NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Walking works. To prove just that, state Senators will be lacing up their shoes to raise the awareness of the importance of physical activity as they participate in the “Walk Around the Capitol” challenge.

Led by Sen. Diane Black and Sen. Joe Haynes, Senate Republicans will compete against Senate Democrats by keeping track of the minutes they spend walking each day in a challenge sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

The challenge, which began March 3, will end on Friday, April 11, after six weeks of friendly competition. The Senate team with the most minutes logged will receive a check for $10,000 from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust to donate to the state’s Coordinated School Health program on behalf of their party.

Founded in 2001, Coordinated School Health (CHS) seeks to connect health with education. CHS has been a strong partner of BlueCross’ WalkingWorks for Schools program, which encourages children across the state to engage in the simplest of physical activities – walking.

A final event will take place on National Walk@Lunch Day, Wednesday, April 30, with a “Walk Around the Capitol” event to include challenge participants, local schools, businesses and members of Coordinated School Health.

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