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  • Community Invited To Walk To the Moon & Back
    WITF, WellSpan Health and Capital BlueCross continue Transforming Health’s Here With You Campaign with free walking challenge

    Walking to the moon and back sounds like an ambitious if not insurmountable task. Transforming Health wants the community to collectively prove that it can be done by participating in the fun-filled “To the Moon & Back Walking Challenge.”

    Together as partners of the Transforming Health “Here With You” campaign, WITF, Capital BlueCross and WellSpan Health invite everyone in central Pennsylvania to join the free, 12-week initiative. The walking challenge promotes wellness by encouraging participants to walk in honor of those on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis: essential workers, healthcare staff, first responders and others. Each week, a participant will be randomly selected to receive a prize package. At the end of the challenge, a $500 donation will be made to two nonprofits chosen by the individual and team winners.  

    “So, how does one walk to the moon and back? Well, it is 238,900 miles to the moon. Together, we can get there and back with a combined 1,008,923,520 steps,” explained Heather Woolridge, WITF’s director of community engagement.

    Over a billion steps is a hefty goal, even as a community. To reach the goal, it is estimated that it will take 1,750 participants walking nearly 7,000 steps a day over the 12 weeks of the campaign. Participants are encouraged to complete at least 7,000 to 8,000 steps per day to meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation of at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week. 

    “’To the Moon & Back’ offers a simple and fun way for people of all ages to get outside and exercise, improve cardiac health, and alleviate some of the stress and fatigue that we’ve all faced over the past four months,” said Maria Royce, senior vice president strategy and market development and chief strategy officer for Wellspan Health.

    “We’re happy to be a part of this community-wide effort to promote health and wellness,” said Karie Batzler, Capital BlueCross’ director of behavioral health. “Walking not only benefits physical health, it’s a real boost to mental well-being. It’s a natural mood lifter, and summer is a perfect time to get out and walk, whether you’re starting an exercise routine, building on one, or just getting outside for a relaxing stroll.”

    The “To the Moon & Back Walking Challenge” begins Monday, June 15, and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 7. Participants may register as individuals or as part of a team. Registration is open now.

    About Capital BlueCross

    For more than 80 years, Capital BlueCross has served Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley by offering health insurance products, services and technology solutions that provide peace of mind to consumers and promote health and wellness for our members. The company delivers innovative solutions through a family of diversified businesses to create healthier lives and lower healthcare costs. Among these solutions are patient-focused care models, leading-edge data analytics and digital health technologies. Additionally, Capital Blue health and wellness centers provide in-person service and inspiration to help people reach their health goals. Capital BlueCross is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association.

    About WellSpan

    WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization includes a clinically integrated network of approximately 2,600 physicians and advanced practice providers (APPs), including more than 1,600 employed physicians and APPs; a regional behavioral health organization; a home care organization; eight respected hospitals; approximately 20,000 employees; and more than 200 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.

    For more information, contact:

    WITF -- Sarah Sheehan, 717.919.8924
    Capital BlueCross -- Michael Race, 717.541.7692
    WellSpan Health -- Will Lavery, 717.339.2473