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Published April 02, 2010, 12:00 AM

Next Walk North Dakota Challenge scheduled April 11 through June 5

Did you spend the winter being a couch potato? Well, winter is over, and nicer weather is on its way.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM

Did you spend the winter being a couch potato?

Well, winter is over, and nicer weather is on its way. Let the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s Walk North Dakota program help you get outside again and improve your health by making physical activity part of your daily routine.

Walk North Dakota challenges you to walk 200 miles during an eight-week period.

The next challenge runs April 11 to June 5.

You can reach that goal by walking 10,000 steps a day at least five days a week.

That’s the equivalent of walking five miles a day.

But don’t worry if you can’t walk that many steps.

“We encourage you to walk as many steps as you feel comfortable walking and keep trying to walk a little more each week,” says Linda Hauge, Walk North Dakota coordinator.

All you need to do is put on a pedometer the first thing in the morning and record the number of steps you’ve taken at the end of the day. If you don’t own a pedometer, record one mile or 2,000 steps for every 20 minutes you walk.

Participants must report those steps every two weeks. You can do that online at www.walknd.com or on a mail-in postcard. If you report online, you’ll receive an e-mail message reminding you when to report.

You can join as an individual or part of a group. Groups that haven’t already participated in Walk North Dakota should send an e-mail to info@walknd.com. You don’t need to live in North Dakota to participate.

The registration fee is $10 per person for anyone age 19 or older and $5 for youth age 18 and younger. 4-H club members can participate free of charge. To register, visit the Walk North Dakota Web site at www.walknd.com. For more information, contact Hauge at (701) 231-7964 or info@walknd.com.

Nearly 3,900 people have accepted the Walk North Dakota challenge since the program began in May 2004. They have logged more than 1.5 billion steps, which is the equivalent of more than 756,000 miles.

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