Posted on Mar 12, 2019 3:00:00 PM by Emily McManamy
New Year’s resolutions are a noble promise, but in reality, the burden of seasonal weight gain paired with inactivity can be overwhelming. The holiday season is stacked against us. It starts in September when Halloween candy sneaks onto grocery shelves, then quickly devolves to heaps of mashed potatoes, gravy-topped stuffing, and nutmeg-sprinkled eggnog. Then, as quick as the snap of our elastic waistbands, we’ve spun through another holiday season and find the only leftovers left to pick at are ourselves.
Posted on Jan 23, 2019 8:54:58 AM by Emily McManamy
From the factory floor to the corporate boardroom, rising workplace stress negatively impacts productivity, employee health, and your organization’s bottom line. In fact, stressed workers cost employers $500 billion annually. The good news is your organization is able to directly address this issue. Employees spend at least one third of their day at the worksite, which provides you an excellent opportunity to promote better physical and mental health across your workforce.
Posted on Dec 10, 2018 11:10:45 AM by Amy Lefevre, director of engagement strategy, Marathon Health
Employers know healthy employees are productive employees – and they cost less. It’s no surprise that one third of large U.S. employers have chosen worksite healthcare, and more than two-thirds of U.S. employers currently offer wellness programs. When employers build a culture of wellness with supportive health resources – such as worksite health centers – they play a proactive role in improving employee health. The Washington Post reports that this approach “can help companies reduce health-care costs, cut absentee rates, and perhaps attract top talent.” But, introducing these resources isn’t enough. It’s essential to engage your leadership team to achieve results.
Posted on Nov 13, 2018 1:35:44 PM by Emily McManamy
Prescription drug costs are rising in the U.S. leading to higher health insurance costs and access issues for your employees. As a result, Americans are finding it difficult to afford medications which leads to dangerous consequences. “In a 2013 survey, one in five adults in the U.S. said they failed to complete a prescribed course of medicine because of cost.” NPR reports that 1 in 4 patients living with diabetes have rationed their insulin due to costs more than doubling since 2012.
Posted on Aug 13, 2018 10:41:30 AM by Emily McManamy
Health is what happens outside of the doctor’s office. From your first sip of coffee in the morning to your brushed teeth at bedtime – health happens all day long. In fact, healthcare determines only 11 percent of your overall health while social, economic, and environmental factors determine 50 percent of your overall health. As discussed in our recent white paper, where you live, work, and play factor into your overall health and the social determinants of health help clinicians develop a more complete health picture.
Posted on May 14, 2018 1:21:40 PM by Emily McManamy
When we keep digging into why patients are unhealthy, we can uncover barriers and begin fixing what is causing poor health. A model structured around patient-centered care focuses on building mutually beneficial healthcare relationships between the family, patient, and medical providers. But, every relationship takes time to grow. When we slow down care and ask the right questions, we can reveal the root causes of health.
Longer appointment times and guided health coaching allows clinicians to dig into the social determinants of health to help patients understand their complete health picture. Quality, patient-centered care takes time and intention, and your worksite health center is the ideal place to support and encourage your employees to achieve their health goals.