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Increasing Your Chances of Quitting Smoking for Good

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Mar 26, 2015 1:00:00 PM

The program brought to you by Alere Wellbeing and the American Cancer Society is called Quit for Life®. And that’s precisely the goal: to provide tools which help tobacco users quit permanently.


It’s common for people to try quitting several times before they finally quit for good. What makes that last time different? What causes people to finally quit for life?


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Topics: Smoking, Quit Smoking Treatment, Quit For Life, Quit Coaches, Tobacco Cessation

What’s Your Diabetes Risk? American Diabetes Association Alert Day®

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Mar 24, 2015 2:15:00 PM

Many factors can affect your risk of developing diabetes. Weight, age, genetics, and your activity level can all play a role, and they interact with each other in different ways.


Do you know your own personal risk? Maybe it’s time for a wake-up call.


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Topics: Diabetes

Which Smoking-Related Diseases Is Your Organization Paying For?

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Mar 17, 2015 1:00:00 PM

More than fifty years ago, on January 11, 1964, the Surgeon General of the United States published the first report warning the public about the dangers of smoking.[1] We’ve seen smoking rates dramatically decline since that report first came out, but it’s still not enough.


In the introduction to the 2014 Surgeon General’s report on the health consequences of smoking, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius noted that the annual total economic costs from tobacco have passed $289 billion.[2]


As an employer, you are paying a portion of that. Few will argue with the fact that smoking is harmful to your health, but many don’t realize the range of debilitating health conditions that can be attributed to smoking.


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Topics: Smoking, Chronic Disease, Tobacco Cessation

5 Ways to Make Mental Health a Workplace Priority

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Mar 16, 2015 1:00:00 PM

It’s fair to say that work drives us all a little crazy sometimes, right? The thing is, it doesn’t have to. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Week, we’d like to take a moment to address mental health in the workplace and how your organization can prioritize it. 


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Topics: Workplace Wellness, Stress Management

The Role of the Registered Dietitian

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Mar 11, 2015 1:00:00 PM

March is National Nutrition Month, and March 11, 2015 is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day!


We greatly appreciate our registered dietitians and the hard work they do helping participants in our Alere Health Coaching Solution program, and our Weight Talk® program, brought to you by the American Diabetes Association and Alere Wellbeing.


We’ve found that many people don’t know exactly what a registered dietitian is or what makes them so special, so we took the time to sit down with Rachelle, one of our registered dietitians who works directly with our program participants. Rachelle shared with us why registered dietitians are a key feature of the Weight Talk program and why that matters!


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Topics: Nutrition, Weight Talk, Weight loss, Coaching

Coaches Corner: Behavior Change Hinges on Trust

Posted by Anne Herman on Mar 10, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Have you ever considered calling a stranger for help with an embarrassing habit? Have you ever thought about admitting you’re addicted to tobacco or junk food to someone you’ve never met? Would you rather get poked in the eye with a sharp stick? That’s how many people feel before they join our programs. They’re expecting someone who lectures, asks if they did what they planned, and scolds them if they didn’t.

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Topics: Behavior Change, Coaching

American Red Cross Month: Staying Safe at Home and Work

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Mar 9, 2015 1:00:00 PM

March is American Red Cross Month. The Red Cross® is well known for providing disaster relief, both here in the U.S. and internationally. They are also involved in numerous other health- and safety-related endeavors, such as organizing blood drives and providing training in water safety, CPR, and first aid.


As an employer, you want your employees to be healthy and safe, both in the workplace and at home. During the month of March, consider providing a reminder to your employees about safety at home. Even in the workplace, home safety matters. After all, when employees or members of their family are injured, their work is going to suffer. It’s reasonable to expect productivity loss, increased medical expenses, the need to train new workers, and more.


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Topics: Best Practices

Study: Children Who Sleep Near Smartphones Get Less Sleep

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Mar 6, 2015 1:00:00 PM

On January 5, the journal Pediatrics published a study that addressed the question of whether sleeping with a smartphone nearby is a problem for children. Studies have already shown that having a TV in the room had a negative impact on sleep[i], but this was the first study to directly address the effects of “small screens” on children’s sleep habits.

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Topics: Obesity

Is Your Employee Wellness Program a “Quick Fix” or a Lasting Solution?

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Mar 4, 2015 1:00:00 PM

We live in a society where we expect things to happen now. This instant. Or, better yet, yesterday.

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Topics: Quit For Life, Weight Talk, Workplace Wellness

Why Sleep Matters: National Sleep Awareness Week™

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Mar 2, 2015 1:00:00 PM

A classic riddle asks:

I weaken all men for hours each day.

I show you strange visions while you are away.

I take you by night, by day take you back.

None suffer to have me but do from my lack.

What Am I?


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Topics: Behavior Change, Stress Management

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