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Residents Invited to Join Fulton County Cooperative Extension to Walk Georgia to Improve Fitness | Print |

Fulton County Cooperative Extension invites residents who have resolved to get fit and lose weight to join them to Walk Georgia as a way achieve their goals. University of Georgia Extension has rolled out a revamped version of Walk Georgia, a community physical activity program that's already helped about 50,000 Georgians become more active starting February 1st. Interested people can enroll online in the improved Walk Georgia program by visiting www.walkgeorgia.org.

Previously, UGA Extension only offered Walk Georgia during 12-week sessions in the spring and fall, but a $1 million, three-year grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation has allowed for an expansion, making the program available anytime.

“Walk Georgia has proven to be successful for individuals wanting to improve their health and to lose weight,” stated Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “It is our hope our residents will take advantage of the new expanded program designed to get them moving.”

Additionally, the Walk Georgia website has been renovated to include the expanded program's online resources and made easier to use. Participants will still be able to use the website to create profiles and track their physical activity and they can now link the website to their social media accounts to share their physical activity goals, document progress and encourage other users.

Walk Georgia participants can form groups or join individually and informally compete against other groups and individuals in their communities or across the state. The program lets Georgians track their physical activity by logging their physical activity.

Georgia has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation. Walk Georgia's goal is to combat obesity in a fun, community-building way. The program equips Georgians with the tools needed to be more physically active and the motivation they need to get started.

Please contact Kristen Sumpter, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, at 404-613-7670 for more information. Log-on to  www.walkgeorgia.org to sign-up.


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