Postcards from the Road

smithsonian

We have arrived. Since January, KHC has been collecting Kansans’ steps walked and minutes exercised with the goal of “walking” the Hometown Teams Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition back to its home in Washington, D.C., from Goodland, the westernmost point on the Kansas tour. When we embarked on this journey, we thought it would take us a full ten months to reach our destination. We were wrong. With the participation of Hometown Teams visitors, host and partner sites’ staff and volunteers, and KHC’s staff and board members, we reached our goal of 1,459 miles…and then we kept on going.

Now KHC has a new goal: To “walk” the Hometown Teams exhibition around the world. We can do it, but we need your help.

To reach our new goal, we’ll need to count every step walked and every minute spent exercising now through November.  Click here to download a Walking Scorecard to add your exercise counts to the total. You can even pick up a pedometer to count your steps at the Hometown Teams Smithsonian exhibition in Greensburg (through June 21), at upcoming Smithsonian exhibition venues in Atchison, Perry, and  Humboldt, and at participating Hometown Teams partner sites.

Then, follow KHC’s walking progress on Facebook,  Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for weekly #walkwednesday postcard updates from around the world.

Why walking? Healthy citizens make healthy communities. Using the sports themes in the Hometown Teams exhibition as a starting point, KHC helps communities make the connection between the humanities and a healthy lifestyle.

Statewide support for Hometown Teams comes from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation.