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How Should Your Organization Deal With the E-Cigarette Issue?

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Oct 24, 2014 4:26:17 AM

Since the e-cigarette’s introduction in 2006, it’s been creating headaches for medical personnel and workplace policy makers. Although consumers have hailed the product as a “safer” option that can replace traditional tobacco cigarettes, the jury is still out as to whether or not e-cigs are a safe alternative and where they should fit in a tobacco cessation program. 

Anecdotal evidence abounds – it seems like everyone has a sister-in-law or second cousin or friend of a friend who has quit smoking using e-cigs and swears they feel like a whole new person – but at this point, there simply haven’t been any scientific studies to back this idea up. Healthcare professionals are also concerned that e-cigs may pose a whole new set of health risks that we aren’t aware of yet. After all, it wasn’t until just a few decades ago that science came to understand the immense harm that tobacco causes. 

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Topics: Smoking, Tobacco News, Quit Smoking Treatment, Quit For Life, Tobacco Cessation, Webinars, Thought Leadership, E-Cigarette Series

Is Building a Culture of Health Even Possible?

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Oct 14, 2014 1:58:51 PM

You’ve probably been hearing over and over that if you want to build a healthy workforce, you must create a culture of health in your organization.

There’s a reason for this. You can’t expect your employees to participate in your programs if your culture does not reflect the values of a healthier lifestyle (e.g., continuing to serve donuts at morning meetings and junk food in your vending machines). 

Your employees are most likely spending (at least) eight hours a day at the workplace, Monday through Friday. That’s a pretty significant chunk of time. A lot of health-related choices are taking place during this time, including meals and snacks. Stress is typically a part of the workday, and many employees find it necessary to sit for long portions of the day. Without proper support, your employees are probably going to take the easiest route. The problem is that the “easy” way usually isn’t the healthy way. 

While it may seem daunting to try to change your culture, it’s highly possible if you start with a strategy and realistic expectations.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness, White Papers, Thought Leadership, Engagement

Simple Tips For A Healthier Halloween At Work

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Oct 7, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Halloween can be a scary time for employers –in more ways than one. Hidden around every corner there seems to be irresistible treats and candy tempting your employees.

Even if you advocate a healthy working environment, your best efforts can be thwarted by those coworkers who insist on sharing their favorite Halloween snacks. Of course we’re not saying to endorse an office ban on Halloween goodies, but what better time to promote a culture of health than at Halloween?

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

Four Reasons Your Employees Are Disengaged

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Sep 10, 2014 9:23:44 AM

The greatest competitive advantage in today’s economy is an engaged workforce, yet at least one study shows that only 13 percent of employees are fully engaged. About one-quarter are actively disengaged — that is, so unhappy at work that their productivity is significantly compromised.

Why do employees feel so disconnected? The reasons are many: They may feel underpaid, unappreciated, fearful of getting laid off, stuck in a dead-end job, or weary of office politics or demanding customers.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

Could Behavioral Counseling Help Overweight Americans Lose Weight?

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Sep 5, 2014 10:14:55 AM

Losing weight is hard.

Most people who need to lose weight are aware that they need to reduce calories and increase exercise in order to shed the excess weight. Yet, success eludes them.

A literature review published in the Annals of Internal Medicine last week points to a possible solution – intensive behavioral counseling for overweight patients who have heart disease risk factors and metabolic syndrome, as well as those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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Topics: Health News, Workplace Wellness

Kicking the Soda Habit: A Win for Your Workforce and Your Bottom Line

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Sep 3, 2014 8:25:00 AM

Lowering your company’s health-care costs is a complex enterprise — one that will require lifestyle changes among your workforce. But small changes can pay off in big ways: By simply cutting out sugary drinks, new research suggests, the soda drinkers at your company could slash their odds of developing costly and serious medical conditions.

We’ve long known that sugar-added beverages promote weight gain. But according to a study of 6,800 adults, colas, fruit punches, and sweetened teas also appear to promote illness even in people of normal weight.

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Topics: Weight Management, Workplace Wellness

Surprising Reasons Your Employees Need More Sleep

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Aug 27, 2014 7:29:59 AM

We all know what’s driving the obesity and diabetes epidemics: too much eating and too much sitting, right?

Actually, mounting research points to a third culprit, too — and one that may be easier to fix: sleep loss.

A new research review, covering 15 years of studies and published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, suggests poor sleep compromises glucose metabolism, drives up appetite, and slows calorie burn.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

Help Them Lose Weight: The Role of the Employer

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Aug 19, 2014 1:26:43 PM

It’s tempting to view obesity as a failure of personal responsibility and to expect your overweight employees to slim down on their own.

Perhaps your company takes a hands-off view: It’s not our place to suggest employees lose weight. Besides, we can hardly control what others eat or whether they exercise.

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Topics: Weight Management, Workplace Wellness

3 Common Problems Employers Face With Wellness & How You Can Avoid Them

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Aug 12, 2014 8:25:22 AM

Creating a healthy workplace can be challenging, no question. With both employees and managers resistant to change, some common problems tend to crop up.

By recognizing these problems ahead of time, you can identify solutions now to avoid dealing with them in the future, saving everyone time, effort, and money. The payoff will be healthy employees who are more motivated and more productive.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

5 Signs Your Wellness Program Is Failing

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Aug 7, 2014 8:19:00 AM

You’ve recognized that employee health is vital to keeping productivity high and insurance costs low. To help your employees improve their health, you’ve chosen to invest in a corporate wellness program. But since implementing the program, you haven’t seen the results you were hoping for. Stressed out and unhappy, your employees appear to be eating as much junk food and taking as many smoke breaks as ever. What could have gone wrong?

The fact is, when it comes to employee wellness programs, your wellness ROI is going to reflect the effort that your organization puts into your program. While your wellness program gives you the framework and the tools you need for change, it’s still up to your organization to utilize those tools in ways that support and motivate your employees.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

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