National Walk @ Lunch Day (NW@L Day) has been a Blue Cross Blue and Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) tradition for 13 years. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, BCBSNE has changed its approach.

Instead of asking Nebraskans to lace up their shoes and walk for 30 minutes on Wednesday, April 29 for the annual event, BCBSNE is encouraging the public to focus on their well-being in a way that fits current health and safety guidelines.

“It goes without saying that this has been a trying time for everyone as we face the coronavirus pandemic,” said Kathy Nellor, BCBSNE health transformation leader. “The need to remain physically active on a regular basis is important throughout your lifetime and important during this time as well, which is why we decided to continue to hold this year’s event.”

Ideas for staying active and safe during this time include taking a walk outside while practicing social distancing, following along to a workout video or app or even taking time to slow down and meditate. Here are some tips from the World Health Organization on being active during COVID-19.

“Regular physical activity benefits both your body and mind,” Nellor said. “Taking 30 minutes on April 29 to get moving is a great way to break up the routine of working from home, relieve stress and spend some time with the family.”

Whatever the activity may be, BCBSNE encourages all Nebraskans to take the NW@L Day pledge and spend 30 minutes on April 29 focused on their well-being.

Taking the pledge also benefits the community. BCBSNE will donate $20 for every group or organization and $1 for every individual who registers to Special Olympics Nebraska.

Additionally, BCBSNE will randomly choose one participating Nebraska school to receive a $1,000 grant for its physical education department. The Winside Wildcats were the winners of last year’s grant. No extra registration is needed – simply take the pledge and your school could win.

Are you ready to take the NW@L Day pledge? Register here.

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