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Kick Butts: How to Help Employees Quit Smoking This Month

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Nov 05, 2018

Believe it or not, nearly 38 million Americans still smoke cigarettes.

Quitting smoking can be a challenge for even the most motivated of people. That’s why the American Cancer Society dedicates Nov. 15 as the Great American Smokeout. The national event encourages smokers to start living a smoke-free life one day at a time.

It may be hard to quit smoking, but with a plan, it can be done.

 

 

Here’s a brief overview of how to address tobacco use with employees, plus easy-to-implement smoking cessation activities.

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National Diabetes Awareness Month: 5 Ways to Spread the Word

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Nov 01, 2018

National Diabetes Awareness Month is here.

Like many diseases, it’s one that is difficult to see. Yet more than 30 million Americans are impacted by it, and it’s a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S.

It can cause kidney failure, stroke, blindness, and more.

There’s also no cure for diabetes, a disease that results in too much sugar in the blood (high blood glucose). There are a few types of diabetes — type 1 (juvenile), type 2 (adult onset), and gestational.

National Diabetes Awareness Month presents a great opportunity to educate and check-in with diabetic employees to see how you can better assist them.

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4 Easy Oral Health Tips for National Dental Hygiene Month

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Oct 11, 2018

With Halloween approaching (and the temptation of office treats), you may be wondering how you can protect your oral health from all the sugary goodness. 

Ironically enough, October shares calendar space with National Dental Hygiene Month, making now as good as ever to review the basics of oral health. 

It’s actually as simple as four easy steps. 

Excellent oral health means more than a pearly-white smile. It means regular dental check-ups and preventive care as well. It’ll also keep your dental hygienist smiling. 

So, are you doing the “Daily 4” as you should?

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Top 10 Marketing Campaigns to Share This Flu Season

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Oct 08, 2018

Fall is here, and so is flu season. 

And, we’re afraid it’s nothing to sniffle at.

After last year’s particularly rough flu season — around 80,000 Americans died due to the flu and its complications — public health officials are urging everyone to consider vaccinations. 

If hard numbers don’t motivate your employees to consider vaccination benefits, we hope these flu shot marketing materials may encourage them. 

Or, at the very least, get them thinking and talking about flu prevention, including thorough hand washing, covering a cough, and staying home when ill. 

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Mental Illness Awareness Week: Why Employee Mental Health Matters

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Oct 04, 2018

This year, October 7-13 is Mental Illness Awareness Week, giving employers a perfect opportunity to share available resources. The theme this year is "Cure Stigma."

Each year, around 43.8 million Americans experience a mental health condition. Now,  more than ever, it’s critical to educate employees about resources to avoid burnout, mental breakdowns, and reduce suicide risk. 

Plus, it’s a wise move for businesses to invest in mental health education. A World Health Organization (WHO) study estimated “depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy US $1 trillion each year in lost productivity.” 

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Everything Your Workforce Should Know About Type 2 Diabetes

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, May 17, 2018

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. According to the latest research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes (high blood sugar) – making it one of the most common illnesses in our nation.

Diabetes is a condition that occurs when your body has trouble managing its blood sugar levels. The body either doesn’t produce enough insulin, or it resists insulin. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes and accounts for about 90-95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes in adults.

Unfortunately, diabetes is a chronic condition without any known cure. However, through medication and healthy lifestyle changes, the condition can be managed. Because diagnoses of type 2 diabetes continue to increase, it’s imperative that your employees are educated about the largely preventable illness. 

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Could Your Employees Be At Risk for Heart Disease?

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Feb 22, 2018

With the startling prevalence of heart disease in the United States, it’s crucial that employers start addressing the importance of heart health in the workplace. According to a 2017 update by the American College of Cardiology (ACC), cardiovascular disease accounts for approximately 800,000 deaths in the U.S each year. This is about one out of every three deaths. Unfortunately, the amount of adults with heart disease is estimated to continue to rise in the upcoming years.

A recent study by the American Heart Association (AHA) revealed that heart disease might cost up to $1 trillion annually by the year 2035. The study projected that by 2035, 45% of the total U.S. population will have at least one health complication related to heart disease. The study also reported that the ongoing rise of obesity and diabetes affecting the nation is a contributing factor to the estimated increase of heart disease. 

The AHA study projects that by the year 2035: 

  • More than 123 million Americans will have high blood pressure
  • More than 11 million will have a stroke
  • About 24 million will be diagnosed with coronary heart disease
  • Almost 9 million will have congestive heart failure
  • More than 7 million will have atrial fibrillation (a serious heart rhythm disorder)
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Here's Why You Need to Stop Neglecting Your Gut Health

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Nov 30, 2017

The gut is commonly referred to as your body’s “second brain.” This is because, besides the brain, the gut is the only other organ with its own nervous system. A healthy gut is extremely important to your overall wellbeing – as it affects your entire body. Unfortunately, gut health is often overlooked and not given the amount of care and attention it deserves.

According to an article by Douglas Lord, M.D., the gut is largely responsible for the critical factors of the body’s digestive and immune systems. The good bacteria in your digestive system can boost your body’s vitamin and mineral absorbency, hormone regulation, digestion, vitamin production, and immune response, along with the eliminating toxins. A healthy gut can even help improve mental health! 

So, to summarize, gut health is about way more than just digestion. While your gut does regulate the digestion of food, it also regulates your immune system and central nervous system – along with other bodily processes. If you’ve been neglecting your gut health, no need to fret. You can adopt some healthy habits to help your body restore and maintain a healthy gut.

Keep on reading to discover the many benefits of a healthy gut and some habits to help support gut health.

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What Does the New Blood Pressure Guideline Mean For Your Employee Wellness Program?

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Nov 16, 2017

The American Heart Association (AHA) has changed the definition of hypertension (high blood pressure) for the first time in 14 years. Previously, the standard for stage one of hypertension was 140/90, and has now been revised to 130/80. The previous standard, 140/90, is now considered stage two of hypertension. 

What does this guideline revision mean for us? Millions more of American adults will be diagnosed with hypertension. The percentage of adults living with high blood pressure has increased from 32% to 46% with the new guidelines in place. This means that nearly half of adults are at risk for serious health problems due to hypertension.

According to the AHA, the new guideline is designed to help people take preventative steps to control their blood pressure earlier in life. This is especially important because hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, which are the two leading causes of death in the world.

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The Health Status Report of America’s Workforce 2016 [Free Download]

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Are you curious about how your company compares to the health status of America’s workforce? If so, we have a great resource for you! Each year, we perform biometric screenings at companies all across the country. We work with all types of companies to screen employees in all walks of business and demographics.

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