Some good news…our associates’ average number of biometric risks dropped and fewer have elevated glucose and blood pressure levels. Smoking is also down, and physical activity remains steady. Yet at the same time, the Well-being Index indicates fewer associates believe they have the physical fitness necessary to live with energy and vitality right now. And the number who are happy with their nutrition habits took a dip, as did engagement with Go365.
It’s about my total health and being my best person…emotionally, spiritually and physically.
The number of associates with elevated stress levels is down again in 2019 to 32.4% – a positive trend and one key reason the overall Health score ticked up. At the same time, however, the Well-being Index shows associates’ perception of how they feel emotionally overall dropped just a bit. Our experience shows that when our associates are resilient, they experience nine more Healthy Days per month compared to those who don’t believe they can overcome challenges. We’re focused on getting better at cultivating resilience because life won’t stop throwing curveballs.
Just make the time for yourself every day and do something good for yourself.
Whole-person well-being is as much about “being” as it is about “doing.” It’s important to cultivate a positive mindset and take positive action.
Our results show associates decreased their average number of biometric risks, with more of them reporting no risks at all. And among those with Humana since 2012, the average risks are 23% below what would be expected due to aging. All health risks are moving in the right direction except the prevalence of being overweight or obese, which remained fairly steady. Continued progress in these areas will help to bring more Healthy Days to our community.
|Average Number of Biometric Risks||2.89||2.50|
|Overweight or Obese BMI||74.9%||67%|
|Elevated Glucose Levels||35.1%||N/A|
|Elevated Blood Pressure||36.3%||N/A|
|Elevated Stress Levels||32.4%||35%|
There are many apps for tracking one’s health these days, and there is no shortage of reward programs. Humana’s wellness program, Go365 , offers employees tangible benefits for healthy behavior. Go365 Bucks can be spent on items in the Go365 Mall. And once our associates reach Gold Status with Go365, Humana adds funding to their HSA or PCA.
|Achievement of Go365 Gold Status||45.7%||50%|
|Go365 Age vs. Our Actual Age||3.56||2.5|
Research shows what is well known: changing behavior, even if it supports one’s best health, requires effort and can be hard. But when the change is attached to something meaningful, it gives energy to the will to take action. If a goal matters personally and it’s something someone wants to do rather than what others think they should do, people are more likely to take positive action, continue doing it, and ultimately succeed.
Turning actions into habits helps make the commitment to new behavior easier. It takes practice, and it’s more effective when attached to existing daily or weekly routines, particularly ones that someone already has and loves. And when there’s a partner to share in the challenge, the encouragement and solidarity can be amazing.
Behavioral & Lifestyle
|Active More than 2.5 Hours per Week||53.4%||50%|
|100 Day Dash Participation||44.3%||50%|
|Happy with Current Nutrition Habits||49.8%||67%|
|Reported Tobacco Use||2.3%||9%|
According to the Humana Well-being Index, associates are not feeling as good about their overall health. While the changes in Emotional and Spiritual were not particularly significant, they took a slight dip and are moving away from our goal. All three aspects are connected. When there’s focus on improving even one, such as maintaining a balanced perspective or staying centered spiritually, it may positively influence other aspects of health over time.
Humana Well-being Index
|Humana Well-being Index: Health||3.59||3.65|