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K-State Challenges Kansans to Walk Around the Entire State

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K-State challenges Kansans to walk the entire length of the state of Kansas.

The healthy lifestyle initiative "Walk Kansas" kicked off locally in Pittsburg's Meadowbrook Mall where participants met with their teammates to form a strategy for the eight week challenge.

To get energized participants made six laps around the mall, about one mile, and were treated to back and neck massages.

Experts say walking in teams or bringing along a furry friend is a great way to stay stick with it.

"You know dogs are a great motivator. Always ready to go whether it's raining, shining, you know it's sunny, it's hot .Whatever it is dogs are ready to go so if you have a family friend...they tend to also be overweight also. And so we do have some incentives that are coming that way also,” says Chuckie Hessong, Wildcat Extension District Family & Child Development Agent.

Walkers are encouraged to walk the full 1,200 miles, the perimeter of the state of Kansas, in their own communities. They can also choose to walk the shorter length of going across the state, 423 miles, or double it back.

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