Category Archives: Employers

“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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How to help your employees quit smoking for the Great American Smokeout

Ten steps to a smoke-free workplace Will your organization be participating in this year’s American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout® (GASO)? GASO occurs every year on the third Thursday of November — the 17th this year. The goal is to encourage smokers to select a quit date that they can plan and get support for. […]
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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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Centers of Excellence help manage the high cost of congenital heart disease

Most case managers are unfamiliar with congenital heart disease (CHD) or how to identify it. For health plans, that’s a costly problem. CHD is a broad term, encompassing multiple, often complex diagnoses. It is present at birth and can affect the structure of a baby’s heart and how it functions. More than 35,000 children are […]
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Traumatic events happen: Know when to call your Employee Assistance Program

Calling your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) after a critical incident can make a huge difference in helping employees get back on their feet and minimizing workplace disruption. But do you always recognize such an incident when it’s happened? Some traumatic, or critical, events are obvious — fires, tornadoes, storms, workplace accidents. In other cases it […]
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Pay-for-value can improve behavioral health care

Paying for value not only helps drive improvements in behavioral health care and lower costs. It also inspires innovation in treatment and empowers consumers. Today at Optum, nearly 20 percent of our total spending on inpatient network-based behavioral health is tied to performance-based contracts. These contracts reward providers for collaboration, better patient outcomes and improved […]
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Momentum is building for value of investment (VOI) with health management programs

Employees are more optimistic. The number of sick days are declining. Talented people are staying longer. When openings occur, resumes from choice candidates flood your inbox. And productivity is on the rise. Do you believe that your health and wellness program plays a role in these kinds of positive developments — in addition to reducing […]
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