Walk at Lunch Day gets people outside, active

By Torin Otis, NewsNetNebraska

Hundreds of students and staff filled University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus sidewalks Wednesday as part of the second annual National Walk at Lunch Day, a benefit for Nebraska recreational trails.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska will contribute $20 to the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation for each organization that registered to walk. Executive director at Nebraska Sports Council Dave Mlnarik said that while the event is simple, it’s a key step in promoting a healthy lifestyle.

“We really just want to get people out and reinforce the importance of eating well and living a healthy lifestyle,” Mlnarik said.

The walk, part of the LiveWell Challenge Series, offers friendly team competition in weight loss and physical activity.

UNL mechanical engineering major Kyle Finnegan didn’t sign up for the event, but participated in the walk anyway.

“It’s the first nice day outside we’ve had in awhile, and they’re giving away cool stuff so I figured what the heck,” Finnegan said.

UNL geology major Aaron Page echoed Finnegan’s thoughts.

“I love being outdoors and taking walks,” Page said. “If I wanted to stay in doors, I’d be a computer science major.”

Participants were given the option of a 1-mile, 2-mile, and 5k route. Stops on the route included tips about health screenings, nutrition and weight management.

In 2012, nearly 37,000 Nebraskans registered to take 30-minute walks at lunch. In all, 366 organizations and 400 individuals from 70 Nebraska communities participated.

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