Impactful behavior change is incremental, step by step, day by day.  The same is true for company-wide healthy cultural transformations – collective watershed momentum generated and coalesced a single employee at a time. For a real life example, Employee Benefit News chronicles how one forward-minded employer, Welch Allyn, put a solution in place that not only directly improved employee lives but also generated impressive return on investment, including significant health and productivity savings. More than 60% of Welch Allyn employees actively engaged in health/lifestyle improvement programs with the majority reducing their weight and BMI along with a reduction in overall tobacco usage. At the heart of the case study is an individual example – a single employee who found himself in a place not […]

We're going to momentarily sidestep what would be a more likely holiday-timed blog entry preaching healthy consumption (e.g., the annual Footloose-inspired dance-off between tryptophan and saturated fats hoofing across the nation's dining room tables this Thursday) to instead focus on the concept of thankfulness.  Counting blessings – perhaps the less traveled road of tradition this week brings. Were you aware, for instance, 80% of American workers cite the benefits they receive from their employer as one of the reasons they work for that company?  That's a significant nod of appreciation, and it comes to us through the 2011 Mercer Workplace Survey just released.   This high indicator of benefit related gratitude comes at an interesting time – when employers are asking their workers to […]

November 3rd, 2011

You hardly need another news source telling you the health status across the U.S. continues to decline while related costs continue to jackknife – the information is already widely dispersed across the weblines.  So here's a contrast – American Medical News reports the nation's health actually improved over the past decade on several counts, including adult cholesterol levels and smoking cessation.  What's more, life expectancy for the U.S. population earned a slight improvement from 76.8 years in 2000-01 to 77.8 years in 2006-07, a full leap year bonus attributed to declining death rates across a variety of conditions including cancers, heart disease and stroke. After decades of reverse osmosis, is the population finally turning a corner when it comes to healthier […]

November 2011
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