SALEM, Ore., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- With the 2007 session underway,
members of the Oregon State Legislature will face many new challenges
intended to improve the state's healthcare system. One that doesn't involve
drafting a bill is the Move It! Program, sponsored by Regence BlueCross
BlueShield of Oregon. Move It! offers legislators the chance to improve
their own health and that of their communities.
The Oregon health insurance company is again calling on the 90 members
of Oregon's Legislature to help raise awareness about increasing obesity
levels in the state by doing more of something they will likely do a lot of
anyway this session: walking. The Move It! program is designed to mix
awareness, action and a little friendly competition into the overall
conversation about health. The program was previously known as Legislators
on the Move.
To participate in Move It!, legislators will be asked to wear
pedometers and record the number of steps they take for six weeks during
the 2007 legislative session. They will report their progress after three
weeks and at the end of the legislative session. The program runs from
February 1 through March 16, 2007. The three legislators who walk the
farthest will earn $5000, $2500 or $1000 depending on their finishing
place, for a school of their choice from their legislative district.
Regence will donate the funds, which can be used for any health-related
"It's important that we teach proper fitness to our youth," said the
2005 Legislators on the Move winner Senator Ginny Burdick. "Our children
are at a very impressionable age where healthy habits can be formed. This
is one way to get them started on the right track to good health."
"The Move It program is one example of how Regence is leading by
example in our community to help people get healthy," said J. Bart
McMullan, Jr., M.D., president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon.
"We look forward to a successful legislative session where our legislators
will turn a little friendly competition into an opportunity to further
serve their communities."
About Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon provides medical, dental and
related coverage for nearly one million members in Oregon and in Clark
County, Washington. It's part of Regence, the largest health insurer in the
northwest and intermountain states, collectively covering nearly three
million people. Regence plans are independent licensees of the Blue Cross
and Blue Shield Association. Nearly one in three Americans has health care
coverage through Blue Plans. For more information, visit
SOURCE Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon