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Wildcat Extension District

March 15 - May 9, 2020

Walk Kansas is an 8-week walking program encouraging family members, schoolmates, co-workers, friends, and neighbors to come together as a team. Participants will set goals for health and fitness. A Team Captain will recruit 5 people to make a 6-member team who will collectively walk 423 miles, the distance across Kansas.

This is an exceptional opportunity to promote health and fitness to the entire family, from small children to grandparents, while building family unity. It's a great way to enjoy time together as a group or one-on-one with a child or teenager. Elementary schools can also participate in the Walk Kansas For Kids program available through your County Extension Office. These programs are adaptable and your county agent can help in the planning process.

A variety of activities count toward Walk Kansas goals. Anything you do for 10 consecutive minutes or more, at a moderate or vigorous intensity, can count. Strengthening exercises also count and these activities are part of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Healthy eating, including beverage choices, also plays a key role in reducing your risk of chronic disease. During Walk Kansas, you will also keep track of fruits and vegetables you eat. How much is enough? For most adults, the recommendation is approximately 1 ½ cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables daily. The amount varies depending on your age, sex and level of physical activity.

 

Register Online: www.walkkansasonline.org
Registration Instructions

 

The Mediterranean Way

The Mediterranean Way to Better Health

Looking for a way to boost your health?  Eating like those who live in the Mediterranean region has been shown to promote health and decrease risk of many chronic diseases.  Not only that, eating the Mediterranean way is delicious and satisfying.

Instead of the face-to-face workshops we had planned, Walk Kansas participants will now have the opportunity to view an online presentation of “The Mediterranean Diet” shared by Barbara Ames, Wildcat District Nutrition, Health and Food Safety Agent.

We will discuss:

  • Key characteristics of the Mediterranean lifestyle
  • How foods in the Mediterranean diet contribute to health
  • Strategies for incorporating Mediterranean foods and habits into your life

After viewing, please complete the short survey to see what you learned AND get your name entered into the Walk Kansas Incentive Drawing to be held in May. There will be four Garmin Activity Trackers included!

Please email Barbara Ames, bames@ksu.edu to let her know you took the survey!

Link to survey: https://bit.ly/3aSPEui  

QR code to survey:

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Mediterranean Diet Toolkit

Mediterranean Diet Staples

Mediterranean Diet Toolkit Salad Dressing Recipe

Mediterranean Diet Hummus Recipe

 

 

Walk Kansas App

The Walk Kansas App is free and you can download it from the App Store. This is a pilot year so it is available on iOS format for iPone and iPad. Watch for the Android version in the future!

 

You cannot register through the app so wait until your account is set up online first. Then, you can access all of your information and log minutes, etc.

 

The Walk Kansas app will sync with fitness trackers, however, if you have a Fitbit you will need to download Fitbit to Apple Health Sync ($5.99) for this data to transfer.