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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma Encourages Walking to Improve Health with National Walk@Lunch Day

May. 02, 2016

Tulsa, OK — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) employees took a big step toward better health and joined walkers across the country in the tenth-annual National Walk@Lunch DayTM on Wednesday, April 27.

This nationwide event encourages individuals to use their lunch break as a way to incorporate exercise into their busy schedules. On this day each year, BCBSOK encourages employers to support their employees in taking a walk at lunch.

BCBSOK employees got moving during lunch on Wednesday in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Tulsa Headquarters employees at 1400 S. Boston Ave. participated with a walking route around the facility and an outdoor scavenger hunt. BCBSOK employees in the Oklahoma City office, located at 3817 NW Expressway, completed an outdoor walking course.

National Walk@Lunch Day is a national program that was established by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association in 2007 to remind people to take time during their lunch break and start walking towards a healthier way of life. Because most people's schedules are built around their workdays, National Walk@Lunch Day is designed to fit into — not compete with — their daily routine. More information about National Walk@Lunch Day can be found at

"Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma is committed to improving the health and wellness of our employees and members," said Ted Haynes, president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. "National Walk@Lunch Day is a great way to kick off a healthy exercise routine, and we encourage everyone to find a way to take part in this annual event. Small steps can make a big difference on the path to a healthier lifestyle. As always, consult your doctor before you embark on a new exercise routine."

According to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least five times a week can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension and type 2 diabetes, while also helping with weight loss, lowering cholesterol, improving bone and muscle health and preventing future health issues. A brisk walk is an easy way to accomplish this healthy amount of physical activity.

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