Local groups participating in statewide Walk at Lunch Day event

Star-Herald Staff Report
Nebraskans will be lacing up their tennis shoes to mark the sixth annual National Walk at Lunch Day, one of the state’s largest health events involving thousands of Nebraskans in dozens of communities.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska event is slated for April 25. Scotts Bluff County Worksite Wellness will host the local celebration, with an event at Frank Park.
The Scotts Bluff County Worksite Wellness will promote National Walk at Lunch Day  from 11:30 to 1 p.m., at Frank Park. The first 100 participants will receive a free LED flashlight keychain.
“There is never a better time than right now to take charge of your health and what better way than to start a walking program,” Terri Allen, Scotts Bluff County Worksite Wellness coordinator, said. “Walking is considered one of the easiest ways to promote health because it doesn’t take any special equipment except tennis shoes and your time.”
As of the last update from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, more than 20,000 Nebraskans have registered already, including students and staff from 35 schools across the state. Nebraskans can register themselves, their friends or their businesses and learn more by visiting www.nebraskablue.com.
Participation is simple: Businesses and schools organize their own walks, choosing a time and place that is most convenient, while individuals walk at their leisure. So far, 35 Nebraska cities, from Omaha to Scottsbluff, have organizations or individuals signed up to walk, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska announced earlier this month.
 “National Walk at Lunch Day is a great event from which organizations can start a wellness program, or businesses and individuals can easily work the walk into their already existing programs and regimen,” said Kathy Nellor, BCBSNE’s wellness business consultant.
National Walk at Lunch Day is designed to encourage healthy living habits for a lifetime. Walking is one of the easiest and best ways to get and stay in shape. With Nebraska’s obesity rate nearly doubling the past 15 years, getting regular physical activity is as important as ever.
“National Walk at Lunch Day is an opportunity for all of us to make a commitment to a healthier Nebraska,” Nellor said.
BCBSNE will also donate $1 to Special Olympics Nebraska for every picture taken on National Walk at Lunch Day and uploaded to BCBSNE’s Facebook or via Twitter.
Nebraskans can learn more and converse on Facebook at www.facebook.com/walkatlunchnebraska, and follow @BCBSNebraska on Twitter, using the hashtag #walkatlunch.

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