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Angelina Co. walkers cover over 63 thousand miles in walking initiative

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

For two months 450 East Texas walkers hit the pavement and managed to walk more than 63,000 miles.

The Walk Across Texas initiative kicked off in September, and that's when 65-year-old Kathy Felts said a friend from work encouraged her to start walking.

"I started walking with her and just got into it and just kept going," said Felts.

 Felts walked nearly 1,500 miles and lost 10 pounds, she said she was surprised at how the steps she took added up at the end of the challenge.

"I hardly ever sit down and when I go at to lunch I walk on my lunch break and I walk on my breaks," said Felts.

Angela Hill is a member of the winning team, her and six of her co-workers walked more than 4,000 miles.

Hill said she was able to do her part by walking before work, after work and on weekends and she is seeing the results.

"Lost some weight my energy level went up and I just felt good about myself," said Hill.

Challenge winners say the walking initiative was about more than winning a prize but about improving their overall health.

"You'll feel better about yourself, you'll actually lose weight its just one step at a time," said Hill.

"You need to get in shape now so when you get older you won't be in bad health," said Felts.

Registered dietician Amy McLeod said that eating right and exercising are beneficial for your health but she says healthy living can also impact the economy.

"We were able to save Angelina County three million dollars in potential health care costs and reduced lost wages due to missed work," said Amy McLeod Rd, Ld.

Health officials are already working on planning another Walk Across Texas event in the spring.

The group winners were awarded with a t-shirt and walking DVDs for rainy days.

The individual winner won 100 dollars in gift cards from Brookshire Brothers, Target and Academy Sport and Outdoors.

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