There is much activity around Humana and it is hoped to sustain for the next 14 weeks. It is the 100 Day Dash – a step challenge designed to encourage Humana associates and their family members to move more and have fun doing it.
The Dash initiated on the day of April 2 and is open to entire associates and their adult dependents who engage in Go365, a wellness rewards program. Steps are tracked by pedometers or other fitness devices, and associates with physical disabilities or medical conditions that stop them from walking/running are participating in an alternative workout program. Accepting alternative workouts is a way to involve even more associates in the Dash and reflects Humana’s inclusive culture concentrated on well-being.
“Our Dash is all about purpose and fun, and it is believed to be one of the special experiences we have together at Humana,” stated Tim State, Enterprise Vice-President, Associate Health & Well-being. “The Dash is a way to challenge yourself as an individual and be part of something bigger. It rallies us to make better our own well-being while reinforcing our commitment to make better the health of the communities we serve.”
43% of Humana associates participated in last year’s Dash, and they took 16 billion steps, half a billion more than in the year of 2015. More than 9,000 associates who participated improved their step counts over 2015 year. Unhealthy Days have also declined for Humana associates – from 6.1 Unhealthy Days a month in 2012 to 5.2 in the year of 2016.
The motivation to Dash is different for each associate, and a sense of intention and belonging often play a huge part. Jamie Edmonds, a Consumer Experience consultant, had heart surgery just before the Dash started in the year of 2016. However, her team expressed concern for her, she yet acquired her personal aim of walking one million steps. This year, she is determined to hit 1.25 million steps and she said participating again “feels like a victory.”
“I used to take physical activity for granted,” she stated. “My heart surgery and other health problems this past year entirely changed my perspective. It used to be that ‘I’ve to run’ or ‘I have to get my steps in.’ Now it is ‘I get to run’ and ‘I get to get my steps.’”
The Dash has also partnered with the Humana Foundation for a third year. If Humana associates reach an overall step goal of 17 billion steps by the end of the Dash, the Humana Foundation will offer $17,000 to a charity selected by associates. Additionally, associates can support a charity as part of their individual Dash prize.
In the month of April, as part of National Volunteer Month and Earth month, those participating in the 100 Day Dash are motivated to “Dash for Trash,” cleaning up their communities with trash kits that involve garbage bags, gloves and sanitizing wipes, all while getting their steps in for the Dash.
The 100 Day Dash runs through the day of Monday, July 10.
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