r Making Life Better, Everybody Walk PA 2018

Penn State Extension will be taking a virtual walk for the fifth year — this time learning about and enjoying the 67 counties of Pennsylvania.

We’ll learn about their history while trying to guess the county based on its fun description. This is a great program for work sites, schools, community groups or any other group. Even your dog can be a member of your team!

Gather your family and friends or co-workers to form a team of up to five. Team members will try to average walking or exercising 10 miles per week to meet the goal of Everybody Walk PA. Walk with your team or on your own at a time and place convenient for you. We will virtually visit eight different counties each week — you do not have to walk there. Team captains will report the mileage for their team each week.

You can also walk as an individual.

Weekly e-mails will include motivators to keep walking, and strategies for eating more fruits and vegetables. All of this will keep everyone moving toward a healthier lifestyle.

The program will run April 2 through May 27. It’s free, but registration is required by April 1. Register or learn more about this event at https://extension.psu.edu/everybody-walk-pa-2018 or contact me, Laurie Welch, at 570-433-3040 or law27@psu.edu.

Moderate activity such as walking reduces stress and fatigue and increases mental alertness. It improves cardiovascular functioning and strengthens bones. Combined with healthy eating, it can help reduce or maintain body weight and decrease incidence of certain chronic diseases. Spring is a great time to get outside and be more active, and eight weeks can help turn those healthy behaviors into healthy habits. Take the first step and join in Everybody Walk PA! Individuals with all levels of physical ability are encouraged to participate. An exercise conversion chart is available to translate any physical activity you can do into miles for this program. In addition, while there is a goal of the equivalent of at least 10 miles per week per person, there is no minimum requirement for participation.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact me in advance of your participation or visit.

Laurie Welch


Laurie Welch is a nutrition and family issues educator with Penn State Cooperative Extension.