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
Teams of 6, with a captain, log minutes of activity for 8 weeks. Each team selects one of three challenges they will collectively work towards.
Challenge 1: Walk across the state (2½ hours of activity per person/week).
Challenge 2: Walk a winding diagonal trail from Troy to Elkhart (4 hours of activity per person/week).
Challenge 3: Walk the perimeter of Kansas (6 hours of activity per person/week).
In order to accomplish the challenge, each person will have a personal goal. In addition to physical activity, participants will report the amount of fruits/vegetables they eat.
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.