Virgin Pulse Spotlights Individual’s Healthy Efforts, Milestones With 2014 Healthies Awards
Award Honors Recipients’ Impressive Commitment to Long-Term, Healthy Habits During National Employee Wellness Month
Framingham, Mass. - (June 18, 2014)
Virgin Pulse, the market leader in the rapidly-growing employee health engagement category, today announced the recipients of the 2014 Healthies Awards, an honor presented each year spotlighting individuals demonstrating a commitment to healthy lifestyles. The Healthies, presented in tandem with National Employee Wellness Month, celebrate the spirit of healthy, sustainable behavior by recognizing individuals for their efforts to improve and maintain their overall well-being and the associated milestones they’ve hit along the way. Virgin Pulse received thousands of inspiring stories from individuals who’ve changed their lives for good by improving their health.
One Healthies recipient in the Significant Health Improvements category, Vinod Sagi shared his inspirational story of how he leveraged the Virgin Pulse program to keep tabs on his activity, nutrition and sleep. Today, he’s regained a BMI in the normal range, and no longer needs medications to control his blood pressure and diabetes. Sagi says he’s “turned back the clock. I feel 20 years younger now. I am now on a mission to encourage my friends and family to take care of [their] health now, and not to procrastinate like I did,” Sagi adds. “Age does not matter, take action now and you will be amazed how your body reacts when you track your steps, food, and sleep. Not only I have wowed my family and friends, but my doctor was very surprised with my remarkable achievements.”
Another Healthies recipient, Patricia Watson of the Spreading the Health category, said Virgin Pulse has helped motivate her to add walking to her daily exercise regimen, a habit that’s increased her activity levels while positively impacting on her relationship with her husband. The couple takes daily walks together, and has begun their own competition to see who can accumulate the most steps each day. “[Virgin Pulse] has also helped me keep my borderline diabetes in check through losing some weight,” Watson says. “We keep up our walks when we travel, and have seen sights that we normally would have overlooked by driving!”
The Healthies were awarded across five categories: Significant Health Improvements; Creative Ways to Get Healthy; Spreading the Health; Reaching Major Milestones; and Productivity Boost. Recipients for 2014 saw dramatic results after committing themselves to healthier lifestyles, including substantial weight loss, reversal of chronic medical conditions, improved relationships, increased energy, and a higher productivity levels. This year’s Healthies Award recipients are:
- Significant Health Improvements
- Creative Ways to Get Healthy
- Spreading the Health
- Reaching Major Milestones
- Productivity Boost
“I tell everyone that Virgin Pulse has changed my life – and it has,” says Creative Ways to Get Healthy category recipient, Cordell Meyer. “I have lost 60 pounds and my waist has gone down from 48 to 38 inches. Where I used to have to stop several times when walking from my car to work I can now fast walk, even though I park in the furthest parking lot. My last blood glucose and blood pressure were in the normal range, and I have more energy than I have had in many years!”
“The 2014 Healthies recipients are truly an inspiration,” said Chris Boyce, CEO of Virgin Pulse. “Making sustainable lifestyle changes, such as reversing lifelong medical conditions and significant weight-loss, takes dedication and hard work. At Virgin Pulse, our mission is to change lives for good and help people live better every day, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing with the thousands of success stories this year. Congratulations to this year’s recipients. Through your example, you’re inspiring others to make healthy changes that’ll help them gain the energy, focus and drive necessary to thrive at work and in life.”
About Virgin Pulse
Virgin Pulse, part of Sir Richard Branson’s famed Virgin Group, helps employers create a workforce with the energy, focus, and drive necessary to fully engage at work and in life. With its award-winning, online platform, the company fosters healthy daily habits and sustainable behavior change that help employees thrive at work and across all aspects of life. Unlike narrowly-focused employee health and engagement solutions, Virgin Pulse is a hub of consumer-focused strategies and innovative tools that set the foundation for a company’s engagement efforts. More than 250 industry leaders representing 1.5M+ employees have selected Virgin Pulse’s programs to reinvigorate their workplace. Learn more at virginhealthst.wpengine.com.