Submitted by: Humana Inc.
Posted: Jan 20, 2011 – 09:00 AM EST
BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 20 /CSRwire/ - Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation's largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, has become a premier sponsor of peopleforbikes.org, a nationwide pro-bicycling campaign. The campaign is an unprecedented effort to unite 1 million bicyclists of all riding styles and abilities to encourage government leaders to support cost-effective legislation that improves bike paths, lanes, trails and other facilities from coast to coast.
The backbone of the campaign, which was created by the nonprofit Bikes Belong Foundation, is a pledge in support of safer bicycling in the U.S. The campaign, which launched in 2010, has already generated more than 175,000 pledges toward its 1 million goal.
Humana's sponsorship will allow the campaign to grow in 2011, with broader reach in advertising, public relations, social media, at events, and through in-store promotion at bicycle retailers.
"At Humana, we are committed to supporting programs that result in healthier lifestyles and healthier communities," said Raja Rajamannar, Humana's chief innovation and marketing officer. "Bicycling is one of the simplest ways to help solve some of our nation's most pressing problems, including serious public health crises such as the obesity epidemic. By supporting the peopleforbikes.org campaign for better bicycling in our country, Humana is taking the latest in a series of steps designed to make healthy things fun and fun things healthy."
"We are thrilled to have Humana on board to sponsor our important mission of improving bicycling through our peopleforbikes.org campaign," said Bruno Maier, vice president of Bikes Belong. "As our leaders plan for the future of transportation and recreation in America, we need to send a unified message that bicycling is important and beneficial to individuals and our nation. Humana's support will enhance our ability to do this."
Bikes Belong and Humana first teamed in 2008, when they took 1,000 bicycles to the national U.S. political conventions in Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul. The "Freewheelin" campaign was a huge success, with riders from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and 37 countries taking more than 7,500 free bike rides, pedaling more than 41,000 miles, burning 1.3 million calories and reducing their carbon footprint by 14.6 metric tons.
About Bikes Belong
The Bikes Belong Foundation, host to the peopleforbikes.org campaign, focuses on improving bicycle safety and enhancing children's bike programs. The Foundation is the charitable arm of the Bikes Belong Coalition - the U.S. bicycle industry organization dedicated to getting more people riding bikes more often. Bikes Belong Coalition works to increase federal bike funding, awards grants to support innovative bike projects, promotes bicycling and its benefits, and backs crucial national efforts such as Safe Routes to School, Bicycle Friendly Communities, and the National Bike Summit.
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, with approximately 10.1 million medical members, 7.0 million specialty members, and operates more than 300 medical centers and 240 worksite medical facilities. Humana is a full-service benefits and well-being solutions company, offering a wide array of health, pharmacy and supplemental benefit plans for employer groups, government programs and individuals, as well as primary and workplace care through its medical centers and worksite medical facilities.
Over its 50-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio.
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