Columbia, S.C. – The sixth annual National Walk @ Lunch Day, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to promote the health benefits of walking and regular exercise, will be held on Wednesday, April 25.
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is encouraging workers to participate by wearing comfortable shoes to work and walking for at least 30 minutes during their lunch break. The company also is holding its annual community walks for those near the downtown areas of Columbia, Charleston, Greenville or Spartanburg.
Research shows that regular moderate exercise, such as brisk walks, can have significant health benefits. Exercise can help people manage weight, strengthen muscles, reduce stress, and lower their risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes.
Businesses and schools across the nation organize lunchtime walks for employees and students on National Walk @ Lunch Day. S.C. BlueCross will provide free planning guides and print-ready files for banners, fliers and other promotional materials to help any South Carolina company organize a workplace walk. For more information on these materials, call Glenn Niemiec at 803-264-4612.
In Columbia, Charleston, Greenville and Spartanburg, BlueCross will hold community walks from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. April 25. The events, which are free of charge and open to the public, will include walking courses, health and fitness information, entertainment and giveaways. Locations are the Statehouse in Columbia, Marion Square in Charleston, Falls Park in Greenville, and Morgan Square in Spartanburg.
For many, National Walk @ Lunch Day marks the start of a commitment to walk every day. Most Americans’ schedules are built around the workday, so lunchtime walks are designed to fit into — not compete with — their daily routine.
“Walking is one of the simplest and safest forms of exercise,” said Dr. Laura Long, BlueCross’ vice president of clinical quality and health management. “Walking during a lunch break is a great way for all of us to make time for exercise as we juggle work and other commitments that demand so much of our time.”
Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., and operating in South Carolina for more than 65 years, 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 45 companies involved in health insurance services, the 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.