MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – Hundreds tightened their laces Wednesday for National Walk@Lunch day in Downtown Mobile. It’s a statewide initiative by Blue Cross Blue Shield to get employees active during their lunch break.
The one-mile walk toured Downtown Mobile around Government Plaza from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. The City of Mobile and Mobile County also brought in local health officials and vendors for residents to have a free health check.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the cost to treat illness and chronic disease caused by inactive lifestyles is nearly $1,000 a year for every family in America. Studies also show walking just 30 minutes a day can help improve an individual’s overall health.
Organizers say this commitment can help reduce the likelihood of future health problems and can help lower overall healthcare costs for both the employer and employees.
National Walk@Lunch Day is now a statewide initiative with walks also taking place in Birmingham, Montgomery and Huntsville.
For more information and to register, go to AlabamaBlue.com/walkatlunch.