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Declare Your Independence from Smoking

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jun 30, 2015 1:25:29 PM

Independence Day is about so much more than getting together for barbecues and lighting up the sky with fireworks. It’s about celebrating the formation of the United States and the fundamental principles that our nation values, including freedom.

Is anything keeping you from living a life of freedom? How about your smoking habit?


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

Should the Legal Smoking Age Be Raised? A New Report Indicates Yes

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jun 25, 2015 1:04:35 PM

A national conversation is currently taking place regarding the age at which Americans can legally buy tobacco and if it should be raised from 18 to 21. A report released in March by the Institute of Medicine suggests this change could result in nearly 250,000 fewer premature deaths, specifically 50,000 fewer premature deaths among people born between the years 2000 and 2019.[1]


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Topics: Health News, Smoking

Coaches Corner: Utilizing Creativity to Help People Quit Smoking

Posted by Anne Herman on Jun 22, 2015 12:58:59 PM

As a coach of twenty years, I believe there is a huge well of untapped resources within every person. People are more powerful than they realize, and I consider it part of my work to help them discover their power. One of those powers is creativity, and I’ve helped participants use it in several different ways to quit smoking with the Quit for Life® program, brought to you by Alere Wellbeing and the American Cancer Society®.

One woman was recuperating from a long, severe illness. She knew she needed to quit for her health, and I could tell she truly wanted to do it. She was having trouble getting started, though. In fact, most of what she said was about her past illness. I asked if I could offer her a reflection, and told her she seemed to be more focused on the past than on her vision of the future.

“You’re right,” she said. “I haven’t really come back to life yet. What can I do to bring myself back?”

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Topics: Quit Smoking Treatment, Quit For Life, Quit Coaches, Coaching

What Will You Do with All the Money You’ll Save If You Quit Smoking?

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jun 18, 2015 4:34:17 PM

Smoking is an expensive habit.

Depending on where you live and the local taxes, a pack of cigarettes could cost you anywhere from $4.96 (Kentucky) to more than $14 (New York).[i] For the purposes of this exercise, we’ll use a price in the middle – about $10 per pack. Let’s say you smoke about a pack of cigarettes a day.

It’s time for some math.

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Topics: Quit For Life, Tobacco Cessation

How Gamification Can Help Improve Employee Health

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jun 15, 2015 2:25:11 PM

Gamification is the concept of taking certain elements of gaming, like competition, scoring points, and achieving new levels, and then applying them to everyday activities. You’ve probably seen the concept used in a number of different contexts. Any time you collect real or virtual tokens, or are given the opportunity to win prizes, or complete tasks to reach a higher “level,” you are participating in gamification.

Gamification can be useful when it comes to persuading people to make healthier lifestyle decisions by connecting desired behavior changes to point accrual, measurable advancement, or rewards.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness, Thought Leadership, Best Practices

Financial ROI Alone Not Sufficient to Demonstrate Value

Posted by Michael Connor, DrPH on Jun 11, 2015 12:57:00 PM

Financial savings and return on investment (ROI) are common measures of assessing population health management programs, but they do not tell the whole story. To make matters worse, they can perhaps be the most confusing. Outlined in the metrics document “Program Measurement and Evaluation Guide: Core Metrics for Employee Health Management,” presented by the Health Enhancement Research Organization and Population Health Alliance, there are a number of considerations to keep in mind when measuring and interpreting financial savings results.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness, Webinars, Thought Leadership

Which Screening Exams Do You Need: National Men’s Health Week

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jun 8, 2015 1:11:41 PM

National Men's Health Week (June 15 – 21 this year) was created to call attention to health concerns specific to men. This observance is an excellent opportunity to encourage men in your organization to consider any health risks they may have and schedule vital examinations and tests. Often, early diagnosis is the key to successful treatment.

In general, women seek out health-related services, particularly preventive care, more often than men,[i] although statistics show that men tend to be more prone to severe chronic conditions, and that their lifespan average is approximately seven years less than those of women.[ii]


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Topics: Chronic Disease, Workplace Wellness, Best Practices

5 Ways to Stay Healthy Over the Summer

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jun 4, 2015 1:00:19 PM

Summer’s almost here!

Many of us head into summer with ideas about how we are going to take advantage of the longer days and the beautiful weather, but too often we may wind up spending those days camped in front of the TV, or too warm and tired to fix a nutritious meal.

This year, have a solid plan in place!

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Topics: Nutrition, Physical Activity

How You Can Have Your Candy (and Eat It, Too!)

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jun 1, 2015 1:24:57 PM

Why on earth would a blog that promotes health and wellbeing be discussing National Candy Month?


You probably remember the “Food Guide Pyramid”, with its base of whole grains. Fats, oils and sweets are precariously perched at the top with the admonition to “use sparingly.” So why weren’t these treats completely eliminated?


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Topics: Nutrition, Weight Talk

Setting Your Quit Date: World No Tobacco Day

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on May 28, 2015 12:59:00 PM

As a part of its Tobacco Free Initiative, the World Health Organization© (WHO) has declared May 31, 2015, World No Tobacco Day.


Each year since the inception of World No Tobacco Day in 1988, the WHO has focused on a different tobacco-related issue. Previous years’ campaigns focused on topics such as:

  • Raising taxes on tobacco (2014)

  • Tobacco-free youth (2008)

  • Health professionals against tobacco (2005)

  • Tobacco costs more than you think (1995)

  • Tobacco-free workplaces (1992)


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Topics: Smoking, Quit Smoking Treatment, Quit For Life

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