Category Archives: Employers

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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Complex, costly conditions: Having a care team is essential

Complex, costly conditions take an enormous toll on those who have them — and on their family members. The four condition categories — cancer, musculoskeletal issues, cardiac conditions and renal disease — account for $455 billion in annual health care spending.1 Not surprisingly, nearly nine out of 10 employers are concerned about costs related to […]
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Dispelling vaccine myths: How to boost employee flu clinic participation

The 2017–2018 flu season was one of the longest in recent years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that cases of influenza-like illness were at the highest level since the 2009 flu pandemic. Flu cases were also above the national average for 19 weeks, from November through March.1 Despite these powerful statistics, […]
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Wake up and smell the inactivity: Help employees get moving

The newest edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans has been released. It’s full of vital information about: Different types of activity such as aerobic, muscle strengthening, bone strengthening, balance and flexibility The levels of intensity during physical activity It also has updates including: Evidence showing more health benefits to physical activity — including […]
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