Is there a cost for the program?
This is a free program but registration is required.
How do we form a team?
Gather up to five family or friends who are interested in developing healthier habits. Choose a team captain (who will need to have e-mail access), pick a team name, and register. Each person will register online. Your team will need to know who your Team Captain is and choose a Team name but this will not need to be part of your registration. This will be reported with your first weeks miles.
Will I be getting e-mails?
Yes. All registered participants with e-mail addresses will receive a weekly e-mail directly. It will include links to the educational information and highlights of the cities we are visiting. Each e-mail will be sent on Monday before noon.
What does the team captain do?
Each team will need to have a Team Captain. Members will report their miles to their team Captain who will be the person submitting the team total each week. A link will be sent in each e-mail for the Team Captains to submit their name, their team name and the total number of team miles walked. The first week they will also list the team members.
A team member does not have computer access. What do we do?
The Team Captain will need to have at least weekly access to a computer in order to submit miles walked. If a member does not have access, they still report their miles to the team captain. Another team member may choose to show them the online information or print it out for them as appropriate. They may also visit their local Extension office to have any of the information printed out.
I can only find 4 people for my team.
If you have less than 5 people on your team, average the miles walked by your team members for the week, and use that average to fill in your empty spots and then report your total. It will then be as if you have 5 people on your team.
We have 6 people on our team. How do we report our miles?
You may want to have two teams and follow the above instructions for teams less than five or try to recruit a few more members.
What if we don't walk 50 miles in a week?
The goal of this program is for every participant to try to walk at least 10 miles per week. Some will do much more than that and others will struggle to get in less than that. Do your best, report what you walk, and keep working to improve.
How do I keep track of my miles?
There is a form that is available on the Everybody Walk Across PA website under "Tracking Forms". Print it out and keep it handy to track your miles. If you cannot print the forms, they may be picked up at your local Extension office.
Will there be prizes for the most miles walked?
This is not a competitive event. Everyone is starting at a different place with their abilities and this is a way to get everyone moving and improving upon their own efforts. Team’s actual miles walked will be listed by county each week. You can certainly have some friendly competition at your work site or with other teams.
Do we need to walk as a team?
No. Everyone can walk on their own and at their own time. You don’t even need to live by each other. Of course if you want to walk as a team, that’s great! Either way, just let your team captain know how many miles you walked for that week on Monday.
Do we walk on the weekly route?
You do not have to walk in any specific area. We highlight beautiful areas in our state so participants can learn about them and maybe take advantage of them as their schedules allow.
I do other exercise. Is there a way I can use swimming of bicycling as my miles?
Yes, there is an exercise conversion chart that you can use on the Walk Across PA website in the Exercise Equivalent folder.
I use a fitness tracker, how do I count my steps?
Remember - we are tracking activity other than what is part of your regular day - such as steps walked while at work. If you use a Fitness Tracker - that's great, and you can use to calculate your walking. Note the number of steps taken on your walk and divide that by 2000 to get the number of miles. (There are approximately 2000 steps in a mile.)
Will there be t-shirts available?
We will not have T-shirts available. If you would like to promote team spirit, there are many outlets where you can have small numbers of shirts printed for your team members. We will provide an Everybody Walk Across PA image if you want to use this for your shirts.
Why are we doing this?
Most people know that they should increase their physical activity and develop healthier eating habits. Most people also struggle with meeting these goals. By building in a little social support and a little fun, you might be off to a great start. Hopefully by the end of this 8 week program you will be in the habit of exercising, and recognizing the benefits of physical activity as well as healthier eating habits.
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