Stepping out on a spring day are, from left, Natalia Bykowski, payroll assistant; Linda Bell, director of HR; Karin Davis, payroll administrator; Becky Lowe, tax assistant; and Kristy Kenderdine, bookkeeper—just 5 of the 47 Fred Beans employees who participated in National Walk@Lunch Day on April 28.

Forty-seven employees from several Doylestown Fred Beans locations were out in the wind and intermittent sunshine on Wednesday, April 28, to walk during their lunch breaks.

Sponsored by the Fred Beans Healthy Living Committee, the groups walked in the neighborhoods around their businesses—joining thousands around the country who heeded the invitation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to get out and walk for the 2010 National Walk@Lunch Day®.

Independence Blue Cross, the company’s insurance provider, provided water bottles for the walkers. However, the goal was not gimmicks and gifts, but to incorporate physical activity into the work day and take positive steps toward a healthier lifestyle.

“Even with the wind, it was a pleasant way to get some exercise,” says Linda Bell, HR director and member of the company’s Healthy Living Committee. “We hope it showed everyone just how easy it is to take a brisk walk at lunchtime with a few coworkers.”

National Walk@Lunch Day is an extension of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s WalkingWorks® program.

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