Welcome to Walk Kansas, a health initiative presented by K-State Research and Extension. Walk Kansas is a team-based program that will inspire you to lead a healthier life by being more active, making better nutrition choices and learning positive ways to deal with stress.
How Walk Kansas Works
Walk Kansas is a team-based program, meaning that you are part of a 6-member team and together you will select a goal (challenge) to work toward during the 8 weeks. Here are the options for your team:
Challenge 1: Discover the 8 Wonders of Kansas! This journey requires each person to get 2½ hours of moderate activity per week.
Challenge 2:Go Cross County from Troy, Kansas in northeast Kansas to Elkhart, Kansas in the southwest, which requires 4 hours of activity per person/week.
Challenge 3:Little Balkans to Nicodemus - a trail that takes you through southeast Kansas and then up to Nicodemus with interesting stops along the way. This requires 6 hours of activity per person/week.
Each person logs minutes of moderate/vigorous activity and these are converted to Walk Kansas miles (15 minutes = 1 mile) on the website. for a complete description of activities that count for Walk Kansas and how to report minutes, check the Activity Guide.
Program participants will receive weekly newsletters and motivational messages that focus on healthful lifestyle habits. As each team moves across or around the state, participants will learn about points of interest in Kansas by viewing progress of your team on the Walk Kansas online map.
What Activities Count Toward Walk Kansas Minutes?
Not everyone can walk a mile in the same amount of time, but their body is getting the same benefit as long as they are working at moderate or vigorous for their physical level. So every 15 minutes of activity then translates to 1 mile.
You can report all activity you do at a moderate and vigorous level, as long as the activity is performed for at least 10 consecutive minutes. You can also include minutes you spend doing strengthening exercises. That's how we figure the distance across or around the state a team member walks.