The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Potter County has partnered with the City of Amarillo Parks and Recreation and Neighbor Hub to bring the first “All In Amarillo” Walk Across Texas event.
Lizabeth Gresham, AgriLife Extension family and community health agent in Potter County, and Joslyn Harney, a Master Wellness Volunteer, are bringing people in the community together to develop a healthy habit of engaging in regular physical activity and live a healthier life.
“We want to encourage physical activity and family time together during COVID-19, and this program allows for exercise at your own pace, anywhere, anytime as well as safe social distancing,” Gresham said.
“Walking is not your favorite form of exercise? That is okay because everything counts from gardening, running, biking, walking your dog, yoga and anything that gets you moving,” she said. “We just want families engaged in physical activity and to start building healthy habits. This is a great fun, free and a safe way to start.”
AgriLife Extension’s Walking Across Texas Economic Impact Report indicates participants who increase physical activity can benefit through reduced incidence, severity and health care costs of chronic diseases that are linked to excessive weight and inactivity.
“We are excited about the City of Amarillo Parks and Recreation partnership and involvement from various volunteers who have signed up as team captains representing our community,” Gresham said. “This is the perfect time to resume regular exercise and start a program that can extend through the summer and throughout life!”
AgriLife Extension developed Walk Across Texas as a fun wellness program to help participants adopt the habit of regular physical activity. For eight weeks teams of up to eight family members, friends or community coworkers can join online at howdyhealth.tamu.edu and walk 832 miles, the distance across Texas.
Anyone who would like to join “All In Amarillo” Walk Across Texas and start their journey to better health should contact Gresham at 806-382-3233 to get their online “All In Amarillo” league code.