On April 27, Nebraskans across the state took 30 minutes out of their day to focus on their well-being by participating in National Walk at Lunch (NW@L) Day.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) and YMCAs across the state host this annual event. For 2022, nearly 3,000 Nebraskans and 153 businesses and schools took the NW@L Day pledge.

Everyone who took the pledge helped raise $5,000 for Special Olympics Nebraska (SONE) to support the nonprofit’s programs across the state. SONE provides year-round athletic training, access to health services and educational programming for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

“We value this long-term partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska and continue to promote the health and well-being of everyone, including those with intellectual disabilities,” said Carolyn Chamberlin, president and chief executive officer of SONE.

In addition to the donation to SONE, one lucky school that participated won a $1,000 physical education grant for taking the pledge. Congratulations to Cozad Public Schools, this year’s winner.

“The impact of this extra funding for our physical education program will last years to come and prove to be a beneficial tool that will allow our mission of building physically literate individuals within the community of Cozad,” said David Squires, Cozad Elementary School physical educator. “We aim to have the best resources, equipment and curriculum to serve our students, and with this generous act, we will have that opportunity to continue our improvement as a program.”

For the first time since 2019, BCBSNE hosted an in-person NW@L event at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village. Walkers enjoyed beautiful weather, snacks and music while walking with coworkers and friends.

Weren’t able to participate? It doesn’t have to be NW@L Day to focus on health and wellness. Whatever the activity may be, BCBSNE encourages all Nebraskans to take time to improve their well-being.

“This event is a great starting point for healthy habits, but it’s always a good time to make your well-being a priority,” said Kathy Nellor, health transformation leader at BCBSNE.

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