Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) has hosted National Walk @ Lunch (NW@L) Day for 13 years, but given current conditions, BCBSNE has adjusted the format of the event while keeping its same goals in mind.

BCBSNE typically asks participants to take the NW@L Day pledge and walk for 30 minutes. With social distancing guidelines in place, BCBSNE is instead encouraging Nebraskans to spend 30 minutes on Wednesday, April 29 focusing on their well-being.

“Taking care of our physical and mental well-being is important now more than ever,” said Kathy Nellor, health transformation leader at BCBSNE. “We hope by taking this day to focus on our health and well-being, it will help jumpstart a movement of personal self-care for participants and their families.”

By taking the pledge, participants are also supporting the community as BCBSNE will continue its tradition of donating $1 to Special Olympics Nebraska for every individual and $20 for every group, organization or school that pledges.

“Funds from NW@L Day will support our 19 year-round sports, free health screenings and programs in schools across the state, as well as leadership training and development for our athletes,” said Erin Stoll, major gifts officer at Special Olympics Nebraska. “We are especially appreciative of BCBSNE’s support during this time of uncertainty.”

Local schools, such as Columbus Public Schools and Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, are joining to work toward a stronger and healthier community. One participating Nebraska school will win a $1,000 grant for taking the NW@L Day pledge.

To participate in NW@L Day, simply take the pledge and find 30 minutes to focus on your well-being on April 29.