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Humana’s commitment to workplace health and well-being has been honored with yet another award – a Platinum designation from the National Business Group on Health. The Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® award recognizes the best workforce wellness efforts in the nation, particularly those with a holistic approach that encompasses financial, emotional, social and community well-being.

This is the third such award for Humana in as many weeks. The company earned Gold status in the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index, placing the company’s comprehensive workplace health efforts among the best in the nation. And Humana was ranked No. 3 on the list of the “Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America,” compiled by Healthiest Employers to honor the companies most successful in achieving well-being through leadership, innovation and engagement.

The Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® award recognizes and promotes effective ideas and best practices while providing a forum for sharing and comparing outcomes and success strategies.

Humana is one of only 16 companies to achieve Platinum status, reserved for organizations that have implemented a workforce well-being strategy with demonstrated results across the key dimensions of well-being. Further, a connection between workforce well-being and business outcomes has been recognized. This is the fifth straight year Humana has achieved Platinum status.

“We’re honored to receive this award, because promoting whole-person well-being is central to what we do,” said Tim State, Vice President, Associate Health and Well-being at Humana. “We’ve seen a cultural movement around well-being really take hold within our organization. By focusing on multiple dimensions of life – tending to each person’s sense of purpose, health, belonging and security – our associates are living more fully and we’re creating a stronger, more-engaged team.”

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Humana and the Humana Foundation have presented a $159,000 grant check from the Humana Foundation to CATCH Global Foundation supporting healthy lifestyle, nutrition and fitness programs in Jefferson Parish Schools.

Two hundred Bridgedale Elementary students attended the Sept. 25 presentation in Metairie, Louisiana, along with Jefferson Parish Schools Superintendent Isaac Joseph, members of the Jefferson Parish School board, and other community leaders.

Jefferson Parish Schools were celebrating the success of Phase 1 of the “New Orleans CATCH® Coordinated School Health Initiative,” which has changed the way the school district approaches student fitness and overall health. In Phase 2, the initiative will be expanded to 16 additional elementary schools, thanks to the $159,000 grant.

The eight Phase 1 schools showed a 56 percent increase in time spent being physically active during P.E. class as well as a 23 percent boost in the number of days per week kids reported being moderately to vigorously physically active. The CATCH Program also successfully moved the needle in students’ understanding of the connection between their diet and overall health, which is underscored by a 13 percent increase in self-reported water consumption.

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Humana’s President and CEO Bruce Broussard will discuss health care transformation and innovation at AHIP’s Medicare Conference in Washington, D.C., next week.

He’ll talk about the role health plans play in helping Medicare Advantage (MA) members achieve their best health, as well as offer his thoughts on the future of health care and the importance of integrated care.

He shared some of his thoughts ahead of the event, and you can read that Q&A here.

 

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Humana has been ranked No. 3 on the list of the “Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America,” compiled by Healthiest Employers to honor companies that proactively contribute to the health of employees through the most effective and innovative cultures of well-being.

It’s the second such award in a week for Humana. The company earned Gold status in the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index, placing the company’s comprehensive workplace health efforts among the best in the nation.

The Healthiest 100 is a national ranking determined by a rigorous methodology and weighted across local and national assessments. Scores are based on population health outcomes and six values: vision, culture/engagement, learning, expertise, metrics and technology.

By honoring organizations that proactively help their employees improve their health, the awards highlight best practices and provide valuable insight into managing population health.

“We’re proud to receive this recognition because it reflects all the hard work our associates have done together in improving their well-being,” said Tim Huval, Humana Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “Tending to our own lives helps us understand and empathize with our members as they strive toward their own best health. By increasing the number of healthy days and lowering stress in our own population, we can lead by example and create healthier environments for our customers.”

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Since Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida, leaving a widespread path of destruction across the state, Feeding America has been working diligently with its partner food banks to meet the critical food needs of Floridians affected by the storm. Humana recognizes Feeding America for its rapid response in this difficult time.

To assist with this important effort, the Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of health and well-being company Humana, contributed $100,000 that was distributed to Feeding America partners in South Florida, Tampa Bay and Northeast Florida. Feeding America is using these funds to supply critical items such as water, produce, snack foods, ready-to-eat products, personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies.

Food insecurity is already a serious health concern throughout much of Florida, and the problem is magnified after a disaster such as a hurricane.

Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks in the United States, providing food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America.

Feeding South Florida’s Distribution Coordinator Delmer Swab, with the help of The 53rd Infantry Brigade of the United States Army, loads pallets of water, ready-to-eat meals, snacks, and medical supplies for delivery to shelters in Miami-Dade County.
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