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Clara Barton celebrates National Walk at Lunch Day with free lunch
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Clara Barton staff member Amy Schwager gives lunch to participant and fellow staff member Deb Hawkins after she walked her laps at Clara Barton in Great Bend for National Walk at Lunch Day on April 26. - photo by Riley Brungardt

In celebration of National Walk at Lunch Day Clara Barton invited employees and volunteers to walk a few laps and enjoy a free sack lunch during their lunch break. 

Volunteers showed to the front entrance of Clara Barton in Great Bend and were greeted by friendly staff Natalie Bieberle, Amy Schwager, and others. After signing in, walkers were allowed to choose their distance covered on the sidewalk around the building. After walking, a free lunch was waiting at the table for participants to grab and go.

“We always promote the walk because we want to highlight how walking can improve everyone’s health,” Clara Barton Foundation Wellness Chair Karla Chrissman said. “It’s a simple activity that can reduce the risk of chronic diseases.”

Chrissman said that Great Bend had about two dozen walkers and Hoisington had about 100 walkers. All walkers were treated to free ham or turkey sandwiches and a bottle of water. Clara Barton Medical Center in Hoisington also gave all participants the opportunity to enter a door prize giveaway.

This walk has been promoted for Clara Barton in Hoisington for the last six years Chrissman said. This is Great Bend’s second year participating in the walk. Clara Barton will continue to promote the benefit of walking by having a “hit your stride” challenge where the staff will be counting their steps for the entire month of May.