FRANKFORT, Ky. & INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aaron Nobbe, a field examiner for the State of Indiana Board of Accounts, gets in his steps by walking from barn to barn to check his animals instead of taking an ATV while Sara Duke, a special education teacher in Daviess County, Kentucky, is on the treadmill so frequently that her daughter noted on her Mother’s Day card that running on it is Sara’s favorite thing to do.
Both Sara and Aaron stepped up their game in May for the Border Battle Step Challenge, which pitted Kentucky and Indiana health plan members against each other to see which group could walk the most throughout the month.
The battle was open to all employees who participate in HumanaVitality®, a wellness rewards program offered by Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM). Steps are tracked by a pedometer or other wearable device, and for many people – like Aaron and Sara – monitoring daily activity has become a new healthy routine.
More than 13,000 Indiana and Kentucky health plan members took over 3.3 billion steps combined. At the end of the month, less than 600 average daily steps separated the two teams with Kentucky taking the honors. Each state earned $2,500 contributions from HumanaVitality to charitable organizations selected by the two teams.
“I’m proud of our Kentucky team for winning this challenge – but in reality, both teams are winners,” said Kentucky Personnel Cabinet Secretary Thomas B. Stephens. “Each team embraced the challenge as a way to exceed their wellness goals while working to out-step the competition. I’m certain that the camaraderie that has been created throughout the Border Battle will continue.”
“It is amazing to see the culture change around the state since we introduced the Invest in Your Health program four years ago,” said Indiana State Personnel Department Director Denny Darrow. “With the addition of HumanaVitality and engaging programs like the Border Battle, we continue to see employees from Evansville to Elkhart taking daily steps to improve their overall well-being.”
About Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan
The Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan (KEHP) is a self-insured health insurance plan delivering wellness, health and pharmacy benefits to approximately 260.000 Kentucky teachers, state employees, retirees and quasi-governmental employees. KEHP’s LivingWell program focuses on providing wellness initiatives aimed at improving members’ overall quality of life. In January 2012 KEHP launched the fully-incentivized HumanaVitality program for health plan members and dependents. For more information on KEHP’s LivingWell programs, visit LivingWell.ky.gov.
About State of Indiana Invest in Your Health Program
Invest in Your Health is the State of Indiana employee health and wellness program providing benefits to more than 27,000 plan members and their dependents. Taking a holistic approach to health and wellness, the State provides meaningful programs focused on five pillars; medical, fitness, finance, nutrition and well-being. To learn more, visit www.InvestInYourHealthIndiana.com.
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading health and well-being company focused on making it easy for people to achieve their best health with clinical excellence through coordinated care. The company’s strategy integrates care delivery, the member experience, and clinical and consumer insights to encourage engagement, behavior change, proactive clinical outreach and wellness for the millions of people we serve across the country.
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