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5 Tips for HR and Benefits Leaders Who Just Wrapped Up Open Enrollment

Recovering from One of the Most Stressful Times of the Year Focusing on healthy stress relief is important. A survey of 1,505 full-time U.S. employees from Colonial Life revealed that, more than 20 percent of workers spend more than five hours on the clock each week thinking about their stressors and worries, according to the …

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How Could Diabetes Impact the Health of Your Company?

The number of people living with diabetes doubled throughout the 1990s and 2000s, growing into a significant public health threat. About 30.3 million (9.4%) of Americans had diabetes according to the latest population surveys from 2015, with 1 in 4 of these individuals unaware they had the disease. Another 1 in 3 adults also had prediabetes.  While numerous advances in diabetes therapies have emerged over the years, diabetes was still the 7th leading cause of death in the US.  Diabetes …

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Diabetes and Your Heart: November is National Diabetes Month

Ignoring symptoms of diabetes or pre-diabetes is easy to do. And if you’ve been diagnosed, it can feel inconvenient to follow treatment recommendations from your doctor. But your heart needs you to do your best to keep your numbers under control.   Diabetes-Cardiovascular Disease Link  Individuals with diabetes have a higher chance of developing heart …

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The Millennial Takeover: Employee Health Implications and Workplace Benefits Opportunity

Millennials are the predominant age group in the U.S. workforce today, and their conscientiousness toward health and well-being is beginning to shape work culture in significant ways. However, millennials may not be as healthy as they appear – in fact, their health could be worse than their parents’, and they could be at a greater risk for developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease as they age. Since the majority of one’s adult life is spent in the workplace, a unique opportunity exists for employers to implement employee well-being programs that appeal to millennials’ health-mindedness and propensity for action, and in doing so create a …

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Medicare Opportunity: Looming Changes in Health and the Cost of the Boomer Generation

The population of older Americans is growing, and they are living longer than ever before. This combined with a high prevalence of chronic disease and swiftly soaring medical costs will have a significant impact on the Medicare program. Now more than ever, policymakers must consider these risks and the need to develop innovative solutions to …

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Let’s Get Physical: May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

It’s never too late to start exercising, so let’s get moving! Results of a new study on the benefits of physical activity in American adults and a summary of the current exercise guidelines. Lack of Physical Activity Costs Lives and Dollars Physical activity is an essential part of staying healthy and maintaining good quality of …

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Newtopia is NOT Your Average “Wellness” Program

What sets us apart? We are a personalized habit change platform for disease prevention targeted towards at-risk individuals Around 82% of large US companies offer health and wellness programs as part of employer-sponsored health coverage, with the assumption that these will yield health and economic benefits. However, a new JAMA study showed that such programs …

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What 5% Weight Loss Can Do For You

How big of a problem is obesity for Americans today? It has been suggested to be the second cause of premature death and is one of the major contributors of preventable chronic diseases, and healthcare costs in the USA. Yet, a 5% weight loss is enough to start seeing improvements in overall health. Obesity is …

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2 Ways to Protect Your Heart: Improve Sleep and Manage Stress

    Originally published on the Harvard Health Blog. If you have heart disease, you’re probably all too familiar with the tenets of a heart-healthy lifestyle; eat wisely, get regular physical activity, keep weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar on target; and if you smoke, quit. What you might not know is that sufficient, good-quality sleep …

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Making Your New Year’s Resolution Stick

  Originally published on the American Psychological Association Psychology Help Center page.     Lose weight? Check. Start exercising? Check. Stop smoking? Check. It can be daunting when your list of New Year’s Resolutions is as long as your holiday shopping list. In addition to the post-holiday slump, not being able to keep your resolutions by February, …

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