Don't Do This: National Walk @ Lunch Day


Suckers, I read on HR World that Wednesday is National Walk @ Lunch Day. It’s sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the website tells you why it’s so important to walk at lunch, yo:

Physical activity is vital to the well-being of all Americans. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that just 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as a moderate walk, at least five times a week can result in significant health benefits, such as lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and improving the health of muscles, bones, and joints.

I’m not anti-walking, necessarily, but I’m pro-MYOB when it comes to employers and private health matters.

Here’s my advice:

  • If you’re a Human Resources practitioner, please do not coordinate a Walk @ Lunch event. You have better things to do, and employees don’t want you to micromanage their health.
  • If you’re employed, you can continue the protest by eating a greasy double cheeseburger for lunch. In fact, don’t even get out of the car. Drive to McDonalds, go through the drive-thru, and then find the closest spot to your office in the parking lot so you don’t have to walk very far after lunch.

Hooray for National Walk @ Lunch Day!

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