'Winter Walk Off' combines physical activity with Twitter

10:51 AM, Feb 15, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - This winter hasn't been nearly as cold and treacherous as we're used to, but it still can be a bit difficult to get outside and be active.

A campaign by the group Bike Walk Twin Cities is hoping to change that.

The "Winter Walk Off" campaign is back for a second year. It's urging everyone to walk outside for at least 15 minutes every day in February and then document it on Twitter. All you have to do is tweet about your walk and attach the "winterwalkoff" hashtag.

So far, people have tweeted about walks ranging from a stroll around the lake, to running errands, to walking to work. Check out the tweets here.

Being active is nothing new for Minnesota. The state was ranked the 6th healthiest state two years in a row by the United Health Foundation. According to a recent survey, 7 percent of people in Minneapolis commute via walking. St. Paul comes in at 5 percent according to the same survey.

KARE 11 reporter Bryan Piatt took part in the "Winter Walk Off" Wednesday morning by rounding up a group of people and walking 1.7 miles on KARE 11 Sunrise.

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