Weekly Article Roundup | 03.09.12

All the news you need from this past week. 

Leveling Up Your Corporate Wellness Program: Utilizing Gamification to Make Wellness Fun and Engaging
Corporate Wellness Magazine
Before your organization sets out to incorporate game mechanics into your employee health strategy, it’s important to first do some thinking.  Keep in mind that “gamifying health” isn’t the end goal, but merely one strategy for creating a healthier workforce.  Game mechanics help your employees easily learn how they can participate in your programs, what they need to do to make healthy behavior changes and better…

WorldatWork: Employee Wellness Programs Expand to Well-Being
MarketWatch
Organizations’ health & wellness offerings have expanded beyond traditional programs (that primarily focus on physical health) to integrated well-being programs that now include mental and emotional health, financial health, work-life effectiveness, and workplace environment and stress.

Large employers increasingly see incentives as solution to health
Employee Benefit News
While there is still much discussion about whether and how incentives really work for engaging employees in wellness programs, …

26 percent of U.S. adults obese in 2011
UPI.com
One-in-four US adults were considered obese in 2011, a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found. The index used Americans’ self-reported height and weight to calculate body mass index scores. The 2011 metro area findings …

As cost increases stabilize, employers remain aggressive about healthcare cost-cutting
Employee Benefit News
Although the rate of health care cost increases is expected to remain stable in 2012, employers are taking more aggressive steps to manage their rising costs and improve employee health, according to findings from the 2012 Towers Watson/National Business Group on Health Employer Survey on Purchasing Value in Health Care.

Survey reports that just over 10 percent of American adults regularly practice healthy habits – lack of time is a culprit
American Heart Association
Are you one of the many Americans not practicing healthy habits? A recent American Heart Association survey reports only 12 percent of American adults regularly practice all of these healthy habits: good nutrition, exercise and oral care.  Of those that listed an excuse for not following through with healthy habits, the most common culprit is said to be a lack of time.

PFCD Announces Sponsorship of National Employee Wellness Month
HealthWorks Collective
This June marks the fourth annual National Employee Wellness Month, an initiative that provides business leaders with fresh ideas and proven strategies around prevention and wellness. At the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, we know …

How Exercise Can Change Your DNA
Time Healthland
Exercise does a lot of good things — it burns calories, helps keep your weight in check and lowers your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Now add one more thing to the list: physical activity can change your DNA.

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