Logging walks earns study

WELLSBURG – Brooke County residents who walk for exercise can help their county become designated a Live Well West Virginia Community through the LIVEWell Summer Steps Community Challenge program, according to the Brooke County West Virginia University Extension Service.

The county that logs the most miles will receive a walkability study by the WVU Extension Service’s Community, Economic and Workforce Development program, said Norm Schwertfeger, extension agent.

Participants track their personal mileage now through Aug. 31 at no cost through the WVU Extension’s online tracker at livewellwv.ext.wvu.edu/walking-tracker.

Residents who don’t walk also can count 20 minutes of other physical activity such as bike riding, swimming or soccer as one mile. The exercise doesn’t have to be performed in Brooke County.

During last summer’s program, people in 33 counties walked more than 4,275 miles, roughly the distance from New York to Hawaii. Monroe County won the 2012 challenge, with 19 people who walked almost 1,000 miles.

The challenge is sponsored by the West Virginia Association of Counties, Charleston Gazette and WVU Extension Service.

For information, visit the LIVEWell West Virginia website at www.livewellwv.ext.wvu.edu, or contact Schwertfeger at (304) 737-3666 or Norm.Schwertfeger@mail.wvu.edu .