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National Walk @ Lunch Day®

Johnson County Government employees replaced a Working lunch with a Walking lunch as the county continued its partnership with Blue KC by participating in its seventh annual 2017 for National Walk@ Lunch Day® on April 26. Employees met at three scheduled sites as well as several other county locations which formed their own walking groups to take a nice spring walk.

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. Blue Cross and Blue Shield Companies across the country sponsor the annual National Walk @ Lunch Day® – designed to encourage busy people to take a walk during their lunch break and start a healthy routine.

Tens of thousands of working Americans around the country were expected to participate in a 30-minute walk during lunch, and take the first steps towards a healthier lifestyle. National Walk @ Lunch Day is designed to complement—not compete with—busy lifestyles. 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.

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.