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Highmark Puts Employee Health First on National Walk@Lunch Day
Date:4/27/2009

National Initiative Turns a Working Lunch into a Walking Lunch April 29

PITTSBURGH, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Walking one mile a day burns about 100 calories; and, to burn the calories in an average candy bar, a person would need to walk the length of a football field 33 times. Experts agree on the many health benefits of moderate-level physical activity each day, with walking being one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to exercise. Highmark employees will be making walking a part of their daily physical activity this Wednesday, April 29, when they lace up their walking shoes and join their peers and thousands of people across the country in National Walk@Lunch Day(R) activities from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

For the third consecutive year, Highmark has organized walks across Pennsylvania to support this Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association national event. The lunchtime activity will encourage employees to fit a walking program into their daily routines, and while doing so help participants to reduce their risk of a variety of medical conditions.

Highmark's walk is part of a growing national workplace fitness effort created in response to recent studies that show Americans do not have time during their day to exercise. This activity is part of the Highmark's Lifestyle Returns program which helps participants adopt healthier lifestyles and take a more active role in their health. An easy-to-follow program that involves nearly 60 percent of Highmark's employees, the program identifies health and lifestyle areas in need of improvement, then helps participants to develop and keep new, healthier habits.

Walk@Lunch Day activities will take place at a variety of Highmark locations including Pittsburgh, Camp Hill, Erie, Johnstown, Allentown and Hunt Valley, Md. Pittsburgh's walk will be supported by Western Pennsylvania-based walking-fitness expert, Leslie Sansone; and in Camp Hill, the "
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