Walk Kansas was such a fun, eventful, and definitely healthful 8 weeks this year! We gave away fantastic prizes, had 5 area poker walks, and developed a new facebook group to stay connected and motivate each other, along with much more. Collectively, Post Rock District had 386 walkers and walked 40,090 miles! I would say that this was a great year to be in Walk Kansas.
If you haven’t participated in Walk Kansas, you have been missing out and we hope you join us next year. To find out more about Walk Kansas, please visit our Walk Kansas homepage here.
Walk for health, fun, and prizes! Post Rock District is hosting 5 area poker walks to celebrate Walk Kansas. Bring a friend, have fun, and walk as much as you would like. The walkers with the best and worst poker hand at each event will win a prize. There will also be a special prize for 2018 Walk Kansas participants. For more information about these poker walks, please contact Ashley Svaty, firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk Kansas Participants be sure to wear your Walk Kansas t-shirts! We hope to see you there!
Poker Walk Locations:
April 20th, 11:30-1pm
Emerson Lake in Jewell
(1 block West on Pearl Street off Hwy 14)
April 23rd, 4:30-6pm
Walk Kansas is an 8-week health initiative that encourages individuals and teams to reach health goals. Participants receive a weekly newsletter which includes articles about health, exercises, tips, and nutritious recipes.
This year Walk Kansas is specifically focusing on the importance of stretching and will include an optional pre/post fitness assessment for participants to measure their improvement over the 8-weeks.
Participants log minutes of moderate or vigorous activity daily and report online or to a team captain. Activities besides walking such as strengthening exercises, yoga, bike riding, team sports and others count toward Walk Kansas minutes. Teammates do not have to walk or exercise together, but are encouraged to connect and support each other, which is made easy through the online Walk Kansas system.
The 2018 Challenges:
8 Wonders Challenge: Each team member has a goal to log 2.5 hours of moderate to vigorous activity per week. Collectively the team would walk 435 miles over the 8-week program. This trail is featured in Marci Penner’s 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook.
Cross Country Challenge: Each team member logs 4 hours of activity per week which would take the team on a 764 mile trail over the span of the program.
Little Balkans to Nicodemus Challenge: 1,200 mile Kansas trail, with each team member logging 6 hours of moderate-to-vigorous activity each week.
For Post Rock District Walk Kansas participants, the program cost begins at $8. T-Shirts can be purchased at an additional cost. This year will have many giveaways including a few 8 Wonders of Kansas books, Walk Kansas ¾ sleeve t-shirts, hoodies, and more! Poker walks will also be happening across the district so be sure to join in on the fun! Join our Post Rock District Walk Kansas group on Facebook to learn more about Walk Kansas. Participants will have the opportunity to earn 4 Health Quest credits upon completion of the program.
If you’re looking to stay in the know and up to date on all of the upcoming Walk Kansas events, join the Post Rock District Walk Kansas Facebook Group! This group will share health tips to keep you motivated throughout the challenge and will also offer opportunities for you to win prizes! Click here to join the Post Rock District Walk Kansas Group!
Post Rock District is gearing up for Walk Kansas 2018, are you ready? We are excited to announce some changes and additions to this year’s program! This year Walk Kansas will provide a focus on stretching exercises and the many benefits a stretching program can provide including: a decrease in chronic pain, better circulation, improved joint mobility, efficient muscular function and enhanced posture.
Participants and teams will have the choice of registering for the challenge only for $8, registering for any challenge and a t-shirt for $17, or any challenge and a new baseball style t-shirt for $22. These are new styles of t-shirts so samples will be available in each office once registration opens on February 22nd. Your registration gets you access to the interactive Walk Kansas website, weekly newsletters to keep you motivated and on track with your goals, and chances to win Walk Kansas prizes!
This year we are adding Poker Walks in each Post Rock District county so be sure to watch for updates in our next newsletter!
Registration will begin Mid-February. Find the Walk Kansas Event on the Post Rock Extension Facebook Page to stay in the know!
Mark your calendars for K-State Research and Extension’s annual health initiative, Walk Kansas! This motivating, team based 8-week challenge will be held from March 18th– May 12th 2018. More details will come, but there’s no better time than the present to put yourself-and your health first! You can start now by talking with coworkers, friends, and family to gather your team.
For those of you who have participated in this 8-week healthy lifestyle challenge before, you know just how fun it is! If you are new to Walk Kansas, it is a great program that motivates you to become more active and to increase your fruit, vegetable, and water intake. You have the option of gathering a group of 6 or register solo and we can find a group for you! Walk Kansas will begin March 19th and will go to May 13th.
How it works:
As a team of 6 or as an individual, you will log minutes of physical activity for 8 weeks. Each team selects one of three challenges they will collectively work towards. In order to accomplish the challenge, each person will have a personal goal. In addition to physical activity, participants will report the amount of fruits and vegetables they eat. Program participants will receive a weekly e-newsletter with motivational messages that focus on healthy lifestyle habits. This year, the Post Rock District will have giveaways associated with each weekly e-newsletter!
Why Walk Kansas?
The majority of Kansas adults do not meet the minimum recommendations for physical activity, and just 19% of Kansas eat enough fruits and vegetables. By practicing healthy lifestyle choices, you can delay or prevent chronic disease, and symptoms of illness can be managed better. According to the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease: If Americans were to stop smoking, exercise regularly, and eat well, they could prevent up to 80% of heart disease and stroke, 80% of type 2 diabetes, and 40% of cancers.
The registration fee for each participant will be $8 and a shirt can be purchased for an additional fee. Both paper and online registration will be available on March 1st. Captains packets will be available at each Post Rock District office and online registration is available following this link http://www.postrock.k-state.edu/walk-kansas/.