Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont Joins National Workplace Fitness Effort
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Joins National Workplace Fitness Effort.Employees Will Join Thousands of Americans forNational Walk @ Lunch DaySM on April 18, 2007Berlin, Vermont – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont and its 350+ employees will join Blue plans across the country in hosting the first annual National Walk @ Lunch DaySM on April 18, 2007. Walk @ Lunch Day is a workplace walking program, which encourages people to take time during their lunch breaks to start walking toward better health and is nationally sponsored by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont will hold special events in Burlington, Montpelier and Rutland; BCBSVT representatives expect thousands of Vermonters to participate. In addition to the more than 350 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont employees, for example, employees from the following BCBSVT groups will also participate:”The Vermont Education Health Initiative (VEHI), Vermont’s teachers and other school employees”Rutland Regional Medical Center”City of BurlingtonThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the cost to treat illness and chronic disease caused by inactive lifestyles is nearly $1,000 for every family in America, every year. Simply getting 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as a brisk walk, at least five times a week, has significant health benefits, such as lowering the risk of developing or dying from cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and improving the health of muscles, bones and joints. [Source: Physical Activity and Health, A Report of the Surgeon General, 1996]The National Walk @ Lunch Day event will take place at workplaces throughout Vermont and across the country. Most American’s schedules are built around their workdays, so National Walk @ Lunch Day is designed to fit into, not compete with, the average daily routine. Many employers are supporting National Walk @ Lunch Day by encouraging their workforces to participate.”National Walk @ Lunch Day is designed to educate millions of consumers about how their daily decisions can have an impact on their health and well-being. It also creates an opportunity for employers to engage their employees in physical activity that promotes a healthier workplace environment,” said Scott Serota, president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. “Better informed and more physically active consumers also can mean fewer serious health problems down the road which helps better control the rising cost of health care in our nation.”Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont joins companies and employees nationwide hosting lunchtime walks. Employers recognize the health benefits of incorporating walking into employee’s daily activities.”We want to encourage all Vermont employers, whether they’re our customers or not, to participate in this first [email protected](link sends e-mail) Day,” said William Milnes, president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. “That’s why we’re holding several special events this year, in Burlington, Rutland and Montpelier. We will also have some modest incentives available for employers in all areas of the state to use in encouraging their employees to take this fun and important step toward better fitness.Employers who want information about special programs related to [email protected](link sends e-mail) Day here in Vermont should contact the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont sales and service staff at 800.255.4550 or visit the organization’s web site at www.bcbsvt.com/walkatlunch(link is external).Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and its full-service field office in Williston, and has offered group and individual health plans to Vermonters for more than 60 years.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.