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Tobacco: Addiction and Embarrassment

Smoking is a very ‘personal habit’ Working with employees and their spouses in an employer-sponsored tobacco cessation program is an eye-opener for even the most experienced wellness coach. The most reoccurring theme is the embarrassment expressed by participants…

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Investing in Employee Wellness – How You Can Achieve a 17:1 ROI

Erin Morrow - in Features, Others

By: Erin Morrow Determining the return on investment (ROI) of a wellness program can be difficult. Looking beyond the immediate healthcare costs and utilization will help any organization understand the broader value of its investment. Although solid projections…

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You Are Paying More for Smoking Employees Than You Think

Elana Magen - in Economics

With the New Year ahead, many smokers are going to make ditching the nasty habit of smoking a resolution as they hope for a healthier year ahead, and that’s more than great – it’s life changing! As a 25-year ex-smoker, (celebrating my 5-year anniversary…

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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…

A small business owner

Affordably Creating a Wellness Culture At a Small Company: A Case Study

Andrew Pickens - in Worksite Wellness

Rising healthcare premiums, high claims rates, poor benefit offerings. All of these factors can spell trouble for a small company trying to maintain strong participation in its benefit plans. To target each of these issues, one of the best routes is to implement…

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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…

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Wearables Set to Rejuvenate Corporate Wellness

Srinivasa Vanukuri - in News & Insights

Digital fitness trackers are the latest to make inroads into the employee wellness segment. Studies indicate that over 13 million such wearable activity-tracking devices will be streamlined into employee wellness programs by 2018. This figure hovered around…

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Employees who Smoke can Cost You: So How about Doing Something?

Kytle Frye - in Economics

In today’s business environment, with increasing government regulation and marked uncertainty, wise employers want to do whatever they can to be in a position to manage their costs and to increase employee productivity. With the passage of the Affordable…

Analytics like this will be the future of wellness programs and cost savings

Results Based Wellness Revealed Through Analytics

Richard Kersh - in Worksite Wellness

The prevalence of outcomes-based wellness programs in combination with incentives and disincentives are becoming increasingly

Employee eating and talking on the phone from his desk.

Get Up From Your Desk. Sitting is Lethal!

Kim Snider - in Others

We sit. And we sit a lot. We sit in front of the TV. We sit at our desks. We sit in the car. And that’s not good.

Wellness interventions now can prevent worse health outcomes later

Choosing Wellness Interventions

Lisa Weston - in Others

Corporate wellness can be a confusing landscape for those new to the industry. Lisa Weston detials what to make of all of these abberviations, and how to best implements these programs. This is a useful guide of where to begin any wellness program.

Employee wellness programs can face problems with a culturally diverse workforce

A Failure to Communicate: How Cultural Incompetence Leaves Many Wellness Programs Incomplete

Rod Sims - in Worksite Wellness

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2015 racial and ethnic minorities will comprise 41.5 percent of the work force (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008).