Category Archives: Employers

This September, help your employees fall back into fitness

In a recently published National Health Statistics Reports survey1, nearly 31 percent of adults indicated they were obese last year. Yet only 23 percent of adults reported meeting the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion guidelines2 for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. Did you know that the state where you reside may indicate […]
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Implementing a wellness champion strategy: Easy, evidence-based and effective

As the employee well-being space evolves and matures, we are seeing more employers try to capitalize on the intrinsic motivations of health influencers by creating wellness champion networks. These networks are largely comprised of volunteer employees who have a passion for health and well-being and want to support their employer in a culture of wellness. […]
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Employee fitness: Five top trends from IDEA World Convention 2018

Each year, our Optum On-Site Fitness team joins 14,000 fitness professionals at the IDEA World ConventionTM. Often referred to as the “Superbowl of Fitness,” this industry event promises to inspire the world to fitness. It does that and so much more. We were challenged to “find our epic,” dream big and help our members and […]
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Help employees find time for fitness

What’s the number one reason our on-site fitness center members give for not working out? Not enough time. You want your employees to lead full and balanced lives — and that can be a challenge. Along with being an engaged employee at work, they are trying to be a thoughtful partner, friend or spouse at […]
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New survey findings reveal key market forces impacting health care

New and shifting trends affecting health care are driving important changes in employers’ health and well-being strategies. The Optum® “9th Annual Wellness in the Workplace Study” shows overall investment in employee health and wellness remains strong among American employers. Increasingly more employers are investing in wellness strategies to ensure their benefits offerings not only respond […]
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Predictive analytics help treat people, not symptoms

How people have behaved in the past can tell us a lot about how they will act in the future. This statement holds true in medicine. As scores of data — from medical, behavioral, socioeconomic and even psychographic sources — can attest, medical histories can say a lot about how someone will react to a […]
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8 tips to help employees celebrate National Employee Health and Fitness Month

At long last, spring is here for most of the country. Did you know May is National Employee Health and Fitness Month? Just being able to go outside without having to layer up is enticing. Especially for employees who are considering becoming more active or taking part in a fitness program. Spring is also a […]
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No more waiting for that big (fitness) break

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association1 says that moderate to vigorous physical activity can help reduce health risks even if it’s done in short sessions. In other words, the sum of the parts is as beneficial as the whole. The collected efforts of six 10-minute intervals are equal to the […]
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Advocacy: A force for a more productive, fulfilling workplace

Without support, employees can’t develop the confidence and find the information needed to make better decisions. Advocacy services let employers provide this support and guidance. Advocacy services help employees understand their benefits and how to use them. The best among these offer access to highly trained, experienced advocates who are skilled at connecting data to […]
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Artificial intelligence unlocks buried data

Did you know that more than half of the information contained in electronic medical records is unusable to health care organizations? Mark Morsch, Optum360 Vice President of Technology, says studies show 60 to 80 percent of EMR content is unstructured. That means some data that could potentially be used to create a more complete picture […]
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