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Considering E-Cigs to Quit Smoking? US Task Force Says Not So Fast

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jul 30, 2015 1:01:00 PM

Anecdotally, many people claim that electronic cigarettes have helped them beat their tobacco habit once and for all. These e-cigarette and “vaping” proponents are often quite vocal about their success, and as a result, many others who want to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes have considered switching to e-cigs instead. On the surface, it makes sense. No tar or other carcinogens to clog up your lungs, and you can gradually taper down the nicotine.

Scientific studies, however, have not yet backed up the idea that e-cigarettes are helpful quit aids.


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Topics: Quit Smoking Treatment, Tobacco Cessation, E-Cigarette Series

3 Reasons Your Employees Haven’t Quit Smoking Yet

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

It might seem so obvious.

Smoking is well-known to be hazardous to your health. It’s incredibly expensive. It causes premature aging and makes both clothing and breath smell bad.

So why are some of your employees so resistant to quitting? It may feel like no amount of reasoning will ever reach these employees.

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Topics: Quit Smoking Treatment, Workplace Wellness, Tobacco Cessation

Study Links Smoking Cessation to Improvements in Metabolic Health

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jul 27, 2015 12:47:00 PM

One of the reasons people may put off quitting smoking is the fear of weight gain and the health issues associated with it.

However, a new study[i] presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society showed that quitting smoking actually improved the distribution of body fat, redistributing fat from the abdomen to the thighs. Abdominal fat has been linked in previous studies to metabolic syndrome,[ii] a condition in which a group of risk factors, including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat combine and significantly increase a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, heart attack, and stroke.


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Topics: Weight Management, Health News, Quit Smoking Treatment, Tobacco Cessation

Are These 7 Items on the Menu of Your Employee Wellness Plan?

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jul 23, 2015 12:52:35 PM

Employee wellness plans come in many sizes, with variations of features. Your employees have individual needs and preferences, of course, so it’s helpful if the wellness plan you choose for your organization takes this into account and offers comprehensive services your employees can access according to their own personal needs.

Here are some of the options to consider for your company’s “wellness menu.” Some of these suggestions are part of a wellness plan, and some are created within your organization to support the plan and help develop a culture of health and wellness.


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Topics: Workplace Wellness, Tobacco Cessation, Best Practices, Weight loss, Coaching

A Weight Talk® Participant Shares How She Successfully Lost Weight

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jul 21, 2015 1:00:00 PM

“I have a desk job, and I wasn’t moving much,” says Kristen, an actual 2014 participant. “As far as exercise, I would give up quickly whether it was a treadmill routine or going to the gym. I would do it for a while and then I would just stop.”

Listening to Kristen gush about how much she loves the Fitbit® Zip she received with the Weight Talk® program, brought to you by Alere Wellbeing and the American Diabetes Association®, it’s hard to imagine that she was inactive most of her life.

At her heaviest, Kristen weighed 250 pounds. She had tried to lose weight many times before, but nothing clicked until she found Weight Talk. “When I learned I could participate for free through my employer-sponsored health insurance, I decided to take advantage of the guidance. It was the best decision I ever made,” she says.


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Topics: Weight Management, Weight Talk, Weight loss, Coaching

National Park and Recreation Month: Activities for Your Workplace

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jul 20, 2015 1:00:00 PM

This year marks the 30th anniversary of National Park and Recreation Month, an annual celebration of our nation’s park systems.

Our local, state, and national parks offer endless opportunity for healthy physical activity. You can encourage your organization’s employees to get out and have fun this summer by taking part in Park and Recreation Month festivities.


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Topics: Physical Activity, Workplace Wellness

Positive Persuasion, Part 2: How to Support Employees with Weight Loss

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jul 16, 2015 1:05:54 PM

Coercion uses power to pressure a person into a behavior change. But the change brought about by coercion, which often relies on the threat of punishment, is unlikely to be internally integrated or long-lasting. Positive persuasion uses arguments that focus on trust, logical reasoning, and emotional appeals to influence the person’s way of thinking and bring about a change in attitude, belief, and behavior.


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Topics: Weight Management, Workplace Wellness, Thought Leadership, Best Practices, Weight loss

Positive Persuasion, Part 1: How to Support Employees Quitting Tobacco

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jul 14, 2015 1:48:01 PM

Persuasion is a means to an end: behavior modification in another person. It requires no force, it honors decision-making abilities, and it can have some wonderfully positive effects on the health of your workforce. So how do you persuade adults to live healthier lives?


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Topics: Quit Smoking Treatment, Workplace Wellness, Tobacco Cessation, Thought Leadership, Best Practices

How Nurturing Relationships Can Improve Your Health and Wellbeing

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jul 13, 2015 1:03:20 PM

When we think of improving our health, many of us think of diet and exercise. We may also look at habits that can harm our bodies, such as smoking or being too sedentary, and decide to make changes.

We may not, however, consider our personal relationships to see how they contribute (or don’t) to our wellbeing.


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Topics: Health News, Workplace Wellness, Behavior Change

What Makes Quitting Smoking So Challenging?

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jul 9, 2015 1:38:45 PM

Alice wanted to quit smoking. She woke up every morning and told herself that today was the day she was going to quit. But somehow by 10 am she’d find herself outside in the smoking area, cigarette in hand. She glared at the cigarette in frustration. She knew that she was smart, strong, confident. She’d earned a graduate degree and landed a high-ranking position in the company, so she knew she had no shortage of discipline. How could this silly little tube of paper and dried leaves hold so much power over her?

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Topics: Quit Smoking Treatment, Workplace Wellness, Tobacco Cessation

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