Participant Spotlights

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott cheers on Marathon in a Month participants

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott cheered on Marathon in a Month participants as they stepped out this month for Hurricane Harvey.

“As Governor of Texas, it is my pleasure to extend greetings to everyone participating in HealthCode’s Marathon in a Month,’’ Abbott said in a proclamation recognizing the challenge that kicked off October 1.

“I applaud HealthCode for promoting physical fitness and helping to make Texas a healthier place to live. I would also like to comment your organization for its contributions to support kids and school districts impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Your efforts highlight the best of the Lone Star State,’’ Abbott said.

HealthCode’s Marathon in a Month kicked off on October 1, with participants challenged to complete 26.2 miles, 50 miles or 100 miles in the month. While there is no fee required to join the challenge, participants can donate at registration and support school districts in Houston and along the Gulf Coast in need of relief after Hurricane Harvey.

Steve Amos, executive director of HealthCode, said participants can still sign up to participate in Marathon in a Month.

Whether it is looking for a new weight loss or fitness challenge or a desire to get out and move with friends or co-workers, Marathon in a Month participants have a fun way to remain motivated to keep moving.

Participants can sign up on the registration page at https://millionmilemonth.org/events and make a voluntary tax-deductible donation to support Hurricane Harvey relief.

For more information read Abbott’s proclamation on Marathon in a Month.

Mid-way checkpoint: Marathon in a Month off to a strong start

HealthCode’s Marathon in a Month is off to a strong start. So far, about $18,000 has been raised to support about 1 million children impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

HealthCode’s Marathon in a Month™ kicked off October 1, with participants challenged to complete 26.2 miles, 50 miles or 100 miles in the month of October. While there is no fee required to join the challenge, participants can make a donation at registration and support school districts in Houston and along the Gulf Coast in need of relief after Hurricane Harvey.

Steve Amos, executive director of HealthCode, said participants can still sign up to participate in Marathon in a Month.

“There is no penalty for late starts,’’ Amos said. “If participants still want to take the challenge this month, they can log all activity completed as of October 1.”

Whether it is looking for a new weight loss or fitness challenge or a desire to get out and move with friends or co-workers, Marathon in a Month participants have a fun way to stay motivated to keep moving.

Participants can sign up on the registration page at https://millionmilemonth.org/marathon2017 and make a voluntary tax-deductible donation to support Hurricane Harvey relief.

Several participants have posted their photos with their Marathon in a Month race bib on Twitter or Facebook using the #MarathonIAM hashtag. Here are a few:

 

 

Dun & Bradstreet team members from across the globe make their move in Million Mile Month

With the goal of achieving sustained high performance, more than 1,000 Dun & Bradstreet employees from across the world took collective steps during April’s Million Mile Month.

“Movement is a key pillar of our approach to sustainable high performance and has been connected to boosting brain performance,” said Roslynn Williams, Chief People Officer for Dun & Bradstreet.

“Dun & Bradstreet, in deep partnership with Tignum – a world leading expert in Sustainable High Performance – fosters a culture of Sustainable High Performance with a focus on four key pillars: Mindset, Movement, Nutrition and Recovery. We enable team members to achieve high performance in both their work and personal life, supporting them to be their best selves,” Williams said.

Million Mile Month provides an avenue for employees to stay moving and spark their high-performance mindset. Million Mile Month is a signature program of HealthCode, which is dedicated to empowering people to live healthier lives, free from preventable diseases.

In the  Million Mile Month that ended April 30, participants across the world completed about 1.35 million miles of physical activity collectively as a global community. Participants logged miles through the activity of their choice – from walking to swimming to yoga – on the HealthCode activity platform on the Million Mile Month website

In 2016, Dun & Bradstreet became the first company to participate globally in Million Mile Month with employees from 52 company locations worldwide participating. In 2017, more than 1,000 employees from across Dun & Bradstreet offices across the globe participated in Million Mile Month, completing more than 94,000 miles .

Kevin McGeehan, delivery consultant at Dun & Bradstreet, said: “The Million Mile Month has been great fun.  It has provided me with the extra motivation to push myself beyond my normal routines and has improved my overall work performance.”

Sandra Anne Roth, ER&C and contract SLRM lead support at Dun & Bradstreet, said: “Million Mile Month helped me feel more accountable, improve my focus, and provide me with the drive to achieve my personal and professional goals.  On April 1,2016, I started the journey to become my best self by ensuring I completed at least the minimum of 10,000 steps a day.  That first month of my journey I exceeded the 100-mile goal and achieved 154.71 miles simply by walking.  A year into my journey, I achieved 305.51 miles within the walk/run category.  I have completed my last two 5Ks running most of the races and my work performance significantly improved as well.  I am grateful to work for a company that invests in its people and for the opportunity to be part of the MMM program.  I am looking forward to what next year will bring as I continue my strive to improve and encourage others on the sustainable high performance journey,’’ Roth said.

Williams said the company is looking at participating in future HealthCode challenges, including Marathon in a Month in October.

Former UT swimmer Chris Kemp cracks the code on healthy living

As participants gear up for Triathlon in a Month that starts July 1, many are looking to incorporate new activities in their workout routines to stay motivated.

Chris Kemp, who swam for the University of Texas at Austin, knows the value of mixing it up.

“I actually was a basketball player in high school and turned to swimming while rehabbing from a knee injury. I started competitively swimming my junior year of high school,’’ Kemp said.

Kemp quickly gained attention from college coaches and went on the swim at UT, where he was member of two American record-setting relays. He was a 12-time All-American swimmer and won three NCAA Championships while at UT.

After Kemp’s swimming career, he coached swimming in the Cayman Islands and Orlando, Florida. Today he coaches a masters swimming program in Austin, Texas. In addition to swimming, after an injury forced him to give up sports like basketball and volleyball, he took up indoor rowing.

“My height, weight, and aerobic capacity from swimming translate really well to rowing,’’’ Kemp said. “I found myself getting very competitive with my times and eventually competing in indoor rowing races.’’

Kemp plans to participate in Triathlon in a Month and said he supports HealthCode’s mission to empower people to live healthier, happier lives through education and raising awareness of the benefits of physical activity and healthy eating.

“More and more attention is being focused on preventative health care and it’s something that makes such a positive impact on peoples’ lives,’’ Kemp said. “Triathlon in a Month is great because it provides people an opportunity to track activity and progress in whatever activities they enjoy and is accessible to everyone. “

When it comes to embarking on an exercise program, Kemp said “it’s important to try and find the environment and activity that sets you up best for success.’’

With a new exercise regime, Kemp advises starting with smaller goals and working up.

“I am lucky in that exercise for me is something that I enjoy and love how it makes me feel, especially when I’m done. The mornings I get up to go swim, when I’m leaving the work out all I think about is why don’t I start every day like this? It really sets the tone for the rest of my day and I’m in such a good mood after I finish the workout,’’ Kemp said.

He acknowledged, it is a challenge to stay motivated.

“My health is important to me, but even as a former collegiate athlete I find myself challenged to consistently make the right decisions when it comes to diet, exercise and sleep,’’ Kemp said. “I like the idea of helping an organization that encourages a community that supports each other in their efforts to live healthier lifestyles.”

Million Mile Month participants report they were motivated to exercise more, eat healthier

Participants in Million Mile Month 2017 reported the activity challenge motivated them to exercise more, to eat healthier and they felt more productive at work, according to survey results.

HealthCode’s Million Mile Month is a yearly activity challenge to complete one million miles of physical activity collectively as a global community in the month of April. In 2017, about 1.35 million miles were completed worldwide with participants logging miles of activity – from walking to swimming to yoga – on the Million Mile Month website.

HealthCode surveyed individuals who participated in Million Mile Month 2017, which ended on April 30.

Of 2,484 responses, 83 percent – or 1,948 – said the challenge motivated them to increase their physical activity – whether it was logging more miles, taking longer runs, exercising more days a week or simply getting off the couch, according the Million Mile Month 2017 Participant Survey via Survey Monkey.

In addition, some 55 percent – or 1,284 participants – said the Million Mile Month challenge motivated them to eat healthier, according to the survey results.

“When we launched Million Mile Month in 2014, our goal was to encourage people to eat better and move more – and these survey results show we are making great progress,’’ said Steve Amos, executive director of HealthCode. “Millions of people die each year from preventable diseases like heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer and our programs are designed to encourage people to take control of their health and embrace a lifestyle of physical activity and healthy living to help ward off disease. It’s gratifying to see we are making great strides.’’

Since 2014, more than 36,400 people have participated in HealthCode’s Million Mile Month, achieving 4.4 million miles of activity, burning 308 million calories and potentially saving an estimated $800,000 in health care costs.

Survey participants were asked how they felt after participating in Million Mile Month. A majority of respondents said they felt better and more productive at work. In addition, a majority of survey respondents said participating in Million Mile Month increased their overall satisfaction with their company.

“No question, healthy employees are happy and productive employees,’’ Amos said. “These survey results underscore the importance of companies creating a culture of wellness.’’

In addition, 96 percent of survey respondents indicated they would participate in Miliion Mile Month in 2018. About 26 percent said they would participate in HealthCode’s upcoming Triathlon in a Month that starts July 1.

HealthCode’s Million Mile Month 2017 Participant Survey of 2,484 participants was conducted via Survey Monkey in May.

For more information on HealthCode’s upcoming global challenges, which include Triathlon in a Month and in July and Marathon in a Month in October visit https://millionmilemonth.org/events.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield employees in five states step out for Million Mile Month

Blue Cross and Blue Shield employees in five states stepped out for healthy living during April’s Million Mile Month.
HealthCode’s Million Mile Month is a yearly challenge to complete one million miles of physical activity collectively as a global community in the month of April. In 2017, about 1.35 million miles were completed worldwide with participants logging miles through the activity of their choice – from walking to swimming to yoga –on the Million Mile Month website.

About 1,600 employees from Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Texas, Illinois, New Mexico, Montana and Oklahoma participated in Million Mile Month that ended on April 30.

HealthCode launched the Million Mile Month in 2014 to help encourage individuals to take an active role in their health. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas has participated with Million Mile Month since its inception in 2014.

This year, the company expanded the program across additional Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, said Alexis Penn, senior health and wellbeing specialist for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.

“The whole goal was to get people involved,’’ Penn said. “And now we’re on the leaderboard.’’

Health Care Service Corporation, the parent company of the five Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, came in second of organizations on the Million Mile Month 2017 leaderboard with more than 123,000 total miles.

Whether it is an employer fostering a culture of wellness or an individual wanting to stay motivated, the goal of Million Mile Month is designed to encourage people to take control of their health and embrace a lifestyle of physical activity and healthy eating.

Dan Detar, manager of advertising sponsorships with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, said the company got involved with Million Mile Month in 2014 as part of an initiative with the Houston Astros to prevent childhood obesity. More than 200 employees participated that first year, Detar said.

“It was a fun and easy way for employees to be more active while raising awareness of child obesity,’’ Detar said.

Penn said some Blue Cross and Blue Shield employees got involved with Million Mile Month to jump-start an exercise program. For others, it was about the competition and “where am I in the stats?”

Penn said: “It’s about motivation. Challenges like this are fun.”

Penn said the five Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans are planning to participate in HealthCode’s upcoming challenges this year – the upcoming Triathlon in a Month in July and Marathon in a Month in October.

Throughout the year, Penn is encouraging employees to continue to use the HealthCode activity platform to log their activities and stay motivated.

“We will continue to stress to our employees that if you are logging your time, keep doing it,’’ Penn said. “Make it happen.’’

School districts step up for the 2017 Million Mile Month challenge

School districts from across the nation are stepping out as part of Million Mile Month 2017.

HealthCode’s Million Mile Month, which began on April 1, is a challenge to complete one million collective miles of physical activity, together, as a global community.

School districts in Texas, California, Florida and Missouri are encouraging local communities – including students, teachers, families and friends – to join in the challenge.

Whether it is an employer fostering a culture of wellness or an individual wanting to stay healthy and motivated, the goal of April’s Million Mile Month is to engage individuals in the challenge of achieving 1 million collective miles of physical activity.

Participants complete “miles” through the activity of their choice – from walking to swimming to yoga – and log them on the Million Mile Month website.

Fort Bend Independent School District Charles Dupre is challenging fellow Texas superintendents to join in the challenge.

“In Fort Bend ISD, life balance, health and fitness are important to us,” Dupre said. “We look forward to the friendly competition with area school districts each year. Our FBISD community has already logged thousands of miles this April and we look forward to once again claiming bragging rights as the fittest district.”

Austin (Texas) Independent School District Superintendent Paul Cruz said: “We want Austin ISD to be the healthiest, fittest school district in the state. By participating in Million Mile Month, we can stay on track with our fitness goals.’’

Lamar Consolidated Independent School District in Texas is encouraging students, teachers, parents, neighbors, family and friends to join the challenge.

“Enough talking the talk. It’s time to walk the walk,’’ said Lamar ISD Superintendent Thomas Randle. “Last April, the Lamar CISD community walked almost 70,000 miles. Let’s get moving’’

Since 2014, more than 34,000 participants from 50 states, 36 countries and more than 200 organizations have stepped up to the Million Mile Month challenge.

During the campaign, the program leaderboard is updated with miles contributed by people all around the world.  For more information, visit https://www.millionmilemonth.org.

NEWS RELEASE: Stand Up and Get Moving – Austin, Travis County Leaders Kick Off Million Mile Month

Stand Up and Get Moving – Austin, Travis County Leaders Kick Off Million Mile Month

Global Community Encouraged to Achieve 1 Million Miles in April

 

AUSTIN, Texas (March 31, 2017) – Austin and Travis County officials and business leaders are encouraging the community to embrace healthy living by stepping out in April as part of the global Million Mile Month.

Million Mile Month, developed by the non-profit organization HealthCode, is a wellness challenge in which participants track their physical activity – from walking to running to swimming to yoga – with a goal of accomplishing a collective 1 million miles as a global community in the month of April.

The Austin City Council on March 23 approved a proclamation from Mayor Steve Adler encouraging the community to participate in Million Mile Month with a city goal of 30,000 collective miles in April.

“They say sitting is the new smoking, which is bad news for me when our council meetings last past midnight. Most jobs in America – four in five, in fact – are sedentary. Million Mile Month is a great way to raise awareness of a lifestyle focused on good physical and mental health. It’s time to take a stand – literally – and get moving,’’ Mayor Adler said.

Adler joined Travis County and state business leaders for a kickoff of the 2017 Million Mile Month challenge at Austin City Hall.

HealthCode launched the Million Mile Month in 2014 to help encourage individuals to take an active role in their health.

Whether it is an employer fostering a culture of wellness or an individual wanting to stay healthy and motivated, the goal of April’s Million Mile Month is to engage individuals in the challenge of achieving 1 million collective miles of physical activity.

Silicon Labs CEO Tyson Tuttle is challenging other businesses to participate in the event.  “At Silicon Labs, one of our top priorities is our employees’ health and well-being. Healthy employees are happy employees. We’ve participated in Million Mile Month since its inception, and this year we have a goal of 20,000 miles.’’

Travis County employees also are participating and Judge Sarah Eckhardt is challenging other Texas counties to follow suit. “Physical activity and proper nutrition are vital for a healthy life. Let’s take a huge million mile step forward toward a healthier community,’’ Eckhardt said.

Austin Independent School District is encouraging staff and families to participate in the Million Mile Month challenge. “We want Austin ISD to be the healthiest, fittest school district in the state. By participating in Million Mile Month, we can stay on track with our fitness goals,’’ said Austin ISD Superintendent Paul Cruz.

 

Steve Amos, executive director of HealthCode, said: “We are seeing continued interest from businesses, school districts, counties and municipalities – as well as individuals – to take the Million Mile Month challenge. Millions of people die each year from preventable diseases like heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer and we want people to take a stand and take a step to help ward off disease.’’

 

Since 2014, more than 34,000 participants from 50 states across the United States, 36 countries and more than 200 organizations have stepped up to the Million Mile Month challenge. Since 2014, participants have achieved 3.1 million miles of activity and burning 219 million calories.

In addition to helping employees meet health goals, Million Mile Month is an easy program for organizations to administer. Participants complete “miles” through the activity of their choice – from walking to swimming to yoga – and log them on the Million Mile Month website.

During the campaign, the program leaderboard is updated with miles contributed by people all around the world.  For more information visit http://millionmilemonth.org/.

 

About HealthCode and Million Mile Month

Million Mile Month – developed by the non-profit organization HealthCode – is a global wellness challenge in which participants track their physical activity – from walking to running to swimming to yoga – with a goal of accomplishing a collective 1 million miles. HealthCode is dedicated to empowering people to live healthier, happier lives through education and raising awareness on the benefits of physical activity, nutrition, the environment and community connections. For more information visit https://healthcode.org/.

“Game on!” Silicon Labs CEO Tyson Tuttle issues Million Mile Month business challenge

Silicon Labs CEO Tyson Tuttle is challenging business leaders to step up and participate in Million Mile Month this April.
HealthCode’s Million Mile Month is a challenge to complete one million miles of physical activity, together as a global community. Whether it is an employer fostering a culture of wellness or an individual wanting to stay healthy and motivated, the goal of Million Mile Month is to encourage people to take control of their health.
“At Silicon Labs, one of our top priorities is our employees’ health and well-being. I’m sure you can agree – healthy employees are happy employees,” Tuttle said in a letter to business leaders. “Since its beginning, our employees have participated in Million Mile Month – a fun and easy way for employees to come together and be even more active. This year, Silicon Labs is challenging other companies to join in on the fun! We have a goal of 20,000 miles – do you think your company can beat it? Game on!”

In addition to its employee wellness benefits, Million Mile Month is an easy program for organizations to administer. Participants complete “miles” through the activity of their choice – from walking to swimming to yoga – and log them on the Million Mile Month website.
During the campaign, the program leaderboard is updated with miles contributed by people all around the world.
For more information or to register, visit https://www.millionmilemonth.org.

Million Mile Month 2015 Participant Spotlights

Our 20k+ Million Mile Month 2015 participants have shared thousands of heartwarming stories with us, and here are just a few.

We love to hear why Million Mile Month is important to you. Share your story by emailing us at contact@millionmilemonth.org, and maybe you’ll show up in our next participant spotlight video!

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