Even with our altered normal, National Walk @ Lunch (NW@L) Day motivated Nebraskans all over the state to focus on their well-being.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) had over 1,100 Nebraskans and 146 groups and schools take the NW@L Day pledge.

Everyone who took the pledge helped raise $4,059 for Special Olympics Nebraska to support the nonprofit’s 19 year-round sports, free health screenings and school programs across the state.

Nebraskans shared all kinds of NW@L Day photos. From family walks to evening cardio, BCBSNE was thrilled to see the participation in this year’s adjusted event.

“This is the first time I have participated in NW@L Day,” said Janeth Gilpin, customer service representative at BCBSNE. “I came across the article on the employee engagement app, and I thought it was a great idea. It’s something I should try incorporating into my family’s daily life going forward, and my children definitely enjoyed going out for a walk.”

BCBSNE’s employees weren’t the only ones joining in. Groups and schools, including Spreetail and Hitchcock Elementary, were spotted on social media staying active and well.

One lucky school that participated even won a $1,000 physical education grant for taking the pledge. Congratulations to Cedar Bluffs Public Schools, this year’s winner.

Missed out on the event? It doesn’t have to be NW@L Day to focus on your well-being. Whatever the activity may be, BCBSNE encourages all Nebraskans to take time to improve their wellness during these challenging times.

“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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