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A woman sleeping peacefully.

Sleep Well

Brandon Walker - in Column

It’s 3 pm, and there a giant pile of work on your desk, but you can’t think clearly enough to tackle it. Your eyes are getting heavy, your thoughts are jumbled and your keyboard is suddenly looking like a nice place to rest your head. You are fading fast.…

A doctor listening to a plastic valentine's day heart

The Hearts Given Away on Valentine’s Day Should be Healthy (and Insured)

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and romantics throughout the nation have hearts and flowers on their minds. Perhaps it’s only appropriate that February is also National Heart Health Month and a great time to start taking steps to be heart healthy. According…

A sign saying "healthy living"

The Labor-Management Healthcare Fund Retreat

Charles V. Vicario - in Others

We began the Labor-Management Healthcare Fund (LMHF) wellness program about four years ago. Our goal was to incorporate various retreats focused on different wellness initiatives; but we found few facilities that met our needs. We were introduced to the Biggest…

Communication is what makes wellness initiatives fit together.

Effective Communication with Employee Interaction

Kerry Elam - in Selling & Marketing

Let’s start this discussion with a few questions. When do you listen to what others have to say? At what point do you disengage your attention? What type of communication is most effective and captivates you to wanting to know every detail? We live in a…

A young man at the gym, living a healthy lifestyle

Corporate Wellness Is Personal Wellness: A Primer for Life and Healthy Living

Brad Cummins - in Worksite Wellness

Corporate Wellness Is Personal Wellness Corporate wellness and personal wellness are inseparable just as health insurance and life insurance are the same: Each complements the other, furthering the will to be the master of one's destiny, both physically and…

Secure smartphone apps are essential to trust in corporate wellness programs.

Building Secure Apps, Part Two: The Corporate Challenge

Andrew Hoog - in News & Insights

A recent article in Internet Retailer notes that US consumers will make $18.2 billion in purchases on their smart phones this year, an increase of 143% over 2011.  Currently, 58% of Americans own a smart phone and those numbers are on the increase and show…

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…

A woman with shoulder pan

Chronic Inflammation Heats Up Disease Risk

Melanie Jatsek - in Others

If you've ever accidentally touched a hot stove, you know all about inflammation. Your skin turns bright red, eventually blisters and the resulting pain lasts for what seems like eternity. Although it’s no walk in the park, this acute inflammatory response…

Back pain can be crippling, until you find the proper exercise.

Finding the Right Exercise Therapy for Back Pain

Strategies for using exercise therapy to improve outcomes in chronic low back pain reports there continues to be uncertainty about the most effective exercise approach in chronic low back pain.

An insulin monitor

Sugar and Insulin: Double Edged Swords

Charles Bens, PhD. - in Others

AIc levels of 5.7 or above are said to be problematic. AIc measures the amount of glucose that has attached to hemoglobin over the past 3 to 4 months.

Employees and employers need to slow down to get the most out of wellness.

Retention

Todd McGuire - in Focused

The second step of a corporate wellness program, after reaching out to them, is ensuring they remain in the program. If no one stays with the problem, then the money used to create the program was wasted, and you are back at square one. Ensuring your employees…

A mother and young child playing in a field near a stream.

The Truth About Responsibility

LeAura Alderson - in Focused

Responsibility gets a bad rap. “Who is responsible?”, is often accompanied by the familiar tune of “Not me.”