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Desk to 5k: Anyone Can Do It

By Allison Bonner | December 22, 2013 | Careers & Culture, Health Conditions

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At BCBSNC we’re known for our dedication to improving the health of North Carolinians — and for our commitment to starting “at home.” One way we do that is by helping our employees live healthier lives. Our focus on health and wellness in the workplace has been recognized by the the Triangle Business Journal as one of the healthiest employers of the Triangle since 2012, the American Heart Association for the “Fit Friendly Award” since 2010, and more. But our commitment to wellness is about a whole lot more than company initiatives and shiny awards.

We wanted to tell you the story of our Desk to 5K program, which began this October.

This year 120 BCBSNC employees completed a 5k as a part of the Desk to 5k Wellness program. After training for eight weeks, some crossed the finish line for the very first time, while others were able to improve since last year. While dashing towards the finish line, everyone was making strides towards better health.

Training: In it to win it

We asked our onsite fitness instructor to create an eight week work out plan for our employees to use as they trained to either walk, jog or run a 5k. To provide constant motivation throughout the process (because becoming a runner is more fun with support), we also had a group of seasoned runner employees who volunteered their time to be mentors for small training groups. Many departments even formed their own running groups that met before or after work, or used their lunch break to train. Those connections helped create a deep sense of commitment, especially for our first-timers.

Our big race took place at the Blue 5k at the SAS Championship, which was open to all. Of the 105 employees racing on the Blue Cross team, 91 of them were from the Desk to 5k program! Even though everyone ran their own race, we were all in it together all the way to the finish line, cheering each other on.

The community spirit we created during the eight weeks of training and on race day continued on even after the program ended. In fact, smaller running groups at Blue Cross have continued training with the goal to improve and run another 5k, or maybe even a 10 miler. If we’re dreaming big, maybe some will even work up to a marathon! But we won’t get ahead of ourselves here.

We love how Kindra Robinson-Lowe put her experience:

Desk to 5k? Was I out of my mind? Maybe, but with consistency and perseverance, I was soon out of the house, off the couch and falling out of my clothes. What a life altering journey. I feel better and I look better. This is how a spell success now: FINISH!

The best part about the Desk to 5k program?

Anyone can do it! You can train on your own, with a family member, or with a running buddy. To begin training for your own 5k, you can visit our Pinterest board below. You’ll find training plans for our Walk, Walk/Run, Intermediate Walk/Run and Run training plans created by our onsite fitness instructor. Then find a fun 5k race in your area and reach your goal of crossing the finish line. Find your next race here. Good luck training!

Follow Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina’s board Desk 2 5K on Pinterest.