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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A new approach to behavior change with employee health

Employers—especially large and mid-size employers—embrace worksite health management as a means to enhance productivity and reduce health care costs. During the past five years, the 2014 Employee Benefits research report found a steady increase in the percentage of organizations offering health and lifestyle coaching, preventive programs targeting employees with chronic health conditions, and health care premium discounts for participating in a wellness program. However, for any wellness program to be successful, engagement is an essential ingredient, and it’s one that ... Read More >

Are wearables a good fit for your wellness program?

Are wearables a good fit for your wellness program?

If you see more of your employee population sporting a health and fitness device at work—such as Fitbit, Nike+ and Jawbone UP—you are not alone. More than 52 percent of today’s consumers are aware of wearable fitness devices—and one in three of today’s consumers is likely to buy one. In fact, the fitness tracker market is expected to hit $2.2 billion this year, according to IHS Technology, and is expected to grow to $2.8 billion by 2019. Read More >

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Tailor your wellness program to boost employee health

How does a large manufacturing company with 5,000 employees in 24 locations work to improve the health and wellness of its employees? By adapting its health management program to meet the unique needs of its employees and culture. I have worked with this employer for 18 years and have found success with unique ways to reach the employees. Engaging this employee population is a challenge because many employees have limited time, limited access to computers and a wide range of education ... Read More >

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E-cigarettes: Friend or foe for employee health?

The use of e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in five adult cigarette smokers have tried an e-cigarette and the percentage of middle and high school students who use e-cigarettes has more than doubled. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that provide doses of nicotine and other additives to the user in an aerosol. E-cigarettes not marketed for therapeutic purposes are currently unregulated by the Read More >

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11 tactics to engage spouses in wellness programs

How do you boost engagement in your corporate wellness program? For starters, add spouses. Workplace wellness programs report greater success when spouses are included, according to research from the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) and Mercer. Adding spouses to your health management program is a key driver to increased participation rates and engagement. The HERO report states that spouses are key influencers and have a great impact on an individual’s behavior. In fact, research finds that social support—with ... Read More >

4 tips to get tech employees engaged in worksite wellness

4 tips to get tech employees engaged in worksite wellness

Technology employees, like many office workers, are challenged with high stress and long hours, putting them at risk for the “sitting disease”—or sitting all day at their desk—resulting in increased risk for poor health and disease. The typical reason we hear tech employees give for not engaging in workplace wellness: They perceive it takes too much time. While there are common threads of technology employees with office workers, there are some areas where they diverge. To best engage this population, ... Read More >

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Dispelling 4 myths of health assessments

Myth or reality: When people receive a report of their disease risk, they experience an epiphany and change unhealthy habits. If you answered myth, you’re correct. Since health assessments first came on the public health scene in the late 1980s, they have evolved significantly from the paper-based questionnaires that solved for likelihood of disease or death. We see today’s best health assessments as an engagement tool that leverages sophisticated computer algorithms to identify individual health risk and measure motivation to change unhealthy behaviors. ... Read More >

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Health care and health management trends with data security

At year-end 2013, InformationWeek predicted health care data breaches would surge in 2014, citing the industry’s sizable “attack surface,” i.e., the number of Americans covered and the financial size of the industry, as the primary reason. Recent trend information from Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report examined more than 63,000 information security incidents and found the causes for data breaches in health care and health management, as well as in other industries, could be linked to nine ... Read More >

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Boost participation rates with corporate wellness marketing

Employees may participate—or not participate—in corporate wellness programs for a variety of reasons. According to a recent survey, the top reasons employees gave for participating in their employer’s wellness program include: Improve their health (77%) Maintain their health (75%) Learn more about their own health risks (71%) The top reasons employees gave for not participating in a wellness program include: Believe they can make changes on their own (70%) Lack time (56%) Believe they are already healthy (53%) To engage participants in corporate wellness, employers must ... Read More >

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Avera’s employees model the new approach to health care

The Affordable Care Act is shifting the health care industry to take greater responsibility for costs and quality of care. In response, Avera and its employees are modeling the new approach to health care known as population health management. Learn more about Avera's corporate wellness program.  The goal of population health management is to keep a population as healthy as possible by addressing the preventive and chronic care needs of every individual. Learn how many health care systems — including Avera — ... Read More >

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