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Autumn Walk Across Arkansas begins Oct. 7

LITTLE ROCK — Walk Across Arkansas, an eight-week opportunity that has inspired thousands of Arkansans to get moving, begins its fall edition on Oct. 7.

Registration opened Sept. 23. Registration is available online at: http://survey.uaex.edu/WAA/WAAdefault.htm, or by contacting your county extension office.

The Walk Across Arkansas campaign is coordinated by the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Participating is easy: 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 your progress.

Joe Waldrum, professor for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and head of the LeadAR program, credits Walk Across Arkansas for getting him into a good habit.

“I hadn’t been much of a walker … I’d start and stop. However, since starting Walk Across Arkansas, I’d been doing regularly,” he said. “I realized how much better it made me feel and now a friend of mine and I walk about two miles every day”

Walk Across Arkansas is now in its sixth year.

“We have seen this program grow every year and are excited to see how many people develop the desire to keep walking even after the eight weeks is over,” said LaVona Traywick, associate professor-gerontology for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “We’ve also seen the kind of fun competition Walk Across Arkansas inspires among the teams. We love the enthusiasm people from all over Arkansas have for this twice-a-year-event.”

The spring edition, held Feb. 13-April 8, attracted 68 teams from 18 counties across the state. The teams walked 580,311 minutes for an estimated healthcare savings of more than $53,000.

For more information about health and nutrition, contact your county extension office or visit www.uaex.edu.