UnitedHealthcare Encourages Americans to Stay Active – Even at Home – with the Step Up for Better Health Sweepstakes During April’s Move More Month

April 01, 2020
  • With federal guidelines to stay at home due to COVID-19, it is important for Americans to remain active while maintaining the recommended distance from other people  

UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, is encouraging Americans to stay active – even while at home – with its third annual Step Up for Better Health Sweepstakes.

Walking – either at home, outside solo or with immediate family members – remains a generally safe option to help support emotional and physical well-being, including helping boost the immune system.1 If walking outside, remember to maintain the recommended distance of at least six feet from other people due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

“Walking ranks as one of the most popular and accessible ways for people to help maintain or improve their health, so we hope our Step Up for Better Health Sweepstakes helps encourage Americans to become more active during these challenging times,” said Anne Docimo, M.D., chief medical officer, UnitedHealthcare. “By entering the sweepstakes and pledging to walk more, people have a chance to win one of more than 100 wellness-related prizes while taking a step toward getting or staying active – either at home or by following safe practices while outside.”

The sweepstakes celebrates National Walking Day (April 1) and continues throughout Move More Month (April), enabling people to become eligible for a chance to win one of more than 100 wellness-related prizes, including:

  • Grand Prize: Peloton® “Works Package,” with a two-year subscription plus a pair of riding shoes, weights, bike mat, headphones and heart rate monitor (one package available);
  • First Prize: Apple Watch® (10 devices available); and
  • Second Prize: $25 gift cards to Foot Locker® (100 gift cards available).

People can enter the sweepstakes at UHCwalkingmaps.com and sign the pledge to walk more. The website provides information about the benefits of walking, suggested hiking trails and 10,000-step walking routes in over 50 cities, helping people visualize what that distance looks like in their areas*.

On behalf of the first 30,000 people to sign the pledge, UnitedHealthcare will donate a total of $30,000 to EverWalk, a national nonprofit helping strengthen people and communities through walking**.

As part of the sweepstakes, the UnitedHealthcare Step Up for Better Health Survey provides insights into Americans’ opinions and attitudes about walking. The nationally representative survey found:

  • 53% of respondents said walking is their preferred method of exercise;
  • 65% prefer walking on the beach instead of the mountains, while 80% favor the countryside over the city;
  • 25% of respondents consider the Kalalau Trail in Hawaii as the top domestic “bucket list” hike, followed by the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim (21%), and the Appalachian Trail (20%);  
  • Those who own a dog are twice as likely to walk every day, yet these pet owners walk an average of three minutes fewer per walk compared to other Americans;
  • 65% said they listen to music on walks, while 83% use time walking to brainstorm or think; and
  • 55% report using a digital device to track their walks.

“Walking has the potential to improve the health of people and communities, bringing Americans together along a shared journey toward health,” said Diana Nyad, founder of EverWalk and international fitness icon best known for successfully swimming from Cuba to Miami (110 miles) at age 64. “We appreciate the donation from UnitedHealthcare, as it will help achieve our shared mission to help people live healthier lives.”

Studies have shown walking can help people maintain a healthier weight, strengthen bones, ward off depression and prevent or help manage various chronic conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.2

About the Survey

The 2020 Step Up for Better Health Survey was conducted Feb. 24, 2020, using an online probability sample of 1,067 U.S. adults 18 and older. The margin of error was plus or minus 3% at the 95% confidence level. Click here for complete survey results.

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.3 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,500 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and delivers care to people through owned and operated health care facilities in South America. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @UHC on Twitter.

1 Harvard University, 2020, https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/5-surprising-benefits-of-walking

2 Harvard University, 2018 https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/walking-your-steps-to-health

* Check with your doctor to determine what activity level is right for you.

** Participation in any UnitedHealthcare product or program is not a requirement to participate in the sweepstakes.

*** Financial incentives may be less due to limits under applicable laws.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Open to legal residents of 50 United States or the District of Columbia, 18 and older.  To Enter: Visit UHCWalkingMaps.com between 12:01 AM CT on 3/25/2020 and 11:59 PM CT on 4/30/2020, follow online instructions, and agree to take the “Step Up for Better Health” Pledge to be healthier.  Prizes: Grand (1): Peloton “Works Package” and two-year subscription (maximum ARV $4,000); First (10) Apple Watch® (ARV $199); Second (100): $25 Foot Locker® gift card. Limit 1 entry per person. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received for each drawing. See Website for drawing dates, details, limitations & Official Rules. United HealthCare Services, Inc., Minnetonka, MN 55343.

Apple Watch is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Foot Locker is a registered trademark of Foot Locker Retail, Inc. Peloton is a registered trademark of Peloton Interactive, Inc. Apple, Foot Locker and Peloton are not participants in or sponsors of this promotion.