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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Keep wellness program information safe from external threats

You may already know that information in a medical record (Social Security number, home address, date of birth) is an identity theft goldmine for committing generic identity theft. However, did you know a more specific kind of identity theft, in which a patient’s medical records are resold to uninsured patients who are desperate to access medical care, is an even more lucrative target? While Social Security numbers go for about $3-$5 each on black market websites, medical records ... Read More >

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Curb desk dining to nudge worksite wellness forward

Research shows four out of five people consistently do this; it’s called desk dining. Eating meals regularly at your desk is common place at most workplaces, but many don’t realize it can also be harmful to employee health. How? Missed opportunities to socialize with co-workers and increased mindless eating are just a few reasons. Yet, regularly dining out has its share of hazards, too. Employees oftentimes hit fast-food restaurants or convenience stores for meals, contributing to overeating and overconsumption of ... Read More >

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3 strategies for a tobacco-free workplace

Nationally, the estimated economic costs attributed to smok­ing and exposure to tobacco smoke continue to increase and now approach $300 billion annually, which includes $193 billion in health expenses and lost productivity. The good news? Nearly 70 percent of smokers have the desire to quit. With the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smoke Out right around the corner on Nov. 19, 2015, how will you support employees who are ready to quit tobacco? An expensive habit to break Read More >

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8 ways to help your employees find time for fitness

If you asked your employees if they would like to get more exercise, most would agree that they would like to be more physically active, but finding time for fitness is challenging. Why is it so important for your employees to be active? Consider the facts: Physical inactivity and its adverse health effects are comparable to that of smoking and obesity. Sedentary jobs have increased 83 percent since 1950. More than 80 percent of American adults do not meet ... Read More >

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6 steps to minimize security threats to program information

If you are feeling overwhelmed with the challenge of information security issues related to protected health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII), you are not alone. There are many ways your information can be affected if a breach occurs and it requires a multi-tier approach to maintain a heightened awareness, take precautionary measures and address a breach, if it happens. Here is a high-level framework to establish a strategic, proactive risk-based approach to information security with PHI and PII—and suggestions on ... Read More >

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Simple tools to mend employee back health and medical spend

If you haven’t experienced back pain personally, consider yourself lucky. In a three-month period, about one-fourth of U.S. adults experience back pain, which means a high percentage of your employees is likely having back issues right now—affecting their health as well as their ability to work. Back pain can cause shooting and burning pain; make it difficult to move, dress or drive a car; and create a pain-induced mental fog that diminishes your ability to think. Research shows ... Read More >

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How safe is your wellness program information?

STOLEN: Personal data for up to 110 million customers at Target; 80 million records for Anthem customers; and more recently 18 million records at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for current, former and prospective federal employees. (As a former federal employee, my own personal data unfortunately was compromised as part of this cyberattack.) Data breaches such as these show that no organization is immune to information security troubles. In fact, current estimates predict the financial sting of the ... Read More >

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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 >

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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 >

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