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Are you asking the right questions of your onsite clinic vendor?

To ensure your clinic is a cost-saving investment in the health of your workforce and not an expense threatening the bottom line, ask these questions of your onsite clinic vendor.

Are you asking the right questions of your onsite clinic vendor?
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Looking to improve the impact of your corporate wellness program? Prepare to get personal

Our experience and recent research on the subject finds that wellness program success relies on two important factors: health coaching and personalization. With these findings in mind, we’ve crafted ...

Looking to improve the impact of your corporate wellness program? Prepare to get personal
Real stories of health coaching and when wellness works

Real stories of health coaching and when wellness works

Research points to two major trends for healthy corporate wellness programs: customization and the power of coaching. While apps and trackers can help employees plan for healthy habits, when it comes ...

Real stories of health coaching and when wellness works
Providing benefits for an evolving workforce: what attracts and retains top talent?

Providing benefits for an evolving workforce: what attracts and retains top talent?

In addition to changes in education level, technical skills and culture expectations, a younger generation of workers brings a new perspective to the advantages of employer sponsored health insurance....

Providing benefits for an evolving workforce: what attracts and retains top talent?
Top five burdens facing human resources departments in  2017

Top five burdens facing human resources departments in 2017

At the beginning of our partnership, we ask clients to tell us about their biggest hurdles—the ones that cost them money and keep them from focusing on growing their business. Here's what we found.

Top five burdens facing human resources departments in 2017
Best practices for a seamless open enrollment, from communication to implementation

Best practices for a seamless open enrollment, from communication to implementation

Did you know that your employees would rather have a conversation with an ex than get into the nitty-gritty about their health plan during Open Enrollment? It’s time that employees learn to love thei...

Best practices for a seamless open enrollment, from communication to implementation
Hearing these questions from employees? It may be a sign to evaluate your health plan administrator

Hearing these questions from employees? It may be a sign to evaluate your health plan administrator

When the wrong health plan administration solution is in place, human resources teams are usually the first to spot the signs. Whether your office is overflowing with eligibility questions or customer...

Hearing these questions from employees? It may be a sign to evaluate your health plan administrator
Spotlight on cost: Why do medical procedures vary by 500 percent or more?

Spotlight on cost: Why do medical procedures vary by 500 percent or more?

Price variance is significant when it comes to healthcare costs, but rarely is there transparency among providers. To find a price usually requires effort—you can’t go to a hospital’s website and c...

Spotlight on cost: Why do medical procedures vary by 500 percent or more?


Six strategies to help employees stay healthy during the workday

Six strategies to help employees stay healthy during the workday

 

Whether you sit at a desk from 9-to-5 or spend the hours from 11-to-7 moving around a warehouse, work can take a toll on your health—and grabbing lunch from the vending machine isn’t helping.

 

It is possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle while working 40 hours per week thanks to these six strategies:

 

Stand up

Sitting for long periods of time has been linked to health conditions ranging from increased blood sugar and cardiovascular disease to high cholesterol. You can spend less time sitting by standing up while talking on the phone, delivering messages to co-workers instead of sending emails, switching to a standing desk or going for a walk at lunch.

 

Take a break from the screen

Nonstop screen time is bad for your eyes. To minimize eye strain, follow the 20/20/20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break from the screen and look at an object 20 feet away.

 

Drink up!

Drinking eight to 10 glasses of water every day can prevent headaches and heat stroke, flush out toxins and keep calorie intake in check.

 

Keep a water bottle at your desk and drink (and refill) it throughout the day. You can also snack on foods like grapes, oranges and watermelon that have high water content and will help keep you hydrated.

 

Wipe away germs

Your desktop has up to 400 times more germs than the average toilet seat, according to research conducted at the University of Arizona. The study showed that common desktop items such as computer keyboards, mice and office phones were contaminated with illness-causing bacteria.

 

To keep from getting sick, wipe down everything on your desk with sanitizer—and establish a regular cleaning schedule to keep the germs from returning.

 

Snack smart

A junk food diet has been linked to high blood sugar and smaller brain volume so steering clear of highly processed foods and sugary drinks is a better bet than a stopping for a sugar-laden morning latte and steering clear of the vending machine can improve your health.

 

Pack your own lunch to avoid the temptation of grabbing fast food and keep healthy snacks such as fruit, nuts and string cheese in your desk. The easier it is to grab healthy snacks, the better.

 

Take time off

Believe it or not, taking a break from work is one of the most important things you can do for workplace health.

 

Whether you spend a week lounging on the beach or take a long weekend staycation, data from the Framingham Heart Study found that taking vacations boosted longevity; annual vacations also reduced the risk of dying from heart disease by 30 percent. After a little time off, you’ll return to work recharged so go ahead and request time off in the name of staying healthy!

 

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