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New Research Aims to Improve Worksite Wellness Efficiency

A new study from the University College Cork in Ireland has shed new light on how to increase the effectiveness of worksite wellness programs. A team of researchers, led by Dr. Fiona Geaney, who began the study four years ago, examined the workplace eating…

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The ‘New Age’ of Corporate Wellness

by Harrison Newman - in Column

The concept of corporate wellness has been around for decades. It’s a way for both self-insured and fully-insured companies to help their employees…

Healthcare Reform and Wellness Working Together

How Corporate Wellness & Healthcare Reform are Eerily Related

by Daniel Pyne - in Column

Corporate wellness programs have been in existence, in one form or another, since right after World War II. And healthcare reform efforts in the United…

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Going Gaga for our Best Self – Warrior Women in Wellness Award

This article is the second in a series examining the impact of women in the wellness world. You can find the first article here. Singing the National Anthem at the 2016 Super Bowl is Lady Gaga’s well-deserved accolade to young women whose star wattage rests…

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Controlling the Cost of Healthcare

Laura M. Hirsch - in Column

Companies are faced with a difficult balance – offer employees a meaningful health plan and manage the ever-increasing costs of providing healthcare coverage. Since the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate became effective in January 2015, many have…

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Why Do Weight Loss Studies Get Mixed Results?

Charles Bens, PhD. - in Column

The debate over the best weight loss diet has been raging since John Rollo first promoted a low carbohydrate diet for diabetics in the late 1700’s. Over the preceding two centuries, there have been hundreds of studies comparing the different diets. Perhaps…

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Developing an Effective Wellness Program for a Better Workplace

Matthew Owenby - in Column

Summer is almost over, and soon it will be time to start communicating your company’s employee benefits offerings for 2016. If you haven’t already, one offering you may want to consider is a company-sponsored wellness program, which has been on the rise…

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Moving Employee Health into Action

Tanja Madsen - in Column

It wasn’t too long ago that C. Everett Koop, former U.S. surgeon general, challenged Americans to "create a smoke-free society in the United States by the year 2000."1 Boeing Co. stepped up to the challenge in 1984 and became the largest U.S. company to…

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Why Culture is the Most Important Factor in Your Company’s Success or Failure

Dr. Laura Hamill - in Column

When you walk into the lobby of any company, you immediately get a vibe. Maybe there’s a lot of energy, but it feels frantic and panicked. Or maybe you feel a “rush” that’s exciting and productive. Or it’s just the opposite - things are quiet and…

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Advancing Healthy Workplaces Globally: Learning from Global Awards Winners

Corporate wellness has been growing significantly on a global scale over the past decade. While the drivers differ between regions more and more, employers are implementing programs to improve the health and productivity of their employees. The Global Survey…

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Social Influence and Healthy Behavior Change

Tracey Moran - in Column

“I have been encouraging my fellow drivers who smoke to quit and I feel good being able to support them.” -Jimmie at Sheetz, Altoona, PA “With the support of my wife and coworkers, I started working out and eating better.” - Ron at the St Cloud Fire…

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Sore Point: How Much is Employee Lower Back Pain Costing your Company?

Effects of Lower Back Pain on the Workplace Lower back pain has a significant effect on productivity and healthcare costs in the workplace. The total cost to employers for back pain amounts to $34,600 per 100 employees annually.1 This includes both direct…