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Capital BlueCross Employees Continue Culture Of Health With WalkingWorks Program

The Optum pro cycling team participates in company’s local kickoff

September 14, 2012

HARRISBURG – Capital BlueCross employees will step in the right direction for better health, flanked by members of a pro cycling team, during the kickoff of the company’s WalkingWorks program at 11 a.m. on Sept. 17.

During the six-week WalkingWorks program, employees are encouraged to walk at least 10,000 steps a day, the equivalent of five miles. Members of the Optum Pro Cycling team will be on hand to talk about the importance of staying active and persevering through an exercise regime. Optum is a Capital BlueCross business partner.

Capital BlueCross President & CEO Gary D. St. Hilaire will address the Elmerton Avenue building walkers, followed by remarks from Eric Wholberg of Optum Pro Cycling, presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies. Optum cyclers will then pair off with members of the Capital BlueCross cycling teams to escort walkers as they circle around the company building. Employees at the company’s other locations in Harrisburg and Allentown will also kickoff the program with a walk outside their buildings.

"This program is a great example of a company showing just how committed it is to helping employees lead healthy lifestyles.” said Eric Murphy, president, Payer Market Solutions, Optum.  “We’re excited to have members of our pro cycling team involved in launching WalkingWorks to help inspire activity and exercise.”

As the leading health insurer in the region Capital BlueCross is keenly aware of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. The company also understands how going for a walk once a day can drastically improve a person’s health. “Studies show that if everyone in the United States were to walk briskly for 30 minutes a day, we could cut the incidence of many chronic diseases by as much as 40 percent,” said Lindsay Vogt, Capital BlueCross health educator and the captain of the company’s American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure cycling team. “It is important to understand that those steps can come in many forms, such as walking briskly, cutting the grass with a push mower, or pedaling a bike.”

Capital BlueCross has been participating in the WalkingWorks program for many years and has even gone from one to two programs this year. Employees completed the first session in the spring, totaling 205,207,675 steps company-wide. That is equivalent to 97,167 miles, or nearly four times around the world.

About Capital BlueCross
Capital BlueCross is the leading health insurer in its region, providing health insurance coverage to residents in central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. Capital BlueCross is committed to making health insurance simple for its customers and members through all the stages of life by offering nationally acclaimed customer service and a full range of innovative benefit programs for groups and individuals at competitive prices. By establishing a culture of caring, Capital BlueCross constantly strives to do more in order to deliver more for the men, women and children who depend on the company for their health insurance. The company continues to evolve in order to meet the individual needs of its customers, most notably by entering the retail market and building its first store in the Lehigh Valley called Capital Blue. Capital BlueCross has been providing medical value to the people and communities of central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley for more than 70 years and employs over 1,800 people in the region. Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., Capital BlueCross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. More information about Capital BlueCross and its subsidiaries can be found by going to www.capbluecross.com.


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