“Tis the season to be jolly!” That’s what they say, right? The holiday season is upon us and with that usually comes the fun of holiday parties, shopping, family gatherings, traveling … oh, and don’t forget the elevated heart rate. All of the expectations and obligations of this time of year (not to mention year-end
There is tremendous confusion about what to eat. Often the food choices people make are full of calories yet lack the nutritional value the body needs. This confusion leads to expanding waistlines, low energy and rising rates of type 2 and now type 3 diabetes and obesity-related illnesses. The American Diabetes Association’s National Healthy Lunch
Employers have learned that improving the health and wellness of their workforce yields benefits for both the organization and employees alike: When health is improved, employers enjoy a more productive workforce with fewer absences, along with fewer demands on the employer-sponsored health insurance. Employees gain from better health and reduced medical costs. Individuals feel empowered
Most people can agree that health, happiness, and productivity at work are related concepts. Companies have a unique opportunity to foster all three, with a workplace wellness program. During the last decade, workplace wellness programs have become commonplace, but what makes a program successful? When trying to figure out the “special sauce” that makes a
We used to think there were only two types of diabetes—the type you’re born with (Type 1) and the type brought about by a combination of negative lifestyle factors (Type 2). A study published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology summarizes that the term “Type 3 diabetes” represents a form of diabetes that
One of the principal cost drivers of workers’ compensation claims are medical expenses for the treatment of job-related injuries and illnesses. Important indicators of how some claims become high dollar expenses are claims with a comorbidity diagnosis (multiple medical conditions or ailments) which, studies show, are likely to generate twice the cost of other claims.
On Dec. 20, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated key provisions of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) final rules for employer-sponsored wellness plans. However, to avoid disruption to employers, the court stayed its ruling until Jan. 1, 2019. The EEOC’s final rules allow employers to offer wellness incentives of