By Anne-Marie Kovacs, Chief Wife
The Succulent Wife is proud to be a program ambassador working with HumanaVitality®. By integrating rewards with healthy behaviors, HumanaVitality provides the tools and support necessary to help Humana members live healthier lives and furthers Humana’s Dream to Help People Achieve Lifelong Well-BeingSM. For more information about HumanaVitality, please visit the company’s website.
You might have read Audrey’s article about the HumanaVitality program and how it encourages its members to be proactive about managing their own health and wellness.
To me, the magic of the HumanaVitality program is that it is helping me be more accountable and motivated for my health. Fortunately or unfortunately, I have always been a better performer when under the “pressure” of accountability, e.g., if I have to report to someone, I’ll get “it” done. And I’ll probably get it done sooner, faster, better if there is a perk involved!
I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in that…And the HumanaVitality program works similarly using the principle of accountability.
Being accountable means making a commitment to deliver, accomplish or perform a certain action or activity. Most of us hold ourselves accountable at work, which is expected in exchange for the reward of a paycheck. Easy. But what about holding ourselves accountable in our own personal wellness and health and for whatever needs to be accomplished to maintain or achieve good health? Somehow, that becomes a more abstract concept. Perhaps it’s because the rewards are more elusive? Or because we only have ourselves to disappoint if the goals are not met?
The HumanaVitality program is helping me be accountable for my own health and fitness goals and is even rewarding me for it. HumanaVitality works by providing the tools and support to help its members achieve their goals toward healthy behavior change. Members are rewarded for engaging in health-related activities that range from exercise, to seeing a doctor for preventative health screenings, getting CPR training or attending lifestyle improvement online courses (I took the course on stress management and found it extremely helpful).
Each of these activities is tracked so you can take more ownership of your health and, for me, hold myself accountable. Members get real rewards for making healthy choices, earning rewards like fitness gear, electronics and gift cards.
The resources offered by the HumanaVitality program abound. It helps members create personal fitness and wellness goals that it supports with a variety of tools. One tool, the HumanaFit mobile app, has such features as food and fitness logs/journals, training plans for all fitness levels, creation and mapping of training trails (for running, cycling or roller blading) in a chosen area (great resource if you travel), access to local fitness groups (it’s always easier to train with others) and the possibility to share your progress with fellow HumanaFit users and friends (which helps me stay accountable). It is important to note that not all of the features of the HumanaFit app will directly earn you rewards, but that’s ok. These tools help users reach their overall fitness goals (weight loss, lowering blood pressure, etc) which does earn rewards.
With this program, HumanaVitality has strategically turned that “accountability” factor, a potential vulnerability trait, into a winning situation for me. Here’s to creating a healthier lifestyle!