Alere Health Blog


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

Dealing with Unsupportive People?  Five Survival Tips

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Nov 12, 2015 1:00:00 PM

You announce your Quit Day on social media and receive more support than you ever imagine. When you quit smoking and stay quit for a month, everyone is quick to congratulate you. It feels good, and you’re proud of yourself for hanging in there.

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Topics: Behavior Change, Stress Management

The Time is Now:  Measuring the Impact of Wellness Programs on Productivity

Posted by Jessica Grossmeier, Ph.D., M.P.H. on Nov 9, 2015 1:00:00 PM

shutterstock_268684064.jpgJessica Grossmeier, Ph.D., M.P.H., vice president of research for the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), discusses the challenges and benefits of measuring productivity and performance in this fifth installment of our Employee Wellness Core Metrics Blog Series supporting the value of investment (VOI) approach to measuring wellness program value.


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Topics: Workplace Wellness, Thought Leadership, Core Metrics

Celebrating 75 Years of the American Diabetes Association

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

shutterstock_327338531.jpgNovember is American Diabetes Month®, a time to reflect on both the challenges of diabetes and celebrate the progress that we’ve made in learning how to prevent and fight this disease. This year marks an extra special occasion – the American Diabetes Association is turning 75 years old!


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Topics: Nutrition, Weight Talk, Chronic Disease, Diabetes

Five Tips for a Healthier Halloween

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Oct 29, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Amidst the fun and excitement of Halloween, you might be feeling some concern. Candy and Halloween go hand-in-hand, and for the next couple of weeks, fun-size candy bars will be everywhere you go.

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Topics: holiday, advice

A Reader's Guide to "Quit Smoking for Life"

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

Did you know that we published a book to help everyone who wants to quit smoking?


It’s true! Quit Smoking for Life, published in 2014, was created to accompany the Quit for Life® program, brought to you by Alere Health and the American Cancer Society®.


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Topics: Quit For Life, Tobacco Cessation

Do You Need a Mammogram?  National Mammography Day

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

National Mammography Day, a part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is the third Friday of October. This year, it falls on October 16.


Should you schedule a mammogram? Well-respected organizations have differing opinions about who needs a mammogram and how frequently.

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Topics: Cancer

Celebrating a Healthy Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Oct 13, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Is your organization celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month? This celebration began on September 15 and runs through October 15. Organizations across the United States, including the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institute, and the National Gallery of Art, are honoring the contributions of Hispanic Americans. 

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Topics: Weight Talk, Chronic Disease, Workplace Wellness, Diabetes

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