Stride in Action: Moving More
We’re moving after lunch. We’re walking during meetings. We’re standing during calls. We’re supporting each other to move more – one step at a time.
Our offices in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Allentown, Pennsylvania, were buzzing with activity last week for the Stride Moving Minutes pilot kickoffs. Team members at these locations are taking extra strides – 15 minutes of movement to be exact – after lunch to increase energy levels and gain the significant health benefits of being active after eating a meal.
“Being here in Greensboro, it’s great to see the energy and positive effects just 15 minutes can have on these team members. These employees serve our customers every day, and they are good at it. So I’m excited that we are able to give our employees this time to support their individual journeys toward better health,” said Brian Brueckman, executive vice president, UnitedHealthcare Operations.
“The excitement around the Moving Minutes program in Allentown is contagious,” said Jeff Bergen, vice president, Optum Operations. “Employees are grateful for this program and we’re seeing growing activity in our on-site fitness center, people are using Optum stretch bands, they’re taking the stairs and activating the Rally app. And ultimately, they feel energized when getting back to work. The concept is simple: just get up and move after lunch.”
Even if your site hasn’t launched the Moving Minutes program, consider taking time to move after your lunch and gain the benefits that come with it. Or, fit more movement into your workday with these tips:
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Have walking meetings
- Walk while listening to a conference call (when feasible)
- Stand up at least once each hour
- Walk to fill up your water bottle at least twice a day
- Park at the far end of the parking lot
For more movement-related resources visit the Move More page.
Start moving more, together.
When it comes to staying active, sometimes we need more time and sometimes we need more motivation. If you need that extra push to get you moving more, step up and join the Stride to Move More challenge, now through June 28. Join your co-workers and start tracking your steps to earn coins that can be used for discounts, auctions, donations and sweepstakes. To register, visit Rally (Optum360) and click on the Stride to Move More Challenge icon. Enter invite code: Stride2019 (case sensitive).
Put your steps to work for a good cause.
The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is hosting the Steppin’ Up for Kids virtual walk, which allows you to get moving anywhere, anytime, May 6 through June 15. Each participant is challenged to walk 20,000 steps (or more!) to support UHCCF and its goal to award 20,000 medical grants in 2020. Sign up now as an individual, family or team to participate and fundraise to make a difference for children – your registration fee is the donation to UHCCF. Register today.
When Will Moving Minutes Come to My Site?
We’re testing different Stride programs at various sites:
- Moving Minutes: Greensboro, NC and Allentown, PA
- Food Changes: Minnetonka and Eden Prairie, MN
- Medical Weight Loss: Overland Park, KS, Eden Prairie and Minnetonka, MN
Participation rates, feedback received and results from these pilots will shape upcoming phases of Stride offerings. Designs for new pilots are also underway.
We’ll keep you updated on the pilot progress. In the meantime, keep an eye on the Hub and stride.uhg.com for resources, information and events available for all UnitedHealth Group employees.