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Brand Your Wellness Program for Fun and Engagement

There isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” solution for wellness – so don’t be talked into buying one. Every employer is unique and every population is different. If you haven’t already, start implementing wellness within your employee benefits plan. Take small steps at first and look for easy “wins” to build momentum and engage employees. If you already have a wellness plan, challenge...
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Obese Workers vs Smokers – Who Costs Your Healthplan More?

Smoking has been the “easy target” for many wellness plans for more than 30 years.  It’s viewed by many (even some smokers) as a “nasty” habit and it has a seemingly endless list of destructive health effects – in fact, we all know them so well, listing them here would certainly be met with a chorus of “Yeah, yeah, tell...
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Sleep Less, Gain Weight

We’ve all heard about the importance of a good night’s sleep and now scientists have hard evidence to back that up.  A new study found that people who sleep less may eat more and gain weight. Scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota studied a group of 17 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 40 for a week...
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3 First Steps to the Employer’s Expanding Health Benefits Role

Mercer’s 2011 Workplace Survey has revealed several encouraging findings for those of us involved in managing healthcare plans.  Specifically, the survey found: Nearly 8 out of 10 employees say their benefits are one of the reasons they work where they do. 91% of employees said that getting health benefits through work is just as important as getting a salary. An increased...
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Lifestyle and Disease – The Connection

Many common diseases can be avoided or impacted by improvements in personal health.  In his book, The Culprit and the Cure, Stephen Aldana, PhD reports that a large percentage of chronic diseases are lifestyle-related and, he claims, largely avoidable: Stroke 70% Cancers 71% Heart Disease      82% Diabetes 91%
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