Launching An Employee Wellness Program

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Imagine this: it’s the end of a long week and the CXO pulls you aside and says, “Let’s launch an employee wellness program. Research some vendor options and let’s discuss on Monday.” No problem. There are literally thousands of corporate wellness vendors in US, so you should be able to find a suitable option with little trouble. Right? Wrong as can be.

Positivity in the Workplace

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Are you sick of the Sunday Scaries? Do you want to start saying “Thank God it’s Monday” instead of dreading the work week ahead? All things are possible with a little positivity.

Why Health Risk Assessments Don't Deliver

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Health Risk Assessments (HRAs) have been a core component of corporate wellness programs for more than 20 years, despite growing evidence that they fail to achieve the outcomes that they are purported to deliver.

AHA: Assess Fitness as a New Vital Sign

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The American Heart Association (AHA) has called upon doctors to assess fitness as a vital sign, right alongside weight and blood pressure. Read more about how research has shown that poor fitness is very costly, contributing as much as smoking and high blood pressure to bad outcomes, like cancers and heart attacks.

The Children of Fukushima: When Excessive Screening Creates Disease

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Five years ago, a nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan, released deadly radiation into the environment. Survivors were of course worried about their future health, particularly their children’s. To answer these fears, the government decided to aggressively screen children for early thyroid cancer, a known effect of radioactive iodine. Screening children for thyroid cancer after a massive nuclear accident like Fukushima makes a lot of sense, right? Testing exposed children early ought to provide a better chance for early detection and recovery. That’s what public health officials thought too.

The PSA Screening Picture: Paint by Numbers

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Okay, so let’s say there is an opportunity for PSA to be added to your company’s annual wellness screening and the vendor says, “There is no added cost!” Should you do it? NO! It will end up costing a bunch and will harm your employees. How so? Let us paint the picture in numbers.

Companies Can Reverse the Relentless Waistline Widening

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Workplaces have cultures. This is to state the obvious. But the workplace also sits inside the broader culture of our local towns, cities, regions, states and country. Our society today is saturated with opportunities and inducements to consume calories. We spend a smaller percentage of our income on food than any other county. But that is because we are rich and food is cheap, not because Americans don’t eat a lot. In fact, we do eat a lot. We beat out the world in many categories of food consumption, including total calories per person. So it is not surprising that working age Americans, on average, gain a pound per year.

Wellness Screenings: Why Less Is More

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Let’s take a look under the proverbial hood, shall we? If an employer is going to have employees check their cholesterol, why not take a look at their glucose as well? And for only a buck or two more, why not take a look at their thyroid function too? And if you do all that, the liver function tests are very cheap to add so why not? We might as well throw in calcium, kidney function tests and a complete blood count while we’re at it right?

The Three Pillars of Wellness

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Wellness can mean a lot of things, that’s for sure. But let’s think in terms of you as an employer. You want wellness to support the cultural, psychological, medical, and safety aspects of your employees’ lives. Wellness impacts their productivity and their costs from other line items such as medical claims, disability claims, absenteeism and the cost of recruiting and training.

Digital Self-Tracking: Why Aren’t We All Doing It?

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Digital self-tracking is nifty. It’s cool. But what about when it is applied it to corporate wellness? Even if you give it away for free with optimal software, the uptake will be well under 50% and meaningful use after several months will be in the single digits. This should not come as a shock. We lead busy lives and digital self-tracking is yet another thing to do. Unless an individual’s personality and style already include diary entries and a love for timesheets, the likelihood of filling out digital tracking information is near zero over time.

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