Lexington Health Network: Setting Ambitious Goals


Lexington Health Network has the privilege of providing senior living services across eleven locations in the Greater Chicago area. Among those are two assisted living and independent living communities, eight skilled-nursing centers, and one supportive living community. Lexington also provides private duty and hospice services.

Over 1,400 dedicated employees are responsible for providing compassionate care to seniors at Lexington. Many health care centers also proudly earned recognition from U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes for 2020-2021!

The Challenge

As a healthcare and senior living hospitality provider, Lexington values giving back and assisting those in need. Lexington participates in the annual Alzheimer’s Association Walk, donates to local food pantries, and supports other charitable organizations. The appeal of Charity Miles is that it combines the value of service and wellness. Employee wellness—especially during the coronavirus pandemic—is extremely important for healthcare workers. Thrive, Lexington’s employee wellness program, created a private team on the app for all employees to join. Employees are encouraged to support charitable organizations that are meaningful to them.

Hitting the 100-Mile Mark

Lexington set up a challenge to walk, run, or bike 100 miles in two months. To help motivate employees, Lexington created commemorative “100 Miles for Charity” baseball shirts to highlight the achievement. To showcase the significance of 100 miles, Lexington created a baseball themed map. Starting at Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, to Wrigley Field, and ending at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, was almost exactly 100 miles! All participants also received wellness prizes along the way.


The cumulative miles from all employees was impressive with a total of 20,580 miles over 56 days! Many employees far exceeded the 100 mile goal. Due to the huge accomplishment, Lexington created a national parks themed map to show a travel route to all national parks potentially reachable by foot. With this many combined miles, Lexington employees could have traveled to 46 beautiful parks in 24 different states! At the time of the challenge, local COVID-19 travel restriction guidelines were enforced preventing employees from traveling outside of the state. This allowed for some fun to “break” travel restriction guidelines and learn a little about each of the national park wonders. You can view the national park map HERE.

Everyone who could walk, bike, or run participated in the challenge. The challenge winner managed to log 559 miles for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The individual chose this particular charity because of their personal experience with loved ones who have struggled with blood diseases.

 Most impressively, all 559 miles were logged walking or running, averaging 16,716 steps a day! 

559 Miles

16,716 Steps

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