April 21, 2017
NORTON, Kan. – Many staff and community members with the Norton County Hospital and Clinics, Norton Regional Health Foundation and Live Well Norton wellness coalition are among individuals and groups across the state of Kansas and nationally who will participate in the 11th annual National Walk @ Lunch Day®, to take place Wednesday, April 26th.
For 75 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has played an active role in helping Kansans lead healthier lives. Those efforts continue today through National Walk @ Lunch Day, which is a day that encourages people to take a walk during their lunch break and start a healthy routine.
According to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, walking is one of the easiest and most effective forms of exercise and, when done briskly and on a regular basis, 30 minutes of walking can:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and its employees are hosting organized walks April 26th in 13 Kansas communities, including Dodge City, El Dorado, Emporia, Garden City, Hays, Hutchinson, Independence, Lawrence, Manhattan, Pittsburg, Salina, Topeka and Wichita. In addition, it has encouraged businesses and organizations outside those areas to plan walks for their employees or in their communities. This is why the Norton County Hospital and Clinics, Norton Regional Health Foundation and Live Well Norton plan to join the effort and support being active and healthy locally.
In Norton, groups will meet at the entrance of Norton Medical Clinic at 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to take a 30-minute walk to downtown Norton and back to the clinic. Logan Clinic is also participating over the lunch hour, starting at 12 p.m. Community members are welcome to join staff in these walks if they wish; simply show up wearing comfortable shoes at the time of your choice.
Those who decide to participate with other employers or as individuals are encouraged to share photos and videos of their walks on social media. Be sure to use the hashtag #NWLDKS for National Walk @ Lunch Day – Kansas and #NTCOWALKS for those walking in and around Norton County.