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Walk Kansas
March 19 - May 13, 2017

Welcome to Walk Kansas, a health initiative presented by K-State Research and Extension. Walk Kansas is a team-based program that will inspire you to lead a healthier life by being more active, making better nutrition choices, and learning positive ways to deal with stress.

How does Walk Kansas work?

Teams of 6, with a captain, log minutes of 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/vegetables they eat.

Team Challenges

Each team will select one of these challenges. As your team moves across or around the state, you will learn about points of interest in Kansas by viewing progress of your team on the online map.

Challenge 1: Each person reaches the minimum goal for physical activity- 2 1/2 hours of moderate/vigorous activity per week. Collectively, the team would walk 423 miles which is the distance across the state of Kansas.

Challenge 2: Take a meandering trek diagonally across the state from Troy to Elkhart. Each person logs 4 hours of activity per week which would take the team 750 miles.

Challenge 3:Walk the perimeter of Kansas -1200 miles with each person logging 6 hours of moderate/vigorous activity per week.

What activities count toward Walk Kansas minutes?

You can report all activity you do at a moderate and vigorous level, as long as the activity is performed for at least 10 consecutive minutes. You can also include minutes you spend doing strengthening exercises.

If you wear an activity tracker (wrist tracker or pedometer) you can start counting steps after you reach 6,000 steps in a day. Report 15 minutes of activity for every 2,000 steps you take above 6,000.

How do I register a team?

  • The first step is to gather a team, choose a team name and captain, and select a challenge.
  • Download a copy of the complete Captain's Packet and team registration form, or request a copy from Pam Heikes at K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County, 785-843-7058.
  • Please register and pay $8 per participant online at: www.walkkansas.org or return all forms and payment to K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County, 2110 Harper Street Lawrence KS 66046.
  • Walk Kansas t-shirts are available to purchase for $9.00 plus tax for Adult & Youth sizes S-XL - Adult sizes 2XL-4XL cost extra and can be ordered at the time of registration.

Registration Deadline - March 18, 2017

2017 T-Shirt colors: heather sapphire, gravel and purple

Walk KS T-Shirts 2017

Captain's Packet

Captain's Guide

Team Registration

Tips for Success

Captain's Team Log

Participant's Information

Participant's Guide

Individual Registration Form

Individual Daily Log

Activity Guide

Counting Fruits and Vegetables

Don't Just Sit There

Walk Kansas Photo Challenge

How much activity is required?

You need a minimum of 2 1/2 hours of moderate and/or vigorous intensity activity each week, as recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human services in the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Here are the types of activity you can report for Walk Kansas:

  • Moderate intensity-activity is at a level where you can barely talk, but not sing.
  • Vigorous intensity-you can only say a few words without stopping to catch your breath at this level. Working toward a combination of moderate and vigorous activity is good.
  • Strengthening exercises-should include all major muscle groups. Include strengthening exercises at least twice each week.
  • 10 minutes at a time-is needed to report the activity. Do not count activity time that is less than 10 minutes.
  • Bonus minutes: If you wear an activity tracker (wrist tracker or pedometer) you can start counting steps after you reach 6,000 steps in a day. Report 15 minutes of activity for every 2,000 steps you take above 6,000.