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Around the Home: Maintain fitness goals through by walking through Georgia, figuratively
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Did you set your 2014 health and fitness goals? Have you kept them or have they been broken?

Either way, it’s OK.

But if you want to succeed, then get started and don’t give up.

A key to success is tracking your activity. Walk Georgia can help you as you work toward your fitness goals throughout the year.

The free program, sponsored by the University of Georgia Extension, focuses on helping participants:

* Develop regular physical activity habits

*Get healthier and more physically fit

*Have fun

Encourage your friends, family and co-workers to get involved. Start some friendly competition by forming teams.

Get your children involved and let them help name your team.

Fitness can be more enjoyable when you have a strong support system. So, this also is a great option for congregations and parent/grandparent groups.

Registration opens Feb. 1 and continues through March 10. Participants can track their activity from Feb. 2 to April 26, 2014.

Wouldn’t you like to get extra credit for housework or yard work?

Walk Georgia allows you to count those activities and more.

As you enter or log in your minutes of physical activity, you will virtually travel across the Peach State. The website offers interesting facts about each county you “visit” and tips to improve your health.

Plus, the program offers a weekly emailed newsletter including recipes, participant special recognition, success stories and announcements.

Go ahead and bookmark the website ( That way you’ll be ready to get started, without hesitation, when February arrives.

In the meantime, you can review the exercise info and other resources on the site. There are tips for participants who have limited mobility.

Sandra Stringer is a nutrition educator with the UGA Extension office in Hall County. Call her at 770-535-8290. Her column appears on the third and fifth Wednesdays monthly and on