County Administrator Role
Q and A
The History of Walk Georgia
• Walk Georgia began in 2008 as Extension’s first banner program
• 50,000 participants have been involved in Walk Georgia
• Logged over 4 million miles worth of physical activity!
• A grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation in 2013 facilitated the
expansion of Walk Georgia
• Our goal and commitment to Coca-Cola is to reach 100,000 people
• Walk Georgia has become one of the most visible outreach programs
of UGA’s Obesity Initiative
What makes Walk Georgia unique?
• Not only is Walk Georgia a free program, it offers your
office, your schools, your businesses, your county/city
governments LOCAL information about how to stay
• Walk Georgia is unique because with your help we
know what parks are near you, how cold it is outside
and that your recipes will require GA GROWN peaches
and blueberries in May/June…
How Do We Promote?
This Implementation Pack will help you keep on top of
promotion and provide ideas for the SIMPLEST & MOST
VALUE CENTRIC ways of promoting Walk Georgia.
What does it include?
• Month-by-month guide of who to contact
• Ideas that have been proven effective for
• Social Media Planner
• Drawing Slips (pre-made)
The NEW Walk Georgia is DYNAMIC because of two things:
• Constructive critiques
We EXPECT you to send your questions to us, and to
provide constructive criticism, without it this program would
have never been able to develop.
The Walk Georgia Home Team exists to make this program’s
foundation strong and to provide support for all of you.
YOUR support is essential for this program to grow.
OUR support is essential to empower you for local adoption.
What this means
We expect you to implement WALK GEORGIA into your
community because we, the Walk Georgia Team, are committed
to providing SUPPORT and EMPOWERMENT.
As Extension Staff, YOU own this program.
We are here to help you fit it into your community. We have tried
to make it simple to use and embedded rich content full of your
claim to fame – expert advice - so that you can fulfill your MAIN
goal as Extension staff: improving the lives of Georgians.
There are few better (or easier) ways to do that than to embrace
this tailor-made program for your community.
Let’s do THIS!
As you saw in my first slide, structure is important. We
cannot be effective without ORGANIZATION & SUPPORT.
Please direct all questions about the website and
implementation to [email protected] or give me a call at 706542-4649.
Finally, as we go through this presentation, please type your
questions into the chat box or jot ALL questions down. At the
end we will offer a Q&A or you can simply send the questions
to [email protected] and expect a prompt answer.
What role does the county
• Serve as the initial user point of contact for WG
• Direct new & existing clients to the website:
• Assist with basic user questions re: functionality
• Understand how to generate county WG
• Relay potential problems or questions not addressed
in the FAQ to the WG help desk [email protected] 706542-4649
What role does the county
• Order promotional / participant incentive items:
• Brochures, posters, rack cards from
• Apparel, yoga mats, stadium cups, water bottles,
etc. from UGA-approved vendor PMS, Inc.:
• First 2015 orders due Jan. 22 for discounted
What role does the county
• Be on the lookout to expand existing or foster new
partnerships with county gov’t (ACCG wellness grants),
schools, prospective worksite wellness
• Stay tuned in to messages from Walk GA re: program
events, weekly announcements during campaigns
• Feb. 1 WEBSITE ACTIVATED
Please submit all questions to the chat box. We will review them when the presentation is complete.
a year in review
Thank you for being a part of this with us.
And for all your hard work.
the new release
The new system is dynamic and uses some of the latest technologies.
The new system is based on verified scientific study to reward activity and
The new system is simple for new users and has incredible options for
where to learn
We won’t have time to cover everything, so please view our rough draft
F.A.Q. at walkgeorgia.org/promo
Email [email protected] to receive a copy.
Dive into the official F.A.Q. when the site launches on Feb. 1.
vibrant new design
New fonts, colors, photos, and video content. We want the experience to
be beautiful, effective, and fun.
Point System based on METs,
backed by scientific research.
Dozens of activities.
Add/Edit Activity from any date.
Get news and updates from
Customizable for users, schools, and organizations.
Dynamic, powerful, and flexible.
The original Walk Georgia sessions will still take place, each spring and
fall with a 12-week statewide campaign.
We also allow users/groups to make their own sessions.
Extra functionality for schools, organizations, and counties.
Integration with groups.
Incredibly rich and flexible.
Admins can generate reports for groups, sessions, counties, and even
Data can be sorted and exported in many formats.
Reports are clean, simple, and thorough.
Reports generate total users, points, time exercised, distance traveled,
top users, variety of exercises, and much more.
Reports can be limited to a date range.
Reports are always collecting data.
Review & download promotional info from
www.walkgeorgia.org/promo - site down week of Jan.
26 for website launch preps
Expect a call within the next week from us to:
• Confirm your county administrator/s
• Brainstorm local promotion plans
• Compile a list of sites within your county that are
accessible to the public that facilitate activity
(parks, schools w/ tracks, trails, bike paths)
• Email this ‘county resources’ list/links/local
events and relevant contact info to
[email protected] by Jan. 22
• Help us sell the dream! We can’t do this without
every one of you! Move more, LIVE MORE!
Walk Georgia is perfect for schools!
Walk Georgia has built-in group functions to accommodate
classrooms, grades, teacher organizations and more! Walk Georgia
worked with 17 schools during its pilot phase to ensure it was
Walk Georgia is working to provide lesson plans so teachers can
incorporate fitness and learning all in one lesson! We currently have
six 5th grade math lessons and many more in the works, including
8th grade GA studies & middle school social studies!
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For each quarter of 2015,
the Walk Georgia county
Extension office with the
most new users per capita
will be entered in a
drawing for an iPad!
Find helpful info & promotional materials by going to our
special promo page: http://walkgeorgia.org/promo
Get involved now by attending some of Walk Georgia’s upcoming
January 15th: Online training for the brand new Walk GA website
February 1st: Walk Georgia Launches New Website
March 28th: Peanut Proud Walk GA Race, Early County
April 4th: Walk Georgia’s Night at the Hawks
April 18th: Walk Georgia + Cloudland Canyon State Park Family Fun
*Stay tuned to the blog: http://blog.extension.uga.edu/walkgeorgia/
for updates and more information
The new site has a ton of new features we encourage you to read up on and
play around with.
We value your work and your feedback and your time.
If you have further questions, you can wait around after and talk or email
us at [email protected]
Still don’t feel like an expert? That’s ok. Email us with questions!
Walk Georgia Help Desk: [email protected]uga.edu or 706-542-4649