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Help Your Employees Develop a Personal Desire to Change

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jan 26, 2015 2:59:56 PM


When all is said and done, change has to come from within. No corporate wellness plan will ever be successful unless your employees have the desire to make positive changes in their lives.

Does this mean that you should shut the door, throw your hands in the air, and walk away?

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Topics: Quit For Life, Weight Talk, Workplace Wellness, Incentives, Behavior Change, Coaching

Removing Barriers to Behavior Change

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jan 22, 2015 10:00:00 AM


Why do so many people struggle with changing behaviors they know are harmful?


Generally speaking, most people are perfectly aware that eating potato chips and ice cream is not a healthful choice, and we’ve known for decades now that smoking is a direct cause of cancer. Many people who indulge in these behaviors want to make a change. So what is stopping them?


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Topics: Workplace Wellness, Behavior Change

5 Foods That Lower Cholesterol

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jan 20, 2015 1:10:00 PM

Happy National Oatmeal Month!


Oatmeal is an underappreciated food, don’t you think? People often think of oatmeal as bland and boring, something to be eaten only because it’s “good for you,” not because you actually like it. In truth, oatmeal is an excellent choice, and it’s very “blandness” makes it highly versatile and open to any number of flavorings, from fresh fruit to cinnamon to chopped nuts, suiting practically any palate.


And oatmeal really is a helpful food to eat if you have high cholesterol. The soluble fiber found in oatmeal reduces your body’s absorption of cholesterol during digestion. According to the American Dietetic Association, a healthy diet should include 25 to 35 grams of fiber each day, and soluble fiber should make up about 5 to 10 grams of that.[1]


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Topics: Nutrition, DASH

Survey: Depression’s Cost in the Workplace

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jan 15, 2015 1:03:00 PM

According to a survey released by Employers Health, an employer coalition, depression is a serious challenge in the workplace. The survey found that approximately a quarter of the U.S. workers who responded to the survey have been diagnosed with depression and that mental illness short-term disability claims are growing steadily, at a rate of about 10 percent per year.


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Topics: Workplace Wellness

DASH Diet Named Top Diet – Again – By US News and World Report

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jan 14, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Every year in January, US News and World Reports publishes their list of diets that are the best for losing weight and preventing diabetes and heart disease. For the past five years, one diet has held steady at the top of the list: the DASH Diet.

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Topics: DASH

Study Calculates the Cost of Obesity in the American Workplace

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jan 12, 2015 2:24:18 PM

Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity conducted a study, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), finding that worker absenteeism associated with obesity has been costing the US $8.65 billion each year.


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Topics: Obesity, Workplace Wellness

Coaches Corner: Incremental Goal Setting in Behavior Change Coaching (or How to Eat an Elephant in Bites)

Posted by Anne Herman on Jan 8, 2015 1:00:00 PM


Making lifestyle changes to improve your health can seem like an overwhelming task. As a member of the Quit Coach® staff in the Quit for Life® program, brought to you by the American Cancer Society and Alere Wellbeing, I often talk with participants who smoke 20 to 40 cigarettes a day. Some of them have been smoking most of their lives, and they can barely imagine their hand without a cigarette in it. Yet they know smoking is killing them, and they are desperate to stop. It’s my job to give them hope.

One day a woman called in, sounding kind of frantic.

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Topics: Behavior Change, Coaching

National Eye Care Month: the Costs of Diabetes

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jan 6, 2015 4:22:00 PM


January is National Eye Care Month. Generally, it seems like this blog sticks to topics related to weight, smoking, the costs associated with living an unhealthy lifestyle and how to motivate employees who may be resistant to improving their health. Eye care may seem like it doesn’t quite fit in, but bear with us—we’re going somewhere with this.


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Topics: Workplace Wellness, Diabetes

Study: Bad Weight Loss Advice Is Often the First in Search Results

Posted by Alere on Dec 31, 2014 12:36:00 PM


When people have questions or want to know more about a subject, the Internet is often the first place they turn. Unfortunately, a study published in the October 2014 issue of the American Journal of Public Health found that people turning to the Internet for weight loss advice are likely to find advice that is unhelpful and even dangerous.


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Topics: Weight loss

Planning to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Alere on Dec 30, 2014 1:57:00 PM


Are you making resolutions for the New Year? It’s easy to imagine turning to a new chapter in your life as 2014 turns into 2015. But how many times have you said that this is the year when you will finally lose weight, stop smoking, eat healthier, or get more exercise, only to find yourself sliding back into old habits by February?


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Topics: Quit For Life, Weight Talk, Behavior Change, Coaching

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