Hundreds of Alabamians Lacing Up for National Walk At Lunch Day

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is hosting National Walk At Lunch Day on Thursday, April 18 at Linn Park. The event is expected to draw more than 3,000 participants with walks starting at 11:00 a.m. and taking place every 30 minutes. To commemorate this important event, proclamations are scheduled to be received from the offices of Alabama Governor Robert J. Bentley, Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell, and Jefferson County Manager Tony Petelos.The seventh annual walk is part of a growing national workplace fitness effort created in response to recent studies showing Americans do not have time during their day to exercise.{}{} National Walk At Lunch Day encourages employees to lace up their tennis shoes and walk during their lunch break. This is a commitment that reduces the likelihood of future health problems and can help reduce overall healthcare costs for both the employer and employees.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates the cost to treat illness and chronic disease caused by inactive lifestyles is nearly $1,000 a year for every family in America.Getting 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five times a week, such as a brisk walk, can lower the risk of developing chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension and type 2 diabetes.