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Motivation to Improve Poor Lifestyle Habits Must Come From Within

Posted by Norm Ryan on Jul 24, 2014 11:52:01 AM

Last week, I discussed the importance of identifying and resolving personal barriers that keep employees from engaging with their health. Today, I will discuss why employees also need help discovering the personal benefit of making a change – the “what’s in it for them”, or what we refer to at Alere as the “personal motivator”.

Personal motivators are “intrinsic” motivators that come from within based on a person’s internal core values, preferences, desires, etc. A personal desire to make healthy changes develops when a person identifies the specific long-term gratification he or she will receive if they take action. Here are a few of examples: an obese person wants to be able to walk around without knee or back pain; a smoker wants to run in marathons; a person who never exercises wants to feel better mentally as well as physically.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

Weight Bias: How Fear Disengages Your Employees

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jul 22, 2014 8:55:50 AM

People who are obese face a number of challenges beyond health issues. Weight bias is a very real problem and is a part of day-to-day living for many overweight individuals in several settings, including work, home, and even health care environments.

Fear is another common stumbling block. Both fear of discrimination and fear of failure may discourage employees from attempting a weight loss program. Many who are overweight have attempted weight management following numerous plans and methods, only to regain the weight again and again.

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Topics: Weight Management, Obesity

Helping Employees Identify and Address Personal Barriers

Posted by Norm Ryan on Jul 17, 2014 8:46:00 AM

Building state-of-the-art wellness programs with all the bells and whistles doesn’t mean they will come, as we’ve all learned. As I mentioned in my last blog, we need to figure out how to help employees address personal barriers standing in the way of their success. Increasingly, we are seeing the need to get a little more personal with participants.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

5 Ways to Get Your Employees Excited About Being Healthy

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jul 15, 2014 7:12:00 AM

It’s one thing to offer a well-known, proven system to increase healthy behavior in the workplace, but it might feel like a whole new challenge to actually motivate your employees and get them excited about improving their health.

There’s a lot of talk lately about how to be healthy, and your employees might be feeling overloaded with information or experiencing “health fatigue.” In these situations, it may be up to you, as employers and managers, to re-inspire your employees and help them get back on track.

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Topics: Physical Activity, Workplace Wellness

Employees Need Help Removing Personal Barriers to Behavior Change

Posted by Norm Ryan on Jul 9, 2014 9:30:00 AM

For years, we’ve been building and continually improving upon health and wellness programs, and then struggling to understand why so many employees aren’t rushing to enroll or participate in any meaningful way. In a four-part weekly blog series, I will explore why this is and provide advice for how employers can start to get at the root causes of employee disengagement.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

What It Really Takes to Trigger Behavior Change in the Workforce

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jul 1, 2014 11:30:00 AM

It’s a frustrating paradox: Americans know more than ever about the dangers of obesity and inactivity and spend more each year on diets, yet our waistlines continue to expand and diabetes rates are skyrocketing. The extra pounds rob employees of stamina, mobility, and confidence while costing employers billions in excess medical expenses and lost productivity.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

How A Personal Coach Can Reduce Employee Stress

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jun 26, 2014 8:57:00 AM

Deadlines, demanding customers, office politics, management changes – these and other workplace stresses will be around always, as will anxieties related to family and finances. Employees may not be able to control these pressures, but with one-on-one health coaching they absolutely can control how they respond to them and, in turn, prevent stress from triggering weight gain.

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Topics: Weight Management, Workplace Wellness

10 Tips for Hosting Healthier Meetings

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jun 24, 2014 8:41:06 AM

Nothing can derail a weight-loss plan like a big bowl of chips at a company meeting. Or a platter of giant Danish at a business breakfast.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

Getting Your Employees To Sit Less

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jun 19, 2014 9:54:27 AM

Fact: Office workers spend 65 to 75 percent of their workdays parked in a chair.

Fact: Sitting for long periods increases the risk of heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and other health conditions — even among exercisers.

Fact: A healthy workforce is more productive and less expensive than a sedentary, overweight workforce.

OK, but can you really get employees to take standing breaks? Apparently so, according to a new study published in Preventing Chronic Disease, a U.S. Center for Disease Control journal.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

Diabetes Epidemic Continues to Worsen Says CDC Report

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jun 17, 2014 8:37:00 AM

Last week, the CDC reported that more than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes (type 1 and type 2 combined), an increase from 26 million in 2010. Another finding in the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014 was that nearly one in four people with diabetes don’t know that he or she has the chronic disease.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness, Diabetes

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