ATLANTA and BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sharecare, the digital health company helping people manage all their health in one place, and Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) today announced a strategic partnership aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of the retail giant’s associates and their families and friends, as well as the people living in the communities in which their stores operate. This unique collaboration builds on Walmart’s associate wellness strategies and delivers on its commitment to improve the health of its communities.
“Walmart is committed to helping our associates, their families, and communities to improve their overall wellbeing through wellness programs,” said Jacqui Canney, executive vice president, global people, Walmart Inc. “Partnering with Sharecare will provide our associates additional tools to inspire them on their wellness journey, help our programs continue to grow, and be a force for change in the communities we serve.”
Over the past four years, thousands of Walmart associates have transformed their lives by participating in the ZP Challenge, a series of 21-day programs that encourages and rewards associates and their families to improve their overall wellbeing by making better choices every day in the categories of fitness, family, food, and money. Building on the success of this initiative, Walmart will offer its associates using ZP with access to Sharecare, providing them with even more robust health and wellness resources to help them live their healthiest, happiest, most productive lives.
“Given the current state of health in the United States, large employers, in particular, must be willing to deliver their employees with relevant and personalized experiences, and when it comes to making good on that commitment, Walmart bears the gold standard,” said Jeff Arnold, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Sharecare. “We look forward to building on the foundation Walmart has laid for its associates by using Sharecare to amplify the improvements they are making in their lives each day and create a whole new value for the currency of good health.”
Walmart also will provide its associates and their families, alumni, and the community at large with full access to Sharecare to help each of them better understand, track, and improve their health, no matter where they are in their health journey. The Sharecare app will provide each person with timely and actionable steps to improve their health through innovative tools, health trackers and content, which will include news articles, tips, and programs inspired by and featuring Walmart associates who have positively impacted their lives with ZP. Additionally, later this year, Walmart will feature Sharecare in its Walmart Wellness Day quarterly in-store events, which offer a unique experience for busy families to learn how they can make positive changes in their health to save money and live better.
“As we have learned from our research through the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, a person’s holistic wellbeing is defined by five essential elements – purpose, social, financial, community, and physical – and when those elements are in alignment, individuals and places exhibit greater adaptability to change, resiliency, and productivity in the workplace, among other benefits,” said Dan Witters, research director for the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index. “As the nation’s single largest employer with more than 1.5 million associates, Walmart and Sharecare have the potential to disrupt the status quo of workplace wellness and transform the health not only of the communities in which Walmart operates, but also, ultimately, our country.”
Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 270 million customers and members visit our more than 11,700 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2018 revenue of $500.3 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.
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.