Today is National Walk to Work Day. As the number of employee wellness programs continue to soar in the US business world, this holiday seems the perfect fit! According to an article updated on 6/7/14, on About.com, “If your commute is too long, [as many of ours here in Metro-Atlanta are] make it a Walk to Lunch Day. Invite your co-workers to join with you for Walk to Work Day, or join you in a Walk to Lunch.”
Did you know….“Walking for 30-60 minutes a day greatly reduces your risk of dying from heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes” By finding a way to make walking part of each day, you are giving yourself proven health benefits far beyond any promised by herbs, vitamins, or prescription drugs. Walking for 30 minutes a day as part of your work commute or lunch puts you into the “Moderate Physical Activity” category and greatly lowers your health risks.”
Losing weight is always one of the top New Year’s Resolutions made by individuals each year. It’s only fitting that January 1st thru 7th, is “Diet Resolution Week”. While shedding unwanted pounds is a great goal to have, be sure that you are focused on getting fit. It is much better to be healthy than to simply be skinny. HR Strategies is proud to partner with Humana Vitality as our wellness program. Below are two simple and main tips from the Vitality program, which can not only aide you in shedding pounds, but increase your energy and overall well-being.
- Start a food journal.
Knowing what you are actually consuming, can lead to healthier choices. A 2008 National Institutes of Health (NIH) study shows that keeping a food diary can double a person’s weight loss.
- Eat right for weight loss.
There is no magic formula, weight loss simply comes down to using more calories than you are consuming.
Shedding those extra pounds, and increasing your overall well-being, will pay off in all aspects of your life, including your job performance!
For more tips from Humana Vitality visit https://www.humana.com/learning-center/health-and-wellbeing/healthy-living/.
HR Strategies’ internal staff is currently participating in Humana’s Vitality program. However, according to SHRM, other countries have taken their wellness initiatives in a bit of a different direction.
The following is an excerpt from this SHRM article.
Workers in Stockholm are sweating to a disco beat during their lunch hours in a trend that started several years ago and has since spread elsewhere to cities around Europe, according to an April 2012 USA Today article. Lunch Beat, an hour-long dance party, starts at noon and is held off the worksite typically. In Stockholm, the parties have been held at an underground parking lot and a cultural center. No alcohol is involved. Portugal was to start its first Lunch Beat in May 2012.
What are you doing to encourage wellness in your workplace?
“No matter your stage in life or health, HumanaVitality has something to offer everyone.”
On Wednesday, we gave you HumanaVitality in a nutshell. Today, we’re going to dig deeper into the program. Our writers, who have personally gone through the process, found the program to be informative and engaging. By starting out with a Health Assessment, HumanaVitality is customized to fit your needs rather than sticking you in a generic box. The assessment factors in things like cholesterol level, blood pressure, weight, and blood glucose levels. It also asks about physical activity, alcohol consumption, smoking habits, and family medical history. Since this assessment is completely confidential, answering honestly will give you your best results.
When you complete your Health Assessment, you’ll be given a personal Vitality Age™ based on your answers. Humana defines Vitality Age™ as how fast your body is aging based on the health choices you’ve made. This determines your Personal Pathway, a customized program that will recommend goals and related activities to help you address health risks and achieve good health. The option to download your report in PDF form makes it accessible so you can easily view your list of goals.
The Personal Pathway separates goals into four different areas: Education, Prevention, Fitness, and Healthy Living. Education goals actually begin when you complete the Health Assessment, earning you over 1000 points just for getting started! Examples of education goals are First Aid Certification and CPR Training, which both earn you around 100 points. Prevention goals are more geared toward keeping up with your health. Regular checkups, yearly flu shots, and health screenings are a few ways to earn points under this category. Fitness goals are pretty obvious: daily gym workouts, sports league participation, and athletic event participation, such as marathons; are all listed under goals for this one. Lastly, Healthy Living goals are simply choices that can help you reach good health and wellness; donating blood or testing in a certain range for blood glucose or cholesterol.
By reaching goals and earning points, you’ll be able to track your progress and see your success with your Vitality Status. Your status depends on how many points you have, beginning with ‘blue’ and moving up to bronze, silver, gold, and eventually platinum. As you rise through the ranks, you’ll be able to trade points for brand name merchandise in the HumanaVitality™ Mall including: iTunes gift cards, movie tickets, and hotel stays. Who knew that becoming healthy could earn you prizes?
HR Strategies and Humana are making healthy living exciting this year. Start getting rewarded for being healthy today!
In the quest for a meaningful and purposeful life, we should strive for vitality. But what exactly is vitality? Vitality is an encompassing word for: energy, liveliness, strength, vigor, vivacity, verve, life, and buoyance. Who wouldn’t want to strive for vitality and all the ways that it can benefit our lives? The question becomes how do we achieve vitality? HumanaVitality is here to help.
HumanaVitality is a program sponsored by Humana, for Humana plan participants. Headquartered in Chicago, HumanaVitality is the joint venture between Humana and Discovery Holdings, Ltd., that was created to bring greater vitality and lifestyle improvement to Humana plan participants. Humana entered into the joint venture with hopes that offering a vitality and lifestyle improvement program would enable plan participants to have less healthcare and chronic disease costs, shorter hospital stays, and fewer hospital admissions. We’re excited to share that results show HumanaVitality has achieved these goals thus far.
So how does it work? HumanaVitality has three main components: know your health, engage in your health, and get rewarded. Knowing your health means participating in health assessments in order to gage just how healthy you currently are. You must know where you stand currently in order to make improvements. Engaging in your health means taking control and making improvements to achieve your optimal health and vitality. Getting rewarded is your motivation. You earn points and then rewards through the program for the improvements you make to your health. These rewards can include movie tickets, music downloads, electronics, hotel packages, and many other options. Of course the biggest reward is the self-improvement and greater vitality that you personally achieve through a healthier lifestyle.
HR Strategies is pleased to be able to offer our participating clients and employees the HumanaVitality program through our partnership with Humana. It is our hope that plan participants will take advantage of this healthy lifestyle rewards program; it may even help keep you on track with your New Year’s resolutions! To find out more about the HumanaVitality program please visit the Humana Page under Our Partners on our website.