Walk Across Texas! is a FREE, 8 week program designed to help Texans establish the habit of regular physical activity. Since 1996, more than 142,000 Texans have completed the program to significantly increase their physical activity level.
How does it work?
The Walk Across Texas! program was designed to help establish the habit of regular physical activity. For eight weeks, teams of eight people, school classes, or individuals walk 830 miles across a map of Texas.
- Medical research shows that exercise and weight loss can permanently or temporarily delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in 58% of people.
- Over the lifetime of the 9,713 participants who completed the program in 2018, an estimated 2,238 could prevent the onset of diabetes through sustained levels of physical activity.
- The average annual health care cost (age-adjusted) for people without diabetes is $7,151. The average annual cost for people with diabetes is $16,752.
- The estimated potential lifetime health care cost savings are $88,444 for females and $68,043 for males. When avoidance of lost wages is included, the potential lifetime economic benefit for 2018 participants who completed the program is $199 million.
- Participants are also expected to benefit through reduced incidence, severity, and health care costs of other chronic diseases that are linked to excessive weight and inactivity.