Walkingspree and CHRISTUS Health Announce New Partnership

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Walkingspree and CHRISTUS Health have teamed up to customize a system-wide walking challenge for CHRISTUS Associates. CHRISTUS' wellness program, designed to improve Associates' health and overall well-being, is maximizing Walkingspree's skills for integrating into a hospital's branded wellness platform.

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...This challenge gives our Associates the opportunity to take small steps, like take the stairs instead of the elevator, to bring about big changes in their lives.

Walkingspree, a national corporate wellness program provider specializing in custom walking programs, and CHRISTUS Health, an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system are pleased to announce their new partnership.

“Our walking program is a great challenge and a good way for our Associates to get involved in a friendly competition, increase their physical activity and reach a common goal of better health,” said Marty Margetts, CHRISTUS Health’s Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services and Chief Human Resources Officer.

2016 has been a busy year for companies as they learn more and more about the benefits of organized walking and wellness programs like Walkingspree’s. Hospitals, in particular, face challenges implementing workplace wellness due to the busy nature of the work environment, shift work and high stress situations. This combination of workplace elements is what makes Walkingspree a perfect fit for CHRISTUS. Walkingspree works within and around the workplace culture, encouraging the employer to use their own wellness initiatives within the Walkingspree program.

“We are proud to partner with CHRISTUS,” said Hiran Perera, Walkingspree’s Chief Executive Officer. “We believe this integration is a perfect fit for CHRISTUS’ Associates and their busy lifestyles. Studies have proven over and over that consistent walking is a safe, simple way to achieve better overall health. We’re excited to see the positive health benefits in CHRISTUS’ future.”

Although lowering health care costs is a benefit of the Walkingspree program, CHRISTUS Health’s decision to challenge its Associates to be more active and improve their overall fitness is based on the system’s genuine desire to help their Associates live happier, healthier lives.

“We work hard to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and improve our patients’ quality of life,” commented Marty Margetts, “So, it’s only fitting that we take the time to do the same for ourselves, too. This challenge gives our Associates the opportunity to take small steps, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, to bring about big changes in their lives. Our hope is that this activity leads to improved physical and mental well-being for all of our Associates.”

‘HEALTHY HABITS: Change for Good’ (CHRISTUS’ wellness program) is a great example of a corporation integrating their own branded wellness platform with a specialty based corporate wellness provider, Walkingspree, to achieve optimal results,” states Nathan Pickle, Chief Revenue Officer at Walkingspree. “We’ve helped them customize a top notch system-wide walking challenge using their personally assigned Walkingspree account manager and our online e-Store for Associates to acquire new Fitbit devices.”

Walkingspree is looking forward to the future and its partnership with CHRISTUS Health and hopes to see more companies reaching out to enhance the lives of their employees.

About Walkingspree

Walkingspree specializes in customized corporate walking programs. These programs integrate individual fitness tracking into one solution. An industry leader with a proven and established track record, Walkingspree is recognized for boosting morale at the workplace, and reducing the rising cost of health insurance claims.The company offers two types of programs.The Flex Business Program (can be launched online in minutes) for companies with less than 100 participants and the Enterprise Program for companies with over 100 participants. Both programs include an online e-Store where new Fitbit or Garmin devices can be purchased and a BYOD feature that allows employees to “Bring Your Own Device” whether that be various types of activity trackers or a smartphone. Learn more about Walkingspree at http://walkingspree.com

About CHRISTUS Health

CHRISTUS Health, an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system, is headquartered in Dallas and is comprised of almost 350 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 175 clinics and outpatient centers and dozens of other health ministries and ventures. CHRISTUS services can be found in more than 60 cities in the U.S., Mexico, Chile and Colombia. The system employs more than 40,000 Associates and more than 13,500 physicians on facility medical staffs who provide care and support for patients. CHRISTUS Health is listed among the 10 largest Catholic health systems in the U.S.

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