Category Archives: Employers

5 ways to transform workplace wellness initiatives

Employers today offer a plethora of wellness programs. In fact, large employers offer an average of 10, according to our “Annual Wellness in the Workplace Study.” But robust consumer engagement in these programs remains elusive for many employers. To stay viable, we need to continue evolving our health and well-being services to a consumer-first model. […]
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Will your organization be participating in this year’s Great American Smokeout (#GASO)?

GASO occurs every year on the third Thursday of November. This year, that falls on November 16. The goal is to encourage smokers to select a quit date they can plan and get support for. Quitting smoking for just one day can make a difference. According to the American Cancer Society, after just 20 minutes […]
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Did I Really Just Finish That Bag of Chips? Connecting the Dots between Mindfulness and Nutrition

Mindfulness is a buzz word we hear often, especially in the corporate wellness space.  As defined in the dictionary, mindfulness is “the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.”1 In today’s society we often are running on autopilot and have many […]
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The Rise in Global Obesity: Why this Matters to Employers

Earlier in the summer, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study that showed that more than 10 percent of the world’s population is now obese. For better or worse, it’s common to hear about the prevalence of obesity in the United States.  It is better because there are numerous public health campaigns and […]
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Do well-being programs make employees more engaged?

For decades, employers have focused on well-being programs’ impact on cost savings. Today, they’re realizing programs may also affect less tangible, but no less important, engagement metrics such as employee attitudes, loyalty, productivity, recruitment and retention. In partnership with National Business Group on Health® (NBGH), Optum® surveyed 1,200 full-time employees from large U.S. employers (3,000+ […]
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“Do I need to cleanse my gut?” and other thoughts about bacteria

If you’ve seen commercials on TV or scanned the dairy aisle at your local grocery store, you may have noticed the recent trend encouraging people to try supplements, yogurts and other products intended to help people improve their health by cleansing their gastrointestinal (GI) tract. As a dietitian, I get many questions from my clients […]
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Sit-Stand Adjustable Desks: Should you invest now?

By now it’s common knowledge that prolonged sitting is harmful to our health. Headlines such as “Is Sitting is the New Smoking” and “Is Sitting Killing Me” have alerted the general public to the negative effects of sitting all day – from to weight gain and fatigue to muscle tension and low back pain.   […]
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Extreme fitness: Inspiring or intimidating?

Lately it seems as though everywhere you turn, extreme fitness shows are popping up. NBC’s American Ninja Warrior® just started its eighth season and has a faithful following. Spartan Races® recently debuted on primetime TV as well, targeting fitness buffs and couch potatoes alike. Flip through Facebook and you’re likely to see a number of […]
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Are your on-site group fitness programs reaching ALL employees – even those in the back row?

Savvy employers know that implementing an effective workplace wellness program goes beyond simply trying to reduce health care costs – it’s also about establishing a culture of health and engaging employees to adopt and sustain meaningful, long-term healthy lifestyle changes that drive increased employee productivity and overall wellbeing. Employees spend most of their waking hours […]
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Managing the high costs of congenital heart disease

About 40,000 children are born with congenital heart defects every year in the U.S. Many of these children need multiple surgeries and a lifetime of medications to keep their hearts functioning. There are low occurrences of congenital heart disease (CHD) because the condition is relatively rare. However, it is a high-cost and clinically complex condition […]
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