The concept of total wellness recognizes that our every thought, word, and behavior affects our greater health and well-being. And we, in turn, are affected not only emotionally but also physically and spiritually.” Greg Anderson (American best selling Author and founder of the American Wellness Project., b.1964)
Thank you for joining us in the WorkLifeMatters Wellness Center. As a company that offers WorkLifeMatters, Guardian’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a variety of wellness resources are available to help you maintain a culture of wellness in your organization. By clicking on any of the subjects below, you can access tools like PowerPoint presentations, video streams, and articles.
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion was created within the U.S. Department of Agriculture on December 1, 1994, and reports to the Office of the Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services. CNPP’s mission is to improve the health of Americans by developing and promoting dietary uidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers.
Partnership for Prevention
Partnership for Prevention was founded in 1991 by leaders dedicated to making disease prevention and health promotion a national priority and America a healthier nation. Partnership seeks to increase understanding and use of clinical preventive services and population-based prevention to improve health.
Centers for Disease Control
The national center for chronic disease prevention and health promotion – nutrition and physical activity information, programs, and campaigns, overweight and obesity facts.
- Choosing Foods and Beverages for Healthy Meetings, Conferences and Events
- The Power of Prevention: Reducing the Health and Economic Burden of Chronic Disease
National Prevention Council
A federal government Website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services that provides information and resources to help you understand the health care laws under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The American Dietetic Association
The ADA website serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health and well-being. ADA members are the nation’s food and nutrition experts, translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.
The American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Shape Up America
Shape up America! Is a not-for-profit organization committed to raising awareness of obesity as a health issue and to providing responsible information on healthy weight management.
MyPlate was developed by Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as an effort to promote healthy eating to consumers. The MyPlate icon is easy to understand and it helps to promote messages based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The new MyPlate icon, replaces the Food Pyramid guidelines and builds on a familiar image — a plate — and is accompanied by messages to encourage consumers to make healthy choices.
A website dedicated to providing quality health information and services to consumers, physcians, employers, and health plan providers. The site also helps consumers take an active role in managing their health by providing objective healthcare and lifestyle information, along with the ability to obtain detailed information on a particular disease or condition, analyze symptoms, locate physicians
Wellness Council of America (WELCOA)
A national not-for-profit organization established in the mid 1980’s through the efforts of a number of forward-thinking business and health leaders. WELCOA has become one of the most respected resources for workplace wellness in America. WELCOA is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all working Americans.
Wellness Incentive Campaigns
The following are complete incentive programs that you can download and use. These include guidance for coordinators as well as handout material to keep your staff motivated throughout the campaign. With these you have complete direction and program design ready to implement with your employees. Many of the materials included can be customized with your company’s logos.
Here are additional samples of incentive programs to give you ideas of other activities that can be done with your employees to encourage their health and wellness.
For more examples and information for purchasing customized incentive programs that you implement yourself, visit www.tavihealth.com
Social Health & Wellness Information and Resources
Articles & Additional Resources
- Physical Activity Evaluation Handbook
- Making the Case for Workplace Wellness Programs
- How to Add Social Networking to Your Wellness Program
It is well known now that smoking has extensive adverse effects upon an individuals health. Cancer, lung disease, and heart disease are some of the major complications that arrise from a lifetime of smoking. There is additional evidence to support that smokers have typically higher absenteeism, lower productivity, and over all higher medical claims costs than non-smokers. Implementing a tobacco cessation program, or a tobacco-free policy, in your workplace can potentially save thousands of dollars over time, as well as the lives of your employees. The following resources can help you understand the implications of tobacco use among your workforce, and ways to curtail it. Additional resources are available in our Tobacco Cessation Employee Resource including handouts and PowerPoint presentations.
Wellness Return on Investment
A healthy workforce is a productive workforce. But how do you know that your wellness program will make a healthy impact on your business’ bottomline? With the following ROI calculators you can gain insight into the longterm costs that are associated with unhealthy behaviors among your employees, and help you determine which interventions may be best suited to your companies particular wellness concerns. Providing Health Risk Assessment (HRA) to your employees at the beginning of your wellness program, and annually afterwards you can compare the results to help you see where any healthy lifestyle changes of your employees have also improved your overall healthcare expenses, reduced absenteeism, and reduced illness.
To demonstrate the economic value of smoking cessation for insurance plans, researchers at the Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest (CHR) teamed with America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) to develop a simple tool that can help you quickly estimate the potential ROI of common smoking cessation interventions.
Treating alcohol problems can reduce business costs and save valuable employees. Use this calculator to learn what your business can save in healthcare costs when employees have access to a treatment approach known as screening and brief intervention, or SBI. In addition to saving on healthcare costs, treatment reduces absenteeism and improves employee productivity.
Articles & WhitePapers
Here is a collection of informative articles and whitepapers on ROI to help you understand what a return on investment for your wellness program really means.
- Making the Case for Worksite Wellness Programs Changing Lives and Transforming Culture
- Dealing with Skyrocketing Health Care Costs: How a small Investment Reaps Enormous Rewards
- Top 5 Strategies to Enhance the ROI of Worksite Wellness (In Economically Challenged Times)
- In Search of Return On Investment
- Investing in Maternal & Child Health
Health Risk Assessments
A Health Risk Assessment (HRA) is a detailed survey of your employees lifestyle behaviors and health risk status and can be used to help you focus your wellness programs to your employees specific needs. By including an evaluation of an HRA in your wellness initiatives you can provide individualized interventions and activities for your employees. Additionally, HRA data collected regularly will provide a measurement of the effectiveness of your programs by offering insight to changes and improvements among the health of your employees as well as its effect on your bottom line. For more information about Wellness Return on Investment (ROI) click here .
Check first with your medical health plan to find out if they offer HRA analysis as part of your benefits package. Many health plans will provide the HRA, and proactive interventions for those who need it either free, or at a small supplemental cost. If your medical plan does not offer Health Risk Assessments, the following companies may be an option for you to consider. IBH has been in the business of changing behaviors for over 20 years, and as your EAP provider can also assist you in analyzing the needs of your organization based upon the results of your HRA. Interventions and training material are available in the areas of:
The following WhitePapers and articles provide additional information and insight into the benefits of conducting a Health Risk Assessment amongst your employees.