Nebraskan's invited to take a walk

Lincoln-Nebraskans are invited to take part in a wellness walk through the 2nd floor halls of the State Capitol-or wherever they are-Thursday, Jan. 3 at noon.

This is the sixth year a walk led by state leaders has been held to heighten awareness of the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle. Taking part are Governor Dave Heineman, UNL Track & Field All-American Ashley Miller, Nebraska's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joann Schaefer and several State Senators, who will be accompanied by more than 100 wellness leaders and workers from the Capitol, State Office Building and surrounding businesses.

Gov. Heineman, Miller and Dr. Schaefer will issue brief remarks in the 2nd floor rotunda prior to the walk, along with Dave Mlnarik, Executive Director of the Nebraska Sports Council, which conducts the LiveWell Team Challenge, a team weight-loss and physical activity competition beginning on Jan. 14.

The Walk demonstrates a simple way to incorporate exercise and good nutrition into one's daily routine. Benefits of daily physical activity and a healthy diet include reduced risk of disease, improved brain function, increased energy, better weight control and better sleep. Those not able to attend the event at the Capitol are encouraged to join in spirit by walking for 30 minutes at noon on Jan. 3 wherever they work or reside.

Miller, a senior from Tipton, Iowa, wrapped up her UNL Track & Field Career as a three-time All-American and the Big 10 Champion in the outdoor 1,500 and 3,200 meters and indoor 3,000 meters. She was also voted the 2011-12 Nebraska Female Student-Athlete of the Year. As a nutrition science and dietetics student, Miller's remarks prior to the Walk will focus on the benefits of a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Over the past 11 years of the LiveWell Team Challenge, more than 70,000 Nebraskans have lost more than 200,000 pounds and accumulated 50 million activity minutes. 70% of surveyed participants also report maintaining their weight loss and activity levels six months after the program ends.

Most participating teams are made up of co-workers from participating businesses. Thus far, more than 90 Nebraska companies have incorporated the Team Challenge into their 2013 wellness plan. Total participation is expected to exceed 7,500. Those interested can register, or find details, at or by calling 402-471-2544.

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