From children to adults, Georgians across the state are working toward a healthier lifestyle with the help of a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension fitness program called Walk Georgia. Since the program began in 2008, more than 20,000 participants have logged more than 2.2 million “virtual” miles of physical activity.
The online component of Walk Georgia provides an activity record for individuals or teams of up to four people to keep track of weekly physical activity and time. The activity is recorded and translated into “walked” miles, based on average rigor of the chosen activity and the time spent in activity. A wide range of activities, including aerobics, biking, swimming and even bowling, can be logged. The time spent exercising is translated into walked miles online as members work to travel across the state. The goal is to walk 15 miles per week.
As participants accumulate miles, they navigate a map of Georgia and chart their course to “walk” Georgia, moving virtually throughout the state, and viewing fun facts about each county visited. They also can see how they compare to other individuals throughout the state.