Columbia, S.C. – American office workers spend much of each workday sitting at a desk. Surveys show many of them spend their lunch breaks there, too.
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina has a healthier alternative: a 30-minute lunchtime walk.
BlueCross will celebrate the fifth annual National Walk @ Lunch Day® in Columbia on Thursday, April 28, with a community event at the Statehouse from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event, which is free of charge and open to the public, will include a walking course, health screenings and information, chair massages, giveaways and more. Participants are encouraged to walk for 30 minutes and make a commitment to exercise regularly.
BlueCross is holding similar events at Marion Square in Charleston, Falls Park in Greenville and Morgan Square in Spartanburg. Those who cannot attend one of the community walks are encouraged to walk near their workplaces.
National Walk @ Lunch Day was created by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association to encourage busy American workers to walk during their lunch breaks as a way to improve their health. Studies show that regular, moderate exercise can have significant health benefits, such as helping individuals manage weight, strengthen muscles, reduce stress, and lower their risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes.
According to the American Dietetic Association, more than 70 percent of office workers eat at their desks two to three times per week.
“Many Americans say they are just too busy to exercise, so Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies nationwide created National Walk @ Lunch Day to promote lunchtime walks,” said David Pankau, president and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. “Hopefully, many workers will find that they can exercise during their lunch breaks and still have time for their other commitments.”
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 40 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.