Extension holding ‘summer steps’ program

PARKERSBURG – Whether you prefer to walk, run, play soccer or take part in other physical activities, you can participate in the West Virginia University Extension Service “Summer Steps” walking program.

You’ll be doing something good for yourself, and maybe helping Wood County log the most miles in the state, the extension service said.

Back for its third summer, “Summer Steps” is a collaboration between the WVU Extension Service and the West Virginia Association of Counties. The competition runs from June 1 through Aug. 31. Participation is free, anyone is eligible and you can sign up at any point during the competition.

“Summer Steps” uses an easy, online walking tracker to encourage physical activity, the extension service said. Individuals across the state can register, indicate the county they want their mileage to count toward, and then start moving.

If walking’s not your speed, you can count each 20 minutes of other physical activity as one mile. You can find details about the program and register at fh.ext.wvu.edu/summer-steps.

The county with the most miles logged at the end of the competition will be designated a WVU Extension Service LiveWell Community, and receive a walkability assessment from the WVU Extension Community and Economic Workforce Development program.

Last year, Wood County won this challenge.

Last summer, nearly 17,000 miles were logged across the state.