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

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

8 ways to help your employees find time for fitness

If you asked your employees if they would like to get more exercise, most would agree that they would like to be more physically active, but finding time for fitness is challenging. Why is it so important for your employees to be active? Consider the facts: Physical inactivity and its adverse health effects are comparable to that of smoking and obesity. Sedentary jobs have increased 83 percent since 1950. More than 80 percent of American adults do not meet the recommended ... Read More >

Coaching participation measurably impacts healthy behaviors

We recently conducted research which shows that a personalized approach is needed to drive wellness program participation. According to our survey, almost 75% of wellness program participants say personal touch is important in their health, wellness and fitness program and preferably should come from knowledgeable “live” experts—like our coaches and specialists— who are credible, engaging, easy to access and provide one-on-one support for their specific needs. This personalized approach to wellness, made possible through our coaches, is leading to measurable changes ... Read More >

Health coaching: Employees’ loss is your gain

We have found that among our clients, health coaching offers measurable cost savings, greater impact compared to other wellness program participants and a very high satisfaction among employees. Your employees’ loss, literally, is your gain. Health coaching presents more opportunities for cost savings When considering how various components of wellness programs impact medical and pharmacy costs, we have found that, based on the analysis of our clients, the 70:30 rule applies to coaching: Overall, 30% of our client participants enroll in coaching 70% ... Read More >

6 ways to help employees stay resolute about their health goals

Remember those New Year’s resolutions? It’s hard to believe but it’s already three weeks into the New Year and according to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, while 45 percent of us have made New Year’s resolutions, only 8 percent of us will actually keep them. When it comes to your employee wellness program, helping employees stay the course after the New Year’s resolution hype begins to fade is just as important as engaging them in the first place. At HealthFitness, we use ... Read More >

It’s personal: Health coaches help create a personalized participant experience

We recently conducted research on wellness program participation and found that technology, although crucially important, is only one piece of the puzzle. Participants are seeking a highly personalized experience. And programs that can offer this personalized experience, along with innovative technology, can attract and keep participants active in the wellness program. Our research shows that a personalized approach is needed to drive wellness program participation. According to our survey, almost 75 percent of wellness program participants say personal touch ... Read More >

Make physical activity convenient with virtual fitness programs

Supporting employee fitness across varied populations can be challenging. From organizations without corporate fitness centers, to companies with fitness programs looking for more variety, to geographically dispersed workforces and frequent travelers—each has unique challenges. Remote control: An increasingly virtual workforce The number of remote/virtual employees is growing. 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. For example, a study by Global Workplace Analytics notes that ... Read More >

Stretching employee engagement in health and wellness

How do you engage a geographically dispersed, mostly sedentary workforce? By giving employees stretch bands to help break up the amount of time spent sitting during the workday—and ultimately fit fitness into their day. Here’s how our client, leading financial services company, Edward Jones, approached this challenge and stretched employee engagement in health and wellness! Investing in employees Edward Jones places a top priority on the health and well-being of its employees, partnering with HealthFitness to build and integrate its corporate wellness program, ... Read More >

Building a roadmap to healthy lifestyles

In a recent blog, Prioritizing employee healthy behaviors, we shared the recent research from our Science and Analytics team. The research aimed to help our clients set priorities by analyzing the behaviors of a 134,000-employee subset of wellness program participants from 2014 to 2015 and then recommended the study population focus on specific behaviors and take steps toward better health and wellness. We ultimately determined that by focusing on improving specific behaviors, participants may lose as much as 10 ... Read More >

Prioritizing employee healthy behaviors

As an employer offering a wellness program, your top goal is to maximize healthy lifestyles among your employee population. Healthy lifestyles include healthy behaviors to maintain or add and unhealthy behaviors to reduce or avoid. Yet given limited time and resources, it’s crucial to stay focused on the unique needs of your population so that your program can have the greatest impact. Recently, our Science and Analytics team aimed to help our clients set priorities by analyzing the behaviors of a ... Read More >

Demonstrating the investment value of employee wellness programs

As CFO, I constantly find myself taking multiple mindsets into consideration. I need to consider what investments are best for the company and its associates—and definitely what investments are best for our clients. But I also am a user of my own company’s product, a participant in an employee wellness program. And if I can’t believe in the program, then I can’t invest in it. Within our industry, much has been said and written around the concept of return on investment ... Read More >

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