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National Walk @ Lunch Day April 27th
CLARKSDALE — Regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to manage our health, it can sometimes be difficult to find time to participate in the recommended 30 minutes per day. That's why Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi is encouraging everyone to take a walk during the lunchtime hour as part of the 10th Anniversary National Walk @ Lunch Day on Wednesday, April 27.

National Walk @ Lunch Day April 27th

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4157 - Matthew Killebrew - mkillebrew@coahomacc.edu

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Mon Apr 25, 2016

CLARKSDALE — Regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to manage our health, it can sometimes be difficult to find time to participate in the recommended 30 minutes per day. That's why Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi is encouraging everyone to take a walk during the lunchtime hour as part of the 10th Anniversary National Walk @ Lunch Day on Wednesday, April 27.

Coahoma Community College will be participating with everyone asked to join on the Fit for Life Fitness Trail at noon on Wednesday. If there is inclement weather, the event will be moved inside the Pinnacle.

National Walk @ Lunch Day is an initiative of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, encouraging people to use their lunch break to get the recommended 30 minutes each day. Because most of our day is built around our work schedule, National Walk @ Lunch Day is designed to fit into and not compete with a person's daily routine.

According to thewalkingsite.com, an average person has a stride length of approximately 2.1 to 2.5 feet. That means that it takes over 2,000 steps to walk one mile; and 10,000 steps would be almost 5 miles. A sedentary person may only average 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day. For these people adding steps has many health benefits.

The Walk @ Lunch Day initiative was started by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association 10 years ago to encourage more people to start a walking program and improve health with each and every step. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average cost to treat illness and chronic disease caused by inactive lifestyles is $1,000 per American family every year. However, just 30 minutes of exercise on most days of the week can have a significant impact in reducing obesity and the associated healthcare costs.

Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the spring weather and go walking during National Walk @ Lunch Day. You can also find additional information on starting a walking program at www.letsgowalkinms.com.

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