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  • EAPs critical in promoting mental well-being

    November 26, 2014

    With mental illness and substance abuse costing employers an estimated $100 billion annually in indirect costs alone, benefit decision-makers are seeing value in promoting employee assistance programs as a means to improve their workforce’s mental well-being.


  • Smoking cessation app shows results

    November 25, 2014

    A randomized controlled trial found that users of the SmartQuit program, created by Seattle-based 2Morrow, Inc., were 2.5 to three times more likely to quit smoking than those who tried to quit on their own. The program will be offered through employers, health plans and states.


  • Mobile pregnancy app guides expectant moms to care

    November 24, 2014

    Prenatal and postpartum care programs are not only a benefit for employees who are expecting, they can also help employers avoid unnecessary costs related to preterm births.


  • Managers lack awareness, tools to deal with depression in the workplace

    November 12, 2014

    Depression in the workplace can affect anyone and it takes an emotional toll on those affected, and can also have a significant financial toll on employers. A new program developed by the American Psychiatric Foundation and Employers Health Coalition aims to provide both employers and employees with the tools needed to help combat depression in the workplace.


  • Gamification helps workers take wellness home

    November 12, 2014

    If employers only look at wellness from a 9-to-5 point of view, they are missing valuable opportunities to engage employees. Wellness doesn’t end at 5 p.m., said one expert at the National Business Coalition on Health’s annual conference.


  • Prudential takes holistic approach to wellness, work-life benefits

    November 11, 2014

    It’s not every day that you hear about a financial services company that is pushing the envelope when it comes improving the health and well-being of its workforce. Prudential Financial’s chief medical officer, Dr. Andrew Crighton, explains the success behind the company’s health, wellness and work-life programs.


  • Is your wellness program on the right side of the law?

    November 10, 2014

    While employee wellness programs have been around for almost two decades, it’s only been in the last five or so years that these efforts have gained traction, with little to no clear rules or guidance surrounding these programs.


  • Debunking the myths about workplace wellness

    November 6, 2014

    Do workplace wellness programs really work, or don’t they? The truth is nuanced. It all depends upon how you define a comprehensive health promotion program and the metrics used to measure its effectiveness.


  • Reducing the cost of medical mistakes: a work in progress

    November 6, 2014

    Despite the efforts of patient safety and advocacy groups, hundreds of Americans die each day because of preventable hospital errors, accidents and injuries. Addressing and improving that safety for sick workers should be a top priority.


  • Industry lauds EEOC court decision, wellness battle continues

    November 4, 2014

    In a decision that’s being hailed as a victory for employer-sponsored wellness programs, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota yesterday denied the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against Honeywell International Inc.


  • Have wellness incentives gone too far?

    November 3, 2014

    With employer-sponsored wellness programs facing increased scrutiny from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the debate over wellness incentives may also heat up.


  • Microsoft unveils mobile health platform, app and smart band

    October 31, 2014

    Targeting the exploding health and wellness market, Microsoft in one fell swoop has launched a new cloud-based platform, mobile app, and wearable fitness tracking wrist band.


  • Newest EEOC wellness program lawsuit draws further industry ire

    October 29, 2014

    For the third time in recent months, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has launched legal action against a private employer, claiming discrimination on the part of the company’s wellness program.


  • 20 characteristics of successful worksite wellness programs, Part 2

    October 28, 2014

    Successful wellness programs share common characteristics, including health being promoted as a core business value, senior leadership involvement and the use of grassroots wellness champions.


  • 20 characteristics of successful worksite wellness programs, Part 1

    October 27, 2014

    Benefit managers are well aware of the challenges associated with implementing a workplace wellness program – low participation, employee engagement and communication and C-suite resistance, to name just a few. But successful programs share common characteristics.


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