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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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Million Mile Month participants motivated to move more, felt more productive

In an era of state-at-home orders and social distancing, participants in Million Mile Month 2020 reported they were motivated to exercise more and felt more productive at work, according to survey results.

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.

With schools, gyms and offices closed and millions of employees working from home to slow the spread of COVID-19, HealthCode kicked off Million Mile Month a week early on March 25 and extended Million Mile Month through May 31 to provide an incentive for participants to maintain momentum.

INFOGRAPHIC Million Mile Month 2020

Here is a summary of a survey of Million Mile Month 2020 participants.

“When we launched Million Mile Month in 2014, our goal was to encourage people to move more and become more connected as a community. This year, when people around the world engaged in social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, it has been more important than ever to remain active and connected while battling stress,’’ said Steve Amos, CEO of the nonprofit HealthCode. “These survey results show we are making great strides in promoting active, healthy living in this challenging time.’’

HealthCode surveyed 240 participants April 30-May 1 on their progress. Of respondents,  86 percent reported the challenge motivated them to increase their exercise or physical activity, whether it was logging more miles, taking longer runs, engaging in activity more days a week or simply “getting off the couch in the first place,’’ according to the results of the Million Mile Month 2020 participant via Survey Monkey.

These numbers represent an increase over 2017’s results when 83 percent of reported they were motivated to exercise more, according to HealthCode.

“I am a critical care nurse and this challenge kept my mind off of work and allowed me to focus on fitness, mindfulness, and nature,’’ one participant reported.

In addition, 71 percent reported they felt more productive at work, compared to 65 percent in 2017, results showed.

“It just helped motivate me to stay accountable despite every obstacle in my way,’’ a Million Mile Month participant reported.

In addition, 82 percent of those surveyed said they felt better, which is an increase over 73 percent in 2017.  Of respondents, 54 percent reported they felt motivated to eat healthier, compared to 55 percent in 2017.

Several businesses and other organizations signed up for Million Mile Month to encourage their employees to remain active and healthy and the results show that commitment is paying off.

Survey results show 64 percent of respondents said participating in Million Mile Month increased their overall satisfaction with their company, compared to 57 percent in 2017. Also, 82 percent identified their company as supporting a healthy culture – an increase from 75 percent in 2017.

“I work in HR and have been really focused on providing ways for our employees to stay healthy and connected while working remote or staying socially distanced. Million Mile month provided a great program to help motivate employees and keep everyone connected about the leaderboard,’’ said one participant. “It’s also been great personally. My husband and I are both working remote at this time and we’ve been taking a mile walk together most days. It’s been fun to use that time to connect and to see the cumulative total on the leaderboards when I log those walks.’’

Amos said: “These results underscore that healthy employees are happy, productive employees. We are laying the groundwork for more virtual events this summer, including Triathlon-in-a-Month-in-Training in June and Triathlon in a Month in July to keep up the pace toward healthy lifestyles.’’

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Lace up your walking shoes – Austin, Travis County leaders kick off Million Mile Month 2019

AUSTIN, Texas – Austin and Travis County officials, business leaders and fitness enthusiasts on April 1 encouraged the community to embrace healthy living by stepping up and stepping out as part of the global Million Mile Month challenge.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, Austin Technology Council CEO Amber Gunst, Brock B. Purslow, vice president of sales with Humana, Amy Foster, nutrition coordinator with the Texas Beef Council and representatives from USAFIT Austin and Fleet Feet Austin gathered at Austin City Hall to encourage the community to get moving as part of Million Mile Month throughout the month of April.

“The steps we take today, figuratively and literally, make us healthier and happier,’’Adler said. “Million Mile Month is a great way for us all to have fun while developing a lifestyle focused on good physical and mental health.  Let’s all get moving together.’’

HealthCode’s Million Mile Month is a wellness challenge in which participants track their physical activity – from walking to running to cycling to swimming to yoga – with a goal of accomplishing a collective 1 million miles as a global community throughout the month of April.

Steve Amos, executive director of HealthCode, said: “It’s time to lace up our walking shoes and get moving. We hear over and over again that sitting is the new smoking. HealthCode is committed to raising awareness on ways people can live happier healthier lives and physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your 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 healthy living.

The Million Mile Month program is simple. Participants complete activity and log the miles or minutes on the HealthCode online activity tracker. Throughout the month the program leaderboard is updated with miles contributed by people all around the world.

Since the first Million Mile Month challenge in 2014, the program has expanded as companies of all sizes and individuals from around the world stepped up to take the challenge.

HealthCode’s programs focus on raising awareness and educating people on ways they can live healthier, happier lives with a focus on physical activity, nutrition and environment.

HealthCode today offers quarterly global activity events with more than 50,000 participants and organizations across all 50 U.S. states and in 30 countries. More than 6 million miles of activity has been logged with projected savings in health care costs estimated at more than $1 million. In addition to April’s Million Mile Month, HealthCode initiatives include iResolve in January, Triathlon in a Month in July and Marathon in a Month in October.

“We are overwhelmed with the interest we are seeing from businesses, school districts, municipalities and counties – along with individuals – to take the Million Mile Month challenge,’’ Amos said. “Our sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diets are killing us. While unhealthy has become the new norm, and we are hoping we can raise awareness on the benefits of physical activity.’’

For more information, please visit the Million Mile Month events page at https://events.healthcode.org/events.

Here is coverage from KEYE-TV in Austin of the April 1 kickoff at Austin City Hall on our Facebook page.

In case you missed it, check out this video from KEYE-TV Austin on the Million Mile Month kickoff April 1.

Posted by Million Mile Month on Thursday, May 30, 2019

School superintendents are squaring off for Million Mile Month crown

Texas school superintendents are squaring off to take bragging rights during Million Mile Month.

School districts across the nation – including California, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico and Texas — are stepping out for the Million Mile Month challenge that began on April 1.

Charles Dupre, superintendent of Fort Bend Independent School District, said “around this time of year you can call me Mr. Million Mile.”

“This year, we at FBISD want somebody, anybody, to try to take away our Million Mile Month crown,” Dupre said in a You Tube video. “I dare your organization to join us this April in the Million Mile Month challenge.”

Killeen Independent School District quickly took up the challenge. Killeen ISD Superintendent John Craft fired back: “Hey Mr. Million Mile. This is Mr. Sole Man coming to you from Killeen Texas.’’

“We will accept your challenge the month of April for Million Mile Month. Our goal will be just over 200,000 miles. So, we hope you are ready because we here in Killeen ISD are certainly ready,’’ Craft said in a video posted on Twitter.

School districts 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 goal of achieving 1 million collective miles of physical activity to stay healthy.

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

During the campaign, the program leaderboard is updated with miles from people all around the world.  As of April 26, global participants had logged more than 1 million miles and counting.

Since 2014, more than 36,400 participants from 50 states and more than 30 countries have covered more than 5.5 million miles.

Million Mile Month is a signature program of HealthCode. HealthCode’s mission is to empower people to live healthier, happier lives by engaging people year-round through community-focused, goal-based challenges and programs.

HealthCode creates activity challenges throughout the year and works with organizations of all sizes to encourage employees to embrace healthy lifestyles. Learn more about HealthCode’s corporate wellness programs here.

Follow HealthCode on Facebook and Instagram at @HealthCodeIAM. Follow us on Twitter @HealthCodeIAM and use the hashtag #MMM2018.

Million Mile Month 2018: Registration is open

Are you ready for a million miles?

Now is your chance. Registration is now open for HealthCode’s 2018 Million Mile Month.

Million Mile Month is an April 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. Companies and participants can register here.

“When we started Million Mile Month five years ago, the goal was to engage individuals to take control of their health with a fun challenge to achieve 1 million miles of physical activity as one global community. We wanted everybody to get moving,’’ said Steve Amos, executive director of HealthCode. “The program has grown since then as companies of all sizes and individuals from around the world stepped up to take the challenge.”

HealthCode’s mission is to empower people to live healthier, happier lives by engaging people year-round through community-focused, goal-based challenges and programs.

“Physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health,’’ Amos said. ”Not only can physical activity help control weight, it can reduce the risk of chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers. And it makes you feel good.’’

The program is simple. Participants complete activity and log the miles or minutes on the HealthCode activity tracker. Throughout the month the program leaderboard is updated with miles contributed by people all around the world.

For more information about Million Mile Month or to register, visit https://events.healthcode.org/mmm2018

How do you get your steps in? Send us your stories. Like us on Facebook and Instagram at @HealthCodeIAM. Or follow us on Twitter @HealthCodeIAM and use the hashtag #MMM2018.

IBM teams with HealthCode to combat obesity around the globe

Facing a global health crisis related to sedentary lifestyles, IBM teamed with HealthCode to tackle one of the biggest causes of disease today.

With a goal of combating a growing health crisis related to obesity while engaging IBM employees and their communities in more active, healthy lifestyles, IBM was one of the early corporations to participate in HealthCode’s Million Mile Month when it launched in 2014.

Million Mile Month is a month-long activity challenge held each April, in which participants around the world 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.

“The idea is to get moving,’’ said Steve Amos, executive director of the nonprofit HealthCode. “We wanted to unite individuals around a collective community-wide goal of completing a million miles. People got to pick their activity – walk, run, swim, bike or dance. It doesn’t matter – just get up and move.”

When IBM joined Million Mile Month, IBM provided a valued boost to the program. Beth Tracy, IBM corporate citizenship manager, suggested the program extend beyond HealthCode’s home base in Texas and opened it to a global audience. IBM shared registration information on the company’s global On Demand Community website serving its global employee base. Also, IBM provided a local partnership discretionary grant to HealthCode to support enriched health programs and initiatives.

Beth Tracy, IBM Corporate Citizenship Manager, with HealthCode leaders kicking off April 2015 Million Mile Month.

Tracy said: “IBM’s amazing global employees jumped on it, with increased participation from Brazil to India.”

The IBM grant enabled HealthCode to develop new features, such as creating a global leaderboard.

Amos said: “The results have been incredible. She helped us go global.’’

As HealthCode grows, the nonprofit continues to introduce new initiatives, including expanding its programs to four global events: January’s iResolve™, April’s Million Mile Month™, July’s Triathlon in a Month™, October’s Marathon in a Month™

HealthCode’s programs have seen exponential growth with participants from all 50 states in the United States and from 30 countries. HealthCode’s programs are supported by companies with global employee networks, such as Dun & Bradstreet. For more information on Dun & Bradstreet’s participation please see their video.

Dun & Bradstreet employees in Taiwan in April 2017

In addition, HealthCode’s programs have:

  • Provided support for school districts struck by Hurricane Harvey. Read about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s proclamation on Marathon in a Month.
  • Grown to more than 36,400 participants from 200 organizations including school districts, municipalities, state agencies, nonprofits and businesses of all sizes.
  • Generated more than 4.7 million miles of activity, burned more than 334+million calories and potentially saved some $859,000 in health care costs. At the same time, HealthCode events have helped individuals, families, organizations and communities be healthier and more positively connected with others.

We are honored to be partnering with IBM in our shared vision to promote health and prevent disease, so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of a healthier, happier life,’’ Amos said. “As we focus on physical activity, nutrition, education and community; delivering goal-based community-wide challenges, we are grateful for our partners like IBM. By 2020, our goal is to engage more than 100,000 people a year in our programs and help save $1 million in healthcare costs.”

For more information, please visit  HealthCode.org or send us an email at contact@HealthCode.org.

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.

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.

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/.

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