Employee Wellness Blog

Do You Know How Your Workplace Relationships Are Affecting You?

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Jun 21, 2018

You spend a majority of your waking hours at work – which means you spend a majority of your waking hours with your co-workers. It should come as no surprise, then, that all those hours together could have an impact on your wellbeing.

The relationships you have at work can either improve or harm your wellbeing. Having positive relationships with your colleagues can put you in a good mood and make the workday more enjoyable. However, feeling lonely at work or having negative relationships with your co-workers can lead to an unpleasant work experience. 

If you’re unsure of how your work relationships could be affecting your physical and emotional health, here are a few things to consider:

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Summer Sun Essentials: Foolproof Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun (Free Guide!)

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Jun 18, 2018

Summer is finally here! That means tropical vacations, outdoor BBQs, and plenty of time under the sun. While this beautiful season offers employees the chance to get more active outdoors, it also comes with a few potential dangers if they’re not careful.

Too much time in the sun can lead to wrinkles, premature aging, and even skin cancer. It’s important that your employees understand the importance of sun safety, as skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. In fact, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. 

While skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, it’s also the most preventable form of cancer. By practicing safe sun habits, your employees can significantly reduce their risk of developing sun cancer. We created this free guide to help you educate your employees on how to stay safe in the sun this summer.

In this guide your employees will learn:

  • Best practices for sun safety
  • How to choose the best sunscreen
  • Common risk factors for skin cancer
  • Tips for skin cancer prevention
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21 Summer Wellness Challenges for Your Employee Wellness Program

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Jun 14, 2018

Thursday,  June 21st, marks the first day of summer! If you’re looking to spice up your workplace wellness initiatives for the summer months, you’ve come to the right place! Below are 21 wellness challenge ideas to keep employees motivated, engaged, and inspired to live a healthier lifestyle this season. 

#1 Get your H20 challenge. Proper hydration is extremely important over the summer season. Warmer weather, increased physical activity, and more time spent in the sun can easily leave employees dehydrated – which can lead to a number of health consequences. Challenge employees to track their water intake for 30 days. 

#2 Pack your lunch challenge. A healthy lunch keeps employees energized and productive throughout the workday. While fast food can be quick and convenient over a lunch break, it’ll leave employees feeling sluggish. Challenge employees to bring their own packed lunch every day for three workweeks.

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Host the Perfect Lunch and Learn for Your Employees

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Jun 11, 2018

Employee wellness is best with a hands-on approach. Activities such as wellness challenges, health coaching, and employee wellness days provide employees the opportunity to truly dive in and take control over their health. One of the most underrated hands-on employee wellness activities are lunch and learn sessions. They’re easy, engaging, educational, and most importantly, effective. 

Lunch and learn sessions are exactly what they sound like – a presentation or training session hosted over the employee lunch hour. They provide valuable information for employees in an informal setting. Employers can utilize lunch and learn sessions to compliment their workplace wellness program and further educate employees about the importance of their health.

If your company has never hosted a lunch and learn as part of your employee wellness program, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity! Take a look at some of the benefits of hosting a lunch and learn session, plus some tips for hosting a successful one at your company.

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Traveling for Work? Here’s How to Prioritize Your Health

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Jun 07, 2018

Traveling for work can make it difficult to keep up with a healthy routine. You’re dealing with time changes, struggling to fit in some exercise, and usually forced to dine out. With today’s global nature of the workplace, it’s inevitable that you’ll be traveling for work at some point in your career. 

Because frequent work travel can take a toll on your body and mind, it’s essential to learn some strategies for prioritizing your health on the go. Keep on reading to learn some healthy habits you can practice the next time you hit the road.

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Try Out These 11 Tips to Defeat the Afternoon Slump

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Jun 04, 2018

Ah, the dreaded afternoon slump. It’s a classic hallmark of office life. As soon as 2 p.m. hits, it feels like all your energy is gone and you can’t seem to concentrate on work no matter how hard you try. Fortunately, there are a few healthy tips you can keep up your sleeves to use help beat those pesky afternoon slumps.

Check out these 11 energy-boosting tips that will help you finish the workday strong: 

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Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, May 31, 2018

According to WebMD, an estimated 40%-75% of people are vitamin D deficient. This is concerning because vitamin D provides numerous health benefits and is an important aspect of your overall health – as it helps your bones, muscles, heart, lungs, and brain function optimally.

Despite its name, vitamin D isn’t just your average vitamin. It actually functions as a hormone once your body absorbs it. Although it might sound like healthy vitamin D levels should be easy to maintain, there are many factors that can make it difficult to get enough of it.

Keep on reading to learn more about vitamin D and why it’s so important to get enough of it.

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Here’s How Employers Should Prepare for a Summer Biometric Screening

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, May 24, 2018

Hosting an onsite employee biometric screening is a great way to kick-start the summer with some new wellness initiatives. If you plan on hosting a health screening this summer, there are a few things you might want to be prepared for.

Each season offers its own unique set of challenges when it comes to hosting wellness events. However, while there might be some potential challenges, the summer is definitely a great time to host a screening. Since your wellness initiatives might lose some steam over the warmer months, it’s always a good idea to get a fresh conversation about health and wellness started in your office.

The following are a few challenges you might run into while planning a biometric screen during the summertime, plus some tips to help you make your summer screening successful. 

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7 Simple Rules for Maintaining a Balanced Diet

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, May 21, 2018

It seems like every day there’s talk about a new diet that promises to change your life and body forever. While many trendy diets might help you shed a few pounds, the truth is that most of them aren’t sustainable – which is why they tend to fail. These types of diets often tell you what you can and cannot eat, and make everyday meals a bit more challenging. Plus, trendy diets don’t lead to life-long healthy habits.

Rather than trying a new diet fad every few months, it’s best to stick with a balanced diet. In fact, one of the healthiest and easiest diets to maintain is a balanced one. A balanced diet means healthy portion control, moderation, and essential nutrient intake. A balanced diet will fuel you rather than restrict you.

One of the reasons why focusing on a balanced diet is such a great choice is because it helps you develop a healthy relationship with food. It’s not about creating a restrictive meal plan or skipping out on a friend’s BBQ, it’s about learning how to properly fuel your body with the food it needs – without having to change your entire lifestyle. 

Below are seven simple and helpful tips for maintaining a balanced diet. These are life-long, healthy habits that can help improve your health and wellness.

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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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