Posted on Feb 12, 2016 2:39:06 PM by Drew Arnold
Connie was diagnosed with auto-immune diseases Sjogrens Syndrome and mixed connective tissue disease in 2012, and then in 2014, she was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy. Since the diagnoses, she has been on medications that made her gain unwanted weight. The diseases also made her fatigue easily, among other uncomfortable symptoms.
Posted on Feb 10, 2016 9:00:00 AM by Phil Davidson
Let’s face it: stress is an inevitable byproduct of having a job. Some people are better at handling it than others, but no matter a person’s position – entry-level worker, middle manager, or top executive – it’s something we all deal with. Sometimes stress is purely work-related, sometimes home life creeps into the equation, sometimes it’s inherited; whatever the case, it’s ingrained in who we are and what we do.
Posted on Feb 3, 2016 9:00:00 AM by Chelsea Degree
Workplace wellness programs are up 30% since 2012. According to the 2015 Aflac Workforces Report, three in four employers agree that wellness programs have helped to improve worker satisfaction among many other benefits, and over 65% attribute wellness programs to their ability to offer lower health insurance premiums. With this in mind, workplace wellness programs are not exclusive to large corporations. Our first-hand experience serving organizations ranging in size from 150 to 140,000 employees has proven that implementing a wellness program at a small business can be equally effective in lowering absenteeism, improving productivity, and lowering health care costs.
Posted on Jan 29, 2016 9:00:00 AM by Jay Blanchard
Many organizations are now offering free health and wellness screenings for their employees. It is a true win-win: employees are provided with a thorough assessment of their current health status and potential future health risks at no cost, while employers are able to determine the total population health of the organization and can take the first steps towards treating employees at-risk for developing chronic health conditions (such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, etc.) as well as helping employees with existing chronic health issues to manage and improve their conditions.
Determining this information is essential to a company’s bottom line. According to a 2011 Gallup poll, it was estimated that unhealthy workers cost U.S. businesses $153 billion dollars per year in lost productivity, and without proper preventive care measures, this number continues to climb as health care costs continue to rise.
Posted on Jan 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM by Victoria Emmitt
As we begin 2016, many of us will find ourselves reflecting on and evaluating the past year. After that, we might brainstorm and create goals for the new year, whether personal and professional, to guide us and ensure that our passions and skills are being fueled and utilized.
Posted on Jan 26, 2016 4:50:15 PM by Drew Arnold
Thomas had been going to the ECSD Center for Health and Wellness for several years. He knew the results of his health assessments each year were not great but the stakes of his health status had not yet set in. Then, Krystal Rogers, a registered nurse at the center, spent time to go into careful detail about his conditions and explained to him the severity of what could happen if he didn’t take his results seriously. He left that appointment with a new understanding and motivation to change certain behaviors. Speaking of the revelation, he says, “I knew I had to regain my health so I could be around for my fifteen-year-old son.”
Posted on Jan 19, 2016 9:00:00 AM by Phil Davidson
Chart reviews, audits, proficiency exams, and continuing education opportunities are some of the common ways clinicians gauge their competency as service providers.
Posted on Jan 14, 2016 5:16:31 PM by Drew Arnold
Clara admits she was “in a bad place physically, mentally, and emotionally” because she suffered from insomnia, headaches, and loud, continuous ringing in her ears. When she visited the TrustWell Health & Wellness Center at her workplace, she met with Romona Mayeuz, a family nurse practitioner, who turned her attention to her high blood pressure. But Clara resisted the discussion because she previously had negative experiences with doctors and prescriptions in regard to her blood pressure.
Posted on Jan 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM by Drew Arnold
It’s a simple fact that most employers face increasing healthcare costs. One way to address the impact of rising costs is to encourage the workforce to become healthier through personal wellness plans. When employees take an active role in their health and wellness, the chances decrease that they will have complicated conditions that require costly treatments. Beyond the economic motivation for companies to encourage wellness plans, healthy employees are happier and more productive, too.
Posted on Jan 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM by Jay Blanchard
For many organizations, the idea of adding a comprehensive workplace wellness program is viewed as a nice employee benefit, but not necessarily as a strategic necessity in an era of aging workforces and increasing healthcare costs. Employers want to improve the health of their workforce, decrease attrition rates and lower costs…