Category Archives: Corporate Wellness

Worksite health programs: why do so few use them?

Worksite health promotion (WHP) programmes are designed to help identify and address health and lifestyle issues, and are offered by 40–75% of employers in Europe and the US. But research suggests that a high proportion (50–75%) of workers do not … Continue reading

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This Insurance Company is Paying People to Stay Fit

Oscar Insurance bills itself as a “new kind of health insurance company,” one that uses a combination of technology and transparency to bring the stodgy insurance industry out of the Dark Ages. And now, it’s giving the industry a particularly … Continue reading

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Wellness lawsuit may push big companies into anti-Obamacare column

(Reuters) - … Obamacare allows financial incentives for workers taking part in workplace wellness programs of up to 50 percent of their monthly premiums, deductibles, and other costs. That translates into hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars in extra annual … Continue reading

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Obesity-attributable absenteeism among US workers costs the nation more than $8 billion annually

November 21, 2014 — A study conducted by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health shows that obesity costs the U.S. $8.65 billion per year as a result of absenteeism in the workplace -more than 9% of all … Continue reading

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Biggest corporate wellness lawsuit ever

Honeywell is not the first employer to be sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission due to a wellness program, but it is the biggest. The EEOC filed its third suit Monday against the company, in part because employees can … Continue reading

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Obesity-Related Work Absences Are ‘Financial Drain’ for States

Newswise — November 13, 2014 — Obese workers miss more work days, and those absences carry high costs at the state and national level, according to a study in the November Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of … Continue reading

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Corporate wellness entrepreneurs: Carrot and the stick is the wrong model

Just this summer the California Healthcare Foundation sponsored a contest to help physicians understand a patient’s life outside the four wall of the doctor’s office. It is clear that many big employers see that part of the healthcare system – … Continue reading

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Employee Health Trumps ROI According to New Workplace Wellness Study

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-(BUSINESS WIRE)-Employers are looking beyond ROI when they implement workplace wellness programs according to a study released today by Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) and the Economist Intelligence Unit. “Our results show that under the right circumstances, employees are in fact … Continue reading

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Corporate fitness programs fail the ROI test when they target the already fit

Chances are 10% of your employees are generating 70% of your company’s healthcare costs. Analytics and partnerships can improve their health and reduce your expenses. You’ve likely heard the old adage, “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer: “One … Continue reading

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The effect of a four-week fitness program on satisfaction with health and life

Int J Public Health. 2014 Aug 31. [Epub ahead of print] Wicker P1, Coates D, Breuer C. Author information 1German Sport University Cologne, Cologne, Germany, p.wicker@dshs-koeln.de. Abstract OBJECTIVES: To examine the effect of a 4-week fitness program on the participants’ … Continue reading

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Corporate fitness programs positively affect the bottom line: new data

J Occup Environ Med. 2014 Aug 21. [Epub ahead of print] The Association of Self-Reported Employee Physical Activity With Metabolic Syndrome, Health Care Costs, Absenteeism, and Presenteeism. Burton WN1, Chen CY, Li X, Schultz AB, Abrahamsson H. Author information 1From … Continue reading

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Study: active workstations in offices and classrooms may help to decrease sedentariness without impairing task performance

Integrated treadmill desk designed to let you walk on treadmill while working Attaches to almost any treadmill; workspace measures 72 by 34 inches Includes manuscript holder, three-level file folder; and top telephone/headset stand Two cup/utility holders; adjusts to users between … Continue reading

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Non-Diet Approach to Weight Management More Effective in Worksite Wellness Programs, MU Researcher Finds

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Problematic eating behaviors and dissatisfaction with one’s body are familiar struggles among women. To combat those behaviors, which have led to higher healthcare premiums and medical trends, employers have offered worksite wellness programs to employees and their … Continue reading

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