Infusing a Culture of Health

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

Harvesting wellness

Harvesting well-being with employee gardens

Employees are flexing their green thumbs, and it’s a growing trend that is gaining attention. While on-site farmers’ markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares are great options for boosting employee nutrition, there’s something bigger growing: corporate gardening. And it’s loaded in value beyond just nutrition, as it supports well-being—the holistic, whole-person view of employee health that includes social, emotional, financial and environmental dimensions. In recent years, gardening has emerged as a scientifically proven stress reliever. Sprinkle in ... Read More >

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Fitness wearables: A shiny penny for employee wellness?

Fitness wearables are hot right now—from trackers to watches to smart clothing from Ralph Lauren—it seems everyone wants to be part of the fitness wearables party. According to the latest research, the wearables market keeps growing for both employers and consumers. Consider the facts: 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 18 owns a fitness tracker 46 percent of employers in a recent survey said they offer fitness trackers as part of their employee wellness ... Read More >

business and leisure

Help your employees find balance with mindfulness training

Technology is creating a new perspective on workplace flexibility. A recent survey from Career Builder shows that the eight-hour workday is on its way out. Thanks to technology, most professionals find themselves working outside of the traditional 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. workday. Research shows that most Americans say technology provides more flexibility in how they get their work done. Allowing employees more freedom and flexibility with their schedules can improve morale, boost productivity, increase retention rates and ... Read More >

Cost of Healthcare

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 >


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 >


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 >


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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