Charity Miles

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The 5K race, part of a weekend of racing during the Humana Dallas Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon, gets under way on Saturday, March 21.

Talk about a half marathon and most people will picture elite athletes, some of whom could be professionals or Olympic-caliber. And some of the 12,000 participants in the March 22 Humana Dallas Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon would fit that category, but there were also those running their first race, those running for charity, and those who had suffered a stroke or lost a limb. All shared a commitment to better health and a determination to reach goals.

The weekend festival of racing kicked off Friday with a free Health and Fitness Expo and continued with Saturday’s 5K and Sunday’s half marathon. People from all 50 states and several countries participated in the Dallas half marathon, and Olympic medalist and running legend Deena Kastor was on hand to pace Saturday and Sunday’s races.

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A race participant’s story of wellness is captured on video at the Health & Fitness Expo in Dallas on March 20.

The fastest woman in the race was Lauren Versweybeld, a local resident celebrating her 26th birthday whose winning time of 1:19:14 was a personal best, and the fastest man was Emil Dobrowoloski of Poland, whose time of 1:04:41 was also a personal best.

The winning performances are impressive, but the weekend festival offered something for everyone and not just the elite athletes. There were opportunities for walkers and runners of all ages and abilities to complete goals, reach milestones, inspire health and give back to others. Participants were not only improving their own fitness but many were walking or running for a cause through Humana’s partnership with Charity Miles, a free app that lets people of all levels of fitness choose one of 25 charities that will receive 25 cents for every mile completed.

The weekend of healthy, fun activity ended Sunday with a post-race concert where the participants – and those who cheered them on – could celebrate their success in getting fit, giving back and inspiring others to begin their own journey to better health.

 

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The Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay and 5K race weekend kicked off Friday in San Antonio with a Health & Fitness Expo where runners and their supporters gathered to learn, be inspired to Olympic champions Frank Shorter and Jim Ryun – and have a lot of fun.

The multi-generational event includes free biometric screenings and activities for the mind and body that show how much fun healthy living can be. There is also a Charity Miles sign-up station, where volunteers, race participants and their supporters can download a free app that will generate donations to one of 25 charities. Charity Miles will donate 25 cents to users’ chosen charities for every mile they walk, run or bike this weekend.

The expo, which is free and open to the public, continues Saturday from 9:30 a.m-5 p.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

The weekend of races begins Saturday, December 6, with a 10K and continues with the marathon, half marathon, relay and 5K on Sunday morning.

Check the blog next week to see another video and a wrap-up of this weekend of racing and healthy fun in Texas.

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Some of the 52 healthy foods included in the Humana Healthier Choices list are displayed at the Taste of Chicago.

The annual Taste of Chicago food festival might not seem the ideal venue to put the spotlight on healthy living, but a growing list of healthier dishes and the opportunity to give back to a charity while walking, biking and running during the five-day event has helped make it the perfect destination for anyone who loves food, fun and fitness.

The Humana Healthier Choices program returned to the Taste of Chicago for the seventh consecutive year, with 52 healthy foods from 29 Chicago restaurants – the largest number of menu items in the program’s history – representing 44 percent of all vendors at this year’s festival.

The Humana Healthier Choices, identified by a panel of local physicians, are indicated by a green apple on the menu boards at participating restaurant booths and listed in the Humana Healthier Choices Passport Guide. Free copies of the Passport Guide can be found at the Humana tent, located on Columbus Drive between Jackson Boulevard and the Buckingham Fountain, and can be downloaded for free at the Taste of Chicago website and via facebook.com/TheTasteOfChicago. A full list of the healthier choice food items, which even includes desserts under 320 calories, can be found by clicking here.

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The green apple on Taste of Chicago menu boards make it easy to find the Humana Healthier Choices items.

The addition this year of the philanthropic exercise app, Charity Miles, has helped make a visit to the annual food fest a guilt-free experience. Taste-goers can download the free app from iTunes or Google Play Store and wander the Taste of Chicago while giving back to their favorite charity. Humana will donate 25 cents for each mile a participate bikes, walks or runs to the national charity of the user’s choice.

Humana’s contribution will be open to anyone who logs into the app in the Chicago metropolitan area until the close of the 2014 Taste of Chicago on Sunday, July 13. Users are also encouraged to share their progress during the festival through social media using #TasteOfChi and #HumanaWalkIt.

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Fans walk the course at the Shell Houston Open on Thursday morning. (Photo by Marvin Hill)

Humana is making every mile count with a digital update to its popular Humana Walkit program. Through a new partnership with the maker of the free smartphone app Charity Miles, Humana is inviting attendees at several PGA TOUR events to raise money for national and local charities while improving their own health.

Dee Thompson, of Houston, was eager to get started adding up her mileage – and charitable donation – at the Shell Houston Open on Thursday, April 3. “The Charity Miles and Humana partnership is marvelous, a great idea,” said Thompson, who has chosen Autism Speaks to receive the money she raises this week.

Humana unveiled its Charity Miles partnership in January at the 2014 Humana Challenge at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. Throughout the event, tournament attendees using the app walked 252 million steps to earn $50,000 for locally based Desert Classic Charities.

How it works
For each mile Charity Miles users walk, jog or pedal a bike on Thursday through Sunday of designated PGA TOUR events, Charity Miles will donate 25 cents to a national charity of the user’s choice. The list of national charities includes Stand Up To Cancer, Wounded Warrior Project, Autism Speaks, Partnership For A Healthier America, ASPCA and many more. The program has no set mileage number to match or beat – the amount earned is based entirely on how far app users walk, jog or pedal.

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Pro golfer Bo Van Pelt gets ready to putt on 17 Thursday at the Shell Houston Open. (Photo by Marvin Hill)

In addition to the dollars raised for national charities, Humana will match user-generated donations up to $20,000 to benefit a local charity in each tournament location. Humana will select the local charitable organization, with all proceeds generated from app users’ mileage going to support that cause.

In addition to the Shell Houston Open, which runs April 3-6, Humana Walkit Powered By Charity Miles will be on-site at these 2014 PGA TOUR events:

  • Zurich Classic – New Orleans, April 24-27
  • THE PLAYERS Championship – Jacksonville, Fla., May 8-11
  • HP Byron Nelson Championship – Dallas, May 15-18
  • Crowne Plaza Invitational – Fort Worth, Texas, May 22-25
  • Bridgestone Invitational – Akron, Ohio, July 31-Aug. 3
  • TOUR Championship – Atlanta, Sept. 11-14

For more information, visit Humana.com or stop by the Humana Walkit tent at participating tournaments where you will find a Charity Miles download station, free biometric screenings and the HumanaVitality HealthyFood Kiosk.

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The focus of the Humana Challenge, which is in its third successful year, has been to inspire and motivate people to improve their own health and to continue the tradition of philanthropy of the former Bob Hope Classic.

A new partnership with Charity Miles, announced at an event at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., earlier this week, perfectly meshes both of those priorities by rewarding healthy behavior with donations to charities.

Anyone, anywhere can participate through the end of the tournament on Sunday, Jan. 19. Simply download the free app, then walk, run or bike and create positive change for yourself and for others. Participants earn 25 cents for each mile logged, and Humana will match participant donations up to $50,000 to benefit Desert Classic Charities.

So far, people around the world have logged 80,000 miles with the Charity Miles app.

“Even if you’re not at the #HumanaChallenge this week, you can improve your health while helping those in need with the @CharityMiles App,” tweeted golf legend and Humana Well-Being Ambassador @GaryPlayer earlier this week.

 

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