MADISON, Wis.— Special Olympics Wisconsin is excited to announce that Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) has donated $21,000 to fund the Healthy Habits initiative, a program which provides resources to advance the health, fitness and lifestyles of the 10,000 Special Olympics athletes in Wisconsin.
“Statistics show that individuals with cognitive disabilities often do not receive the health care attention they need,” said Kristine Seymour, president of Humana’s Commercial market in Wisconsin. “At Humana, our focus is on helping all people improve their health and well-being, and that’s why we feel so strongly about providing this healthy lifestyle education program at no cost to this special group of athletes.”
“These funds will allow us to teach athletes to integrate healthy choices such as nutrition, sun safety, and physical fitness into their daily routine by offering health education stations at local competitions,” said Missy Schoenbrodt, Director of Wellness Initiatives at Special Olympics Wisconsin.
According to Schoenbrodt, Humana has a history of supporting Special Olympics Wisconsin. In 2009 and 2010, Humana donated pedometers and jump ropes to encourage athletes to get active. In addition, at the 31st Annual State Summer Games, Humana sponsored Dancetown, a game which displays metrics such as calories burned and skill level, to combine the fun of video games with the benefits of exercise.