Week of wellness: Meeting the challenge of getting fit, giving back

The Humana Challenge began with the goal of using a PGA TOUR golf tournament to inspire people to get active, give back and have fun. The event, held in California’s Coachella Valley, became known as a week of wellness with a side of golf.

This year’s event once again succeeded in getting people walking, eating better and donating to charities, both locally and nationally.

Watch the video above for a visual summary of how this event connects people who share a passion for health and inspire others to join them on a journey toward lifelong well-being. For a more in-depth look at the 2015 Humana Challenge, check out the stories below.

Clinton Foundation Day of Action unites community as Humana Challenge concludes

More than 100 volunteers, led by Chelsea Clinton, came together Sunday for the Clinton Foundation Day of Action in Palm Springs, California. The group helped foster health and well-being by beautifying a park and planting fruit trees for a community orchard at the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Community Center.

“I’m a new mom,” said Clinton. “And I didn’t know that I could care any more about the issues that I care about – like health and wellness – until I became a mother and until I had a daughter.” Founded by Chelsea Clinton in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Clinton Foundation Day of Action program seeks to create service opportunities and mobilize thousands of volunteers to give back to their communities.

The event precedes Monday’s fourth annual Clinton Foundation Health Matters Activation Summit, where leaders in the fields of health and wellness collaborate on innovative approaches to solving the health challenges facing our nation. Both the Day of Action and Health Matters Activation Summit take place as part of the health and wellness events surrounding the Humana Challenge golf tournament.

Kids in the spotlight on Humana Challenge Championship Sunday

A champion is crowned on the final day of the Humana Challenge tournament, but kids are also in Sunday’s spotlight, with plenty of fun-filled, golf-themed activities at PGA West in La Quinta, California.

As part of Kids’ Day, two local teens got a behind-the-scenes look at the tournament as junior reporters. They covered all the action in a program designed by the First Tee of the Coachella Valley, the local chapter of a nationwide youth development program, which instills character, education, core values and life skills in young people between the ages of four and 17 through the game of golf.

Patriot Day at Humana Challenge: Honoring those who serve – and inspire

When play ended at the Humana Challenge tournament Saturday in La Quinta, California, dignitaries, including President Bill Clinton, gathered to pay tribute to the men and women of our armed services.

The festivities included a Marine honor guard, military band and the presentation of a mortgage-free home to wounded hero Peter Butler through the Homes for Wounded Heroes program, with support from Humana. (Watch video below.)

In addition, a $100,000 donation to David Feherty’s Troops First Foundation was presented in the name of Iraq War veteran Chad Pfeifer.

Pfeifer lost his leg while serving in Iraq but not his competitive spirit or his passion for life. On April 12, 2007, Pfeifer lost his left leg above the knee to an explosive device. While recovering at an Army hospital in Texas, he took up the game of golf, and he hasn’t looked back.

Now, he’s an inspiration for others, competing as an amateur in this week’s Humana Challenge. On Patriot Day at the PGA TOUR event, Pfeifer said he hopes he can set a positive example for other veterans. (Watch video above.)

“I just want them to know that they can do it,” said Pfeifer, who uses his talent on the golf course to raise awareness for wounded veterans. “Just keep living life… they can live life to the fullest.”

Humana Challenge celebrates women

Entering the tournament Friday, women received a warm welcome for Women’s Day at the Humana Challenge. Whether they came with spouses, families or friends, the consensus of those accompanying them was that women play an important role in the health and well-being of those around them.

Marsden Connolly, Humana President of Clinical Care Services, said women influence others’ attitudes on a variety of issues, especially health. Women also make up roughly two-thirds of those taking part in Humana WalkIt powered by Charity Miles – a mobile app that allows tournament-goers to track their steps and earn money for charity.

Watch the videos above and below to learn more about the day dedicated to women.

Humana Challenge under way with Seniors’ Day

The 2015 Humana Challenge teed off Thursday, with a day dedicated to seniors. While golf may have been the main attraction, the tournament’s message of health and well-being struck home with many seniors. They shared their secrets to staying fit and fabulous, while sampling bicycle-blended smoothies and counting steps around the course. Their advice for younger generations: plenty of exercise, a healthy diet and a positive attitude.

Journey to better health begins with one small step – and a sense of fun

Humana Challenge Well-Being Ambassador Jason Dufner this week has been talking about his journey to better health, hoping to inspire people of all ages to join him.

In the videos above and below, Dufner shares ideas, reflects on the importance of being active even as we age, offers encouragement and displays a sense of fun that is one of the most important facets of well-being and living a full, happy life.

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Jason Dufner: 2015 Humana Challenge Well-Being Ambassador

Jason Dufner is feeling better on and off the golf course after losing 20 pounds in the last six months. His journey to better health makes him the perfect choice to serve as the 2015 Humana Challenge Well-Being Ambassador.

Dufner, winner of the 2013 PGA Championship, said he hopes his story will inspire others to get more active and commit to making positive lifestyle changes. He said he had to take a look in the mirror and knew he had to make some changes, beginning with making smarter choices in what he eats and drinks.

“I began by simplifying what I put in my body,” Dufner said. “Habits don’t form overnight, good or bad. You can start by making just one change.

“I’m excited to be healthy again. I have more energy and I am sleeping better,” he added. “Health and well-being is the main goal of this event, and I hope to encourage others to make their own healthy changes.”

He began sharing his story with people across the country early Tuesday morning during media interviews from PGA West in La Quinta, California, where he will be competing in the Humana Challenge.  Watch the video above and check back later this week to learn more about Dufner and the lifestyle changes he has made that are making a difference in his career, health, life and general well-being.

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Humana Challenge: Health, well-being and giving back

The Humana Challenge is called a week of well-being with a side of golf. From the beginning, the priority has been to inspire people to take a more active role in improving their own health and the health of their communities. The focus on health and philanthropy is a tribute to the legacy and emphasis established by Bob Hope, who hosted the event in California’s Coachella Valley for many years.

The multigenerational playgrounds that were built in partnership with KaBOOM! during the first three years of the PGA TOUR event are perfect illustrations of the positive impact that the Humana Challenge has had in the local community.

One of those playgrounds was built at the Las Casas apartments in Coachella two years ago. The construction was made possible through a donation by the Humana Foundation that resulted from a challenge to tournament spectators to log steps that were tracked on pedometers given to them at the event.

We revisited that playground Monday and asked some of the children who live in the apartments to talk about the impact it has had on their community. Their smiles and their answers in the video above are a testament to the power of play and the power of volunteerism.

Check back here all week for more stories, photos and videos about our health and wellness events or follow us on Twitter (@humananews) for daily updates.

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Humana Day at Certified Farmers’ Market: Recipe for better health

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Humana Challenge Week’s opening events on Saturday showed how simple and fun it can be to sprinkle physical activity into your daily routine to boost your health and well-being. On Sunday, the attention turned to another essential ingredient in creating a healthier lifestyle: better nutrition. The week of wellness events mix physical activity, healthier eating and a dash of fun to create an easy recipe for a more satisfying, happier life.

Humana Day at the Certified Farmers’ Market, which was held Sunday morning in the Square in Old Town La Quinta, California, sharpens the appetite for better health with its colorful displays of fresh, organic food grown locally in the Coachella Valley and cooking demonstrations that show it’s easy to eat healthier without losing flavor.

Local chef Michael Vaughn shared ideas with the crowd, and demonstrated how easy it is to make small changes that reap big health benefits. His recipes focus on maximizing the flavor and benefits you can get from fresh produce. The dishes he cooked Sunday, including peanut butter pancake sandwiches and grilled tomato soup, made it easier to rethink your routine and find it less challenging to make healthier choices. (Watch this video.)

“It’s fun … I enjoy connecting with people and making them feel comfortable with cooking healthful meals at home,” said Vaughn, who emphasized that making your own meals becomes easier with practice. “It doesn’t have to be scary.”

Those attending the event could also use their own pedal power to make a smoothie on the Blender Bikes, get a free biometric screening, and pick up healthy recipes at the HumanaVitality kiosk.

Check back here all week for more stories, photos and videos about our health and wellness events or follow us on Twitter (@humananews) for daily updates.

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