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Penn State Extension will be taking virtual walks for the fifth year – this time learning about and enjoying the 67 counties of Pennsylvania. Participants will learn about their history while trying to guess the county based on its description.

This program is for work sites, schools, community groups or any other group. Even dogs can be a member of the team.

Family, friends or co-workers can form a team of up to five, or people can participate individually. Team members will try to average walking or exercising 10 miles per week to meet the goal of Everybody Walk PA. Participants walk with a team or on their own at a time and place that is convenient. Eight counties will be visited virtually each week. Team captains will report the mileage for their team each week.

A new city will be visited each week. 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.

Individuals with all levels of physical ability are encouraged to participate. An exercise conversion chart is available to translate any physical activity 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 program will run April 2 through May 27. It’s free, but registration is required by April 1. Register or learn more about the event at www.extension.psu.edu/everybody-walk-pa-2018 or contact Karen Bracey at 570-836-3196 or kbracey@psu.edu.

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