovelady State Bank from 2020. Also, The Time of Your Life challenge is open for anyone in the community that does not fall in the other two challenge areas. Friends, family members, churches, businesses… any one you want to form a team with would join this challenge.
There is no need to wait to begin your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Additionally, new this year is the Hometown Heroes league where healthcare workers can join with their teams to compete against other departments or offices in the county.
Team Captains will register/login and create a team under their respective League.
League Codes are:
Time of Your Life-
Battle of the Badges-