The Times-Picayune (NOLA.com) in New Orleans ran a story this week about the CATCH Global Foundation and its efforts to help Jefferson Parish Schools increase physical activity, promote healthy eating, reduce childhood obesity and create healthy school and community environments among 4,200 kindergarten through fifth-grade students. An $80,000 charitable grant provided by the Humana Foundation earlier this year helped enable those efforts.

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By taking 16.02 billion steps in 100 days, Humana associates helped garner a $15,000 grant from the Humana Foundation to Make-A-Wish® America.

From April 4 through July 12, 2016, Humana associates dashed with a purpose – to better their health and community. In its fifth year, the 100 Day Dash is a step challenge designed to encourage Humana associates and their family members to move more and have fun doing it.

The 100 Day Dash partnered with the Humana Foundation for a second year to encourage associates to Dash with Purpose. If Humana associates reach an overall step goal by the end of the 100 Day Dash, the Humana Foundation would make a $15,000 grant to a national nonprofit selected by Humana associates. Humana associates were able to vote for the organization to receive the grant, and Make-A-Wish America was selected out of 12 qualifying organizations.

Make-A-Wish America is based in Phoenix. Humana has 2,600 associates in Arizona and approximately 50,000 associates nationally. The Fortune 100 company has had a presence in Arizona since 1984.

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Humana’s A.J. Hubbard, Director of Inclusion and Diversity, recently spoke with HR Dive for a story titled How Humana improved diversity and included those with disabilities.

The story cited Humana’s history of leadership in inclusion and diversity and the fact that we’ve earned a score of “100 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index and a spot as a Top 25 Noteworthy Company by DiversityInc in 2015.”

A.J. spoke about Humana’s veterans hiring initiative and the importance of tapping into every available talent pool.

“One in 5 people have a disability in the United States,” he said. “Unemployment rates there are double compared to everyone else. We looked at it as an opportunity…but we said, okay, if we’re going to do that, let’s do it right. Let’s start melting away those biases that we know exist.”

And for a company like Humana, with millions of members, it’s important that America’s diversity be reflected in our associates.

“Each person in and of themselves is different,” A.J. said. “We’ve always had a philosophy of trying to meet our members where they are, whoever they are. One of the strategies for doing that is kind of being in a position to reflect the communities we serve in a literal sense.

“Everyone could relate to wanting to be included,” he added. “Everyone wants to matter. Everyone wants to be invited to lunch. Let’s lead with that.”

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"From our lens and the business we are in, it’s not just about the physical health, but about the mental health, about having a sense of purpose, a sense of community, the sense of belonging," said Humana's A.J. Hubbard.
“From our lens and the business we are in, it’s not just about the physical health, but about the mental health, about having a sense of purpose, a sense of community, the sense of belonging,” said Humana’s A.J. Hubbard.
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The Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., is announcing up to $75,000 in grants to two nonprofit organizations providing support to those affected by the recent flooding in southeastern Louisiana. The American Red Cross and the Capital Area United Way are each receiving an immediate gift of $25,000 from the Humana Foundation to address both immediate and ongoing community needs relating to this historic disaster.

Additionally, the Humana Foundation will match up to $25,000 in gifts from Humana associates to the American Red Cross, for a potential total of $50,000 to the American Red Cross from the Humana Foundation on top of associate contributions. Humana has more than 600 associates in Louisiana, and serves more than 350,000 health plan members across the state.

“We were saddened to see the devastating impact of recent flooding in Louisiana and our hearts go out to those affected,” said Virginia Kelly Judd, Executive Director of the Humana Foundation. “The Humana Foundation honors the generosity and commitment of volunteers and relief agencies and is delighted to support the important efforts of the American Red Cross and the Capital Area United Way to assist those in need. Along with contributions from others, we hope these gifts will help people deal with the immediate and ongoing needs left by this tragedy.”

Record flooding has swamped southeastern Louisiana over the past week. According to the White House, more than 70,000 people have registered for individual assistance under the federal disaster declaration, and over 9,000 have filed flood insurance claims. The Red Cross has said it is launching its largest relief effort in America since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

“Capital Area United Way is committed to helping the community and its residents overcome this disaster,” said George Bell, President/CEO, Capital Area United Way. “This will be a long recovery effort, and we are grateful to the Humana Foundation for partnering with us to help so many in our community. Their gift will help us provide much needed recovery to those most impacted by the flood.”

“We are committed to helping people in the region recover as quickly as possible, as we know so many are in need of assistance after losing their homes and possessions following the flooding,” said Humana Gulf States Medicare President April Golenor. “We hope the funding provided by the Humana Foundation makes an impact to help those who have been displaced and enables them to rebuild as quickly as possible after this disaster.”

About the Humana Foundation

The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies. Located in Louisville, KY, the Humana Foundation seeks to improve community health and well-being through support of nonprofit partners that promote healthy behaviors, health education, and access to health services. For more information, visit www.HumanaFoundation.org.

Humana and the Humana Foundation are dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility. Our goal is to ensure that every business decision we make reflects our commitment to improving the health and well-being of our members, our associates, the communities we serve, and our planet.

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Humana’s Tim Huval, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, recently spoke with HR Magazine about Humana’s culture of well-being and how our commitment to holistic health – for members and associates – has driven a transformation within the company.

Tim talked about Humana’s five Values and how they’ve been integrated “into everything from the organization’s performance review process to the talent profiles that outline various job roles.”

He also spoke of our Bold Goal – to improve the health of the communities we serve by 20 percent by 2020 – and the effort to help associates meet that goal by 2017. He cited Humana’s commitment to diversity, our emphasis on volunteerism, and unifying events like the 100 Day Dash as being key to our shared success.

“Helping workers and external customers to lead healthier lives is the core of Humana’s business,” the article said. And it quoted Tim saying, “It’s behind what we do every day. All of our associates have permission to focus on achieving their best health and even an obligation to do that because of the business we’re in.”

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