Legislators Promote Physical Activity

Twelve state representatives and 17 legislative staff recently walked one mile around the Capitol in the 2008 Legislative Fitness Challenge's pre-test, "What's Your Mile?", an event sponsored by the Governor's Council on Fitness and in support of the Healthy Kansas initiative.

"What's Your Mile?" is a timed one-mile walking test that is designed to measure the fitness level of participants. A post-test walk will be held on March 5 to determine improvements in fitness levels after completing the six-week fitness challenge.

The Kansas House of Representatives initiated a six-week legislative fitness challenge on January 15 among themselves after a successful inaugural event in 2007 pitted Kansas senators against representatives in a pedometer-based Step contest to see who walked the most steps in a two-week period.
Rep. Elaine Bowers (R) District 107th, was among the legislators participating in this timed walk. The goal of Healthy Kansas is to encourage Kansans to make changes that improve physical well-being through:
  • Increasing your physical activity levels to at least 30 minutes five days each week
  • Eating a healthy, nutritious diet (include five daily servings of fruits and vegetables)
  • Stop using tobacco products, or significantly reduce your consumption