KEARNEY — Thousands of Kearney-area employees will walk out on their jobs Wednesday.
Conducted during National Employee Fitness Week, Walk Out on Your Job promotes the importance of physical activity and nutrition.
The walk is organized by Wellness Works, a Kearney non-profit organization designed to educate, support, facilitate and recognize corporate wellness.
The event, which is open to Kearney-area businesses, includes a 1 1/2 mile walk followed by a healthy lunch.
According to the American Heart Association, walking for as few as 30 minutes a day provides heart health benefits.
Employers can save $16 for every $1 they spend on health and wellness, according to the American Heart Association.
Walk Out on Your Job will take place at noon Wednesday at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Participants should meet on the west side of the Health and Sports Center, near the College of Education building.
Last year, over 2,200 people participated in the event.
Sponsors for the event are UNK, UNK Dining Services, Activate Buffalo County, Kearney Family YMCA, Baldwin Filters, city of Kearney, Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney Hub, Moonlight Screenprinting and Embroidery, Cash-Wa Distributing, Eaton Corporation, Sports Village, Kearney Dental Clinic, Associated Staffing, Apple Market, Aaron's Rent to Own, Chief Industries, General Nutrition GNC, Morris Press, Region 3 and the Viaero Event Center.