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By Mary HightowerU of A System Division of Agriculture@AgWriterArk
Sept. 18, 2019
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LITTLE ROCK — Taking the first steps toward improved fitness may be as easy as registering
for the fall edition of Walk Across Arkansas, a program that rang up an estimated
quarter million dollars in healthcare savings during its eight-week run in the spring.
Fall Walk Across Arkansas begins Sept. 29. Participants may register online at www.walk.uada.edu or at their county extension office if they don’t have internet access.
More than 1,100 Arkansans took part in Walk Across Arkansas in the spring, recording
more than 2.5 million minutes of exercise.
This year’s program includes a new option, brought by Laura Balis, the extension health
specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Balis wants
to better understand the effects of Walk Across Arkansas on increasing participants’
physical activity levels, as well as find ways to improve the program.
Walkers who want to contribute to improving Walk Across Arkansas can do so by agreeing
to fill out evaluations after the event, in addition to logging their minutes.
“I’m excited to be involved with Walk Across Arkansas. I know this is a very popular
program, and I’m looking forward to supporting agents in helping Arkansans meet their
physical activity goals,” she said.
Participants will be asked to answer two post-program evaluation questions, and answer
a follow-up program evaluation question six months after the program ends. The post-program
and six-month follow-up evaluation questions will be sent via email, or via mail if
the walker doesn’t provide an email address. For details, contact your county Cooperative
Extension Service office.
Everyone is invited to be part of Walk Across Arkansas, even if they opt out of the
Participants can walk on their own or form a team of three to eight members.
“Having a team helps provide a little friendly competition, not to mention the encouragement
you get from teammates who want to help each other succeed,” said Addie Wilson, extension
program associate, health for the Division of Agriculture. “And it’s a great way to
get in some quality time with your friends.”
Youth participants are also invited and have teams up to 20 members.
To learn about Extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension
Service office or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @UAEX_edu.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org