Teachers lace up for 'Walk Kansas' - KCTV5

Teachers lace up for 'Walk Kansas'

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Some KCK teachers realized they weren't practicing what they were teaching when it comes to healthy habits. So they decided to start walking a distance the length of Kansas.

Jocelyn Strickland-Egans is a fifth-grade teacher at Banneker Elementary in Kansas City, KS, who says she was working out less than she wanted.

"We were so busy teaching the children to have a healthy lifestyle that there was nothing for the staff," she said.

That is when Sue Kidd, with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, brought the teachers a program called Walk Kansas.

"I brought the challenge hoping to maybe get one team of six people to participate and went to the in-service and 98 percent of the teachers got on board," Kidd said.

Walk Kansas is an eight-week program that has people track their physical activity and food choices.

Teams of six choose one of three challenges.

One challenge has people workout 2.5 hours a week which will equal walking 423 miles or the distance across Kansas.

The second challenge is to walk across the state and back. And the third challenge is where one would walk 1,200 miles, the distance around the state.

"We're trying to find different ways to exercise. Even though we are doing Walk Kansas you don't have to just walk. Dancing counts," Kidd said.

Now, the dancing teachers are inspiring their students.

"It is just like a ripple effect across the school," Kidd said.

Strickland-Egans' team, The Pacing Panthers, is on challenge three and now exceeds their weekly goal of six hours a week per person. They have a big goal on their mind.

"We're all ladies on my team, and so we want to be in bikini's in Hawaii in the summer," she said.

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