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Surviving the Holidays with Less Stress

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Dec 18, 2014 7:32:00 PM

 We’re right in the heart of “the most wonderful time of the year.” For many of us, however, this time of year is anything but wonderful. With so much to keep track of, so many obligations, and so many deadlines to complete before taking a break to be with family, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and exhausted. And that’s before we take into account the extra holiday eating that’s likely to occur and the financial strain that can come from buying presents.

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Topics: stress, holiday

American Cancer Society Study Finds 1/3 of US Cancer Deaths Caused by Smoking

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Dec 12, 2014 5:09:00 PM

 

It’s no secret that smoking is harmful to health, but a new study conducted by researchers from the American Cancer Society and published in the journal Annals of Epidemiology provides a better picture of just what smoking can do.

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Topics: Smoking, Cancer

Illnesses of 14 Million in the US Can Be Linked to Smoking

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Dec 5, 2014 3:04:35 PM

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A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the illnesses of 14 million Americans can be traced directly to smoking. The study not only identified 7.5 million US adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but also attributed smoking as the cause of 2.3 million heart attacks, 1.3 million cancer diagnoses, 1.2 million strokes and 1.8 million cases of diabetes. The JAMA’s press release about this study can be found here.

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Topics: Smoking, Tobacco News, Chronic Disease, Workplace Wellness, Diabetes, Tobacco Cessation

Increasing Sensitivity Toward Weight Bias

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Dec 1, 2014 3:04:00 PM

 What does weight bias look like?

In a research study conducted by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, participants described their personal experiences with weight bias. These experiences include intentional negative comments, insults, and ridicule.

When asked to describe their worst stigmatizing experience, 11 percent of those surveyed said that it occurred in the workplace, and 7 percent said their worst experience came from their supervisor or boss. 

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Topics: Weight Talk, Workplace Wellness, weight bias

7 Strategies for Making It through Thanksgiving Without Gaining Weight

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Nov 18, 2014 4:18:00 PM

Anyone who has tried to lose weight knows that mixed feeling of dread and anticipation when Thanksgiving is right around the corner. On the one hand – all that glorious food! On the other hand – is it possible to make it through this food-themed holiday without gaining weight and completely undoing all your efforts up until now?

It is possible, and the trick lies in planning ahead.

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Topics: Weight Management

How to Help Your Employees Quit Smoking for Great American Smokeout

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Nov 13, 2014 6:54:00 PM

Will your organization be participating in this year’s Great American Smokeout (GASO)?

The GASO, created by the American Cancer Society, happens every year on the third Thursday of November. The idea is to give smokers a quit date that they can mark on their calendars so that they can plan in advance.

Quitting smoking for just one day can make a difference. According to the Society, after just 20 minutes without a cigarette, blood pressure and heart rate drop.

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Topics: Smoking, Quit Smoking Treatment, Quit For Life, Quit Coaches, Workplace Wellness, Tobacco Cessation, Great American Smokeout

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

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Oct 24, 2014 7:26:17 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 4:58:51 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 11:00:00 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 12:23:44 PM

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

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