We know that walking works when it comes to managing our health, but it can sometimes be difficult to squeeze the recommended 30 minutes per day into our busy schedules. That's why Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi is encouraging everyone to wear comfortable shoes and take a walk during the lunchtime hour as part of National Walk @ Lunch Day on Wednesday, April 24. Businesses and schools are encouraged to organize walking events on April 24 to see firsthand how simple and effective it can be.
We know that regular exercise is key to maintaining and improving health for people of all ages, and walking is one of the simplest forms of exercise and it can be done by most people. Often, much of our day is centered around work, school and other obligations, and walking during lunchtime is an effective and practical way to incorporate structured exercise time into the day.
National Walk @ Lunch Day is designed to complement today's busy lifestyles. This initiative was started by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association to encourage more people to start a walking program and improve health with each and every step. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average cost to treat illness and chronic disease caused by inactive lifestyles is $1,000 per American family every year. However, just 30 minutes of exercise on most days of the week can have a significant impact in reducing obesity and the associated healthcare costs.
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi is offering tips and resources on organizing your lunchtime walk on April 24. Businesses and schools can visit Let's Go Walkin' Mississippi to find information on how to participate and even promotional flyers to generate awareness. Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the warm spring weather and go walking during National Walk @ Lunch Day. You can also find additional information on living a healthy lifestyle from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi by visiting the 'Be Healthy' section of our website.