The Summer Steps walking program runs from June 1 to Aug. 31.
Starting June 1, participants will track the number of miles they walk, run, bike, swim, or play a sport through WVU Extension's online tracker (http://livewellwv.ext.wvu.edu/walking-tracker).
Since it is a county-by-county challenge in the state, participants will identify which county they want their miles to count toward.
Participants can check their progress on the site, Waugh said, and mile markers motivate people to exercise more. The online tracker shows how far a person's mileage has really taken them, such as the number of miles it takes to get to Myrtle Beach, Waugh said.
The winning county will be announced in September. That county will be designated as a "Live Well West Virginia Community" and will receive a community sign and a free walkability study provided by WVU Extension Service's Community, Economic and Workforce Development program.
"Ideally, the motivation would be that you've personally set a goal and helped your community achieve something by getting out and walking," Waugh said. "I think a lot of what we're excited about is that community aspect; knowing that you're working toward something that your county will benefit from."
WVU Extension Service is also hosting a kickoff walk in Morgantown today<co Wednesday> at the rail trail at noon.
Participants in the kickoff walks will receive a LiveWellWV T-shirt and a healthy snack at the end of the walk.
For more information or to register and start tracking your mileage for your county visit www.livewellwv.org.
Reach Megan Workman at megan.work...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113