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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.

5 ways to help employees fit fiber into their day

The average American eats about 16 grams of fiber each day. This is considerably well below the Institute of Medicine’s recommended daily consumption of fiber: For women: 25 grams per day for ages 19-50 21 grams for ages 51 and older For men: 38 grams per day for ages 19-50 30 grams per day for ages 51 and older Your employees may have heard that eating plenty of fiber is good for their health, but they may not fully understand the overall benefits of adding ... Read More >

The value of on-site health screenings

When properly integrated with a corporate wellness plan, research shows that biometric screenings can help reduce health risks, improve health status, reduce health care costs, and improve workplace productivity and performance. Seventy-four percent of employers now include a biometric screening as part of their workplace wellness program and this number is likely to rise as more companies get a sense of the value they can provide employees. Here’s a look at ways employers are using screenings to ... Read More >

Igniting worksite wellness with strategic communications

A recent study confirmed what we’ve been observing firsthand for quite some time—that corporate wellness programs are most effective in companies that develop a consistent, all-inclusive culture of health and a clear communications strategy. The study, “Promoting Healthy Workplaces by Building Cultures of Health and Applying Strategic Communications,” published in the February edition of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), states that strategic communications are becoming one of the most critical building blocks for those seeking to ... Read More >

How to create a culture of health at work—and at home

Few would argue that moving into a new home is a stressful experience. I can verify this to be true—especially since my family and I recently moved into a new home. From packing our belongings to unpacking dozens of boxes—moving disrupted the entire family’s routine, even if it was a very happy occasion. A new home often means new opportunities—as well as a growing list of items that need to be fixed. Moving into a new home gave me the opportunity to evaluate my ... Read More >

6 ways that pets boost health and well-being

With the growing recognition that well-being extends beyond physical health to include social, emotional, financial and environmental dimensions, it’s ideal when you find activities or situations that tackle multiple dimensions of well-being at the same time. Having a pet is a great way to do just that. Owning a pet offers tremendous intrinsic and extrinsic advantages, regardless of one’s age. Maybe that’s why 65 percent of households in the United States already have one. Pet ownership gives us a ... Read More >

Help employees stress less and focus on what matters most

In today’s crazy-busy, constantly engaged world, stress is a given. Not only is stress top of mind for employees, it’s starting to impact their health. Decreased immune system, digestive issues and migraines are known effects of unmanaged stress, which also weighs on employee mental health and well-being. Stressed employees may experience extreme fatigue or feel out of control. And mental stress can negatively impact employee attendance, morale and overall effectiveness. The importance of managing stress Research shows that 42 percent ... Read More >

3 ways to inspire employees with on-site wellness solutions

When employers launch a robust employee health program, too often, corporate wellness becomes another job for someone who already has a full range of responsibilities. That’s why it’s crucial to have someone “on the ground” who owns health and wellness in order to build a successful health management program. At HealthFitness, we see the benefits of providing an on-site wellness presence. Our client sites that have a dedicated on-site program manager enjoy a 33 percent higher participation rate compared to similar ... Read More >

Don’t miss insider threats to wellness program information

In a recent Intel survey of more than 1,100 organizations, it showed internal actors were responsible for 43 percent of information loss. There are two types of insider threats: 1. The disgruntled employee who tries to do something with company data to harm the company and 2. The employee who inadvertently does something with data that comes back to harm the company. This can include password sharing. For example, an individual from a partner company used shared employee ... Read More >

Are your vendors protecting wellness program information?

As employers and health plans look to outside vendors for services, it is critical that these vendors are aware of and practice specific measures to protect client data. Lapses in appropriate privacy and security measures may not only violate the law, but could cause tremendous problems for employers and health plans. Mistake 4: Not paying attention to how third-party partners protect your information. For a Top 10 list of questions that employers and health plans might ask health management vendors to begin ... Read More >

Don’t know state laws that govern PII/PHI? Why this matters

How well do you understand the state laws that govern personal health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII) associated with your wellness program? If your answer is not well, below are reasons to change this. Mistake 3: Not understanding/complying with state laws that govern PHI, PII The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that sets rules about the use and management of PHI. This law gives consumers rights over their health information and when ... Read More >

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