Walk Across Tennessee taking first steps locally

Walk Across Tennessee taking first steps locally

Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2011 8:57 pm
By: Chris Menees, Staff Reporter

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
It’s a Walk Across Tennessee — but the first step starts here at home.
Obion County is about to host its first-ever Walk Across Tennessee, sponsored by the Obion County School System’s Coordinated School Health program and the University of Tennessee Extension Service.
Coordinated School Health director Chastity Homra said the program consists of students from every county school walking during a six-week period. Each grade and each class — including students in elementary, middle and high school — will have its own team at each school.
The students will turn in miles weekly, with the teacher to keep a weekly log which will be submitted to Coordinated School Health.
Ms. Homra said students and teachers at every coun-ty school, as well as staff at the school system’s central office, have decided to participate in the unique team event this school year. Participants will receive prizes for the most miles walked per week, as well as the most miles walked at the end of the six-week period on March 4.
“We want to make this program a success, so we encourage each teacher to motivate their class to take part in this wonderful event,” Ms. Homra said.
In addition, the com-munity is invited to par-ticipate and anyone inter-ested may register by attending the Walk Across Tennessee kick-off event Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Obion County Public Library in Union City.
While participants will register as part of teams, they will be able to do their actual walking either individually or as a group.
“The community is welcome to participate as well. I want all of Obion County getting healthy together,” Ms. Homra said.
Anyone interested in walking in the program may contact Ms. Homra by phone at 446-2003 or e-mail at chomra@k12tn.net or local UT Extension agent Benita Giffin at 885-3742 or e-mail at bgiffin1@utk.edu; or they may simply attend Saturday’s kick-off at the library.
Participants will receive keychains to be used to hold a total of seven foot-shaped tokens they will earn for reaching various milestones and making improvements in their walking efforts. They also will have the option of purchasing a Walk Across Tennessee T-shirt, with a sample to be available for viewing at the kick-off.
Area sponsors of the local walk effort include Reelfoot Bank, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City, Health Quest, Union City Chiropractic, Obion County Coordinated School Health, Brian’s Custom Floor Works, the University of Tennessee Extension Service, Farm Bureau, Commercial Bank, First Citizens National Bank, First State Bank. Dr. Travis Shumate, Snap Fitness, Curves and Union City Coca-Cola™ Bottling Co.
“This is a big event in other counties, so I thought it would be good to start here in Obion County,” Ms. Homra added. “We have gotten local support from our community to help further the program already.”
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 1.20.11

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