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Ellis County residents have Walked Across Texas many times

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Ellis County residents have ‘walked across Texas’ approximately 70 times in 2010 and are still walking!

While the finale for the 8-week program took place on Saturday, May 1 at Getzendaner Park, Waxahachie, many are still documenting miles, and enjoying their new healthy lifestyle.

Approximately 200 individuals have, and are, walking on a daily basis. These individuals have logged approximately 60,000 miles; it is estimated that to walk from Beaumont to El Paso, is 830 miles.

Dunaway Elementary in Waxahachie has all students and school personnel involved, logging over 30,000 miles, with one more week to walk.

The idea behind the eight-week program is to encourage residents to begin a program of regular physical activity.

The top three winning teams and the team members for this 2010 event include:

1st Place-Fence Walkers (Ennis) with team members Tara Weaver, Maria Blanton, Matt Keever, Donnie Keilers, Shelly Keilers, Hunter Keilers, Robert Newman, and Bob Buton.

2nd Place-Misfits (city of Waxahachie) with team members David Bailey, Diana Bailey, Michelle Darling, Gary Hendricks, Kit Hendricks, Jeff Herrin, Mark Hill, Bob Sokoll and David Witschorke.

3rd Place-Happy Feet (city of Waxahachie) with team members Greg Adams, Angie Adams, Bonnie Battersby, Carla Boll, Mike Cheatham, Reta Norris, Gail Turner and Anita Williamson.

To date, the top three individual walkers include: Hunter Keilers of Ennis, Cole Bailey of Ennis, and Matthew Holman of Glenn Heights.

Each person that participated in Walk Across Texas received a certificate and also a big reward: taking the first step toward a healthier future, and having some ‘fun’ during the journey.

On Tuesday, May 4, individuals that participated in Walk Across Texas at the Senior Citizens Center, Waxahachie, were honored with a breakfast, followed by awards. The top three individual ‘walkers’ from the Senior Citizens are: 1st Place-Barbara Harris; 2nd Place-Charles Kozlovsky; 3rd Place-Dorothy Moore.

Of those that continue to walk and document their miles throughout 2010, the top individual walker will receive a TRIKKE.

This fitness equipment is designed to exercise the entire body in a fun, low impact manner.

Miles can be documented until mid-December.

 

For further information, contact Rita M. Hodges, County Extension

Agent-Family & Consumer Sciences, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, 701 South I-35 E, Waxahachie

or call: 972/825-5175 or

e-mail: rmhodges@ag.tamu.edu

Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin. The Texas A & M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.


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