A Zest for Life: The Story of 9zest

Daniel Pyne - in Focused

Sometimes sickness is less a verdict than a chance at vindication. Sometimes it is an opportunity to convert a condition into a career, where the therapies of a great nation complement the technologies of a great idea, where one person’s struggles with Parkinson’s…

Gender Discrimination and the Pay Gap – What Employers Need to Know

- in Focused

Chris Williams, the Employment Practices Product Manager at Travelers, answered the following questions about the gender pay gap and what employers need to know. What is the issue?  The Institute for Women’s Policy Research reported that in 2015, women…

Your Food, Your Mood: Turning Healthy Eating Habits into Mental Well-Being

Alexis Levine - in Mental Health

While it is no secret that a healthy diet helps maintain a healthy body, few people stop to consider the effect that their eating habits have on their mental health. Sure, caffeine can cause anxiety, alcohol can cause depression, but can eating healthy actually…

Engaging the Aging Workforce Through Targeted Health Promotion Programming

Joseph Giandonato, and Victor Tringali - in Others

It is certainly no secret that our nation's workforce, a cohort that represents 63 percent of the US population, is getting older. In 2010, US Census Bureau projected that one-third of the workforce will be age 50 or older by the year 2016. And while scores…

Three Short Words that Can Change a Colleague’s Life

Carolyn Slaski - in Column

One in four adults experience mental illness each year, and yet less than one-third receive the treatment they need. For Rachel Gerring, a partner at EY and who has been with the firm for 15 years, the effects of mental illness bled not just into her personal…

Falsity Within the Wellness Industry

Zach Younce - in Column

Before I begin justifying the article's title and getting to the low down on what it is companies should keep a keen eye out for when looking to begin or enhance their wellness program, I want to rant a little. With the growing popularity of wellness programs,…

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Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Josh Wildeman - in Others

The sedentary bug has been touted as ‘the new smoking’, but what exactly does that mean for HR and wellness executives in modern office-based businesses? The first thing to be clear on is that sedentary behavior (sitting) is not the same as being physically…

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The 5 Things They Don’t Tell You as a Working New Parent

Rachelle Gershkovich - in Column

Intro As a new parent, the road ahead is unchartable. You know some things. Maybe even changed a diaper or two. Yet, the nitty, gritty details remain elusive. As an optimist and achiever, perhaps you’re planning on conquering the new parent thing the same…

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Creating Effective Benefits Communication

Marcia Otto - in Others

Digital technology has transformed most aspects of employees’ day-to-day lives – and workplace benefits programs are no exception. Yet while it’s easy to think technology has displaced live communication, the reality is, technology acts as a complement…

5 Things to Keep in Mind Before Kicking Off a Well-Being Program

by Henry Albrecht - in Worksite Wellness

A great well-being program gets employees ready to do great work. When employees show up healthy, energized and with a purpose, they’re more engaged. Seventy-six percent more engaged than employees with lower well-being, according to recent research. It’s…

Wellness Incentives and Gilligan’s Island

Al Lewis - in Worksite Wellness

What determines whether incentives work or fail?  This posting answers that question, which is as old as workplace wellness itself, in 550 words. Suppose your company offers to pay 100 employees to take 10,000 steps a day for the next 5 days.  If you pay…

A Clear Sky of Recovery: The Journey from Addiction to Health and Wellness

Lewis Fein - in Mental Health

I often say corporate wellness is impossible without personal wellness. Let me also say individual health – the path from addiction to recovery – is improbable without quality care from compassionate caregivers. That depth of sincerity is rare. Even rarer…