Walk Across Tennessee a Big Success

The University of Tennessee Extension Service in McNairy County has partnered with Delta Rural Health Initiative to offer a program called Walk Across Tennessee to county students.

 This program had Bethel Springs Elementary fourth grade, Ramer Elementary fourth grade, and Michie Elementary second grade students on their feet and moving toward a healthier life. UT Extension Service’s Program Assistant, Schancey Chapman, implemented the 8-week exercise program where each student logged every minute they were engaged in physical activity in order to win great prizes.

The prizes include a $20 Wal-Mart gift card for the student who had the highest total in each class. The student who exercised the most received an IPod Shuffle and a $15 iTunes gift card. The UT Extension Service congratulates Bethel Springs’ fourth graders who won the class prize – a field trip to HealthWorks in Tupelo, MS. The winning class exercised a total of 72,247 minutes, which is about 4,800 miles!

The 3 schools did a great job at being physically active. Students in the eight classrooms exercised a total of 145,211 minutes, or about 9,700 miles. They definitely “walked” across Tennessee! Congratulations to all the winners!

McNairy County Extension offers programs in agriculture and natural resources, 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, and resource development.  The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and McNairy County governments are cooperating to bring the people of the county various programs and services. UT Extension provides equal opportunities in all programs and employment.