Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s 12th annual National Walk at Lunch day is just around the corner, and over 800 BCBSNE employees are gearing up to walk on Wednesday, April 25.

Kathy Nellor, BCBSNE wellness services manager, has been participating in National Walk at Lunch day since it began 12 years ago.

“Being able to gather with a group of co-workers and spend 30 minutes together outside, enjoying the fresh air, is a reminder of how simple working in physical activity each day can be,” said Nellor. “This is just one way BCBSNE encourages employees to make time for physical activity—even if it’s just for 30 minutes a day.”

Nellor notes National Walk at Lunch Day as a spring-board for healthy habits. Getting up and moving will combat the effect of a sedentary desk job, while also leaving you with an energy boost.

“National Walk at Lunch Day has become engrained in employee culture at BCBSNE,” said Mandy Wood, BCBSNE marketing manager. “You forget you’re exercising because you’re surrounded by your co-workers enjoying the spring weather. It’s a great opportunity to get up from your desk and get moving outside.”

This event demonstrates how Blues Plans across the country value employee wellness and the impact of physical activity on overall personal well-being. Attracting over 30 thousand participants in Nebraska, BCBSNE’s National Walk at Lunch Day calls on schools, individuals and organizations to join the movement in promoting an active lifestyle.

“It’s important to create awareness around the simplicity of adding activity to your daily routine,” said Nellor. “Grab a co-worker or friend and just get moving!”

Take the pledge to participate in National Walk at Lunch Day here.