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“It’s Your Fault You’re Fat” – The Myths of Obesity

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

Weight bias has become a significant problem in our society. As we develop more awareness about the issue, coalitions and task forces have been created to study weight bias and how it impacts the lives of millions of obese Americans.


Work is one of the main areas where researchers have documented weight bias and discrimination. An article published in the journal Obesity highlighted research indicating the types of discrimination obese employees experience. People who are obese were shown to face hiring prejudice and inequity when it came to wages, promotions, and termination.[i]


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Topics: Weight Management, Obesity, Weight Talk

How to Engage Your Employees in Wellness

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Feb 24, 2015 1:00:00 PM

You can have the most well-researched, scientifically based workplace wellness program ever developed, but if your employees aren’t engaged and motivated, you’re just wasting your money.


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Topics: Workplace Wellness, White Papers, Thought Leadership, Behavior Change

What Makes an Employee Wellness Program Truly Effective?

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Feb 19, 2015 12:58:49 PM

With so many employee wellness options available these days and increasing pressure to lower health care costs, many employers might feel lost when it comes to choosing the right plan for their organization.


You can start, however, by looking for plans that provide three crucial features:

  • A comprehensive approach to wellness

  • A focus on long-term effectiveness

  • A plan to foster fundamental behavior change


Let’s take a look at each one of these criteria:


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Topics: Workplace Wellness, Behavior Change, Coaching

Help Your Employees Become “Through With Chew”

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

shutterstock_93089563_smokeless_tobacco_1You’re probably familiar with the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout®, which takes place in November.


But are you familiar with Through With Chew Week or The Great American Spitout? Through With Chew Week was established by the American Academy of Otolaryngology to help educate the public about the dangers of smokeless tobacco. The Great American Spitout sets aside one day for those who are currently using smokeless tobacco to quit for the day—or permanently. This year, Through With Chew Week is February 15th through the 21st, with The Great American Spitout falling on February 19th.


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Topics: Quit For Life, Tobacco Cessation

Coaches Corner: Reframing Misconceptions about Quitting Smoking

Posted by Anne Herman on Feb 12, 2015 4:31:09 PM

A couple months ago, late in the evening, a man called the Quitline.

“I want to quit smoking and I need some help,” he said. “I’d like to do it on my own, but I just don’t have the willpower.” He sounded defeated.

“It is hard,” I said. “Most people have trouble quitting. That’s why we’re here. Our company exists to help people like you change their behaviors and quit smoking.”

“Yeah, but my grandfather, he just laid ’em down. I wish I had that kind of strength.”

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Topics: Quit For Life, Quit Coaches, Coaching

Study: Risk for Obesity-Related Cancers Reduced By Following Cancer Prevention Guidelines

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Feb 10, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Can we reduce the risk for developing obesity-related cancers by adopting behavior changes outlined in the cancer prevention guidelines set by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research?


This is the question that researchers from New York University wanted to answer in a study published in the January 2015 issue of the journal Cancer Causes & Control.


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Topics: Obesity, Health News, Cancer

Honoring Your Heart: American Heart Month

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Feb 9, 2015 1:00:26 PM

In just a few days, kids around the country will be decorating classrooms with red construction paper hearts and passing around small cards with loving sentiments. The heart is the symbol of Valentine’s Day, and it’s fitting that February has been deemed American Heart Month.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness, Tobacco Cessation, DASH

5 Time Management Tips for Reducing Stress

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Feb 5, 2015 12:57:04 PM

When it comes to improving workplace wellness, employers tend to focus on two main issues: weight loss and smoking cessation. And it’s true that many of our white papers, webinars, and posts on this very blog focus on these topics too.


Weight loss and smoking cessation are definitely important when it comes to health, but there’s another issue impacting your employees’ health that affects nearly everyone.


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Topics: Workplace Wellness, Stress Management

Smoking and Obesity Costs Extend Beyond the Individual

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Feb 3, 2015 1:32:20 PM

The costs of smoking and obesity are often considered to be an individual problem, but a report published on December 23, 2014, in the journal Public Health, has found that these costs affect many more than the person who smokes or is obese. Eventually, the costs affect U.S. society as a whole. The report also found that, annually, obesity is more costly to treat than smoking.  

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Topics: Obesity, Weight loss

Are You Stuck in a Health Rut?

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Feb 2, 2015 12:59:00 PM

Have you seen the movie “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell? Many of us can relate to the struggle of feeling like we’re doing the same thing over and over and over without getting any kind of results.


One area where people frequently struggle, feeling like they are covering the same ground repeatedly, is in efforts to improve health. Your employees may be going through this struggle as they attempt to make lifestyle changes, and you might be as well.


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Topics: Nutrition, Workplace Wellness, Tobacco Cessation

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