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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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-doingsm 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 ... 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 >

Teamwork

Spokes in the teamwork wheel

I recently led a team building exercise in which different teams had 90 minutes to assemble 13 bicycles for donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Lake County in Illinois. After correctly answering trivia questions, each team was given the necessary parts, tools and instructions. Good natured taunting, not surprisingly, ensued. But recognizing the time limitations and the task at hand, we quickly got to work. In the end, a series of well-deserving kids received new bicycles, along with locks ... Read More >

Fitness-wearable

Fitness wearables market keeps ticking

If you are planning to add wearables to your corporate wellness program, you’re in good company. The number of companies expected to use wearables for corporate wellness is projected to skyrocket in the next several years. In fact: Employers will integrate more than 13 million wearables into their employee wellness programs by 2018. Three out of four employers are exploring the use of personalized digital technologies, including wearables, to encourage greater activity among their employees. 41 percent ... Read More >

Piedmont Innovates a Healthy Culture

Piedmont builds a culture that supports employee wellness

Smart companies know that a happy employee is a productive employee. And job seekers are paying attention to which companies walk the walk when it comes to addressing employee health. Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) are leading this trend as they, more than any other generation in the workforce, are most likely to want employers to play an active role in supporting their overall health and well-being, according to a 2014 survey by Aon Hewitt and the National Business ... Read More >

Grand building

Congress takes action on wellness program incentives

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is widely considered one of the most polarizing pieces of legislation to come out of Washington, D.C., in recent years. Since its 2010 introduction, support for—and opposition to—the law has been sharply divided along partisan lines. Yet one tenet of the ACA—the provisions concerning workplace wellness programs—has consistently received wide bipartisan support. The ACA establishes new incentives and builds upon existing wellness program regulations to promote employer wellness programs and encourage opportunities to support healthier workplaces. Workers ... Read More >

employee health nutrition

The powerful impact of food on employee productivity

A quick search for “best diet” brings 3.5 million results on YouTube and 447,000 results on Google. At the top of the Google search, U.S. News recently posted a “Best Diets” review, giving the DASH Diet a number one rating. Yet, when it comes to diet—defined as “the kinds of food a person habitually eats”—there is no-one-size-fits-all approach that can support each individual’s lifestyle goals. In an online poll, 1,057 ... Read More >

Wellstar Health System

Addressing the unhealthy habits of health care employees

Ideally, health care workers would be a model of good health—leading by example with healthy lifestyles. However, it’s a surprising fact: Health care workers are among the unhealthiest in the American workforce. A study from Truven Health Analytics found that compared to the U.S. workforce, health care employees and their dependents rate lower for completing preventive screenings, are 46 percent more likely to be diagnosed with obesity and 20 percent more likely to be diagnosed with ... Read More >

Three questions from a group

Three questions to ask—and answer—to jumpstart your corporate wellness program

Once you build the gleaming gym, hire first-rate coaches and provide lucrative incentives, your company will have the perfect workplace health management program, right? Wrong. First, there is no “perfect.” Second, while you are waiting for perfect, you end up with no program—or at best, a mediocre one. “Better a flawed diamond than a perfect pebble,” as Confucius is credited with saying. One thing is certain: There is no flawless design. If you set your sights on the “perfect” program, you set yourself ... Read More >

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