While regular exercise is among the most effective ways to manage our health, it can sometimes be difficult to find time to participate in the recommended 30 minutes per day. That's why Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi is encouraging everyone to take a walk during the lunchtime hour as part of National Walk @ Lunch Day on Wednesday, April 30.
National Walk @ Lunch Day is a national program which reminds people to take time during their lunch break and start walking towards better health. Because most people's schedules are built around their workdays, National Walk @ Lunch Day is designed to fit into and not compete with a person's daily routine.
"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 can be done by most people," said Meredith Virden Bailess, Manager of Corporate Communications with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. "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."
The Walk @ Lunch Day 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.
Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the spring weather and go walking during National Walk @ Lunch Day. You can also find additional information on starting a walking program at www.letsgowalkinms.com.