What is Walk Across Tennessee?
Walk Across Tennessee is a team-based walking program. The teams are encouraged to cumulatively walk the equivalent of the length of Tennessee (about 500 miles) or more, over an eight-week period. Team members do not have to walk together. Some may prefer to walk outside, while others walk on a treadmill. The team who walks the farthest “across Tennessee” will win, but everyone who participates will take home a healthy habit – walking for fitness.
What is the composition of each team?
Team composition will vary by county guidelines. One member is selected as the captain. Each team chooses a unique team name that identifies the team during the challenge.
What types of physical activities are included in this program?
Various forms are accepted, a listing of examples may be found on the mileage conversion chart, located on the mileage calculator tab.
How are different activities converted to miles?
There is a mileage calculator that can be used to convert various activities to miles.
How will data be collected?
Each member reports the total number of miles of fitness activities to the team captain on a weekly basis. The team captain reports the data for all the team members to the program.
Walk Across Tennessee is designed to increase the daily physical activity of Tennesseans. The Program Objectives are:
Improve Health and Wellness
To develop a more physically active life to help Tennesseans protect physical and emotional health.
Prevent or Manage Health Conditions
To develop a more physically active life to help Tennesseans manage illnesses and chronic diseases.
To decrease the overweight and obesity trends present across the state.
Frequently Asked Questions
Each county maintains their own schedule for Walk Across Tennessee. Please contact your local Extension office to find out more information.
By using the Talk Test as a guideline. When doing light activity, you can sing during the activity. When doing moderate activity, you can talk, but not sing during the activity. When doing vigorous activity, you will not be able to say more than a few words without pausing for a breath.
Also, use this categorization to assist in conversion:
- Light activity – 20 mins of activity = 1 mile
- Moderate activity – 10 mins of activity = 1 mile
- Vigorous activity – 8 mins of activity = 1 mile
Read these publications for tips on how to be physically active.
Fitness Get Moving! (SP526-L)