Category Archives: Employers

Workplace well-being: How do Silicon Valley employers compare?

How do Silicon Valley employers compare to other employers across the U.S. when it comes to addressing employee well-being? Optum recently analyzed its survey of national employers to gauge how Silicon Valley firms stack up. Below are some key insights from our analysis. Behavioral health and substance use disorder (SUD): Addressing mental health stigma and SUD is critical for nearly all employers. Silicon Valley companies measured slightly behind others in their plans to […]
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Athleisure is a trend, but good health is always in style

Athleisure — yoga pants, hoodies and other fashionable activewear — is making big moves in the marketplace. This sporty attire is considered exercise-worthy yet stylish enough to transition to life outside the fitness center. And its popularity is showing no signs of slowing down. According to MarketWatch, the global market growth for athleisure is expected […]
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Curb the trend of complex, costly conditions with a comprehensive strategy

It’s not news that health care costs are rising. But did you know that a handful of costly, complex conditions are driving a quarter of the total health care spending in the United States?1 Four condition categories are responsible for driving roughly $455 billion dollars in costs: cancer, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal conditions and kidney disease. […]
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MSK and office ergonomics: Moving beyond the chair

Not long ago, the prevailing wisdom was to buy an ergonomic chair when an employee was missing work because of chronic back pain. Or, if an employee suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome, employers could purchase an ergonomic keyboard to ease the pain. Those are both worthy and beneficial options, of course. But musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions […]
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In a sea of apps, which is right for your employees’ health and well-being?

There’s an app for that! This is a familiar saying these days. Sometimes it truly does seem that there’s an app for just about everything. And when it comes to health, fitness and well-being, your employees are faced with a dizzying array of choices. There are more than 2.1 million apps in both the Apple […]
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On-site nutritionists serve up a healthy workplace culture (and now is a great time to start)

Ah, March. For college basketball fans, it’s a welcome time of madness. Those who enjoy all things green say “cheers” to St. Patrick’s Day. And when folks are ready to leave dreary winter behind, March signals the hope of spring. For RDNs (registered dietitian nutritionists) like me, there’s another reason March is a big deal. […]
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Five tips to help keep employees at the heart of your business

The heart is the symbol of Valentine’s Day. So it’s fitting that the American Heart Association deemed February American Heart Month. The focus of Valentine’s Day is the heart as a metaphor for romantic love. But we want to talk about the heart health of your employees’ real hearts. This amazing fist-sized powerhouse pumps blood […]
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3 ways Optum is working to end the opioid epidemic

Opioid medications can be an essential part of treatment for those with short-term medical conditions and serious chronic or long-term conditions. Yet opioids can come with a high risk of addiction, overdose and fatality. Every 13 minutes, someone in the United States dies from an opioid overdose.1 More than 68 percent of the 72,000 drug […]
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How the right HSA provider can support your employees’ health and security

Medical bills: trying to understand them may be nearly as painful as the injury or illness that generated them. This is an exaggeration, of course. But for many consumers, those bills can represent big problems, such as how to pay for their health care, how to plan for future care and how to achieve financial […]
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Next AI ‘wave’ will be a sea change for health care

The artificial intelligence (AI) journey from theory to mainstream has evolved in waves. While health care may see AI as an abstract concept, I believe that technology capabilities have already entered their second wave of evolution. The roots of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies go back to 1950, when Alan Turing suggested that machines could be […]
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