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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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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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 >


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 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 >

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