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The Role of the Public Health Worker

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Apr 6, 2015 1:01:21 PM

April 6 through 12, 2015, has been set aside to honor those who choose to devote their lives to improving public health. National Public Health Week was created by the American Public Health Association (which publishes the American Journal of Public Health) to highlight the role of public health workers in the U.S., the challenges they face, and the important work they do.


So what do public health workers do, exactly?


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Topics: Workplace Wellness

Study: Weight Loss Helps Relieve Symptoms in Obese Patients With Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Apr 2, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a common condition in people with obesity. In fact, as many as two in three obese people may develop osteoarthritis of the knee during their lifetime.[i] 

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Topics: Obesity, Health News, Weight loss

Have Healthy Living Myths Made a Fool Out of You?

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Apr 1, 2015 1:01:17 PM

We are constantly bombarded by health advice. Unfortunately, a lot of that advice is nothing but nonsense. Fad diets and exercise plans abound, and some of them come with plenty of “pseudoscience” that can make them sound appealing and reasonable. Over time, it can become difficult to discern fact from fiction.


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Topics: Weight Management, Obesity, Nutrition, Physical Activity

Just What Employers Have Been Waiting For: Guidelines for Measuring Value

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Mar 31, 2015 4:03:00 PM

For years, employers have been asking for help with measuring and demonstrating the value of their wellness programs to the C-suite. Now, thanks to a joint initiative by the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) and the Population Health Alliance (PHA), employers have a set of guidelines to help them and demonstrate value across a number of impacts beyond just medical cost savings.

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Topics: Alere Wellbeing News, Workplace Wellness

Increasing Your Chances of Quitting Smoking for Good

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

The program brought to you by Alere Wellbeing and the American Cancer Society is called Quit for Life®. And that’s precisely the goal: to provide tools which help tobacco users quit permanently.


It’s common for people to try quitting several times before they finally quit for good. What makes that last time different? What causes people to finally quit for life?


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

What’s Your Diabetes Risk? American Diabetes Association Alert Day®

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Mar 24, 2015 2:15:00 PM

Many factors can affect your risk of developing diabetes. Weight, age, genetics, and your activity level can all play a role, and they interact with each other in different ways.


Do you know your own personal risk? Maybe it’s time for a wake-up call.


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Topics: Diabetes

Which Smoking-Related Diseases Is Your Organization Paying For?

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Mar 17, 2015 1:00:00 PM

More than fifty years ago, on January 11, 1964, the Surgeon General of the United States published the first report warning the public about the dangers of smoking.[1] We’ve seen smoking rates dramatically decline since that report first came out, but it’s still not enough.


In the introduction to the 2014 Surgeon General’s report on the health consequences of smoking, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius noted that the annual total economic costs from tobacco have passed $289 billion.[2]


As an employer, you are paying a portion of that. Few will argue with the fact that smoking is harmful to your health, but many don’t realize the range of debilitating health conditions that can be attributed to smoking.


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Topics: Smoking, Chronic Disease, Tobacco Cessation

5 Ways to Make Mental Health a Workplace Priority

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

It’s fair to say that work drives us all a little crazy sometimes, right? The thing is, it doesn’t have to. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Week, we’d like to take a moment to address mental health in the workplace and how your organization can prioritize it. 


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Topics: Workplace Wellness, Stress Management

The Role of the Registered Dietitian

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Mar 11, 2015 1:00:00 PM

March is National Nutrition Month, and March 11, 2015 is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day!


We greatly appreciate our registered dietitians and the hard work they do helping participants in our Alere Health Coaching Solution program, and our Weight Talk® program, brought to you by the American Diabetes Association and Alere Wellbeing.


We’ve found that many people don’t know exactly what a registered dietitian is or what makes them so special, so we took the time to sit down with Rachelle, one of our registered dietitians who works directly with our program participants. Rachelle shared with us why registered dietitians are a key feature of the Weight Talk program and why that matters!


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Topics: Nutrition, Weight Talk, Weight loss, Coaching

Coaches Corner: Behavior Change Hinges on Trust

Posted by Anne Herman on Mar 10, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Have you ever considered calling a stranger for help with an embarrassing habit? Have you ever thought about admitting you’re addicted to tobacco or junk food to someone you’ve never met? Would you rather get poked in the eye with a sharp stick? That’s how many people feel before they join our programs. They’re expecting someone who lectures, asks if they did what they planned, and scolds them if they didn’t.

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Topics: Behavior Change, Coaching

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