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Published on April 20th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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SC BlueCross Hosting Walk@Lunch Events in 3 Cities

COLUMBIA, S.C. – BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina will sponsor three public events in observance of National Walk@Lunch DayTM.

A community walk will be held April 29 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the S.C. State House in Columbia. Community walks will also be held May 1 in Greenville and Charleston. Both walks will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Greenville event will be held at Falls Park. Charleston’s walk will be at Marion Square.

“National Walk@Lunch Day is a great opportunity for just about everybody to fit some exercise into their busy lives,” BlueCross Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shawn Stinson said. “A half hour walk at lunch can make a big improvement in your health.”

Stinson said health benefits of walking include managing your weight, controlling your blood pressure, decreasing your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, relieving arthritis and back pain, and lowering stress levels.

“National Walk@Lunch Day can mark the start of a commitment to walk every day,” he said. “Most of our schedules are built around the workday, so lunchtime walks are designed to fit into — not compete with — our daily routines.”
An Apple Watch, a GoPro camera and a $250 Dicks Sporting Goods gift card will be given away to randomly selected registered walkers at each site.

In advance of the community walks, BlueCross will provide free print-ready files for banners, fliers and other promotional materials to help any South Carolina school or business organize a workplace walk. For more information on these materials, call Glenn Niemiec at 803-264-4612.

About BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., and operating in South Carolina for more than 65 years, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The only South Carolina-owned and operated health insurance carrier, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina comprises more than 20 companies involved in health insurance services, U.S. DoD health program and Medicare contracts, other insurance and employee benefits services, and a philanthropic foundation that funds programs to improve health care and access to health care for South Carolinians.

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