WALK Newsletter #4 – October 6th, 2021

W – Wow: WAT! 25 Challenge Participation Update

Happy fall, y’all! October is here and we are well into our #WAT25 celebration! Welcome to our teams who are just now starting their walks with us. You are joining an amazing group! Since we began counting for our WAT! 25 Challenge on September 1, we have 705 teams, with 4,007 participants and 90 leagues, with 96 counties participating in the WAT Adult challenge. These teams have a collective of 173,059.19 miles! In the WAT Youth challenge, we have 54 teams with 1,595 participants and 16 leagues, with 21 counties and 7,185.27 miles entered. 

WAT! has come a long way, literally and figuratively, with humble beginnings in one county in 1996, the idea caught on and expanded to 20 counties in East Texas (what we call District 5 in Extension). By 1999, counties across the state were participating. And here we are again, with counties participating across the state in the WAT! 25 Challenge...omg, look at us “party like it’s 1999!

Here’s a few names of people who have an extra reason to party. Congrats to the winners from the random drawing from those who entered at least 7.5 miles... oh look, I see a Prince... 

WAT! Adult – Mini Challenge #3 Winners

Participant  

Team Name

Week Mileage 

Kim S.

Covid Strides

9

Laura S.

Walking on Sunshine

19.82

Debbie W.

Paris Blue Belles

21

Annette V.

Sore Feet

11.79

Dustin N.

The Fantastic Four-th

47.16

Robin S.

The Young and the Rest of Us

12

Tom R.

Living the Dream

18.11

Zeke C.

Wacky Walkers

55.5

Cynthia P. 

Los Pollos Locos

21.5

Wendy W.

Running Raptors

21.96

Overall, there were 2,235 participants who recorded 7.5 miles or above! That means over 50% of the WAT! 25 Challenge participants had over 150 minutes of physical activity...kudos to everyone who moved your way this past week! Didn’t make it this time? That’s okay, this week is a fresh start!  

And we also have our first Texas Youth on the Move award winners! 

Drum roll, please.... The September Texas Youth on the Move winners are:

WAT! Youth – Texas Youth on the Move Award – September 2021

Team Captain

Team Name

 Milissa W.

Eden 3rd Grade 

Cara E. 

 Community 4-H Club Youth

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

A - Action: Mini Challenge #4

WAT! Adult – Mini Challenge #4: our fourth mini-challenge will highlight quotes about the WAT! 25 Challenge from across Texas! 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 and submit a quote about Walk Across Texas!

Here is the link to submit: WAT! 25 Challenge - Mini - Challenge #4

The submission must be received by Tuesday, October 12th by 11:59 PM to be entered.

WAT! Youth – October Mini Challenge: Welcome to the second round of the monthly recognition called the Texas Youth on the Move awards. To enter for the month of October, WAT! Youth teams must log mileage from October 1st through October 31stPrizes 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 second round of winners will be recognized in the Wednesday, November 3rd newsletter. Teams must register to join the WAT! 25 Challenge – WAT! Youth program, and log mileage, by Sunday, October 31st by 11:59 PM to be entered.

L – Learn 

If we could bottle up exercise, it’d be the best-selling pill in the world.” – Thomas Mick, MD, Sports medicine physician & sports psychiatrist

If you have ever struggled with the motivation to exercise, raise your hand. Us, too! Even though we know that exercise is good for us and can help us lose weight or maintain our current weight, these are not the only reasons to exercise. Click here to learn about 7 Benefits of Exercise (Other Than Weight Loss) from Cleveland Clinic expert Thomas Mick, MD, and “keep a few of these in your back pocket, so that the next time you’re thinking about ditching your workout, you have all the more reason to do it. “

WAT! Youth Tip: Keeping kids engaged in the classroom can be hard all day! Here are 2 simple ways to get their attention back:

  • Implement something physical between lessons/ classroom activities. Classroom stretches, walking around the room, or even a few jumping jacks are great ways to practice physical endurance.
  • This technique is straightforward and can be implemented at any age. Students can stand next to their desks as you review the skills and concepts. Be creativeby having the students do jumping jacks instead of raising their hands to volunteer answers.

K – Keep it Up!

So many teams are doing such magnificent work! Even if your miles are not at the top of the list, you are practicing healthy habits! Before we give you a few current stats, we want to share with you more about our Extension work. 

Have you heard of 4-H? Texas 4-H is for kids and teens ages 5-18, and it is BIG! It is the largest youth development program in Texas with more than 550,000 youth enrolled each year. No matter where kids live or what they like to do, Texas 4-H has something for them! You may think 4-H is only for kids with animals, but it is so much more! Youth can do activities like shooting sports, food science, healthy living, robotics, fashion, and photography. 4-H clubs are in schools, after-school programs, community centers, or even on bases or through the reserves for military families. The 4 Hs are: Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. National 4-H week is October 3rd - 9th and October 9th is “One Day 4-H" a state-wide community service project. You can find out more about 4-H from your local county Extension office, or by visiting https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/ Get involved and find your spark! 

So.... How is my team doing anyway?

You can see your team mileage, right? And if you are in a league, you can see other teams in your league. But this is a statewide challenge, isn’t it? You know, WAT! is not a race, and teams choose their own start dates. Some have a full team of 8 team members that are really active people, and some just have a few trying to help each other get through. Most teams are somewhere in between. Teamwork makes the dream work! Being on a team can be one of your primary motivations for WAT! Still, you may be curious how teams are doing. Here is a look at the top teams on each start date in September. 

County

Team Name

Start Date

Mileage (as of 10/6)

Jones

Booking it Across Texas

9/1/21

1197.03

Potter

Legs Miserable

9/3/21

908.73

Panola

Rotary Club of Carthage Too

9/5/21

568.51

Brazos

Steppers

9/6/21

973.26

Hidalgo

Gel Runners

9/7/21

729.32

Nueces

Hometown Walkers

9/8/21

1443.76

Nueces

Holy Walkamolies

9/9/21

507.22

Montgomery

Red Hot Chili Steppers

9/10/21

870.93

Cherokee

RhsEagleCrew

9/11/21

211.57

Hood

The Iplods

9/13/21

835.52

Hopkins

Justice League

9/14/21

528.73

Brazos

The Original Holy Walkamolies

9/15/21

2044.89

McCulloch

Living For The Weekend!

9/16/21

580.35

Wise

Young and the Restless

9/17/21

706.42

Lampasas

Chisholm Trail Chorus Trekkers

9/18/21

421.33

Austin

Slow Down For What

9/19/21

522.67

Waller

MAXIMUM EFFORT

9/20/21

888.71

Coryell

The Superheroes

9/21/21

499.08

Montgomery

Pavement Punishers

9/22/21

526.95

Navarro

The Counties Best!

9/23/21

271.23

McLennan

Go Grad School Gals

9/24/21

130.7

Grayson

Tigers

9/25/21

576.65

Galveston

The Sunshiners

9/26/21

377.37

Montgomery

Happy Strollers

9/27/21

318.41

Live Oak

Big Mommas

9/28/21

124.2

Brazoria

Team Stringfellow

9/29/21

2134.28

Cameron

High School Cru

9/30/21

250.15

Until next time, be well! And good luck to all with your continued virtual journey across Texas! 

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