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HealthCode encouraging global community to get moving with monthly virtual events year-round

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.’’





AFWERX Fusion Official Showcase Selection

HealthCode teams with 4empowerment at AFWERX Fusion

HealthCode is teaming up with 4empowerment to compete in the “Base of the Future” challenge at the AFWERX Fusion 2020 showcase and virtual event July 28-30.

AFWERX, the U.S. Air Force’s innovation arm focused on fostering innovation within the Air Force, selected 4empowerment among 375 teams from more than 1,500 submissions from across the globe to compete in the Base of the Future challenge.

“Our goal is to select the best solutions and guide the teams through future contracting, funding and prototyping to further develop their concept into real-word implementation to benefit the Air Force, our warfighters, the Department of Defense and allied partners worldwide,” said Mark Rowland of AFWERX in a news release.  “The AFWERX Base of the Future Challenge is critical to our mission of increasing collaboration between large businesses and entrepreneurs to accelerate solutions for the Air Force.”

4empowermentSteve Amos, CEO of 4empowerment and founder and CEO of the nonprofit HealthCode, said: “Keeping our military fit and healthy is a top priority of 4empowerment and HealthCode. Through the HealthCode wellness platform, we provide a secure, easy-to-use tool to help achieve wellness goals of building resilience and readiness while keeping teams connected through virtual challenges.

In late 2019, 4empowerment was awarded a contract under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to determine the feasibility of deploying the HealthCode wellness platform to help keep the military healthy and ready.

4empowerment teamed up with the Air Force’s Warrior Care Division of the Wounded Warrior Program based at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio to conduct the feasibility study and obtained input from airmen of all ranks, including active, reserve and National Guard as well as veterans, spouses and support services from the Pentagon and across U.S. bases in 14 states and Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

“In our study, we found this program has the potential to be used across the active U.S. military – including the National Guard, the reserves, veterans and military families — to stay fit and ready while battling loneliness and stress,’’ Amos said.

During the AFWERX showcase, 4empowerment and HealthCode will demonstrate the capabilities of the HealthCode platform to Air Force leadership and key military decision-makers and operators. A link to the virtual booth can be found here.

HealthCode is dedicated to empowering people to live healthier, happier lives free from chronic diseases through education and encouraging physical activity, promoting healthy eating habits, supporting the environment and cultivating community connections.

The HealthCode wellness platform has been successfully deployed in virtual challenges such as the Million Mile Month, Triathlon in a Month, Marathon in a Month and iResolve to raise awareness and help create a healthier, happier global community.

Both 4empowerment and HealthCode are based in Austin, Texas.


That’s a wrap: Going the extra mile for a million miles

As millions worked from home to stop the spread of COVID-19, Million Mile Month participants walked, danced and ran the extra mile to hit a million miles as one global community.

In March, with 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 its April Million Mile Month virtual activity event early.

HealthCode’s Million Mile Month is a virtual local-to-global wellness challenge in which participants track  physical activity – from walking to dancing to yoga to gardening – with a goal of reaching 1 million miles collectively as a global community in a month.

By starting early on March 25, HealthCode worked to encourage homebound people to stay active and safely connected as one global community. In addition, HealthCode rebooted the April challenge to launch the inaugural May Million Mile Month challenge.

The result?

The community achieved more than 1 million miles, more than 11.6 million minutes of physical activity and burned more than 70 million calories as of June 2, according to the Million Mile Month results.

These results represent potential health care cost savings of $179,840, said Steve Amos, CEO and founder of HealthCode.

“It has been gratifying to see our global community come together to advance the common goal of staying active and staying healthy as we battle COVID-19,’’ Amos said. “Whether it is across the street or around the globe, the goal of Million Mile Month is about creating connections as we look for ways to adopt healthy lifestyles. While social distancing forced many of us to be even more sedentary, we challenged employers and individuals to take steps to stay motivated and maintain healthy habits.’’

Whether it is an employer looking to develop a culture of wellness or an individual seeing to stay on track, HealthCode offers goal-based challenges with more than 50,000 participants and organizations across all 50 U.S. states and in 30 countries. In addition to Million Mile Month in April, programs include iResolve in January, Triathlon in a Month in July, Marathon in a Month in October and other initiatives.

“This year, to further support people, families, organizations and communities, HealthCode is working to deliver virtual activity events each month from June through December,’’ Amos said. “For instance, we are launching Triathlon in a Month in Training in June so participants can get ready to complete Triathlon in a Month in July.’’

For more information on June’s Triathlon in a Month in-training or other HealthCode events visit: https://events.healthcode.org/events.

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