With millions continuing to work from home to stop the spread of COVID-19, HealthCode is introducing a series of new virtual challenges to encourage people to keep moving and stay healthy year-round.
“The stress from the global coronavirus pandemic is immense and is leading to increased sedentary lifestyles and social isolation,’’ said Steve Amos, CEO and founder of HealthCode.”As millions continue working from home and as we adapt to a new normal, we are rolling new virtual activity challenges to give everyone new incentives to stay active and maintain healthy habits.’’
In March, after schools, gyms and offices closed and millions of employees began working from home to slow the spread of COVID-19, HealthCode pivoted and kicked off April’s Million Mile Month virtual challenge early to give people and organizations an incentive to maintain healthy habits while battling stress and remaining connected with colleagues, friends and family.
HealthCode is committed to raising awareness on living healthier, happier lives through physical activity, nutrition and the environment. Since launching the first Million Mile Month challenge in 2014, HealthCode’s programs have expanded to include iResolve in January, Triathlon in a Month in July and Marathon in a Month in October.
HealthCode is rolling out new virtual challenges for individuals and organizations, including Dog Days of Summer currently underway throughout the month of August as well as Fall into Action in September, Turkey Trek in November, Give the Gift of Health in December, Love Your Health in February and Spring Into Action in March and a Million Mile Month Reboot in May.
More information on each event can be found on the HealthCode events page.
HealthCode works with businesses, educational institutions and federal, state, local governments to incorporate virtual events into wellness programs to engage employees in healthy living. There is no charge to sign up for HealthCode’s virtual challenges, but Amos said donations support delivery of HealthCode’s programs and development of new educational programs.
Research shows getting moving pays off in the long run. A recent study by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found higher daily step counts were associated with lower mortality risk for those over 40-years-old.
“Now more than ever it is important to keep moving and stay healthy. By adding more events, we are giving members of our global community more incentives to remain active and on-track with their fitness goals,’’ Amos said. “Engaging in physical activity has so many benefits, including reducing a person’s risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. And by remaining active daily, it can help people feel better and sleep better.’’