January 31st, 2012

It seems like nearly every day there is another survey, study or research paper that arrives at the same alarming conclusion – individuals are at record rates of poor health, with future projections trending downward. Making matters worse, is that even though this epidemic is widely known, there is not currently enough being done to combat it. To address this, an elite group of health & wellness experts and thought leaders recently came together at the first annual Health Management Innovation Summit to conceptualize ways to reverse the downward spiral our society is facing. Attendees were drawn from a cross-section of the health management industry, including senior level leaders from national consulting firms, employer benefit directors, clinical and behavioral economics academics and […]

January 26th, 2012

All employers want healthy employees.  But those investing in workplace wellness programs appear to be scoring a considerable bonus – happier, more productive and more dedicated employees, as well. The Principal Financial Well-Being Index, a 2011 survey conducted by Harris Interactive, finds the following encouraging side benefits of offering employees wellness benefits: 55% employees rating workplace wellness programs very successful or successful in improving health and reducing risks 41% employees inspired to work harder and perform better 40% employee retention relationship 35% participants noting reductions in missed days of work 52% participants indicating they have more energy and are more productive at work Wow.  These are significant positive employer culture advantages (not to mention bottom line savings) reaped from a […]

January 18th, 2012

Are we spending more or less on healthcare than we used to as a nation? At first blush, the answer to both questions appears to be "yes." That's the simultaneous glass half empty and half full conclusion a comprehensive McKinsey analysis on the topic arrives at. In short – the last eight years have marked consistent declines in the rate of healthcare spending growth (thanks, at least in part, to the concurrent economy recession trend.) The "good cop/ bad cop" counterpart, though, is that U.S. healthcare spending continues to exceed expected levels by the same margin it did five years ago. And the U.S. continues to outspend all other developed countries, even with wealth adjustment applied. Employers celebrating relief the annual […]

January 5th, 2012

If you are like most people, you marked the eclipse of 2011 into 2012 either formulating or contemplating an individual behavior change resolution.  It's annual tradition.  Just hours into the bold new year, it also follows tradition the majority of those resolutions have already slipped from our grip or tumbled over the ledge completely.  In a cage match of New Year's resolutions and leftover holiday egg nogg, it's a close call which is more perishable. When answering the question – why is the failure rate of desired behavior change so high – the prevailing wisdom has centered on the limited daily allotment of willpower.  It's a supply and demand deal.  The prevailing theory has been that our hearts and minds […]

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