Wellness/Disease Management

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  • 4 elements of a well-designed wellness program

    October 20, 2014

    Commentary: Employers and advisers that embrace the full concept of wellness by implementing programs with these four elements have the ability to improve the physical health of employees and put corporate productivity and profitability back in the black.


  • Brokerage, tech firm partner on industry-first health app

    October 20, 2014

    Benefits firm WorkforceTactix and tech company Digital Health Innovations are using data analytics and an innovative health app to predict and prevent clients’ high-cost claims, increase transparency and rein in health care costs.


  • Easing Ebola fears in the workplace

    October 17, 2014

    U.S. employers are not immune to the Ebola scare sweeping the country, but for most businesses, the risk of their employees contracting the virus remains extremely low. Nevertheless, employers are encouraged to re-examine their workplace travel policies and pandemic plans, say labor and business health experts.


  • 10 tips to help implement a successful wellness program

    October 17, 2014

    Successful worksite wellness programs may help improve employees' health and productivity, but how can you effectively implement and follow through on your wellness aspirations? Here are 10 ideas.


  • 5 reasons wearable wellness is here to stay

    October 16, 2014

    Whether it’s Fitbit, Jawbone UP, Apple Watch or even Google Glass, consumer demand for wearable technology is at an all-time high. Amy McDonough, Fitbit’s director of wellness, shares five reasons wearable fitness technology is not just a fad and what each trend means for employers and employees.


  • 4 ways to combat stress

    October 14, 2014

    Open enrollment is one of the busiest times of year for benefit managers. But don’t let the stress of the season get you down. Use these four strategies to fight back against the ill effects of stress.


  • 8 flu shot myths debunked

    October 10, 2014

    A study conducted by the Trust for America’s Health found that one in five Americans (62 million) get the flu each year. Despite the numbers, fewer than half of Americans (45%) got a flu shot during the 2012-2013 flu season.


  • Wearable devices: Future of wellness or just a fad?

    October 9, 2014

    Wearable wellness is here to stay, yet precisely how the devices will affect employer programs remains to be seen.


  • Are gaming apps just a wellness quick-fix?

    October 8, 2014

    Encouraging the use of video game-styled features on smartphones to boost participation in your wellness program might get employees off to a good start, but these tools might not be the best long-term solution to building engagement.


  • EEOC sues second employer over wellness program

    October 7, 2014

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s new focus on employer wellness programs has many health and benefit managers scratching their heads on what is acceptable when it comes to voluntary health screenings and incentive rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act.


  • The best of Benefits Forum & Expo

    October 6, 2014

    EBN’s annual Benefits Forum & Expo, held last week in Boca Raton, Fla., included a special focus on wearable wellness and an inspirational keynote address from marathon swimmer Diana Nyad. In case you missed the event, here’s our coverage.


  • The other side of wellness

    October 1, 2014

    Commentary: Your new wellness vendor’s presentation showed impressive results from their work with other clients – risk factors reduced, cost curves bent, and ROI blossomed. It all sounds terrific.


  • BFE keynote: Wearable fitness technology is here to stay

    September 30, 2014

    Gone are the days of hula chairs and ThighMasters at the desk, new technologies and wearable devices are playing into the benefits and wellness strategies of employers, Amy McDonough, Fitbit’s director of wellness, told conference goers at the 2014 Employee Benefits Forum & Expo, being held this week in Boca Raton, Fla.


  • Wellness fit for a greeting card

    September 26, 2014

    Hallmark’s director of wellness engagement shares her company’s success tactics and provides tips on how advisers can help their clients to start a program and make it successful.


  • Do workplace wellness programs adequately address stress?

    PODCAST | September 26, 2014

    Dr. Leena Johns, senior global health care consultant with MetLife Global Employee Benefits, addresses why workplace culture is equally important in combating the effects of stress as reactive wellness programs.


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