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

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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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 ... Read More >

Empower your employees with health advocacy

When it comes to understanding their health and wellness benefits, today’s employees often face a challenging reality that may leave them burdened, confused and frustrated. Here's why: Burdened by health care costs. Employees are burdened by the rising cost of health care and the greater responsibility for managing it. A recent survey shows that nearly a third of Americans said the cost of health care was the economy's largest financial burden. And the 2016 Consumer Health Mindset Report states that ... Read More >

I’m not only the CFO; I’m also a participant: My own (never-ending) ROI journey

I completed the New York Marathon this fall and I am quite proud of my accomplishment. But more meaningful to me is the journey toward a healthier lifestyle that brought me to the starting line and continues to propel me forward. I sometimes need to stop and remind myself that what I have been able to experience and overcome along the way is so much more meaningful than a single race or event. My journey began with a health assessment and screening ... Read More >

The road to well-being begins with “getting” your employees

New research from the National Business Group on Health reinforces what we’ve been observing for quite some time—that a growing number of employers are broadening their definition of wellness to include dimensions of well-being beyond physical health. Employers are increasingly looking at employee health from a whole-person view, recognizing its physical, social, emotional, financial and environmental dimensions. Recognizing that the definition of employee health has expanded, we must look at all dimensions when we consider the health of an ... Read More >

Building buzz for wellness

A new survey reveals that today’s employers are expanding wellness programs to address issues that affect worker productivity, such as stress, emotional and financial well-being. According to recent research from the National Business Group on Health and Fidelity Employer Survey, 84 percent of employers plan to continue or expand their employee wellness programs in the next three to five years. Amidst this changing landscape, we at HealthFitness use several creative approaches at our client sites to build a buzz around ... Read More >

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