FROM STAFF REPORTS
BURNET — February is American Heart Month, and a good way to get into the spirit is with a walk. Walking is one of the best exercises when it comes to getting healthy and staying that way.
“Walking?” you ask. “How can that help me get healthy?”
Well, first it’s simple. All you need are a pair of shoes and 30 minutes five days a week. If you can’t squeeze in five days of walking, get started with three days, and soon you’ll find time for those two other days.
For a bit of extra encouragement, the Burnet County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office is getting ready for its third annual Walk Across Texas program. The program is designed to help people establish the “habit” of regular physical fitness, and it all starts with walking.
The Burnet office is holding registration through Feb. 11 with a “walk-off” event Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. on the Burnet County Courthouse square in Burnet. After this event, people can enjoy a lunch at the extension office. During the lunch, Burnet County Family and Consumer Science agent Linda Wells will go over more information and training for team captains.
The program is open to individuals and teams. But when you read “teams,” don’t think some sports squad decked out in uniforms and ready for competition. In this case, a team could be a group of friends, family or colleagues. In fact, Walk Across Texas is a great way for businesses to encourage employees to get up and get moving.
This is not a walk-a-thon or a fundraiser but an effort to get people physically active. There is no charge to participate. Individuals and teams can register by contacting the Burnet County AgriLife Extension Office at (512) 756-5463.
Everyone who participates will get a certificate, but there are special awards for teams walking the most miles and the first team to walk across Texas, a distance of 830 miles.
An individual walker who has made significant progress during the eight-week program earns the Golden Shoe award.
The Burnet County event runs (more appropriately “walks”) through April 17, when organizers host a wrap-up celebration on the courthouse square at 4 p.m.
Call the extension office at the number listed above or go to walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu for more information.