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Walk Kansas

Walk Kansas State Leader

Sharolyn Jackson
Sharolyn Flaming Jackson
K-State Research and Extension
1007 Throckmorton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506


A health initiative presented by Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service

For Captains

The captain is in charge of organizing the team, making sure that all members are registered and have program information. Captains will receive helpful messages from the local program coordinator at least once each week. In addition to being the "organizer," captains should motivate, connect and celebrate with their team! If you choose to register online for Walk Kansas, the captain is responsible for initiating the process.

There will be many opportunities to motivate your team! Think of yourself as a coach, cheerleader or champion. Be positive, encouraging, optimistic and supportive. Believing that you, and others, can accomplish something is half the battle! Create a fun challenge with another team, if friendly competition is motivating. Find activities that team members can do together several times during the program. Get to know your team and learn what motivates them.

WK challenge


The first thing you will do is connect with your team to choose a team name and select a challenge (description in right column). Use the online platform available when you register for Walk Kansas to stay connected, or find other way that works for your team. Team mates do not need to walk or do activities together – they can if they want to. As a captain, it is your role to see that team members interact and connect regularly in some way.


Celebration is an important part of a behavior change process. This doesn't have to be elaborate and can be a simple as sending a message each week to highlight success of the team or individual members. Send a motivational text, a cartoon, e-card or postcard. Arrange a fun activity for your team such as a bowling party, miniature golf, a pot-luck dinner or lunch out. Make it healthful and fun!

If your local program offers classes or activities, encourage members to participate, and join in for the celebration event if there is one.

Celebrating Success!

As a result of this program, I am more motivated than ever to keep working out and be more aware of the food choices I make for my entire family. We have switched to drinking more water than juices and take nice walks around the block together. My children have seen me working out, and they actually participate. I decided to take the initiative of being the team captain as it puts more pressure on me to set the example and motivate others.
Johnson County

Team Challenges

Each team chooses one of these challenges. As your team moves through your selected trail, learn about points of interest through the online map.

Challenge 1 - 8 Wonders Each person reaches the minimum goal for physical activity -- 150 minutes per week. Collectively, the team would walk 435 miles as they discover the 8 Wonders of Kansas!

Challenge 2 - Cross Country A winding trail from Troy to Elkhart, requiring each person to log 4 hours per week, traveling 764 miles total.

Challenge 3 - Little Balkans to Nicodemus Walk the SE part of the state known as the Little Balkans and then wind up and around to Nicodemus. This team will go 1200 miles and require each person to log 6 hours per week.

Forms and Information

Guide for Captains

Captain Log

Team Registration form - contact your local Extension office