Wellness/Disease Management

  • The reality behind wearable wellness

    April 25, 2014

    Wearable fitness devices may be gaining ground but at least one benefits professional expresses doubts about their viability in workplace wellness programs.

  • Provocative prediction eschews role of wellness

    April 23, 2014

    When the public exchanges were first envisioned, some industry analysts thought most employers eventually would head for the exits on financing health benefits and simply steer their employees into the nascent online marketplace. That hasn’t happened, of course, and it’s far too early in the HIX rollout to expect any meaningful change to occur.

  • 5 cost-saving tactics for ACA compliance

    April 17, 2014

    Complying with the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules could add up for employers. Here are five strategies to recommend to your clients today, according to consulting firm Mercer. [Photos: ThinkStock]

  • Getting beyond wellness mythology

    April 14, 2014

    Many wellness models are based on mythology. Myths like all plans should have disease management, or everyone needs to work on heart disease prevention. How to get past the noise and on to effective interventions? Look closely at your own group – its people, its illnesses, and its work environment.

  • 3 ingredients for a successful employee weight loss program

    April 10, 2014

    Everyone who has pursued a traditional employee weight loss program knows that results can be unpredictable. Usually, enough employees succeed in losing weight to give the program value. The problem is they often gain it back. While programs are going in the right direction, clearly there is room for improvement.

  • 6 questions employers should ask of wellness providers

    April 8, 2014

    Biometric screenings and health risk assessments are the foundation of many corporate wellness programs. But there can be additional costs associated with onsite biometric screening events – beyond the per employee price – that employers need to be aware of.
    Companies may make costly mistakes by not asking the right questions of their wellness providers, says Alan Kohll, founder and CEO of TotalWellness. He recommends employers ask the following six questions of onsite biometric screening providers:

  • 20 most popular work-from-home jobs

    April 7, 2014

    As the use of cloud computing and mobile devices continues to make remote work more convenient than ever, the number of employees that telecommute multiple days per week increased almost 80% from 2005 to 2012, according GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com. Here are the most popular jobs offering telecommuting possibilities, according to FlexJobs.

  • Toxic workplaces override wellness efforts: Stanford professor

    April 7, 2014

    Health and wellness programs are virtually meaningless if a workplace culture is bad, according to Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor of organizational behavior at Stanford University’s graduate school of business. Speaking during the annual Great Place to Work conference in New Orleans, Pfeffer said that unhealthy workplaces can cause up to 125,000 employee deaths each year and add up to $130 billion in excess annual company costs.

  • Invigorate your workplace culture with random acts of kindness

    April 4, 2014

    Enlivening your staff and company’s workplace culture can be as simple and sustainable as committing random acts of kindness.

  • Toward a new definition of wellness

    VIDEO | April 4, 2014

    Sean Sullivan, president and CEO of the Institute of Health & Productivity Management, encourages employers to broaden the definition of wellness to include more than just clinical risk factors.

  • Your employees’ health habits are your biggest liability

    April 3, 2014

    In analyzing ways to contain ever-escalating health care costs, many employers are seeing tangible returns from wellness programs – but continuing to place the blame on employees and their bad health habits for much of those rising costs.

  • Wellness a tail wind that can push U.S. to prosperity: Roizen

    March 26, 2014

    Tobacco, food choices and portion size, physical inactivity and unmanaged stress are the four major lifestyle choices that account for the majority of chronic disease in the U.S., said Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer and chair of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, this week at the Institute for Health and Productivity Management annual conference

  • 5 tips for choosing the right corporate weight loss programs

    March 25, 2014

    Commentary: Help time-crunched employers make the right decision.

  • Healthiest communities crowned in latest Healthways study

    March 25, 2014

    A community with high well-being is one where citizens and employees are satisfied with their lifestyle and overall health. In this year’s Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, top honors go to Provo-Orem, Utah.

  • New lexicon for wellness needed: IHPM

    March 25, 2014

    With more employers moving to consumer-driven health care plans and shifting more responsibility for health care and health risks on to workers, are wellness programs still relevant? Health leaders from IBM and Johnson & Johnson addressed that very question during the Institute for Health & Productivity Management’s annual global conference held in Orlando.

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