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Health

Our minds and bodies are integrated and they work together for good health. Both need care and attention.

With health, everyone is accustomed to the focus being on the body…we’re weighed, biometrics are checked, and steps are counted. We’re constantly figuring out how to keep it healthy.

We don’t always pay as much attention to our minds. Science’s understanding of how the mind works is still developing, but it’s known to have two major systems. One represents the seat of emotions. The second is the part of the mind that makes judgements and thinks about things before we act.

People need both. But many times, emotions and feelings are pushed away, as though they’re intruders. When one pays attention to them, emotions can signal how things are going in life. They impact physical health and motivate action. So does how one thinks and perceives the world. With optimism, gratitude and resilience, health and well-being can be better.

Here are some highlights:

Physical health has improved, yet some habits and perceptions show there’s more to be done.

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.

Mike Adams

Jeffersonville, IN

We see a mixed picture in how well associates are managing life’s twists and turns.

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.

Najma Zanelli

Uniondale, NY

Health
Score

80.0

2019

78.0

2018

75.0

2017

83.0

2016

68.0

2015

71.9

2014

67.6

2013

55.2

2012

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.

Health Risks

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.

Health Risks

2019 Goal Trend
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%

Go365

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.

Go365

2019 Goal Trend
Achievement of Go365 Gold Status 45.7% 50%
Go365 Age vs. Our Actual Age 3.56 2.5

Behavioral & Lifestyle

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

2019 Goal Trend
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%

Humana Well-being Index

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

2019 Goal Trend
Humana Well-being Index: Health 3.59 3.65
Physical 3.59 3.51
Emotional 3.35 3.44
Spiritual 3.84 4.00