Infusing a Culture of Health

Read the latest ideas and best practices from our experts on infusing a culture of health.

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4 ways to help employees boost financial well-being

In today’s business landscape, employers recognize the need to engage employees from a whole-person view of health. They understand that employee well-being extends beyond physical health and includes social, emotional, financial and environmental dimensions. Employers offering wellness programs that address all dimensions of employee health can boost employee engagement by making healthy actions possible for more of their employee population—something that we at HealthFitness refer to as Well-doing℠ for more people. One topic that’s gaining interest is how employers can best help employees ... Read More >

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Why typical tactics to improve employee eating don’t work

At a recent corporate wellness conference, I listened to an industry expert remark how so many consumers are in a relentless search for the elusive magic bullet with nutrition to feel better and lose weight. Through worksite wellness programs, I see this time and time again. Simply stated, many employees are confused and misinformed about nutrition. And I find some of the basic tenets that many believe about healthy eating—specifically related to weight management—are simply inaccurate. For example, consider the 3500-calorie rule. ... Read More >

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How to break down barriers to health management engagement

Participation is an essential part of any health management program’s success. But participant engagement—emotional involvement or commitment in programs—varies widely across employer populations and program types. Here are four common barriers to health management engagement and possible solutions for overcoming them: Barrier 1: Employees don’t know about your wellness program Solution: Recruit a wellness champion network We will work with our clients to define and implement networks of wellness champions—company employees who, in addition to their “day jobs,” help build awareness and increase engagement ... Read More >

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Boost your emotional health with a vacation

It’s that time of year when many of us embrace the tradition of summer vacation. And this tradition supports our broader view of health: the importance of attending to multiple dimensions of well-being—including physical, emotional, social, financial and environmental. Emotional well-being includes resiliency, one’s ability to bounce back from the inevitable ups and downs of life; and recharging or rejuvenating behaviors, which you can practice by taking a break from your daily routine with a vacation. Research suggests, however, that many of ... Read More >

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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 >

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7 trending corporate fitness classes that employees love

To attract and retain top talent, research suggests some employers are spending more dollars on richer benefits in lieu of higher salaries. A Society of Human Resource Management survey of 450 employers found 35 percent cited larger benefits packages in 2015, compared to 28 percent the year before. This year, these enhanced packages include the rise of new benefits such as company-provided fitness trackers as well as more group fitness classes. The SHRM survey showed 17 percent of employers offer ... Read More >

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Overcoming lack of awareness as a barrier to improved health

Few people heading toward diabetes know it. In fact research shows that only one in eight people with pre-diabetes know they have a problem. However, a recent study shows that those who do know they have an elevated HbA1C are more likely to make lifestyle changes, such as getting more exercise or eating less sugary food, which might prevent them from ultimately becoming diabetic. Research published in the June American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that people who were aware ... Read More >

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5 tips for making work a friendlier place

Today’s smart employers recognize that employee well-being extends beyond physical health and includes social, emotional, financial and environmental dimensions. Effectively engaging employees from this whole-person view of health requires creating and supporting a pervasive culture of health that fosters sustainable healthy actions in the employee population. At HealthFitness we refer to this as Well-doing℠ for more people. A key step in maintaining this culture of health, and one that aligns well with multiple dimensions of well-being, is making work a friendlier place where positive work ... Read More >

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Well-doing for more people: Putting employee health into action

To paraphrase an iconic car commercial, it’s not your father’s corporate wellness program. Our industry has evolved rapidly, with employers increasingly looking at employee health from a whole-person view, recognizing its physical, social, emotional, financial and environmental dimensions. And while these dimensions of well-being are critical in determining overall health, a key component is the delivery — how you empower employees to pay attention and take action. This requires adapting the way you work with each participant and client community to instill ... Read More >

5 tactics to engage leaders in wellness

5 tactics to engage leadership in wellness

Leadership buy-in of corporate wellness programming can make a big difference in the success of the program. In fact, sincere interest in the well-being of employees is considered a top driver of sustainable engagement, according to the Towers Watson 2014 Global Workforce Study. At HealthFitness, we’ve learned that visible support from a company’s executives sets the tone for employees—communicating that it’s acceptable to fit in a workout during the workday, take part in a weight loss challenge with co-workers ... Read More >

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