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City of Palestine takes on Anderson County in 'Walk Across Texas' challenge

PALESTINE, August 24, 2017 – Employees of the City of Palestine are taking part in an 8-week, 832-mile trek in an effort to become fitter during the “Walk Across Texas” challenge.

Four teams from the city will participate in the challenge. To serve as motivation, city employees will take on Anderson County government employees on who can rack up the most miles.

“This challenge is a great way to promote healthy lifestyles,” Susie Streb, Human Resources Director with the City of Palestine, said. “We have some very motivated employees, and we think all our teams will walk the entire 832 miles.”

It is not just walking that will be recorded, any physical activity such as running, working out, or working in the yard. After eight weeks,  the teams with the most miles will receive bragging rights. The government with the most miles will take home bragging The 832-mile mark is the mileage from Longview to El Paso.

The Texas A&M Extension Service is administering the Walk Across Texas challenge, and Holly Black, local Extension Agent offered the challenge to both the city and Anderson County.

“By participanting in Walk Across Texas, the City of Palestine and Anderson County are stepping up to the challenge of better health.  They are taking the lead to promote healthy lifestyle choices within our community.  The City of Palestine also participated in the Step Up & Scale Down 12-week weight-loss series that proved to be very successful with reported pounds lost.”  

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