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5 Biometric Screening Tests That Could Save Your Life

 
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The motivations behind holding a biometric screening can range from cutting insurance costs to creating a healthy corporate culture. Regardless of the reasoning for hosting your on-site screenings, one thing is for certain – health screenings can (and do!) save lives. Here, we detail five of the most important tests your employees can take to determine their health risks, identify areas of opportunity and become healthier, happier individuals.

The Power of Positivity at Work

 
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Picture a workplace where you and your team are able to be your best selves each and every day. It’s possible, and it doesn’t require a massive human resources initiative or expensive company retreat to achieve. In fact, you can create this culture of optimism yourself, simply by refining your day-to-day thoughts, beliefs and actions to celebrate the bright side of your work, your peers, and your life.

5 Tips for Creating and Promoting Employee Work-Life Balance

 
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Recently, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi told an audience at the Aspen Ideas Festival, “I don't think women can have it all.” While provocative, her statement is not the beginning of a catfight with Sheryl Sandberg and her Lean In movement as some claim. Rather, it’s the latest thread in a much-needed conversation about a deeply personal topic – work-life balance.

How Employees Really Feel About Company Flu Shots

 
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Appreciative. Apprehensive. Scared. Eager. There are a lot of emotions surrounding the way employees experience company flu shots. A quick keyword scan on Twitter brought up these tweets about onsite flu clinics. Some are grateful, some are terrified and others seem slightly misinformed.

Summer Reading List: Health & Wellness

 
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Take a break from the romance novels this summer and opt for a reading list that's packed with positivity, nutrition, health and wellness. Here are ten of our favorite books to change your perspective, inspire your life and motivate your health: 

Should Flu Shots Be Mandatory for Health Care Workers?

 
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As flu season starts all around the United States, the issue continues to come up: What about vaccination for health care workers -- doctors, nurses, and people who have any clinical contact with patients?

The CDC, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) recommend that all U.S. health care workers get vaccinated annually against influenza. While the recommendation is strong, the implementation tends to fall short. Overall, the number of health care workers who reported having had an influenza vaccination increased in the 2012-13 influenza season compared to the 2011-12 season. The coverage rate for health care workers was estimated at 72% for the 2012-13 season, an increase from 66.9% in the 2011-12 season and 63.5% in the 2010-11 season. Coverage was highest among health care workers working in occupational settings with vaccination requirements (96.5%) and physicians (92.3%).


How to Host a Healthy Company Picnic

 
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With the weather heating up and the Fourth of July just around the corner, we can officially say that the season of company picnics has arrived. While it can be tempting to make things simple and suggest an all-out potluck, we don't think your wellness program would be best-served by a spread of mayonnaise-laden salads, fried chicken and high-calorie desserts. Host a healthy company picnic (without sacrificing flavor or tradition!) by following these tips: 

The Barbecue

If you're able to offer up a grill or seven, there is an almost endless variety of healthy food options at your disposal. Grilled chicken or fish, kabobs, foil packets filled with veggies and shrimp skewers are all preferable over the traditional hot dog or burger route!



How to Create Wellness Champions

 
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Coworkers and social networks can play a significant role in the culture of your workplace and the success of your wellness program. Because the majority of us spend the bulk of our waking hours at work, our peers inevitably influence our health. Our coworkers' attitudes towards health screenings, smoking, fitness, nutrition, and flu shots can all affect our own decision-making.

You May Never Need Another Flu Shot Clinic

 
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that, on average, the flu costs employers approximately $10.4 billion a year in direct costs for adult hospitalization and outpatient visits.The cost of hosting a flu shot clinic pales in comparison, but regardless of your approach to the upcoming flu season, there is no doubt that this virus costs your business money. This is one reason why wellness experts are excited to see the continued development of a universal flu vaccine by researchers at Stanford University, one that could be produced quickly and offer more widespread protection than the shots available today.

Should Your Office Be Pet-Friendly?

 
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Tomorrow is National Take Your Dog to Work Day. While we love a little 'holiday' excuse for bringing in our favorite pets, many offices are embracing the idea of taking your dog to work every day, by implementing a pet policy that encourage employees to bring in their furry friends. 

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