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Corporate Wellness Coming to College Near You

James Lowe - in Column

Oklahoma State University has started an arms race. Groundbreaking hires, exciting new technology, and dramatic new vision has the campus in an all-out war. This isn’t a battle for championships or gridiron glory, however. There are no opposing teams, or…

Investment in health is worth a trip

Wellness Tourism is Health Investment Well Worth a Trip

Renée-Marie Stephano, JD - in Features

We all certainly want to enjoy healthier lives. Rising healthcare costs, struggling medical systems, and overwhelming stress associated with modern-day living has only given us added vitality toward better living. But, living well makes good sense to more…

A doctor holing a shopping cart with a stethoscope in it

The Marriage of Marketing to Medicine

Valerie Hamilton - in Column

“If you stop smoking today, you will lower your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer, and it will likely add years to your life.” “If you lose weight, you will lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders, and some…

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Investing in a Culture of Healthy Eating

Natasha Léger - in Worksite Wellness

Americans spend approximately half of their waking hours at work. While employers may suggest that the majority of these individuals are healthy, the data indicates otherwise. These “healthy” individuals are at risk of being diagnosed with a medical illness…

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The Bottom Line on Wellness

Sue Parks - in News & Insights

The Bottom Line The success of a wellness program, in terms of changed behavior and the bottom line, hinges on integrating all planning, activities and efforts into one vibrant, measurable initiative. A key requirement of this integration and the development…

A stethoscope on an explanation of benefits

Employers Make Costly Healthcare Mistakes Every Day

Most readers will find it hard to believe that a vast majority of employers are costing themselves millions of dollars every year. That is to say that they are totally on board with conventional medicine’s approach to addressing our crisis of chronic disease…

A woman eating several packs of pills

Effective Disease Prevention Doesn’t Have to Be a Drag

Mike Payne - in News & Insights

Healthcare expenditure in the U.S. in 2014 is forecasted to be $3.8 trillion. Despite this staggering sum, three in every four Americans will die prematurely from a chronic disease - conditions that are related to lifestyle, habit or circumstance. The plain…

Natural medicine

Smart Prevention — Spend a Little, Save a Lot

Steve Mister - in Economics

Note to reader: This article is based on information from a Frost & Sullivan economic analysis, “Smart Prevention—Healthcare Cost Savings Resulting from the Targeted Use of Dietary Supplements.” The report was funded through a grant from the CRN…

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Wellness Coaching Positively Impacts Corporate Culture

Karen L. Andalman - in Others

Employers know wellness coaching is a leading solution for cost savings and risk reduction. Not only can it affect long-term gains for the employer, but also it can create a resource for employees and spouses to learn strategies for changing lifestyle behaviors-further…

A nurse helping a diabetes patient check their blood sugar

Treatment Toward a Cure: A Paradigm Shift in the Treatment of Diabetic and other Neuropathies

Introduction In the United States and most developed countries, the quality of medical care continues to grow in the treatment of acute disease, many cancers and genetic disease. Sadly, such has not been the case of most chronic disease.  Efforts have largely…

A man meditating to relieve stress

Can Stress Be Good for You?

Dr. Jeffery Gero - in Focused

Can Stress Be Good for You? The title of this article seems like an oxymoron because we constantly hear about all the negative effects of stress on the body and mind. In fact, stress is the leading contributor of chronic illness today. Now, several recent…

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Mobile Technology: A New Tool for Curbing Employer Healthcare Costs   

Robert Oscar - in Economics

As healthcare reform shifts into high gear, a growing number of employers recognize the value of convenient, streamlined health information and access. Specifically, they are investing in mobile health (mHealth) -- the use of mobile technology devices and…