With the obesity rates being so high in the state of Texas, the Texas A&M AgriLife Austin County Extension office has implemented an eight-week program that helps kids, and their families, stay active and resist a sedimentary lifestyle.
The “Walk Across Texas” initiative is already in its second week in both Bellville and Brazos schools where students are learning more about how to live a healthy lifestyle.
And the intent is not only aimed at the students in the school but their parents as well, as the lessons they learn are brought home with them to make it a whole family activity.
Michelle Wright, county extension agent, mentioned it was important for families to simply go outside and be active and not necessarily worry about whether they’re doing the right activity.
“Any outdoor activity helps; throwing a baseball, jumping on the trampoline, gardening or even just walking around,” Wright said. “Anything to reduce living a sedimentary lifestyle.”
Wright added she and other extension agents will check up on the schools at the four and eight-week marks with additional lessons on healthy lifestyles.
“In the fourth week we’ll be going to the schools for an educational program on how to be fit and then we’ll play games to get them moving,” Wright said. “But fitness goes hand-in-hand with nutrition so we’ll go back in the last week to teach them on nutrition and eating right in order to retain the fitness they achieve.”
Wright is excited to see the progress and visit with Bellville girls’ soccer coach Catherine Landua and Brazos ISD nurse Kim Fisher, BSN, RN.