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Our personal health is much more than numbers on a scale or outcomes on a chart. Lifestyles, social engagement and our emotional and spiritual states are all important to being healthy. The basic truth is that personal health is just that – personal. It’s specific to each of us, determined by how we live our daily lives, our perceptions of our own life, and truly how fit we are in mind, body and spirit.

This holistic, objective and subjective view honors the interconnected nature of human life. We are physical, emotional, spiritual and social. Everyone is built this way to survive. It’s a reminder that when it comes to health and well-being, the whole human being is always greater than the sum of the parts.

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How we think affects how we feel. How we feel impacts what we do. And what we do leads to what we experience and better health and well-being.

Emotional health is crucial to our overall well-being.

Emotions are a big part of our experience as human beings. They’re involved in everything, influencing our perceptions, decisions and actions. Feeling them, having control over them and keeping them in balance are all good, and working to maintain healthy emotions and resilience matters to physical health and to every dimension of well-being.

It’s no surprise emotional health remains a challenge and focus for our team. Likely due to the barrage of new demands, concerns and limitations in daily life, the number of Mentally Healthy Days our associates experienced dipped significantly during the height of the pandemic, and perception of their emotional health also declined as measured by the Humana Well-being Index.

Emotional resilience can be built by embracing positive views of the world, like optimism and gratitude. And since our body and mind are connected, taking care of our bodies also positively impacts our emotional health. Fortunately, when it was needed most, many associates found support through care kits and other resilience building experiences shared by Humana.

Prioritizing health produces long-term benefits.

For our Humana community, health is always a primary focus, and the pandemic placed health, especially physical health, in the headlines every day. When anxious, people often double down on what they know best. At Humana, that means turning to our culture of health and well-being for information, resources and support, and our results illustrate Humana’s positive culture makes a difference. Here’s some proof: as we age, biometric risks generally increase. But associates who have been part of Humana’s well-being movement since 2012 have fewer biometric risks than expected – the average is 26 percent lower than typical adults over an eight-year span.

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Ocala, FL

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Working for Humana and finding God has shown me how to live again and not just be alive.

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Ocala, FL

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Fresno, TX

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I had that moment where I just had to make that pivot and do what I know to be the right thing.

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Fresno, TX

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82.7 in 2020

Health Score

80.0

2019

78.0

2018

75.0

2017

83.0

2016

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In a year when physical and mental health encountered considerable challenges, our Health Score was boosted by sustained Go365 engagement, some measured physical outcomes and belief that personal health remains good.
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Health Risks

Overall, Humana associates’ average number of biometric risks rose, primarily driven by more associates at the far end of the risk spectrum (five or more risks). In addition, our results show upticks in elevated blood pressure, cholesterol and other heart risk factors. However, reported BMI risk decreased overall, as did the percentage of associates with elevated glucose levels. And while more associates reported elevated perceived stress than in 2019, the levels moderated through resilience and recovery, ultimately landing within goal range.

Health Risks 2019 2020 Goal
Average Number of Biometric Risks 2.89 2.96 2.50
Overweight or Obese BMI 74.9% 72.2% 67%
Elevated Glucose Levels 35.1% 25.3% NA
Elevated Blood Pressure 36.3% 42.3% NA
Elevated Stress Levels 32.4% 33.6% 35%
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Go365

Go365’s purpose is to encourage and reward healthy lifestyle behaviors and healthier outcomes. It shone as a bright spot in 2020 as physical health maintained a high priority. The percentage of associates at Gold Status or higher rose from 45.7 percent to 47.8 percent. The gain came from more of them reaching the highest status – Platinum. As a result, the difference between our associates’ average Go365 Age and average chronological age shrank slightly. The difference is now 3.53 years, and we’re working to build on this positive trend to reach our 2.5-year differential goal.

Go365 2019 2020 Goal
Achievement of Go365 Gold Status 45.7% 47.8% 50%
Go365 Age vs. Our Actual Age 3.56 3.53 2.5
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Behavioral & Lifestyle

While some associates became more engaged with Go365 in 2020, overall physical activity measures declined somewhat as typical exercise and movement patterns were disrupted. Even though results are above goal, the percentage of associates reporting at least 2.5 hours of physical activity per week further declined from a 2018 high. And COVID-19’s arrival last spring coincided with the start of the 100 Day Dash, reducing participation in Humana’s annual step challenge and cultural event that re-energizes activity levels and healthy habits. Forty percent of associates engaged in the Dash in 2020, the fewest since 2014. Some good news: reported level of tobacco use and good nutrition habits remained steady.

Behavioral & Lifestyle 2019 2020 Goal
Active More than 2.5 Hours per Week 53.4% 52.7% 50%
100 Day Dash Participation 44.3% 40.1% 50%
Happy with Current Nutrition Habits 49.8% 49.9% 67%
Reported Tobacco Use 2.3% 2.4% 9%
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Humana Well-being Index

The Humana Well-being Index Assessment shows our associates’ perceptions of their overall health declined slightly in 2020. How they feel about their physical and spiritual health remained steady, with feelings about physical health once again exceeding Humana’s goal.

It makes sense that perceptions of emotional health declined, dropping to levels we’ve not seen in years. 2020 was a unique set of circumstances, and among its lessons is that sometimes happiness, health and well-being happen naturally. Maintaining a whole-person understanding of one’s self and community enables conscious choices to adopt a positive mindset that makes health and well-being possible, even amid challenging or painful realities.

Humana Well-being Index 2019 2020 Goal
Humana Well-being Index: Health 3.59 3.57 3.65
Physical 3.59 3.58 3.51
Emotional 3.35 3.30 3.44
Spiritual 3.84 3.83 4.00
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