By Thomas Ward – Wellness Program Manager, UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc. You’ve worked with your stakeholders and have set up your strategy, created programs and services that you just know will work – it’s now “go day” and the only employees who show up are the woman who runs every day after work and
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Keep Working on Wellness During the Holidays
The holiday season is here and the new year is just around the corner! Because this is such a busy time of the year, it’s important to keep wellness at work in mind. During the holidays many companies host parties to reward employees and celebrate the successes of the year. This can be a great
5 Winter Wellness Ideas to Keep Employees Active When the Temperatures Get Cold
It’s getting cooler in Massachusetts, winter is settling in for the long haul. The days are shorter and the warm sunny weather disappears. The motivation to exercise can be tough. But, that doesn’t mean that your worksite wellness efforts need to go into hibernation mode. Rather than give in to the snow and cold, now
Putting Data to Work: How Work Affects Our Health
Over 3 million Massachusetts residents are employed in thousands of workplaces throughout the Commonwealth. Perhaps you’re one of them. Despite the varying nature of our jobs, there are common themes that work plays in our lives: it provides income and often other economic benefits, and for many of us, a sense of meaning as well as social support. Clearly, work is
The 3 o’clock Munchies
Having breakfast around 7am and a lunch break between 11 and 1pm, the stretch before dinner seems miles away. This is why many workers stash a bag of chips in their locker or have a candy bowl on their desk to make it through to the end of the work day. However, these habits can
How to Embrace Napping in the Workplace
After changing jobs and starting work two hours earlier, Evan was nodding off by early afternoon. It was then he discovered the power nap. Evan slipped into his car everyday after lunch and for 15 – 20 minutes he took a restorative nap. This left him alert, happy and energized for the rest of the
Acknowledging the Aging Workforce
National Employ Older Workers Week is celebrated annually during the last full week of September and is a reminder of our diverse, aging workforce!1 In an article posted by the United States Census Bureau in 2012, it was projected that the nation’s population aged 65 years and older will more than double between 2012 and 2060,
Are your employees stressed or angry when they get to work because of terrible traffic? Do they struggle to find the time to exercise? If you’ve answered “yes” to either of these questions, maybe it is time to help your employees re-think their commute to work.
Fruit and Veggies – More Matters
September is not just back to school month. It is Fruit and Veggie – More Matters month. As much as 90% of adults aren’t getting the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables.
A Mentally Healthy Workforce: Good for Employee Heath and Good for Business
Mental health problems, such as depression, substance abuse and stress are common and have a direct impact on workplaces through increased absenteeism, reduced productivity and increased costs.
Participant Spotlight: Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT), is a Boston-based college with 99 employees. BFIT joined Working on Wellness in October 2015.
Oral health is integral to overall health
A growing body of evidence illustrates the relationship between the mouth and overall health and well-being. Safe and effective measures to improve oral health and prevent oral disease are well known. And yet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that up to 90% of adults over the age of 40 have experienced
Summertime Wellness and Engagement Ideas
For many employees and their families, summertime means embracing the warm weather and spending more time outside. With children out of school, summer activities, and simply wanting to enjoy the sunshine after months of temperatures below freezing, it can sometimes be difficult to focus, especially if one is stuck inside an office setting. There are
Massachusetts is Rewarding Small Businesses for Healthy Workplaces
Wellness programs are good for business. They can lead to better performing workers, lower absenteeism and decreased healthcare and insurance costs.
Breastfeeding in the Workplace: Investing in the Future Workforce
Next week, all across the globe, people are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week, which is held every year on the first week of August to promote, protect and support breastfeeding. Breastfeeding has many health benefits to mother and baby and has been identified as a priority of the Healthy People 2020 Goals outlined by the Centers
Getting Hurt is Not in Your Job Description
POP QUIZ: Deli slicers – How hard can they be to use? Everyone seems to have story about someone being cut at work while using a deli slicer*. If you don’t have one yourself, ask a friend or colleague—they almost certainly do. And more often than not, the story involves a younger worker. For many, the