Registration open for fall Walk Across Arkansas

Jefferson County residents can join hundreds of Arkansans by registering for the fall 2013 Walk Across Arkansas to be held Sept. 30-Nov. 24.

Participating is easy. Participants should collect a team of between two to 10 people, choose a captain, a team name, find a stopwatch and good walking shoes and set a personal goal and track their progress.

To register for Walk Across Arkansas, go online to

Pine Bluff High School graduate, Dr. LaVona Swanigan Traywick, associate professor-gerontology for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said, “Arkansans statewide have been taking advantage of this eight-week opportunity to get into the habit of daily exercise, or reinforce the good habits they’ve learned.”

This past spring, nearly 2,000 people from 27 counties took part in Walk Across Arkansas. They walked more than 1.6 million minutes, which translates into an estimated 80,009 miles — enough to go around the world more than three times.

Walk Across Arkansas participants can improve fitness by walking at least 150 minutes a week. Walks should last at least 10 minutes to benefit health, according to Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County family and consumer sciences agent.

For information, contact Kizer at 870-534-1033 or e-mail

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