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What comes to mind when you think about the health and well-being needs of the young adults in your workforce? Assistance with student loan debt, ample paid time off and community service opportunities might immediately strike you as important, but what about preventing excessive weight gain? If helping millennials fight the battle of the bulge doesn’t immediately surface as a pressing need, you’re not alone. According to Dr. William Dietz, young adults have largely been ignored when it comes to the prevention of overweight and obesity. However, recent research shows that targeting this particular age group is critical to fighting the ongoing obesity epidemic.
A recent study by Truven Health found that 42% of employees are stressed. And while 27% of employees say that they’re coping, 15% are not.1 “Stress is a reality for most, especially when the work itself is by its very nature stressful (such as health care),” says Laura Putnam, author of Workplace Wellness that Works and CEO of Motion Infusion. “But the real question is how do we become more resilient in the face of these demands?” The answer, Laura contends, is to “make it the job of every organization, every leader and every manager to ensure that resilience-building practices, such as offering compassion, expressing gratitude, exhibiting positivity, and prioritizing well-being, are modeled, encouraged and normalized at work.”
Large employers are increasingly utilizing networks of volunteer employees as an extension of their wellness staff, commonly called “wellness champions”. Their role is to help drive employee participation and engagement in wellness activities at the local level. 77% of large employers have been found to have some type of wellness champion network. While the size of champion networks varies greatly, 56% of employers have at least 50 wellness champions in their network.
May is Mental Health month and the time is ripe for your company to double down its efforts to raising awareness about this important aspect of employee’s health and well-being; reducing stigma related to seeking care and providing support; and connecting employees with relevant benefits and resources.
The CDC estimates1 that one in 68 children has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and diagnoses continue to rise. Whether that’s due to increasing prevalence or more accurate diagnosing, large employers must have a strategy for supporting plan members with ASD and the employee caregivers who assist them.
The emergence of mobile health apps is giving consumers unprecedented ways of engaging in their health and well-being. More than 165,000 apps are currently available, with the majority focused on diet and fitness. Apps are also incredibly popular; almost 60% of consumers have downloaded at least one health app, and of those, a third use one every day. Employers can positively impact workforce health by recommending safe, effective, secure and user-friendly apps to employees.
President and CEO of National Business Group on Health, Brian Marcotte, has created a list of six things to watch in 2017. It will be a year of uncertainty, opportunity and change. Will ACA be repealed and replaced? Will the move to value-based payments lose momentum? What will be the fate of proposed health plan mergers? Will pharmacy pricing remain in the spotlight? Will consumer engagement remain a top concern for employers? What about the well-workforce?
“In managing a company… with more than 150,000 employees and millions of customers…you of course need to be rational. But I’m gradually learning to be less rational and more emotional. Motivating people and generating a sense of spirit inside a company are essential…we need to appeal to our employees’ emotions to help create an environment where they can innovate.”
-Pablo Isla, CEO Inditex
November 16 is World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to progressive, incurable lung diseases (e.g., emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory asthma, etc.). Symptoms include difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chronic cough, wheezing, and chest tightness. The main risk factors for COPD include tobacco smoking, indoor or outdoor air pollution, or exposure to occupational dusts and chemicals.
This year’s theme is Eyes on Diabetes. It focuses on early screening for type 2 diabetes and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications. Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.
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