Columbia, S.C. – BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina today challenged
companies across the state to participate in the fourth annual National Walk @ Lunch Day® on Wednesday, April 28, 2010. Employers nationwide mark the day by asking their employees to wear comfortable shoes to the office and take part in a 30-minute lunchtime walk.
The national event, created by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is designed to encourage busy workers to make time for exercise by walking during their lunch breaks on a regular basis. Just 30 minutes of walking or other moderate exercise several times per week can have significant health benefits.
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is participating in National Walk @ Lunch Day in a big way. The company will organize walks for its own employees at most of its locations, and host community walking events for the general public from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Statehouse in Columbia, at Marion Square in Charleston, and at Falls Park in Greenville. The community events are free of charge, and will include a walking course, health and fitness information, entertainment, giveaways and more. More than 3,000 people attended the community walks last year.
Workers who cannot attend one of the community walks are encouraged to walk a safe route at or near their workplace. S.C. BlueCross will provide posters, fliers, health information and other materials to help any South Carolina company organize a workplace walk. For more information, call Glenn Niemiec at 803-264-4612.
“National Walk @ Lunch Day is an ideal time for companies to promote the benefits of regular exercise to their workers,” said David Pankau, president and chief operating officer of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. “Lunchtime walks at work are one simple way for all of us to make time in our busy schedules for exercise and improving our health.”
Research shows that moderate exercise, like brisk walks on a regular basis, can help individuals manage weight, strengthen muscles, reduce stress, and lower their risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes.
Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The only South Carolina-owned and operated health insurance carrier, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina comprises more than 30 companies involved in health insurance services, U.S. DoD health program and Medicare contracts, other insurance and employee benefits services, and a philanthropic foundation that funds programs to improve health care and access to health care for South Carolinians.