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Diane Miller - Log your miles online in new Walk Georgia program for health

    Through a new program called Walk Georgia, we are invited to spend eight weeks increasing our physical activity level in a fun, community-oriented way. The goal is to be active, whether walking, biking or dancing.
    Walk Georgia is an online program where you can log your real time exercise virtually. Your aerobics class during your lunch break counts, and so does a walk with your dog at home or pick-up game of basketball. Using a drop down-menu, you can record these activities. The time is then translated into miles, and the Web site gives you the go-ahead to "move" around the state.
    "Through an online map, you can electronically chart a course as you 'walk' Georgia," according to Maria Bowie of the University of Georgia. "Whether you visit the coast or hike the mountains, as you move you will read about the counties you visit and learn new ways to improve your health."
    Registration for Walk Georgia is free and opens Feb. 18. Visit www.walkgeorgia.org to register yourself or your four-person team. While an email address is required to register, individuals without one can join as part of a team as long as the team captain has an email address.
    In the first week of March, participants can start logging their physical activity at www.walkgeorgia.org. The program concludes April 30.
    I’ll be walking and exercising and I hope you will join me!
    For more information, contact Diane at (912) 871-0504, dianem@uga.edu or www.ugaextension.com/bulloch.

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