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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

See More Immediate Results by Focusing on Key Risk Behaviors

Posted by Norm Ryan on Jul 31, 2014 8:02:05 AM

In my first three blogs, I focused on what’s really behind employee disengagement – personal barriers and lack of personal motivation. In my final blog today on employee disengagement, I would like to discuss the importance of applying personalized health coaching to reduce key risk behaviors most responsible for chronic conditions.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

How Do You Calculate ROI for Weight Loss Programs?

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jul 29, 2014 9:10:00 AM

How much is employee obesity and poor health costing your company?

We’re not just talking about monetary healthcare costs – although those can certainly be extensive. But you should also consider the reduction in productivity that also comes along with stressed-out, unhealthy employees. Your employees are your greatest assets, and you want them to be happy, healthy, and productive.

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Topics: Weight Management, Workplace Wellness

Motivation to Improve Poor Lifestyle Habits Must Come From Within

Posted by Norm Ryan on Jul 24, 2014 11:52:01 AM

Last week, I discussed the importance of identifying and resolving personal barriers that keep employees from engaging with their health. Today, I will discuss why employees also need help discovering the personal benefit of making a change – the “what’s in it for them”, or what we refer to at Alere as the “personal motivator”.

Personal motivators are “intrinsic” motivators that come from within based on a person’s internal core values, preferences, desires, etc. A personal desire to make healthy changes develops when a person identifies the specific long-term gratification he or she will receive if they take action. Here are a few of examples: an obese person wants to be able to walk around without knee or back pain; a smoker wants to run in marathons; a person who never exercises wants to feel better mentally as well as physically.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

Weight Bias: How Fear Disengages Your Employees

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jul 22, 2014 8:55:50 AM

People who are obese face a number of challenges beyond health issues. Weight bias is a very real problem and is a part of day-to-day living for many overweight individuals in several settings, including work, home, and even health care environments.

Fear is another common stumbling block. Both fear of discrimination and fear of failure may discourage employees from attempting a weight loss program. Many who are overweight have attempted weight management following numerous plans and methods, only to regain the weight again and again.

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Topics: Weight Management, Obesity

Helping Employees Identify and Address Personal Barriers

Posted by Norm Ryan on Jul 17, 2014 8:46:00 AM

Building state-of-the-art wellness programs with all the bells and whistles doesn’t mean they will come, as we’ve all learned. As I mentioned in my last blog, we need to figure out how to help employees address personal barriers standing in the way of their success. Increasingly, we are seeing the need to get a little more personal with participants.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

5 Ways to Get Your Employees Excited About Being Healthy

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jul 15, 2014 7:12:00 AM

It’s one thing to offer a well-known, proven system to increase healthy behavior in the workplace, but it might feel like a whole new challenge to actually motivate your employees and get them excited about improving their health.

There’s a lot of talk lately about how to be healthy, and your employees might be feeling overloaded with information or experiencing “health fatigue.” In these situations, it may be up to you, as employers and managers, to re-inspire your employees and help them get back on track.

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Topics: Physical Activity, Workplace Wellness

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