Columbia, S.C. – Despite rain showers and dark clouds over part of the state, an estimated 1,500 people took steps toward better health Thursday, April 28, by participating in four 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, Falls Park in Greenville, and Morgan Square in Spartanburg to celebrate the fifth annual National Walk @ Lunch Day ®. Participants walked a combined total of more than 2,150 miles, or roughly the distance between Columbia, S.C., and Las Vegas, Nev., organizers estimated. Walkers also received information on health and fitness from hospitals and other organizations.
In addition to the community walks, BlueCross and other businesses across South Carolina 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. Lunchtime walks are designed to fit into — not compete with — American workers’ busy schedules.
Research shows that just 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least five days per week can have significant health benefits, including lowering the risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes.
“BlueCross is proud to promote physical fitness and healthy lifestyles though our annual community events to celebrate National Walk @ Lunch Day,” said BlueCross BlueShield Division President Jim Deyling. “Hopefully, many of those who participated will make exercising during their lunch breaks a habit.”
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.