Skip The Biometric Screening


Category: Corporate Wellness

In an article from Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Vice Provost at the University of Pennsylvania, another strong case is made against a staple of corporate wellness programs – annual physicals or biometric screenings.  Despite annual physical exams being worthless from a health perspective, 45 million Americans are planning on having one this year and many of… Read more »

Budget Friendly Holiday Wellness Tips


Category: Corporate Wellness

It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” – winter holiday season.  With Thanksgiving and the holidays just around the corner, there is no shortage of unhealthy foods and stress-inducing travel and shopping.  Some employers launch extensive “maintain, not gain” campaigns, but if that isn’t an option for your business, below are some easy and… Read more »

Successful Wellness Programs Are Like Pies


Category: Corporate Wellness

An article last week in Employee Benefit News about the effectiveness of gamification in long-term behavior change had the Wellable office abuzz. “The researchers downloaded and tested 132 [wellness gamification] apps, many of which focused on friendly competition between peers and coworkers to maintain an exercise routine, or provide weight-loss rewards. Their conclusion: There’s no… Read more »

Meet People Where They Are


Category: Corporate Wellness

At the MedCity ENGAGE Conference last week, Brad Kirkpatrick, the President of the employer and government market at Healthways, Inc., “made a point that I haven’t heard in a discussion about corporate wellness programs. He said that companies have to build consumer-grade solutions that people value and that meets them where they are at that… Read more »

The 4 C’s Of Employee Wellness Success


Category: Corporate Wellness

This post first appeared in the AllBusiness Do you have an employee wellness program in place but your employee participation is lacking? It’s likely that your wellness program is failing because you haven’t followed the four C’s of employee wellness success: Committee, Champion, Chief Support, and Communication. Following the four C’s is crucial to driving sustainable employee wellness… Read more »

Leading CEOs Take Actions to Address Nation’s Health Challenges


Category: Corporate Wellness

Recently, a group of nine chief executives from some of the nation’s largest companies and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) came together to share best practices and make commitments to improve health and health care. Members of the CEO Council on Health and Innovation employ more than 1 million people and provide health care coverage… Read more »

Proprietary Wellness Technologies For Employers Don’t Work


Category: Corporate Wellness

Many wellness companies push proprietary apps and devices (yes, some wellness companies have seen it fit to build their own pedometers!) as part of their comprehensive solution.  This approach is profit centric, sends mixed messages, and adversely impacts engagement (real engagement).  These solutions don’t work for a number of reasons. Employee Choice All stakeholders will… Read more »

Listen To What The Wellness Naysayers Are Saying


Category: Corporate Wellness

The latest Kaiser Family Foundation Employee Benefit Survey highlighted many things about employee benefits, including the growing importance wellness programs are playing in cost containment strategies.  The survey found that 77% of firms offer at least one wellness program, and more firms think wellness programs are an effective strategy than employee cost sharing or tighter… Read more »

70% of Your Employees Are Already Using Wellable


Category: Corporate Wellness

According to a recent study, 70% of people use mobile health apps to track calorie intake and monitor physical fitness.  Would you be happy if your employee wellness program had a 70% engagement rate – most employers would be ecstatic. Most wellness programs never have a chance to reach 70% engagement because the program is… Read more »

Manual Entry Wellness Is So 1999


Category: Corporate Wellness

Corporate steps challenges are popular summer wellness activities.  For a period of time, employees track their daily steps and compete as individuals and teams to see who can walk the most, often to win prizes provided by the employer.  There are a number of ways to administer a step challenge – many employers self-administer using… Read more »