Category Archives: Employers

The shift from wellness to well-being

Historically, the health care industry focused on wellness as a public health discipline, including health promotion and disease prevention. The research surrounding wellness included the behaviors and lifestyles that put people at premature risk of disease and death, such as smoking, inactivity, poor diet and stress. While understanding how all these lifestyle factors contributed to […]
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Vet your next on-site personal trainer: 7 questions to ask

Many times, employees who want to get healthy and fit will run into what I call “impersonal trainers.” These types of trainers reuse the same workout programs for every employee, no matter how varied their fitness levels are. They rarely explain proper form, log each employee’s progress, or motivate employees to meet and set new […]
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Behavioral health: increase access and reduce stigma

Behavioral health conditions affect an estimated one in five American adults each year.1 Of the individuals struggling with a mental health condition, 60% of them didn’t receive mental health services in the previous year.2 An Optum® study, “Ten Years of Health and Well-being at Work,” surveyed 500 U.S.-based employers on various topics related to workplace well-being. […]
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The rise of women’s health programs

Women’s health programs became a hot topic in recent years as more and more women entered the workforce. In the United States, 74 million women make up almost 47% of the workforce. Women also own almost 10 million businesses.1 More women in the workforce also means a change in lifestyle. Women postpone when they have […]
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2020 is the year your employees can quit tobacco

I quit tobacco and as a coach, I can help your employees quit tobacco, too. The start of a new year seems like the ideal time to resolve to make positive life changes — and few resolutions have as much impact on health as quitting tobacco. As a leap year, 2020 offers your employees 366 […]
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Drive employee engagement with next generation incentive designs

Employers offer incentives to help drive employee engagement, create a culture of health and decrease the financial burden of a high-deductible or premiums. When used strategically, incentives can be very powerful; however, when used tactically, they can fail to deliver a meaningful return on investment. An Optum® study, “Ten Years of Health and Well-being at […]
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What’s ahead for tobacco cessation programs?

As 2019 draws to a close, tobacco use is still a problem in your workplace. This year the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health declared 2019 its Year of Cessation, but our work is not done. We recently learned from our webinar that 60% of attendees, most of whom […]
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Fingerstick vs. venipuncture: The cost-saving power of biometric screenings

Lowering health care costs remains a top priority for most employers today, and it’s not uncommon to find incentive programs encouraging employees to maintain health and lower risk factors. While gym memberships and smartwatch discounts are great techniques to engage employees in their health, as I recently discussed in our webinar, Biometrics Value Story: Attitude, Preferences, […]
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Managing complex, costly conditions with Centers of Excellence

Today, four condition categories — cancer, musculoskeletal, cardiology and kidney — drive a quarter of all health care spending, accounting for $455 billion annually.1 A large majority of employers (87%) are concerned with costs related to these conditions.2 Likewise, these conditions are overwhelming for individuals and their families. They don’t understand what their insurance covers […]
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HEROForum19 panel: It’s all about community

At the HEROForum19 conference, I met with two health and benefits leaders to talk about culture of health and well-being at their respective companies. Our main topic was on the importance of community health in well-being programs as well as other issues, such as mental/emotional health and the role of loneliness. I was surprised to […]
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