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March 1, 2021
By the U of A System Division of Agriculture
(375 words)(Newsrooms: with additional art at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmUzU2cp)
LITTLE ROCK — If you’ve been looking for a good reason to start working off that
“quarantine 15” or cure winter’s cabin fever, registration is open for the spring
2021 edition of Walk Across Arkansas.
Registration is now open. Walk Across Arkansas begins March 15 and will run for eight
weeks. Registration is easy and there’s no cost. Visit https://walk.uada.edu.
The twice-a-year public health event attracts scores of teams from all over Arkansas.
Last year, the 218 teams from both the spring and fall editions racked up 1.45 million
minutes of exercise.
Even though it’s called Walk Across Arkansas, any type of intentional activity is
encouraged, just as long as participants log their active minutes. People can participate
as individuals or as part of a team of co-workers, friends or even the people in your
“COVID bubble.” Past teams have engaged in friendly competitions – further encouraging
team members to be active.
"Walk Across Arkansas is a great opportunity to work on increasing physical activity
and creating connections with your team,” said Heather Jackson, extension program
associate-health for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “Over
the course of this online, eight-week program, everyone is invited to improve their
health with this free program."
Bryan Mader, assistant professor and extension health specialist for the Division
of Agriculture, said that the pandemic has made its mark on our exercise habits, and
often not in a good way.
“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have not been able to get
the amount of physical activity we need to stay healthy—gyms have been closed and
home workout equipment can be costly,” he said. “One solution that does not require
a membership nor any expensive equipment is walking.
“Walking is one of the best ways to maintain our health. Walking and other physical
activity has been shown to aid in weight loss, reduce high blood pressure, reduce
risk for type 2 diabetes, heart attack, and cancer and reduce symptoms of depression
and anxiety,” Mader said. “We recommend 150 minutes of physical activity each week.
That’s just about 20 minutes per day of walking to improve your health!”
The best part, Mader said, is that Walk Across Arkansas “is open to everyone, regardless
Be sure to consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.
To learn about extension and research programs in Arkansas, visit https://uada.edu/
Follow us on Twitter at @AgInArk, @uaex_edu or @ArkAgResearch.
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 is an equal opportunity/equal
access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation
to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your county extension
office (see https://www.uaex.uada.edu/counties/) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerChief Communications OfficerUniversity of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture email@example.com 501-671-2006