Category Archives: Employers

COVID-19: The importance of preventive strategies in the workplace

As employers prepare for their employees to return to the worksite, it’s critical to focus on overall prevention and wellness as well as COVID-19 prevention measures. By following a long-term preventive strategy, employers can help their employees support their overall health and well-being. These strategies will not only help contain COVID-19, they will also help […]
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COVID-19: An approach to implementing a return to workplace strategy

According to a recent survey, 57% of employees feel concerned about returning to their worksite due to risk of COVID-19 exposure.1 Employers are thinking hard about what they can do to help employees protect themselves and others from COVID-19. The current state has affected employee well-being on many different levels. Physical well-being has taken a […]
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COVID-19: Leveraging technology for physical and mental health needs

As the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to unfold, the way in which health care is delivered continues to change. It’s more important than ever for employees who need health care support to consider a digital approach. The value of telehealth and virtual services While telehealth adoption and use was slower than some expected in […]
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Tobacco cessation: Supporting the Surgeon General’s goals

Smoking cessation: Supporting the Surgeon General’s goals In January of this year, the Surgeon General released “Smoking Cessation: A Report of the Surgeon General.” It’s the first comprehensive report released on smoking cessation since 2008. It discusses important information about: Patterns of smoking and smoking cessation in the U.S. The immediate and long-term health benefits […]
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COVID-19: The importance of establishing a routine

Experiencing a crisis such as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) can have a dramatic impact on our day-to-day lives. More employees are working from home now or have lost their jobs. Parents have to juggle working and educating their children during the day. Time feels different as our environment shifts, making it harder to maintain a […]
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COVID-19: Overcoming conflicting information

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been met with uncertainty and fear in the United States as well as globally. People are searching for answers and find themselves receiving conflicting information due to the wide range of available resources and the rapidly changing information available from health care providers. Some of the more frequent questions […]
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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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