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

Million Calorie March" organizer, Gary Marino, will be on hand to motivate and inspire participants.

"National Walk@Lunch Day is designed as an easy way for our employees to fit some exercise into their busy lives," said Donald Fischer, MD, Highmark's chief medical officer. "The process is simple - just take a half hour walk at lunch. Making it a habit can contribute to an individual's health and the overall health of the nation."

By making the commitment to walk to better health, Highmark employees are reducing their likelihood of costly future health problems. Research shows that a regular walking program can help control weight, condition the heart and lungs, and prevent the onset of health problems. Walking can help those with chronic illnesses to better manage their health. Highmark is one of many health-conscious companies across America encouraging employees to take steps to better health.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates the cost to treat illness and chronic disease caused by inactive lifestyles is nearly $1,000 for every family in America, each year. Simply getting 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as a brisk walk, at least five times a week has significant health benefits including lowering the risk of developing or dying from cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and improving the health of muscles, bones and joints.

"National Walk@Lunch Day will not only provide a good chance for our employees to create time in their busy work schedules to exercise, but it will also be an opportunity to learn more about the benefits of walking each day," said Dr. Fischer. "Highmark and our employees are proud to participate in this innovative event."

Highmark recognizes the health benefits of incorporating health and wellness into employees' daily activities. Highmark's nearly 19,000 employees are provided with many opportunit
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