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National Walking Day 2014 with Walkingspree

Yesterday, we urged members to band together to banish inactivity. With the American Heart Associations’ National Walking Day, Americans were encouraged to take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get out and walk. Our Walkingspree members have already taken the first steps in their personal walking journey, with many having 10,000 step days on average.   We asked our members to go even further by getting their communities and companies involved. By sharing the importance of achieving 10,000 steps a day, Walkingspree members play a vital role in the health and well-being of…

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Women Who Exercise Cut Their Risk of Breast Cancer by 12%

    Exercise just isn’t about weight loss – women who are active reduce their risk of breast cancer by up to 12%, researchers have said. Compared with the laziest women, those who have the highest level of daily exercise can significantly reduce their risk of contracting breast cancer. However, the benefit is not seen in women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT), according to research presented to the European Breast Cancer Conference in Glasgow.   The authors of the report examined 37 studies about breast cancer concerning more than four million women. They found that the…

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Client of the Month | Amazing Pace

This month, we’re shining the spotlight on client Amazing Pace, a faith-based walking program. For four years, Walkingspree has been among the wellness program offerings available to clergy, staff and family. Though eligible church employees have many options to choose from when it comes to wellness programs (with one group choosing from a menu of 22 different wellness programs), Walkingspree consistently is the majority’s choice.   “We continue to rely on the Walkingspree platform because it is a unique solution that all our members can participate in,” notes Lee Burdine of The Amazing Pace. “The majority…

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SURVEY | Employers’ corporate wellness incentives climb to new heights

With a reported 15% increase in wellness incentive spending within their health care plans, corporate employers have their sights set on improving their workforce’s overall health in 2014 through wellness programs for both employees and their significant others, according to a new study from Fidelity Investments an the National Business Group on Health.   Corporate employers expect to spend an average of $594 per employee on wellness-based incentives, an increase from 2013′s $521 average. The amount is more than double the amount spent five years ago.   The biggest increase in spending was in companies with…

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New study: walking could reduce hospitalizations for COPD patients

  For people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — a condition affecting 65 million people worldwide — a daily exercise regimen could help them stay out of the hospital, according to a new study. COPD is projected to be the third leading cause of death by 2020 with only heart disease and cerebrovascular disease accounting for more deaths.   Researchers from the Hospital Galdakao-Usansolo in Spain found that people with COPD — which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema and is considered the third leading cause of death in the U.S. — who maintain moderate or…

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Client of the Month | Inter-American Development Bank

With a total of 354 million steps among participants, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is our featured client this February. IDB kicked off their Walkingspree wellness program a little less than a year ago, encouraging employees worldwide to get active and lead a healthier life.   “We wanted to create a culture of wellness here at IDB, focusing not only on employees’ health but also on preventive care,” said Doris Angulo, R.N., Health Services Center Coordinator & Chief Nurse. “Walking is the simplest way we can encourage our employees in many different countries all over the world…

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