Wichita - For 75 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has played an active role in helping Kansans lead healthier lives. Those efforts continue today through National Walk @ Lunch Day®. The day is designed to encourage people to take a walk during their lunch break – or another time during the day – to start a healthy routine.
This year on April 26, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is sponsoring walking events in 13 Kansas communities; all walks begin at noon. BCBSKS-led walks will take place in Dodge City, El Dorado, Emporia, Garden City, Hays, Hutchinson, Independence, Lawrence, Manhattan, Pittsburg, Salina, Topeka and Wichita.
"National Walk @ Lunch Day serves as a great reminder to Kansans that a regular walking program offers many health benefits, and is easy to do once you make time on your schedule," said Andrew C. Corbin, president/CEO. "We know that people are busy, but finding 30 minutes a day for a brisk walk has health benefits that make one's efforts worthwhile."
A regular walking program, Corbin said, can have a positive influence on heart disease, type-2 diabetes and osteoporosis, while also reducing stress, improving muscle tone and controlling weight.
"Throughout our 75-year history as a Kansas-based company, we've always had a strong interest in helping not only our members, but all Kansans, lead healthier lives. That is part of our role as the state's largest health insurer but, more importantly, it is what we do because helping Kansans live longer, healthier lives is the right thing for us to do," Corbin said.
"I encourage businesses and individuals across Kansas to celebrate National Walk @ Lunch Day by joining in one of our 13 walks or planning one of their own. Let's get moving April 26, then let's make it a habit!"
All BCBSKS-led National Walk @ Lunch Day events will happen rain or shine, and will begin at noon April 26 with a short rally followed by a 30-minute walk. A limited number of free T-shirts are available for participants at each location. Events will take place in:
- Dodge City – Dodge City High School, Memorial Stadium, 1800 Parkway; walk route is the stadium's track (T-shirts for the first 100 participants).
- El Dorado – East Park, 100 S. Woodland; walk route is on the paved bike path (100 shirts).
- Emporia – Emporia State University, Union Square; walk route is on campus (150 shirts).
- Garden City – Harold Long Park, Spruce Street; walk route is the park's trail (100 shirts).
- Hays – Hays Recreation Commission, 1105 Canterbury Dr.; walk route is on the commission's property (100 shirts).
- Hutchinson – DCI Park & Gazebo, 20 W 2nd Ave.; walk route is down Main St. to the Avenue A Park, along the park's walking path and back to DCI Park (150 shirts).
- Independence – The Gazebo at 6th and Myrtle; walk route is the park's walking path (100 shirts).
- Lawrence – Rock Chalk Park, Sports Pavilion, 100 Rock Chalk Lane; walk route will be either the outdoor or indoor track, depending on the weather (100 shirts).
- Manhattan – City Park, Poyntz and 11th St.; walk route is the park's trail (100 shirts).
- Pittsburg –Trail Head Park, 11th and Broadway; walk route is on Watco Trail (100 shirts).
- Salina – Campbell Plaza, 123 S. Santa Fe; walk route is down Santa Fe to Salina Regional Medical Center and back to Campbell Plaza (150 shirts).
- Topeka – Kansas State Capitol, South Grounds; walk route is along the perimeter of the grounds (300 shirts).
- Wichita – Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, Douglas and Waco; walk route is along the river and back to the Chamber building (250 shirts).
Printable promotional materials for each location – such as flyers, posters, postcards and email templates – are available at bcbsks.com/walk. Businesses, schools, hospitals or other organizations that would like to plan their own walks April 26 can find customizable promotional pieces at bcbsks.com/walk. The first 75 such organizations outside of the 13 official walk locations that register their walk information with Blue Cross can receive up to 20 free exercise towels to use as giveaways/
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
For 75 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has built a reputation of trust with its members and contracting providers by providing outstanding customer service while quickly and accurately processing claims; fairly administering benefit plans and contracts; offering programs, services and tools to help members improve or maintain their health; and operating under the highest ethical standards while being good stewards of premium dollars. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and is the state’s largest insurer, serving all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte. For more information, visit bcbsks.com.