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Mickle By Sunee Mickle,
Director of Government Relations,
& Lindsey Scott, Intern, Government Relations,
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

April 14, 2010

National Walk @ Lunch Day® Edition

Americans across the country will participate in National Walk @ Lunch Day® April 28, 2010. NW@LD is a way for employers to encourage their employees to take a step towards a healthier life.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is celebrating the 4th Annual National Walk @ Lunch Day® with events in Topeka and Wichita. BCBSKS, together with Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies across the country is encouraging employees, employers, state legislators and the public to put on a pair of comfortable walking shoes and spend their lunch hour walking!; at these events at least 250 participants will receive a free NW@LD T-shirt.

Please join Blue Cross employees at the Topeka walk and rally beginning at noon, April 28 on the south side of the Capitol; Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and BCBSKS President/CEO Andy Corbin will offer brief comments. After the brief rally, Blue Cross employees will lead participants in a walk around the perimeter of the statehouse grounds in support of NW@LD.

Blue Cross is excited to have Wichita Downtown Development assisting with the company’s first-ever Wichita NW@LD event. Please join Blue Cross employees and others at noon, April 28, at the Kennedy Plaza at Century II. Following a brief rally, the participants will take a one mile walk along the river, ending back at Kennedy Plaza.

The walk might be short, but it is a great way to kick off a daily exercise plan! The goal of this event is to "Turn a working lunch into a walking lunch." Incorporating a daily walk into your routine will help to improve your health and can correspond with other health and wellness initiatives in the workplace. If you are unable to attend these events we encourage you to walk on your own near your business, or organize a 20-30 minute walk for your employees during lunch hour.

When done briskly and on a regular basis, walking can:

  • decrease the risk of heart attack and type 2 diabetes
  • control weight
  • improve muscle tone
  • reduce stress and improve mood

For more information or to download promotional materials, visit the National Walk @ Lunch Day page.