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Setting SMART New Years Resolutions

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

Let’s play a word association game.

I say “New Years!” You say….

Chances are good that you probably said “Resolutions.” You may have even said it with an air of resignation and dread. For many, New Years resolutions have become a yearly tradition of hope, quickly followed by frustration and failure.

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Topics: holiday, Behavior Change, advice

Quantify Your Domain Metrics with One Value on Investment

Posted by Michael Connor, DrPH on Dec 28, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Michael Connor, DrPH, is senior vice president of customer analytics for Alere Health and a member of the steering committee that developed a metrics guide to help employers measure value and translate that value to cost savings. In this final installment of our Employee Wellness Core Metrics Blog Series that Michael helped to launch, he discusses how to calculate an overall value on investment that takes into consideration all of the domains covered in the metrics guide. As a participant in this blog series, he also was interviewed for the Q&A that launched the series and authored the second blog.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness, Thought Leadership, Core Metrics

How is Missed Sleep Affecting Your Life?

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Dec 22, 2015 1:00:00 PM

When life gets hectic, we naturally look at places where we can cut back. We tend to think of areas like work, school, and time with family and friends as being non-negotiable. We also know we need to schedule time for exercise and preparing healthy meals. This often leads us to conclude that sleep is a good place to make cuts. After all, what’s the harm of getting up one hour earlier or going to bed at 11 instead of 10?

 

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Topics: Behavior Change

Three Tips for Reducing Your Holiday Stress

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

Quick – name three things you associate with the holidays!

 

Amid all the other answers (family, feasts, presents, parties, shopping), there’s a good chance that you might also have chosen stress.

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Topics: holiday, Behavior Change, advice, Stress Management

Six Steps to Better Communications with Your Employees

Posted by Hamilton Mears on Dec 10, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Hamilton Mears is the architect of the award-winning wellness program at Scripps Health in San Diego. In this sixth installment of our Employee Wellness Core Metrics Blog Series supporting the value of investment (VOI) approach to measuring wellness program value, Hamilton discusses how you can improve your communications to help boost your employee participation and satisfaction rates.

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Topics: Thought Leadership, Communications, Best Practices, Engagement, Core Metrics

Does Weight Loss Depend on Willpower?

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Dec 8, 2015 1:00:00 PM

If you’ve been trying to lose weight, you’ve probably had some slip-ups along the way. How do you react to those mistakes? Do you get frustrated with yourself and blame a lack of willpower or self-control? Or do you recognize that another force might be at play?

 

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Topics: Weight Management, Behavior Change

But I Don’t Have Time for the Gym! How to Sneak in Exercise Throughout the Day

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Dec 3, 2015 1:00:00 PM

 We live in a society that’s constantly busy. We’re inundated with deadlines and we feel pressured to get it all done—including exercise. Unfortunately, when the pressure is on and we’re in a time crunch, one of the first places we tend to make cuts is the time we take for ourselves, including our gym time.  

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Topics: Weight Management, Physical Activity

How Mindful Eating Fits in Your Weight Loss Plan

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Nov 24, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Does this sound like a typical day to you?

You hit snooze a few too many times, and on your way out the door, you grab a bagel to eat while you’re driving. You’re still hungry when you get to work, so you stop and get coffee and a small package of pretzels, which you eat at your desk as you log in and check your emails. During your lunch break, you scroll through your social media feed while you eat. Later, you can’t even remember what you ate and you find yourself hungry again, so you hit the vending machine for a candy bar and a soda, which, are also eaten at your desk. When you get home, you are exhausted (and your child still has soccer practice), so you run through the drive-thru and eat your dinner while driving to the field. As a reward for surviving another busy day, you grab ice cream on the way home, and eat it while you watch TV.

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Topics: Nutrition, Behavior Change, Wellness

How Joe’s 30-Year Nicotine Addiction Finally Met Its Match

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Nov 19, 2015 1:00:00 PM

 Ask Joe how long he’s been tobacco-free and he happily pulls up an electronic spreadsheet that tracks his DWPs—days without a pinch. Since his official quit date, February 11, 2013, he’s racked up nearly 900 of them.

 

He credits the Quit For Life® Program, a collaboration between Alere Health and the American Cancer Society®, for finally helping him overcome an addiction that began in college 30 years ago. “The program just flat out works,” he says.

 

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Topics: Quit For Life, Personal Stories, Quit Coaches, Tobacco Cessation, Success Stories, Behavior Change

Five Ways to Eat a Healthier Lunch at Work

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

Happy National Healthy Lunch Day! The American Diabetes Association created this day to draw attention to the importance of making healthy choices at lunch. Although it might seem like a small detail, what you eat at lunch is likely to have an effect on the entire second half of your workday. Will you be energized and ready to succeed or will you be sluggish and ready for sleep?

 

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Topics: Nutrition, Behavior Change

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