WALK Newsletter #10 – November 17th, 2021

W – Wow: WAT! 25 Challenge Participation Update

 Wow!  This time next week we will be busy with all that goes along with Thanksgiving festivities. There is so much for which the WAT! 25 Committee is thankful! We are so thankful for the network of agents and educators across the state who make programs like Walk Across Texas! possible. If you have not met your local agent, we hope you will find an opportunity to connect with them. They are knowledgeable professionals who are ready and willing to help Texans better their lives. If you already know your local Extension personnel, we hope you will take a moment to reach out and tell them thanks for the work they do. They give their all to their communities to make a difference in the lives of people.

We are also thankful that the Extension Service exists! Did you know that in 1862, congress established the land grant system that included Extension to (literally) extend education and research to the people of the state? In 1914, the Smith-Lever Act formalized the Extension Service. Today, every county in every state has an Extension Service that helps connect people to knowledge. County Commissioners Courts are also a part of the cooperative agreement that keeps Extension funded and active in every community... and we are so incredibly grateful for them as well! 

ANDwe are thankful for YOU! Because you have chosen to participate #WAT25, you have helped us get one step closer to the mission of Extension work. Any part you have done...signing up, putting in your miles, completing your wrap up survey, and telling others about your positive experience... helps keep us committed to the work we do. The amazing opportunity that we get to help people blesses us beyond measure of a million, trillion, zillion miles!! 

Oh, yeah...miles! Here’s the latest, together, we have 678,549.92 miles with 4,582 participants on 773 teams across 101 leagues and 102 counties in the WAT! Adult program. In the WAT! Youth program, we have 49,114.95 miles with 4,227 participants on 112 teams across 24 leagues and 35 counties!! Amazing

Congratulations to the winners of the random drawing from those who entered 7.5 miles or more this past week:

WAT! Adult – Mini Challenge #9 Winners

County 

Participant

Team Name

Collin

Mai K.

Sole Sisters

Comal

Keelen R.

Moves like Jogger

Live Oak

Rachel R.

Wonderers

Montgomery

Catherine H.

The Healthy Eight

Galveston

Buzz R.

Red Hot Chili Steppers

Waller

Deepthy P.

IRE

Grayson

Woodye M.

Bluestem Team 2

Montgomery

Lea M.

Fancy Like Walking on a Date Night

Milam

Pete M.

Para Lonjas

Brazos

Valerie A.

Keepin Track

Congratulations to the winners of the raffle drawing for the wrap up mini challenge this past week: 

WAT! Adult – Wrap Up #2 Winners

County

Participant

Team Name

Hopkins

Samantha D.

2 Texas Sisters

McLennan

Etenauga V.

We Be Trippin

Panola

Deanna S.

Moonwalkers 2021

Brazos

Nicole E.

CVMBS Dog Tired

Nueces

Richard H.

Smooth Gliders

All Winners – be on the lookout for an email about how to claim your prize! 

A - Action: Mini Challenge #10:

WAT! Adult – Mini Challenge #10: Our theme for this week is all about being thankful, so our tenth mini-challenge will highlight what our WAT! program participants are thankful for! All entries will be included in a drawing for a $10 dollar gift card to Amazon. To be eligible for the drawing, participants must be registered in the WAT! 25 Challenge – WAT! Adult program. 

 Here is the link to submit: WAT! 25 Challenge - Mini - Challenge #10

The submission must be received by Tuesday, November 23rd by 11:59 PM to be entered.

*WAT! ADULT PROGRAM WRAP UP MINI CHALLENGE!!* 

Once you complete the WAT! Adult program, and submit final mileage, there is one last step to close out the program! The wrap-up form helps us to understand the effectiveness of the program and where we might need to make improvements!  

To be entered, submit the WAT! Adult program wrap-up form in your Howdy Health account and you will be eligible for 5 randomly selected winners of a $10 dollar gift card to Amazon for each of our remaining WAT! 25 Challenge WALK newsletters! Thank you for helping us tell our story and share in your successes!  

WAT! Youth – November Mini Challenge: Welcome to the third round of the monthly recognition called the Texas Youth on the Move awards. To enter for the month of November, WAT! Youth teams must log mileage from November 1st through November 30th. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Schools, Youth Organizations and Small Group teams (20 team members or less). Team captains will receive an Amazon gift card to use in support of their youth program through a random drawing. The third round of winners will be recognized in the Wednesday, December 1st newsletter. Teams must register to join the WAT! 25 Challenge – WAT! Youth program, and log mileage, by Tuesday, November 30th by 11:59 PM to be entered.

L – Learn:

Have you ever wondered if walking is enough or why walking is so often recommended as a great form of exercise? According to the American Heart Association:

  • Walking is one of the easiest ways to get active.
  • Walking is safe for most people.
  • Walking is low- or no-cost.
  • Walking doesn’t require any special skills or equipment. · Walking briskly can help your health as much as running, according to a 2013 research study.
  • Walking has so many health benefits... For every hour of brisk walking, life expectancy for some people may increase by two hours! 

So, Why is Walking the Most Popular Form of Exercise? Learn more from the American Heart Association, including information on how walking at a lively pace at least 150 minutes a week can help you, thoughts on walking versus running, how to walk for fitness, and tips for staying safe while walking.

WAT! Youth Tip: There are many ways to enjoy walks with your family! Try exploring a new park! This can be a local park, state park, or national park. You can also visit zoos and get some great physical activity while looking at fun and exciting animals!

K – Keep Safe

 One sure fire way to put a kink in your step...food borne illness! Around the holidays, people might unintentionally make themselves or others sick just by not following proper food safety.  Some common holiday problems:

  • Improper cooking temperatures ...poultry needs to cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. The only way to know for sure is to use a thermometer!
  • Improper thawing...it takes a frozen turkey a loooonnngggg time to thaw... you’ll need to give it a few days in the fridge. NEVER try to thaw food left out on the counter!
  • Improper holding.... I know, I know, you want to graze on the delicious food all day long, but food, especially potentially hazardous food, should not be left at room temperature for more than 4 hours. 

Learn more at: Keep your Thanksgiving Full of Turkey and Free from Foodborne Illness | USDA

Also, if you need a Food Handler Card, a Food Manager Certification, or are thinking about a Cottage Food Business, check out our Extension Food Safety programs: https://foodsafety.tamu.edu/

One thing that is always safe is celebrating our WAT! Youth program. We have highlighted a few of the top adult teams and walkers in past newsletters... but check out these superstar kids! The chart below is sorted by non-school teams and school teams, then by the start dates and most miles.  

WAT! Youth - Non - School Related Teams 

County

Start Date

Team Name

Team Members

Total Miles

Panola

9/5/21

Still Waters 4-H Club

3

46.69

Anderson

9/20/21

Morrison-2nd Gr.

21

630

Madison

9/27/21

Strawther's Strutters

13

590

Cameron

9/29/21

9th Green Roadrunners

23

2706.2

Johnson

9/30/21

Community 4-H Club Youth

7

34.7

Lubbock

10/4/21

Team Mullet

8

964.98

Smith

11/8/21

Team finance

6

434

Travis

11/9/21

AJA Super Steppers

16

92

WAT! Youth - School Related Teams

County

Start Date

Team Name

Team Members

Total Miles

Sterling

9/3/21

Sterling 5th

17

737.05

Concho

9/7/21

Eden 4th and 5th

30

1387.27

Anderson

9/20/21

Washington-2nd Gr.

21

630

Baylor

10/1/21

Seymour Lashing Laces

15

940

Val Verde

10/4/21

Chavira

460

286.5

Milam

10/18/21

3rd grade

97

1530.94

Kaufman

10/21/21

Monday Elementary

453

591

Cherokee

10/22/21

Essary's Walkers

17

279

Concho

10/25/21

Paint Rock 1st and 2nd

28

112

Wishing you and yours a safe and fulfilled Thanksgiving! 

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