Columbia, S.C. – An estimated 2,200 people took steps toward better health Wednesday, April 28, by participating in three community events sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina to promote the health benefits of walking.
The walks were held during lunchtime hours at the Statehouse in Columbia, Marion Square in Charleston, and Falls Park in Greenville to celebrate the fourth annual National Walk @ Lunch Day®. Participants walked a combined total of more than 2,225 miles, or roughly the distance between Columbia, S.C., and Las Vegas, NV, organizers estimated. Walkers also received information on health and fitness from hospitals, clinics and other health-related organizations.
In addition to the community walks, BlueCross and other businesses across the state held lunchtime walks for their own employees.
National Walk @ Lunch Day was created by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association to encourage Americans to live healthier lives by incorporating lunchtime walks into their daily routines. Research shows that just 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least five days per week can have significant health benefits.
“National Walk @ Lunch Day is a great way to demonstrate that even those with extremely busy schedules can make time for exercise during their daily lunch breaks,” said David Pankau, president and chief operating officer of S.C. BlueCross. “A brisk walk on a regular basis can lower an individual’s risk of heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses, and make a big difference in overall quality of life.”