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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Walkingspree and Wellness

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

At Texas Health, our goal is to help people live healthier lives and stay out of the hospital, and inside our hospitals and on all of our campuses across North Texas, we are challenging all of our employees to take a more proactive role in their own health and well-being.

For example, we just launched Walkingspree, a new wellness physical activity program which helps companies control health care costs by getting their employees moving. During the first two and half weeks, more than 3,000 Texas Health employees have signed up to participate.

Walkingspree is a multi-device platform that uses computer connected activity trackers to track and record physical activity, and an active social network to keep employees motivated and engaged. The program also features interactive tools like a body tracker to set and monitor goals, and a food tracker that makes counting calories easy.

The benefits of walking are astounding. According to Walkingspree and the American Heart Association, just 30 minutes of walking a day can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, plus reduce the risk of heart disease. With 75 percent of all health care claims related to preventable chronic disease and lifestyle choices, walking is a proven solution.

Throughout Texas Health, we have created indoor and outdoor walking paths and routes so even on cold rainy days, employees can log a mile or two over lunch or during an afternoon break.

As 2014 kicks off, an abundance of resolutions will be pledged. Here’s to keeping them thriving by this time next year. To learn more about this walking and wellness initiative, visit

For our faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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