Do You Have Metabolic Syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome? You can Google it or just keep reading. Metabolic syndrome is simply a name for a group of risk factors that influence your risk for health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. 5 conditions If you have 3 of the 5, you may have metabolic syndrome. A large waistline, aka" abdominal obesity," [...]

The Pillars of an Effective Workplace Wellness Program

Strategically integrated wellness programs have six strong pillars that simultaneously support their success, regardless of the size of the organization. Construct them well, and your institution could see the kinds of big returns that the 10 companies in our sample have garnered. 1. Multilevel Leadership Creating a culture of health takes passionate, persistent, and persuasive [...]

Would you rather build a fence at the top of a cliff, or park an ambulance at the bottom?

Would you rather build a fence at the top of a cliff, or park an ambulance at the bottom? That’s why we wear seat belts. It’s why we cook our chicken thoroughly. It’s why we watch our blood pressure and cholesterol. And it’s why we create safe workplaces. We want to prevent tragic [...]

Smokers cost employers almost $6k every year.

Last week's message prompted a few interesting responses. On 6/3/13, The Ohio State University released a new study on the cost borne by employers for their employees that smoke. "Smoke breaks accounted for the highest cost in lost productivity, followed by health-care expenses that exceed insurance costs for nonsmokers." Read it for yourself. Lots of good quotes [...]

Time matters.

How did it get so late so soon? ~ Dr. Seuss Your time matters. Your employees’ time matters. Productivity is about making the best use of available time, and non-productive employees cost the company money and create friction with those who use their time wisely. What causes low productivity? You know your company best, so your list [...]

CDC: All boomers should test for Hep C

If you were born between 1945 and 1965 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you be tested for a hepatitis C (August 2012). Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is the most common chronic bloodborne infection in the United States; an estimated 3.2 million persons are chronically infected. A, B, C…VD? Yes, it’s in [...]