Turn a Working Lunch into a Walking Lunch!

 Don’t forget your walking shoes on Wednesday, April 27 because National Walk@Lunch Day® is celebrating 10 years! This active initiative is designed to complement — not compete with — everyone’s busy lifestyle. BCBSOK encourages all businesses, nonprofits, state agencies, groups-- okay let’s just say EVERYONE-- to get active at lunch!

Created to improve personal health and decrease the costs of healthcare for both employers and employees, National Walk@Lunch Day® can be the start of a new daily walking routine, improving health step by step.

Schools also are encouraged to participate in National Walk@Lunch Day by setting personal goals for students and teachers, and incorporating walking into the school day as a first step toward long-term prevention of potentially serious health problems.

 Studies have found that regular walking, particularly at a brisk pace of 3 mph, can substantially reduce the risk of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Additionally, simply performing 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five times a week has significant health benefits and can lower the risk of developing or dying from hypertension or type 2 diabetes, and improve the health of muscles, bones and joints.

It can be hard to find time in your busy schedule to participate in physical activity. However, taking a walk is one of the simplest, safest and most effective forms of exercise – and you can start on April 27!

BCBSOK employees in Tulsa and Oklahoma City are lacing up their sneakers to participate, won’t you join them?