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Around the Home: Get moving with Walk Georgia
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Thanks to Walk Georgia, residents can get back on track with their fitness goals and learn more about the Peach State at the same time.

The 12-week program, sponsored by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and its partners, focuses on helping people:

Get healthier.

Develop the habit of regular physical activity.

Get support from others who also are interested in moving more.

Have fun.

Walk Georgia registration is going on now through Oct. 9, and you can participate as an individual or as a team. The program period or time of activity is through Nov. 23.

The online component of Walk Georgia includes an activity record and participants can track their weekly physical activity and time. The activity recorded is translated into "walked" miles, based on average rigor of an activity and the active time.

As you accumulate miles, you’ll navigate a map and chart your course to "walk" Georgia. As you move throughout the virtual state, you’ll see fun facts about the each county. Plus, you’ll discover ways to improve your health.

For individuals, he or she will track activity and decide how to travel throughout the virtual state. The person will only be ranked with other individuals.

As a team, members can encourage each other to participate in a weekly activity and combine their efforts to move throughout the virtual state.

Teams must have exactly four team members: one team captain and three members. The team is ranked with other teams statewide, but members may view how they compare to other individuals.

For more information, visit

While adults are walking their way across a virtual Georgia, parents and children can participate in plenty of games and activities to exercise as a family. For example, a quick dog walk or a 15-minute game of Hide-and-Seek, or even tag, can add up quickly.

Look for opportunities to move more during your family’s daily routine and take advantage of them.

Here are some additional ways to stay active as a family from

Give children toys encouraging physical activity such as balls, kites and jump ropes.

Limit TV time and keep the TV out of a child’s bedroom.

Walk to school a few days a week, if possible.

Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Walk around the block after a meal.

Make a new house rule: No sitting still during television commercials.

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Planning meals ahead works great when you can tie it in with a local event benefiting students.

The sixth annual Taste of Flowery Branch turns one stop into an opportunity to visit several restaurants at one time. The yearly event is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at Flowery Branch High School, 6603 Spout Springs Road.

The event, sponsored by Flowery Branch High School Band, features food samples from area restaurants. Admission is $10 per person and includes 10 Taste Tokens.

The day’s festivities includes a silent auction featuring instruments, date nights and attraction tickets. The Taste of Flowery Branch is in conjunction with "The Living Dead Dash," a 5K and 2K Run/Walk, which begins at 9 a.m.

Good food tastes even better when there is great music. The Geeks band will perform during the event. The group performs a variety of music including hits from the ’80s and current hits. For more information, visit www. or call 770-316-0553.

Sandra Stringer is a nutrition educator with the UGA Cooperative Extension office in Hall County. She may be contacted at 770-535-8290. Her column appears biweekly on Wednesdays and on


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