Walk Across Arkansas

Jackson County 4-H members encourage you to Walk Across Arkansas. Front row: Eli Goad, Rayanna Beckles, Raymond Beckles, Cassidy Beckles; second row, Emma Goad, Aaliyah Beckles.

NEWPORT — Jackson County 4-H members encourage the county to get moving.

For eight weeks, Arkansans form teams and log the time they spend exercising, with the goal of leading healthier lives.

Too few Americans get the recommended amount of physical activity of at least 150 minutes for adults per week and 60 minutes for youth daily. Physical activity can lower the risk of early death, coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and some cancers, according to the CDC. Exercise also helps with weight loss, reduces depression and improves energy.

Participation is simple. Grab a family member or a few friends to form a team and register at https://walk.uaex.edu/. Then, from Sept. 17 to Nov. 15, record the amount of time you spend walking or getting any other form of exercise that gets the heart rate up. Minutes are logged online.

For more information about Walk Across Arkansas, visit uaex.edu/walk or call 870-523-7450. The Jackson County Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.