Thank you for your conversation regarding the Million Mile Month and for your participation.
We appreciate your comments and will look into the issue.
Integrity of the activity data is important, which is one reason for the transparency provided by the leaderboards. Weāve seen folks are not shy in calling others out. š https://events.healthcode.org/leaderboards/17
Sometimes āgroupsā get listed under the Individual Leaderboard. For example, an elementary school teacher puts all her kids activity under her name. Or some of our military participants put their squad under one name. So we work to address those issues.
Yes, we did start the Million Mile Month to help those who have a hard time just getting up and walking around the block.
Our nonprofit HealthCode
ās mission is to empower people to live healthier, happier lives, free from preventable diseases.
We launched the Million Mile Month in 2014, after hearing at SXSW āsitting is the smokingā. We are headquartered in Austin, an active community. Yet almost 6 out of 10 (58%) of adults in our County are obese or over weight; sadly this is true for most US communities.
Changing behavior is really hard. Research shows a key to behavioral change is making and achieving personal goals within a positive community of support. So, HealthCode leverages āgamification of behaviorā concepts to help engage people to start moving along their own health journey.
To help in continual improvement, HealthCode provides community-wide quarterly events
. Designed to be fun and accessible, especially for folks struggling to maintain an active life-style. https://events.healthcode.org/events
For example, Julyās event is Triathlon in a Month. Participants set their own total mileage goal and create their own triathlon -- like kayaking, cycling or hiking on trails. Maybe learn a new activity and have fun in the summer time. A way to encourage people and families to get up, get outside and enjoy an active summer; explore parks, neighborhoods and new cities.
Octoberās Marathon in a Month provides a full 31 days to help folks be active, with a tongue in check āIām a Marathonerā bragging rights. After the first year, we were asked by the running community to add a 100 mile goal option, along with the 26 and 50 miles, which we did. š
For employee challenges, we encourage recognition programs be set up to motivate people to get up and move, engaging people who need to exercise the most.
For example, which department or office location has the highest percentage of employees accomplishing maybe just 25 or 30 miles for the month, versus who does the most miles. The idea for the lower mile goals came from organizations who have a lot of very sedentary employees.
Folks who are already fit, are encouraged to reach out to their colleagues to join them on a walk, a light run, cycle or yoga. Celebrating with them in accomplishing each step along their personal goal.
HealthCode would like to work with leaders like you, as we improve HealthCodeās programs to help people and establish a culture of health and well-being within organizations and foster more connected communities.
If interested, letās stay in touch and partner in the vision that everyone should enjoy the benefits of a healthier, happier life.
Feel free to reach out Steve@HealthCode.Org
; HealthCodeās Executive Director/Founder.