University of Georgia (UGA) Extension extends lifelong learning to the people of Georgia through unbiased, research-based education in agriculture, the environment, communities, youth and families.
Founded in 1914, Extension helps Georgians become healthier, more productive, financially independent and environmentally responsible through research-based information. Annually, UGA Extension reaches more than 2 million Georgians through its education programs, publications, news articles and public television programming.
In an effort to combat obesity in the state, UGA Extension introduced Walk Georgia in 2008 to equip Georgians with the knowledge and tools needed to be more physically active. As a web-based program offered at no cost to all Georgians, participants register for Walk Georgia through the website, www.WalkGeorgia.org, and track their physical activity online.
Walk Georgia is a sophisticated system for keeping track of physical activity for individuals or groups. It is a great tool to use both in the classroom and out. Walk Georgia encourages users to increase their physical activity levels by providing progress tracking tools that measure performance statistics against other users.
The online component of Walk Georgia also provides you with the tools to record your physical activity, time spent exercising and the difficulty of your activities. This information is translated into points through a system based on a modern and scientifically sound formula.
Power Up for 30 and Walk Georgia have been partners since 2012, both aimed at getting Georgians up and moving more. Educators that sign up for Power Up for 30 have the unique opportunity to learn more about Walk Georgia, and how they can implement the program in their classroom through Power Up for 30. In addition, teachers can get continuing education credits while doing so. By allowing participants to virtually travel across Georgia, Walk Georgia aligns beautifully with 5th grade Georgia Studies content.