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River walk aims to get rid of ‘desk potato’ issue for Detroit employees


Sitting at a desk for hours can be dull. It also is not the healthiest thing to do.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan wants to combat that “desk potato” problem, which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

As many as 49,000 cases of breast cancer and 43,000 cases of colon cancer occurring in the U.S. every year are linked to a lack of physical activity, according to estimates by the American Institute for Cancer Research annual conference.

For the 10th year, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is holding Walk at Lunch Day to encourage employees at all Detroit companies to get moving. As an added plus the program will tell walkers about low-cost ways to stay active on the Detroit RiverWalk.


The walk goes from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm on Friday, April 29, and hundreds of people are expected to partipate. Walk at Lunch Day kicks off the company’s Employee Health and Fitness month, which runs through May. .

Those who participate will earn other low-cost ways to stay healthy, which are offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as part of Live the Riverfront programming with the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. They include:

  • Free Tai Chi classes: Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
  • Free yoga classes: Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m.
  • Free Dequindre Cut Boot Camp: Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
  • Walk the RiverWalk Wednesdays: Registered participants walk the riverfront on their lunch break each Wednesday, picking up giveaways along the way.
  • BCBSM Riverfront 5K/10K: June 11. It replaces RiverFront Conservancy’s waterfront River Days Run and takes participants along the RiverWalk and the Dequindre Cut Greenway. Building upon the success of the 2015 event and the four previous races, this race drew more than 1,000 participants.
  • Moonlight yoga: In this unique twist on yoga classes, participants wear glowing jewelry and incorporate 16-inch lighted glow batons into traditional yoga poses.

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