Find the latest insights and real-world examples from our corporate wellness experts.



Find the latest insights and real-world examples from our corporate wellness experts.


Be the river: Managing change in your organization

This past June I stood on the summit of Alaska’s Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America and the capstone of my seven-year journey to reach the highest natural point in all 50 states. I was now a member of what is known in climbing circles as the High Pointers Club, literally breathing rarified air at over 20,000 feet that I could feel searing my lungs. Standing there, exhausted, chilled by sub-zero temperatures that put Chicagoland winters to shame, exhilarated ... Read More >

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New research supports leadership activation of employee health

Would you think twice about going to a gym that urged you to shape up but where the trainers never exercise? How likely are you to take a walking break during the workday when your manager never leaves their desk? These examples illustrate a cultural disconnect that can create barriers to engagement. A company’s culture can be affected when health, wellness and fitness programs are said to be a priority but the reality reflects something different. For example, one challenge facing ... Read More >

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Stacking up healthy changes: New research identifies success factors for reducing employee BMI

From office conference rooms to the floors of manufacturing plants, employers are worried about workplace obesity. To help combat obesity and improve the overall health of their employees, more than 84 percent of employers offer wellness programs. However, obesity remains a common, serious and costly issue—and at HealthFitness, employees at our client sites are no exception. Recently, our Science and Analytics team set out to determine how we can stem the tide. Tracking more than 123,000 participants in our ... Read More >

Putting passion into action

Putting passion into action: Sharing our roadmap to higher employee participation rates

Like those in other industries, all of us in employee health and well-being are experiencing change at an accelerated pace. Our client and vendor partner expectations, as well as our own, are higher than they’ve ever been. Employee participants are looking to engage with corporate wellness programs via a personalized, customized approach that mirrors their experience with the world’s leading consumer brands. Recognizing this permanently altered business landscape, we set out to gain insight that would help us chart the ... Read More >


Employees don’t get the flu shot? Reasons to change this

Last year, only 42 percent of adults received the flu vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although reasons vary from person to person, people commonly avoid the flu vaccine because either they think it will cause them to get the flu or they think it doesn’t work. Neither are accurate. In randomized, blinded studies, where some people received flu shots and others were given salt-water shots, the only differences in symptoms were increased soreness in the arm ... Read More >

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More sweat, less stress. Boost employee health with on-site fitness

For many employers, meeting today’s marketplace demands without overworking or overwhelming employees is a challenge. However, employers that overlook the impact of workplace stress on their employees may risk losing top performers to competitors that offer better work/life balance—and better benefits focused on employee health. The importance of managing stress Research shows that 42 percent of adults say they are not doing enough to manage their stress—and as many as 20 percent of adults report that they never engage in activities that ... Read More >

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5 ways to engage remote workers in health and well-being

Technology helps make it seamless for today’s employees to work remotely from anywhere in the world—and research shows this trend is not slowing down. A study by Global Workplace Analytics notes that telecommuting has increased 103 percent in the last decade! And the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes more people are working remotely than ever before. In addition, a significant number of workers have jobs that place them outside of a traditional office setting—whether it is working at ... Read More >

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Welltok: A crucial partner for a crucial time

The pace of change and innovation in consumer health technology is increasing at breakneck speed. Given that technology is a crucial component of our solutions, we identified the need to find a strategic partner who could offer innovative technology solutions to complement HealthFitness’ best-in-class program strategy, management and service delivery. And we’re excited to be undertaking our strategic alliance with Welltok—the industry leader in consumer-driven technology and best-in-class data management. Combining core capabilities to provide clients and participants with an unmatched ... Read More >

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Walking the talk: How leaders activate well-being

According to the 2016 Consumer Health Mindset Report, employees perceive that the health and wellness support they receive through their employers has improved over the last three years—but there is still room to grow. Nearly half (44 percent) of employees believe their employer is extremely or very supportive in getting and keeping them healthy, and more than one-third (37 percent) feel the same about their direct manager or department head. Yet a key missing ingredient for a successful wellness program ... Read More >

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Helping employees find purpose

If you asked employees at your company to describe their purpose, what would they say? How many people have paused and reflected on this question so they can quickly respond? Having purpose is a key element of emotional well-being that can have a powerful impact on health and overall well-being. Here are just a few examples: A meta-analysis of 10 studies and data on more than 137,000 people by Mount Sinai Medical Center found that a high sense of ... Read More >

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