June 7, 2013

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Move Across Kansas individual fitness tracker to launch July 1

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation contributes to State employee awards program

TOPEKA, Kan.—The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced today that a new, online exercise and wellness program will kick off July 1. The program is called Move Across Kansas, and it will be available to anyone interested in tracking their exercise time and fitness level year-round.

Move Across Kansas allows the participant to track his or her progress on a map, or route, simulating a tour across the state. A new route will be available each month, with each route displaying various points of interest along the trail. Move Across Kansas is modeled after the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas employee wellness program of the same name.

“To maximize a fitness program, it’s recommended that adults obtain at least 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week. This program application we’ve developed will hopefully offer Kansans an interesting means to that end. The online, virtual routes within Move Across Kansas encourage participants to maintain an exercise routine while learning more about the state in which they live,” said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer.

Move Across Kansas is launching on the heels of the Governor’s Weight Loss Challenge, which had 5,000 participants and resulted in more than 44,400 pounds of total weight lost between January and May. Move Across Kansas can assist those who participated in the Governor’s Weight Loss Challenge with maintaining their exercise routine.

“The weight loss challenge was a tremendous success because of the many people across the state making the commitment to start and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Move Across Kansas promises to be a great tool in carrying out that commitment and tracking additional fitness milestones,” said Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, who was present for the announcement today at Curtis State Office Building.

The website address for the individual fitness tracking program will be announced in mid-June to allow participants enough time to register before the first route begins July 1. Participants will be able to start a Move Across Kansas route at any point during the month, but the application requires that participants log a total of 600 minutes of exercise between the start and ending of a month to complete that month’s route. 

BCBSKS Foundation contributes to State employee prize drawing

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation announced today its contribution of $4,500 toward State employee incentives in Move Across Kansas. With the BCBSKS Foundation contribution, the State Employee Health Plan within KDHE will conduct a prize drawing for State employees who complete routes from July through October. Ninety state employees will be selected and presented a gift card worth $50. State employees will be entered into the drawing each time they complete a route, so chances in the drawing increase with each route completed. 

“Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is an important partner in our work to increase employee wellness. The contribution of the BCBSKS Foundation is greatly appreciated and we thank everyone there for their role in a healthier Kansas,” said Dr. Moser.

“We are pleased to support the efforts of State of Kansas employees, and are excited about State employees joining us as we journey across Kansas,” said Andrew C. Corbin, President and CEO of both Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation. “The State of Kansas is the largest group we serve and we are happy to take these steps with them.”

Additionally, members of the State Employee Health Plan who complete routes in Move Across Kansas will earn HealthQuest wellness credits toward their health insurance premium discount.

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