There are currently twenty-nine "Walk Across Tennessee" teams in Cannon County this Spring striving to log 500 miles of physical activity in five weeks starting April 7. That is more teams than last fall. We have one complete returning team, the 1962 Golden Girls, a group of friends who are members at the Senior Center. They are certainly setting an excellent example for all of us to remain active throughout life.
We also have the youngest team we've ever had, Pink Nightmare. The team captain is ten years old. We should all cheer on these young people as they begin this journey toward being physically active.
Local businesses are forming teams as well. First National Bank has an inner office rivalry going on between the Cheetah Girls and Kickin' Asphalt. Regions Bank and First Bank are participating for the first time with Eddie and the Regionettes and Bankin' On It.
West Side School deserves some recognition already for having the most teams from a school with four teams. The Weight Watchers that meeting in Woodbury have also put together three teams.
For the Walk Across Tennessee program participants record miles individually and keep track of their total for the week. It is turned into the team captain who gives the team total for each week to the UT Extension Office. Weekly totals will be shared on a map of Tennessee located at the UT Extension, Cannon County Office. From Memphis to Nashville it is 210 miles, 388 miles to Knoxville and 500 miles to Bristol, TN. Good luck to all of the teams and whether or not they make it to 500 miles they are all being active which is good for their health.
The WAT teams are as follows:
1962 Golden Girls - Reba Denny, Linda Lee King, Faye Smithson, Katie Prater, & Virginia Rogers
Bankin' On It - Hollie Parker, Mindy Gunter, Cynthia Kodavanti, Charlie Gunter, & Cindy Borzick
BOE Strutters - Lisa Black (captain), Jackie Martin, Shannon Bacon, Darlene Witty, Douglas Jennings, & Pam Sonderman
CC Health Dept. - Linsey Arfsten, Andrea Fox, Nick Arfsten, Michael Railing, & Joyce Mason
CC Health Dept. 2 - Nora Mitchell, Karen Maloney, Ana Bustamante, Monica Cantrell, & Joe Thomas Mitchell
Cheetah Girls - Britta Phillips, Judy Spry, Felicia Brown, Denise Johnson, & Angela Moore
Eddie & the Regionettes - Cheryl Johnson, Eddie Sykes, Glenda Sykes, Sandra Walker, & Freddie Walker
E - "Lemon"ators - Angel Neall, Terri McCoy, Missy Hatfield, Mary Neall, & Brittany McCoy
Galloping Chicks - Alice Pack, Katie-Marissa Pack, Jessica Johnson, Shannon Jones, & Linda Jennings
In Your Face - Kim Smithson, Jenni Arnold, Teresa Stoetzel, Susan Taylor, & Diane Foster
Java Janes - Beth Davis, Sarah Pruitt, Lara Bodary, Jessica Mason, & Andrea Morris
Kickin' Asphalt - Shellie Rigsby, Krista Trail, Kasey Bogard, Michele Asbury, & Cindy Pitts
No Pain, No Gain! - Sarah Nokes, Cathey Parker, Trisha Robinson, Ray Robinson, & Augusta Donnell
Old Souls - Dale Collins, Art Bensmiller, Austin Jennings, Virgil Young, & David Peeler
Pink Nightmare - Aidan Davis, August Morris, Eden Bodary, Claire Bodary, & Cadee Davis
Proclaimers - Berry Weigle, Barbara Davis, Ronald Davis, Debbie Parker, & Kristen Gold
Quick Steppers - Doris Markum, Bob Paredes, Hub Haley, Jane Jennings, & Don Walterhouse
Roadrunners - Sharon Shirley, Danny Shirley, Alison Roberts, Gail Markum, & Charles Markum
Team West Side - Tammy Noblin, Kathy Mullins, Melissa Anderson, Lori Campbell & Kendria Smithson
Tennessee Travelers - Kathy Simon, Michael Simon, Faye Naylor, Phyllis Barton, & Margaret Vassar
Thursday's Locos - Melissa Teply, Saul Teply, Eli Morris, Amy Harrington, & Will Harrington
The Striders - Lynn Gragg, Josie Sissom, Britan Huddleston, Kristi Wilson, & Chassity Burks
Walkie Talkies - Carla Bush, Charlotte Peay, Valerie Bush, Brian Elrod, & Tracy Elrod
Walking Wonders - Dorinda Mankin, Rachel Young, Dannette Mooneyham, Lisa Baird, & Penny Daniels
Warrior Walkers - Joanie Blackburn, Chris Blackburn, Anita Patrick, Melanie Fann, & Ray Patrick
Whippoorwill Walkers - Andrea George, Beth George, Heather George, Evan Sharp, & Sherry Simpson
WW Walkers 1 - Jackie Pitts, Hazel Davis, Penny Gray, Brittany Fults, & Lori Schmitz
WW Walkers 2 - Betty Keaton, Charlene Golf, Krista Puckett, Pat Williamson, & Elizabeth Hartfield
WW Walkers 3 - Terry Frala, Marie Frala, Debbie Gilley, Jan Bishop, & Mark Bishop
Keep track of each team's progress by going to our UT Extension, Cannon County website at: utextension.tennessee.edu/cannon/ or facebook.com/UTExtensionCannonCounty
Being physically active is one of the best things you can do to improve and maintain your health, yet nearly two-thirds of Americans aren't getting the activity they need. Consider taking up walking with your friends and your family. For more information about Walk Across Tennessee contact Carla Bush, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent at the UT Extension, Cannon County Office, 615-563-2554.
The University of Tennessee Extension provides programs in agriculture and natural resources, 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, and resource development. The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and county governments cooperating. UT Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.