Wellness/Disease Management

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  • 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.


  • Weight management programs suffer from lack of innovation

    October 23, 2014

    With more than one-third of U.S. adults being obese, employer-sponsored weight management programs can play an important role in the effort to get Americans to adopt healthier lifestyles.


  • Is your wellness math better than a fifth grader's?

    October 23, 2014

    The Validation Institute certifies individuals as competent to review, analyze, and produce health program measures. Given the high stakes – millions of dollars in savings – it’s comforting that not just any 11-year-old could pass.


  • The potential of digital therapeutics in diabetes prevention

    PODCAST | October 22, 2014

    Sean Duffy, CEO of Omada Health, explains how online behavior change programs, also known as digital therapeutics, can help employers prevent obesity-related chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes.


  • 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.


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