Walk Across Arkansas began its Spring 2018 edition March 11 which will continue for eight weeks.

The effort is one of the largest public fitness initiatives in the state, according to a news release.

Residents in every county are encouraged to participate, Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Family and Consumer Sciences agent, said.

Walk Across Arkansas is sponsored by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Participants may sign up at http://www.uaex.edu/health-living/health/fitness/walk-across-arkansas.aspx and record the number of minutes they walk or do other exercise for eight weeks.

“Participants are not limited to walking,” Kizer said. “Any kind of physical activity for at least 10 minutes can be recorded in the daily log, including water aerobics, dancing, strength training, gardening and many other activities.”

Walkers are encouraged to form teams of two to 10 people. Team captains can do the reporting weekly. Participants will receive certificates and a participation prize.

“Just by increasing the number of steps taken each day, a person can really improve his or her overall health,” Kizer said.

She said one of the great things about Walk Across Arkansas is that’s inexpensive. The only equipment someone needs to participate is a clock.

“A 130-pound person can burn 133.2 calories for 30 minutes of raking leaves. Call 534-1033 or e-mail mkizer@uaex.edu if you need assistance for your Walk Across Arkansas team,” she said.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.

Details: Mary Ann Kizer, M.Ed., Jefferson County Family & Consumer Sciences agent, 534-1033.