Partnering With Walk Across Illinois
Using the Walk Across Illinois teachers can help their students get on the
right track to healthy living and exercise.
The Walk Across Illinois is a fitness challenge designed to encourage participants
to walk 167 miles by August 2006 — the equivalent of walking from
the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan.
Throughout the program, participants can track their progress on-line at
www.WalkAcrossIllinois.org as they complete their own “virtual” Walk Across Illinois.
There are many benefits for students of all ages participating in the Walk Across Illinois.
Obesity, high blood pressure and inadequate exercise are community health problems
which challenge us all. The first step to a healthier lifestyle is regularly walking.
The Walk Across Illinois includes monthly themes focusing on Illinois history and nature.
Participating schools receive periodic updates with suggested ideas on how to incorporate
these themes into their curriculum.
There is no charge to become a partner or participate in the program.
Bringing The Walk Across Illinois To Your School
• Incorporate the Walk Across Illinois into physical education and health programs
• Have students track their mileage as they walk between classes
• Advance students’ knowledge of computers by encouraging them to track their progress
• Learn about Illinois using the monthly Walk Across Illinois themes
• Teach students mathematics by converting their daily activities into miles using the
Walk Across Illinois equivalents table
• Encourage students to use their extracurricular activities to help them complete their
Walk Across Illinois mileage
• Sponsor a competition between classes challenging them to be the first to
complete the Walk Across Illinois
• Organize a walking group for fellow teachers and staff
Walk Across Illinois
For more information visit www.WalkAcrossIllinois.org or call 312-814-5220