hotseat: beating sitting disease, one chair at a time

June 17, 2013

on june 26 and 27, i’ll be in boston to talk about hotseat, the workplace wellness tool i created to help employees defeat “sitting disease.” hotseat makes it fun, easy and manageable to take two-minute activity breaks throughout the day. employees and their guests use hotseat’s app to create personalized activity break schedules, kick off […]

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cohealth checkup: understanding private health and benefits exchanges

June 11, 2013

nearly one in five people will purchase their health insurance through a private health exchange by 2018. that’s what accenture’s found, in a paper aptly named “are you ready?” private health exchanges are meant to deliver cost efficiency and predictability to employers, and increased flexibility and choice to employees. in one model, employers provide a defined […]

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employees rely on peers, want more from employers to improve their health

June 4, 2013

while wellness plan design these days focuses on “money talks,” employees beg to (slightly) differ. according to a just-released survey from virgin healthmiles and workforce management, 78% of employees participate in wellness programs to improve their health, 61% to earn incentives, and only about a quarter do so to avoid penalties. no matter what gets […]

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design principles you can take to the bank—and your benefits website

June 3, 2013

need to make your communications hum and your employees happy? then look no further than the design principles created by the android user experience team. sure, android devised them to improve your phone experience, but that’s no reason not to use them to improve your employees’ benefits experience as well. i’ve pulled my favorites from their […]

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free-ranging conversation: greatist’s CEO derek flanzraich on creating credible, understandable, actionable health information

May 30, 2013

  greatist.com wants to give you credible, understandable and actionable health information. i’ve been a fan girl for quite some time, so it was with pleasure i spoke with the man behind its mission: derek flanzraich, greatist’s CEO and founder. i knew he’d have wisdom tidbits for health communicators to savor. fm: initially i thought […]

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implementing health care reform: model notices added to employers’ to-do lists

May 29, 2013

add one more thing to your to-do list, employers! the department of labor’s employee benefits security administration released a model notice earlier this month for you to send out no later than october 1, 2013. this model notice will inform employees about: the availability of the marketplace (formerly, “the exchange”) the possibility that an employee may […]

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10 experts: small changes for improved employee wellness

May 28, 2013

with june right around the corner, it’s a good time to check the status of our new year’s resolutions. by now, half of us have given up. it’s not impossible to re-engage those lost and help those still on track. this post offers employers tips from 10 health experts. it was originally published in context’s […]

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health care costs cost more than groceries, year’s worth of gas

May 24, 2013

the 2013 milliman medical index minces no words about the crushing financial burden facing the average american family. the burden doesn’t come from college costs, retirement, or the purchasing of daily goods, though those are all present too. the burden comes from the share of health care costs this family shoulders. health care costs exceed […]

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survey: workers check email, even during funerals

May 22, 2013

according to a new survey by GFI Software, email is alive and doing well in small- to mid-sized america. forty-four percent of respondents use email over other available channels, such as instant messaging (6%), face-to-face (22%), and phone (28%). they’re also quick to review and respond to email, with 76% of respondents replying within an […]

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offered increased health care costs or increased exercise, employees choose action

May 16, 2013

a study conducted by the university of michigan health system and stanford university found that employees offered the choice to pay more or exercise more chose to get a move on. according to the university of michigan health system’s website: “Blue Care Network created a buzz when it implemented one of the largest-scaled financial incentive […]

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