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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Help employees stress less and focus on what matters most

In today’s crazy-busy, constantly engaged world, stress is a given. Not only is stress top of mind for employees, it’s starting to impact their health. Decreased immune system, digestive issues and migraines are known effects of unmanaged stress, which also weighs on employee mental health and well-being. Stressed employees may experience extreme fatigue or feel out of control. And mental stress can negatively impact employee attendance, morale and overall effectiveness. The importance of managing stress Research shows that 42 percent ... Read More >

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3 ways to inspire employees with on-site wellness solutions

When employers launch a robust employee health program, too often, corporate wellness becomes another job for someone who already has a full range of responsibilities. That’s why it’s crucial to have someone “on the ground” who owns health and wellness in order to build a successful health management program. At HealthFitness, we see the benefits of providing an on-site wellness presence. Our client sites that have a dedicated on-site program manager enjoy a 33 percent higher participation rate compared to similar ... Read More >

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Don’t miss insider threats to wellness program information

In a recent Intel survey of more than 1,100 organizations, it showed internal actors were responsible for 43 percent of information loss. There are two types of insider threats: 1. The disgruntled employee who tries to do something with company data to harm the company and 2. The employee who inadvertently does something with data that comes back to harm the company. This can include password sharing. For example, an individual from a partner company used shared employee ... Read More >

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6 ways to help employees stay resolute about their health goals

It’s hard to believe it’s already three weeks into the New Year; while 45 percent of us have made New Year’s resolutions, only 8 percent of us will actually keep them. When it comes to your employee wellness program, helping employees stay the course after the New Year's resolution hype begins to fade is just as important as engaging them in the first place. At HealthFitness, we use several tactics at our client sites to engage employees ... Read More >

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Are your vendors protecting wellness program information?

As employers and health plans look to outside vendors for services, it is critical that these vendors are aware of and practice specific measures to protect client data. Lapses in appropriate privacy and security measures may not only violate the law, but could cause tremendous problems for employers and health plans. Mistake 4: Not paying attention to how third-party partners protect your information. For a Top 10 list of questions that employers and health plans might ask health management vendors to begin ... Read More >

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Don’t know state laws that govern PII/PHI? Why this matters

How well do you understand the state laws that govern personal health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII) associated with your wellness program? If your answer is not well, below are reasons to change this. Mistake 3: Not understanding/complying with state laws that govern PHI, PII The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that sets rules about the use and management of PHI. This law gives consumers rights over their health information and when ... Read More >

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The not so sweet truth about the impact of sugar on employee health

The average American consumes about 22 teaspoons of added sugar each day—in other words, nearly 330 calories with no nutritional value. This is substantially higher than the American Heart Association’s recommended daily consumption of added sugar: no more than 6 teaspoons (100 calories) of added sugars a day for women; no more than 9 teaspoons (150 calories) for men. What does this mean during a not-so-average time of year like the holidays? It means employees likely need ... Read More >

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7 tips to boost employee well-being during the holidays

Research shows that although the average weight gain over the holidays is one to two pounds, even a small increase in body weight each holiday season can add up over time—turning into a potential health risk. Holidays happen. Weight gain during the holidays doesn’t have to. As an employer, you can support employee well-being during the holidays—helping your employees eat smart, move more and take time to relax. Here are seven tips for employees—and you—to use to stay healthy, active and ... Read More >

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Protect wellness program information against silly actions

When smart people do silly things with information, there is no mal-intent. An employee could intentionally give out information, but not realize that it could be harmful. Someone might inadvertently attach a file with protected health information (PHI) or personally identifiable information (PII) to an email for a different client, for example. Or, perhaps a process wasn’t followed and this led to the release of PHI or PII. Mistake 2: Not protecting against smart people doing silly things. This year, a ... Read More >

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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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