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Fulton residents encouraged to 'Walk Ga.'
Fulton residents encouraged to 'Walk Ga.'

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension wants all residents to develop regular physical activity habits, get healthier and have fun while “walking across Georgia”.  Daily activities such as walking the dog, going for a jog and playing catch with the kids quickly add up to virtual miles that are used to “walk” across the state. 

“We invite all residents who made New Year’s resolutions to get fit and be healthier to join our initiative,” says Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Although this event is called Walk Georgia, any form of activity can be logged to track mileage.  The primary goal is to get moving.”

Walk Georgia is a 12-week program designed to increase physical activity in a fun, community-oriented way. Residents may participate as individuals and track their progress online at www.walkgeorgia.org with other individuals or form a team of four to exercise together.

Program period (time of activity) for Walk Georgia 2013 is set for February 10, 2013 to May 4, 2013.  The date to record final activity is May 10, 2013.  Each participant will receive a certificate of completion that will be available May 11, 2013.

The online component of Walk Georgia provides an activity record to keep track of weekly physical activity and time. The activity that is recorded is translated into "walked" miles, based on average rigor of the chosen activity and the time spent doing the activity.

Using a dropdown menu, participants can record their activities. Their time is then translated into miles, and the Web site gives you the go-ahead to “move” around the state.

As miles are accumulated, participants will be able to navigate a map of Georgia and chart their course to "walk" Georgia. As they move throughout the virtual state, they will be able to view fun facts about each county visited and learn new ways to improve their health.

“Walking, playing a game of basketball, aerobics, or dancing, it does not matter how miles are accumulated, we just want people to start moving in order to improve their health and to live healthier lives,” says Chester.  “The on-line tool is easy to navigate and helps with motivation by keeping track of the miles logged.”

Walk Georgia is sponsored by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension as a statewide initiative to encourage exercise and healthy lifestyles.  Residents wanting to participate should log-on to www.walkgeorgia.org to register for Fulton County and to learn more about the easy on-line tracking.  For more information about Fulton County Cooperative Extension, call (404) 332-2400.