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Wellness Programs

Beware: 'Wellness' May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Judith Feder | Posted 03.11.2015 | Business
Judith Feder

For years employers have offered worksite wellness programs, ranging from newsletters or gym memberships to high stakes incentive programs that change your insurance premiums by thousands of dollars if you lose weight, reduce your blood pressure or blood sugar levels, quit smoking or achieve some other health outcome.

Obamacare Provision Is Hurting Workers Who Don't Join Wellness Programs

Reuters | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business

"Wellness-or-else is the trend."

Your Company's Biometric Data Is In... Now What? How Corporate Wellness Programs Pay for Themselves

Jeff Hyman | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Hyman

They already know that their wellness programs are paying dividends that will only get better over time. It's time for all companies large and small to make the investment, as it's one of the best things you can do for your company and for your employees.

Three Surprising Hazards of Worksite Wellness Programs

Leah Binder | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

Bad wellness programs send the message that your boss thinks you're an idiot. This typically isn't a good strategy for improving morale, though it does improve motivation to update your resume.

The True Cost Of Smoking Revealed

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business

Smokers may feel the ultimate toll of their addiction, but its their bosses who are footing the bill in the meantime, according to a new study. E...

Design for a User-Friendly and Human-Centered Workplace

Jethro Heiko | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Jethro Heiko

There is a need for a new way of working, one that is designed for the end-user, the worker, the human. It is not just about adding wellness programs to unhealthy work -- it is about designing work so that it is itself healthy.

Creating a Health-Promoting Work Environment

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 12.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

More and more companies are enrolling their workforce in health and wellness programs to cut staggering health care costs, reduce absenteeism and foster productivity as well as morale and loyalty, according to several studies on recent changes in employer-based health care policies.

Should You Take A Sleep Vacation?

Linden Schaffer | Posted 09.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Linden Schaffer

According to Dr. William Dement of Stanford University, for most Americans, sleep debt occurs so gradually that people often attribute their fatigue to other things such as stress or illness. The travel industry has taken notice, and the newest emerging trend for 2012 is sleep vacations.

Christina Wilkie

The Dark Side Of Company Wellness Programs | Christina Wilkie | Posted 06.27.2012 | Business

ATLANTA -- There's something a little sick about corporate wellness programs. Wellness benefits are the rage at a massive annual human resources c...

Companies Curb Health Care Costs With Penalties and Rewards for Employees

Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA | Posted 02.19.2012 | Business
Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

If you're a smoker your company could be penalizing you by tapping into your wallet.

Companies Tell Smoking Employees To Pay Up

Posted 09.05.2011 | Business

If you smoke, you'll pay more. That's the message and policy coming out of some of the country's largest corporations. As of July 1, employees at ...

Why Employers Need Prevention To Plug The Black Hole Of Medical Care Costs

Carole Carson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carole Carson

Innovation in the prevention of disease will be the key factor in realizing affordable healthcare. The paradigm shift is the result of maddening increases in medical insurance over the past decade.

A Secret To Better Health For All Americans: Why Corporate Wellness Matters

Joshua Rosenthal | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joshua Rosenthal

The average American spends 47 hours a week at work. Since most people spend more hours at work than they do anywhere else, improving employee health could be key to solving our nation's health crisis.

Wellness Programs Can Help Solve Obesity Epidemic

Mark Pasetsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mark Pasetsky

Wellness programs not only improve the health of employees by motivating them to take care of themselves, but also reduce health care costs associated with obesity and improve your bottom line.