WALK Newsletter #3 – September 29th, 2021

W – Wow: WAT! 25 Challenge Participation Update

Great to “see” everyone again! And, “welcome” to those of you who recently joined us. Just imagine... 25 years ago, there was a group of people in Harrison County who were convinced by their county agent to do this wild walking program thing that would be just like walking across Texas... but not literally walking across Texas. So, there they were... walking and thinking about the final episodes of “Blossom” and “Full House;” wondering why in the world Julia Roberts married Lyle Lovett; trying to understand that video guide for the newWindows 95; praying for the people affected by the Oklahoma City bombing; and wondering if online shopping really is a “thing” that will stick... all the while getting in more steps and becoming more physically active. Yes! You are part of an elite group with a rich tradition. Back in those days, miles were turned in on paper and calculated by hand. But since then, WAT! has had over 615,000 participants and has contributed to an estimated economic impact of over $2.2 billion dollars!

This 25th Year Anniversary WAT! Challenge is on track to break more records than Windows 95 updates! Right now, we have 3,483 people participating on 619 teams with 72 leagues in 88 counties! So far, WAT! Adult program participants have entered 99,566.9 miles!

Youth teams are burning up the track tooBTW, do you think any of these kids even know what “Blossom” is? But we’ll bet they know what online shopping is! In this blossoming group of youth teams, there are 34 teams in 12 leagues with 1,327 participants across 14 counties. Youth teams have entered 5,481.05 milesso far!

Here is the “Full House” of winners for our Mini Challenge #2. These folks have won our second round of random drawings, just for signing up for the WAT! Adult program. We are also loving these team names!! ...Way better than Julia Lovett’s Team or Lyle Roberts’ Walkers

Mini Challenge #2 Winners

Ethan P.

Pavement Punishers

Susan B. 

Soulful Strutters

Jennifer M.

Not Fast, Just Furious

Yvette M.

Walkie Talkies

Michael L.

Rapid Thigh Movement (RTM)

Irma C.


Evan C.

winning walkers

Lewin P.

Owl Steppers

Sally B.

Goal Getters

Leslie W.

Dr Wilhelm Keidel DRT

Be on the lookout for an email for how to claim your prize! 

For the WAT! Youth teams, there is still time to get in the running for the first Mini-Challenge prize...see how in the Action section of this newsletter. 

A - Action: Mini Challenge #3

WAT! Adult – Mini Challenge #3: Our third mini-challenge will recognize those who have entered 7.5 miles total this week into your Howdy Health accounts! Why 7.5 miles? 7.5 miles for the week would equal 150 minutes (about 2 and a half hours) of moderate physical activity. 

To be eligible, you must enter 7.5 miles or more from Wednesday, September 29th – Tuesday October 5th, 2021. In the next newsletter, we will announce 10 randomly selected winners of a $10 dollar gift card to HEB, Kroger, or Amazon. Doesn’t matter what week of the WAT! program that you are in, but mileage must be submitted by Tuesday October 5th by 11:59 PM to be entered!

WAT! Youth – Remember for the youth teams we have a monthly recognition: Texas Youth on the Moveawards. To enter for September, WAT! Youth teams must register and log mileage. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Schools, Youth Organizations and Small Group (20 youth or less). Team captains will receive gift cards for their WAT! Youth program through a random drawing held monthly. The first winners will be recognized in the Wednesday, October 6th newsletter. Teams must register to join the WAT! 25 Challenge – WAT! Youth program, and log mileage, by Thursday, September 30th by 11:59 PM to be entered.

L – Learn

“If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts

So, you’ve taken the challenge to walk the 832 miles across Texas with your team. We’re excited that you’ve decided to join us during our WAT! 25th Anniversary year! Are you ready to reap the benefits of walking? Click here to learn more about the benefits of walking, proper walking technique, creating a walking routine, setting realistic goals, tracking your progress, and even some ideas for staying motivated!

And remember…

“No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch!” 😊 -Unknown

Need some helpful hints on increasing physical activity in the classroom? Here’s a tip:

Apply the movement of jumping as a great way to study measurements, data gathering, and number order. Depths can be marked on the ground either with the use of yard sticks or masking tape.

K – Kindred

Kindred can be defined as being related or having the same interest as others. To us, Walk Across Texas! connects Texans in a positive virtual journey towards a common, healthier goal. No matter where you are starting from, you and your team members are beginning this journey together. So, let’s help each other! 

Speaking of connection and related interests, we’d like to also connect you to some of our other Extension programs. Have you heard of Dinner Tonight!? It is a great resource for quick and healthy meals and snacks that your family will enjoy and will help you keep your wellness goals on track! Check it out and sign up for an occasional email reminder to hear about what is new:  https://dinnertonight.tamu.edu/

A few last notes: 

*Be sure to send reminders to your team members. Check in on their progress. Meet up for a walk. Teamwork makes the dream work in WAT! Many people tell us the camaraderie with teammates is one of the best things about WAT!

*If you use social media, and haven’t already, please follow, like, and share our Walk Across Texas! program pages: 

*If these weekly newsletters aren’t enough, we’ll be posting daily content with lots of terrific tips and motivators. Also, be sure to tag us with #wat25 and #walkacrosstexas in your posts - who knows...if we spot one of your tags, we may offer a random prize or two! 

*Let’s help each other create lifelong habits for physical activity

Be well!

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