Back on My Feet, a national nonprofit agency, declared it is expanding its partnership with Cigna through a $100,000 grant from the Cigna Foundation and the naming of a Cigna executive to its Board of Directors to assist drive health and wellness programming. Operating in 12 huge cities coast to coast, Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources.
Dave Guilmette, President, Global Employer and Private Exchanges for Cigna Corporation, was recently elected as Vice Chairman of the Back on My Feet National Board of Directors, providing oversight and leadership to the strategic vision of the national nonprofit. Guilmette joined the Back on My Feet board in the time period of early 2016 and brings with him more than thirty years’ experience in the health care industry.
With Guilmette’s leadership and the $100,000 in grant support from the Cigna Foundation, Back on My Feet and Cigna will launch an enhanced Health and Wellness Program to help Back on My Feet program participants lead healthier lives.
“Back on My Feet and Cigna are naturally aligned with a devotion to investing in health as a key component to success,” stated Katy Sherratt, Back on My Feet CEO. “We’re honored to have Dave expand his leadership role with Back on My Feet, bringing his expertise and insight to the board. Through our partnership with Cigna, we are capable to further grow our mission and give our members continued support on their path out of homelessness.”
By engaging in the Back on My Feet program, members have seen, on average, a 48% reduction in high blood pressure, a 41% decrease in obesity and a 13% decrease in BMI. The new Cigna-supported Health and Wellness program targets Back on My Feet alumni, individuals who’ve graduated from the program into employment and independent housing, and are working hard to stay on their feet.
“I am honored to be capable to serve in an even deeper leadership capacity with Back on My Feet, an agency that is giving individuals a chance to overcome homelessness, with opportunities to better understand their physical and mental well-being, maintain physically active lives and make healthy lifestyle decisions,” Guilmette said.
Back on My Feet and Cigna’s multifaceted partnership will assist to break down the immense barriers to healthy living the homeless population face. For further information and to help support Back on My Feet, visit https://www.backonmyfeet.org/.
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