Getting Active And Supporting Our Community

It can be easy to put off being physically active while juggling a busy work schedule, getting the kids to soccer practice and running errands.

That’s one of the reasons we take steps to help employees to get up and move, from onsite fitness classes to encouraging employees to take walks on their lunch breaks.

This month we hosted our annual 5K run/walk for employees and their families at Lindenwood Park in Fargo. The 5K offered an opportunity for employees and their families to get active together and have fun. Here are some benefits of running.

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Supporting the United Way
We donated all proceeds from the employee 5K to the United Way of Cass-Clay for the second year in a row.

Through employee registration fees for the event, refreshment proceeds at the 5K and other donations, we raised $1,750 for the United Way of Cass-Clay to help those in need in our community.

“Thank you very much, not just for your support tonight, but for your continued support of the United Way,” Travis Christopher of the United Way, said in remarks to employees before the 5K, thanking us for partnering with the United Way and helping to support their mission.

Family fun
We had family-friendly games and a kids dash. Families also had an opportunity to play at a nearby playground before and after the 5K.

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Children take part in the kids dash.

Some of our employees who are more serious runners were able to time themselves and get in a competitive run. But most employees and their families jogged or walked.

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Employees cheered on their coworkers along the way and as they finished. Many employees also spent time chatting before, during and after the event.

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Many participated with young children or pushed strollers, showing that anyone can take steps to improve their health. Here are some tips to help parents incorporate exercise into their busy schedules.

Ryan Schuster is an editor in the Communications department at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.