A new program is working to get Bartholomew County adults walking.

Get Walkin’ is a 12-week program that aims to get local residents off their couches and onto their feet with a free, email-based walking program.

It will begin Sept. 7, offered by Purdue Extension of Bartholomew County and Purdue’s School of Nursing in Lafayette. Participants will receive pertinent¬†information and messages of support designed to motivate them as they walk on their own time and schedule.

Emails will contain walking and health facts and tips, as well as direct them to websites with information walkers may find helpful.

Walking is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to maintain an active lifestyle, said Harriet Armstrong, Purdue Extension’s health and human sciences educator.

Just slip on your favorite pair of walking shoes and take off at your own pace, then see and feel first-hand the benefits of doing so.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at kevener@therepublic.com or 812-379-5633.