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Walk Kansas
March 28 - May 22, 2021

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 a goal, or challenge, they will collectively work towards. Participants log activity minutes and the amount of fruits/vegetables they eat. They can log online or on paper. Participants receive weekly newsletters and motivational messages. 

Virtual Challenge Trails

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: Explore the 8 Wonders of Kansas. 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 will take participants to the 8 Wonders of Kansas.

Challenge 2: Go Cross Country. Begin in the NE corner (Troy) and trek diagonally to the SW corner (Elkhart) of the state. Each person logs 4 hours of activity per week.

Challenge 3: Little Balkans to Nicodemus – a trail that takes you through SE Kansas and then up to Nicodemus with interesting stops along the way. This requires 6 hrs of moderate/vigorous activity per person/week.

Solo Challenge:

The Purple Power Solo Trail is for those who prefer to go solo (not be on a team). Select the “solo” option when you register. 

What activities count toward Walk Kansas minutes?

You can report all activity you do at a moderate and vigorous level, as well as minutes you spend doing strengthening exercises. If you wear an activity tracker 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.

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?

Register Online:

Register at www.walkkansasonline.org If you have a team, wait for your captain to register the team online.

You will receive a message by email asking you to complete registration and give your consent to participate. Your captain will be responsible for paying fees for the entire team, so make sure you reimburse your captain for your registration fee ($10).

If you don’t have a team, and would like to join one, go online and register as an individual. The Extension office will connect you with a team that has similar goals.

If you prefer to go solo (not be on a team) select the “solo” option when you register.

Register with paper forms:

Complete the registration form provided by your captain. Return it, along with payment for the program fee ($10), You can log online at walkkansasonline.org or use a paper log. 

Registration Deadline- March 28th, 2021

2021 T-shirt options:

T-shirt options for Walk KS 2021 program.

Shop Walk KS: https://shopwalkkansas.com/

Captain's Packet

Captain's Guide 2021

Participant Guide 2021

Team Registration 2021

Captain's Log 2021

Daily Log 2021

Registration Form 2021

Team Registration No Shirt Option 2021

Tips for Success

Participant's Information

Registration Form 2021

Activity Guide (English)

Activity Guide (Spanish)

Counting Fruits and Vegetables

Don't Just Sit There

Move Your Way

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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.