Special to the E-T

In Erath County, there is an eight-week walking program called “Walk Across Texas” sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service. It’s free and it’s simple! This program was started in 1996 to help people establish the habit of regular physical activity. From border to border, a team can walk 830 miles across the state. Most people start by walking as a member of a team of eight for eight weeks at work or with another type of group such as church, civic group, etc. Team members do not have to walk at the same time. Each member is independent as far as when and where they walk. There is very little reporting to do. All you have to do is call or email your team captain once a week and let them know how many miles you walked. Since any type of physical activity is good - you may count other activities toward your walking by using the mileage equivalents chart. If you are interested in finding out more about the WAT program, visit the Web site http://walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu.

Schools are participating as well as community teams and worksites. There are several businesses that can be currently seen on the WAT Web site and some starting this weekend include Saint-Gobain Abrasives, FMC, Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital, Scott’s Flowers, Stephenville High School Cafeteria, and United Cooperative Services. The fifth grade under the direction of Emma Jimenez in Stephenville recently completed WAT and Huckabay and Morgan Mill schools are now participating.

For more information, call Texas AgriLife Extension at 254-965-1460 and ask for Donna White.