Take the Walk Across TN Challenge

Looking for a unique and fun way to become physically active?

Walk Across Tennessee can provide the support and fun needed to get people moving! Choose a team of 4-6, sign up cheatham.tennessee.edu (click on Walk Across TN Logo) and begin counting those steps on April 4, 2020.

Walk Across Tennessee is a free 8-week walking program for teams of four to six people. The teams will have a friendly competition to see who can log the most miles walking, jogging, biking, dancing or other types of physical activity.

“Anyone can join this walking program,” states Aneta Eichler, UT Extension Agent. “You can form teams of neighbors, friends, and family members or at specific places such as schools, worksites, churches, fitness and recreational centers, assisted living, hospitals and health departments.”

Team members do not walk together. Some may prefer to walk outside, while others walk on a treadmill. You may choose from a variety of activities by using physical activity equivalents.

Your team miles will be recorded on a Tennessee map posted on the UT/TSU Extension Facebook page so everyone can see the teams' progress. We will be awarding cash prizes for the team that crosses the finish line first, the team who walks the farthest, and individuals who walk the farthest in various age categories. Everyone who participates will take home a healthy habit . . . walking for fitness.

A very special Thank You to the following sponsors who are helping to make this a fun event: UT/TSU Extension, TN Department of Health, Colby’s Army, Cheatham Community Enhancement Coalition, Sr. Center at Ashland City, Pleasant View Pharmacy, Family and Community Education Clubs of Cheatham County, and Pinnacle Bank.

We encourage everyone to lace up their tennis shoes and challenge their friends to walk over the next 8 weeks. Those who accept the challenge will experience the following benefits:

  • Get fit

  • Lose weight

  • Develop a walking habit

  • Have fun

  • Decrease blood pressure, blood cholesterol or blood glucose levels

Over sixty percent of adult Tennesseans are overweight or obese. According to the Center for Disease Control, the lack of physical activity is a major reason why children, teens and adults are overweight. Developing the walking habit is a simple and inexpensive way to move more.

For more information or to register your team, visit cheatham.tennessee.edu or email adodd2@utk.edu.

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