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Take a hike: Tomorrow is National Walk @ Lunch Day

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Get ready to trade working lunches for walking lunches. On April 28, employees at thousands of companies will take part in "National Walk @ Lunch Day" sponsored by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The event champions the health benefits of physical fitness activities during the workday.

National Walk @ Lunch Day is a workplace walking program that encourages people to take time during their lunch break to start walking toward better health. Most Americans’ schedules are built around their workdays, so National Walk @ Lunch Day is designed to fit into—not compete with—their daily routines.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield says tens of thousands of workers will participate this year.

It’s not too late to organize your own Walk@Lunch Day trek—after all, we’re only talking about getting people together to take a walk. For planning information, see Blue Cross/Blue Shield’s web site.

The length of the walk doesn’t matter. The point is to get people outside and moving around.

The national walking effort is a component of WalkingWorks, a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association physical activity program to help Americans live healthier lives and reduce unnecessary medical costs due to physical inactivity. The WalkingWorks program was developed in partnership with the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates the cost to treat illness and chronic disease caused by inactive lifestyles is nearly $1,000 for every family in America, every year.

Simply getting 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as a brisk walk, at least five times a week has significant health benefits, lowering the risk of developing or dying from cardiovascular disease, hypertension or type 2 diabetes, and improving the health of muscles, bones and joints.

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