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Sharecare and HMSA launch social giving campaign to benefit charities in Hawaii while helping people improve their health
Research shows that the act of giving can play a role in a person’s overall well-being
Sharecare and HMSA to donate up to $500,000 to Helping Hands Hawaii, Make-A-Wish® Hawaii, Special Olympics Hawaii, the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation and the Laulima Giving Program
HONOLULU, July 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hawaiʻi Medical Service Association (HMSA) and Sharecare, the digital health company helping people manage all their health in one place, today announced the launch of a social giving campaign to donate up to $500,000 to the following five charities in Hawaii between now and November 2018: Helping Hands Hawaii, Make-A-Wish® Hawaii, Special Olympics Hawaii, the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation and the Laulima Giving Program.
“At HMSA, we’re committed to empowering not only our members to live their healthiest, happiest, most productive lives, but all residents of Hawaii. Embarking on this campaign enables us to do that in an innovative and dynamic way,” said Jennifer Diesman, senior vice president of market and product development at HMSA. “We’re proud to partner with Sharecare to give the people of Hawaii the tools they need to improve their own health while giving back to local nonprofit organizations that benefit our friends, families and neighbors across the islands.”
For each resident who downloads the free Sharecare app and completes the RealAge® test – the app’s personalized health assessment, Sharecare will donate one dollar to each of the five benefitting charities. Additionally, for every “green day” Sharecare users earn – obtained when they meet their daily goals across key health indicators such as stress, activity, sleep, blood pressure, medication adherence and diet – Sharecare will donate one additional dollar, which will be evenly distributed among the participating charities. Additionally, each month between now and November, one of the five charities will be featured on social media through Sharecare’s and HMSA’s respective social channels as follows:
- July: Helping Hands Hawaii
- August: Make-A-Wish® Hawaii
- September: Special Olympics Hawaii
- October: Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation
- November: Laulima Giving Program
“Hawaii has long served as a model for healthy, balanced living, and we have witnessed firsthand HMSA’s commitment to help not only to their members but also all the people of Hawaii live their healthiest, happiest, most productive lives,” said Jeff Arnold, chairman and CEO of Sharecare. “Additionally, research shows that the act of giving or helping others is related to positive social relationships, life purpose, better mental health and reduced stress – all of which contribute to one’s overall well-being. With this campaign, we’re proud to honor the residents of Hawaii for their efforts to improve their health by reinvesting in the organizations that provide people in their communities with additional support when they need it most.”
Together, Sharecare and HMSA are accelerating the transformation of health and well-being in Hawaii through innovative solutions and community-driven initiatives. Just one year after HMSA launched the free Sharecare app for all residents of Hawaii at the “Live Your Best Life” event on Maui, featuring television pioneer Oprah Winfrey, this campaign marks the kickoff of the Sharecare Movement in Hawaii, an initiative designed to rally residents around improving their personal health as well as the overall well-being of people across the islands.
To learn more about how you can participate in the campaign to raise money for local charities and join the Sharecare Movement in Hawaii, visit www.sharecare.com/hmsa.
Caring for the people of Hawaii is our promise and our privilege. Working with employers, providers, government decision makers, and consumers, we aim to reach our Māhie vision of a community health system: a system to support the many health and well-being programs and projects that are already underway in our state. We reach out to people where they live, learn, work, and play, so we can empower each and every person to take control of their own health and well-being. HMSA is the most experienced health plan in the state, covering more than half of Hawaii’s population. As a recognized leader, we have a commitment to develop reliable, affordable health plans; support members with clear, thoughtful guidance; and embrace our responsibility to strengthen the health and well-being of our community.
Sharecare is the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place. The Sharecare platform provides each person – no matter where they are in their health journey – with a comprehensive and personalized health profile where they can dynamically and easily connect to the information, evidence-based programs and health professionals they need to live their healthiest, happiest and most productive life. In addition to providing individual consumers with direct access to award-winning and innovative frictionless technologies, scientifically validated clinical protocols and best-in-class coaching tools, Sharecare also helps providers, employers and health plans effectively scale outcomes-based health and wellness solutions across their entire populations. To learn more, visit www.sharecare.com.
Sharecare PR Team
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