Washington-Metro Area Employees Rise to the Challenge
Wounded Warrior Teaches Employees, Families that ‘It’s a Great Day to be Alive’
Washington-metro area employees and their families rose to the challenge Saturday during the inaugural Lockheed Martin 5k Run/Walk by taking more than 5 million steps for their wellness and donating nearly $16,000 for Wounded Warrior Project.
More than 1,000 employees and their families from as far as McMurray, Pa., Charlestown, W. Va., Bristow, Va., and Snow Hill, Md., turned out May 4 to take the first of many steps toward maintaining or improving their well-being and helping Lockheed Martin to achieve its goal to become the healthiest workforce in the Aerospace and Defense Industry.
“This was an important event in our journey to becoming the healthiest workforce in our industry,” said Chief Executive Officer and President Marillyn Hewson, who participated in the 5k Run/Walk with her husband James. “Today is also meaningful because it was an opportunity to support the important work being done by the Wounded Warrior Project in support of our veterans who have served so bravely to protect our freedoms.”
When the final numbers were tallied, 860 employees and family members registered to run or walk on May 4, and $15,930 was donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit whose mission is to:
- Raise awareness and support for the needs of injured service members
- Help injured service members aid and assist each other and
- Provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
“Our logo is one warrior carrying another warrior off the battlefield. The very cool thing about the logo is that even though the guy on the top is a warrior, the guy at the bottom doesn’t have to be,” said Wounded Warrior Project’s Donna Bachler, who also participated in the 5k Run/Walk with her dog Grapefruit, her service companion. “He can be every single one of you and is every single one of you.”
Other representatives from Wounded Warrior Project were also on hand May 4 to participate in the Wellness Fair, where employees had the opportunity to learn more about the Virgin HealthMiles (VHM) program, Aetna, Empathia, Express Scripts and more.
The first place men’s finisher was Harrison Miller, of Arlington, Va., who completed the 5k in 18:28. The first place women’s finisher was Anne Six, of Washington, D.C., who completed the 5k in 23:56.
The Centennial Challenge was just one of many ways to get healthy, support a great cause and have fun. The Accelerating a Better You campaign, which launched in March, is a cultural shift in how Lockheed Martin looks at your health and wellness. The focus is on you, your overall well-being and helping you achieve a series of lifestyle changes that will help you get healthy and stay healthy.
There are still plenty of opportunities around the country throughout the year to participate in similar events that support great causes, which are also representative of some of the top conditions – heart disease, diabetes, cancer and arthritis – that our employees battle. You can learn more about the events via LM People>News and Information, where we’ll continue to post events throughout the year, including a new event Lockheed Martin will support this winter that takes place nationwide: the Jingle Bell Run/Walk. The 5k supports the National Arthritis Foundation.
- More than 1,000 employees and their families turned out May 4 to take the first of many steps toward maintaining or improving their well-being.
- When the final numbers were tallied, 860 employees and family members registered to run or walk on May 4, and $15,930 was donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Wounded Warrior Project will receive a check for $15,930, following the inaugural Lockheed Martin 5k Run/Walk in the Washington-metro area. All proceeds from the event benefited the Wounded Warrior Project, whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors.