Laura Ingalls CHHC, CPT

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Three Ways You’re Doing Worksite Wellness Wrong (And How to Get It Right!)

November 02 2016 / by Laura Ingalls CHHC, CPT posted in Worksite Wellness, Worksite Culture



Most wellness programs are designed while looking through the lens of money. Who are the most expensive employees? What can we do to change those employees so they will cost less? What you get when this is your focus is policies that charge overweight, tobacco-using employees more money for health insurance than their slender, healthier counterparts and all but forces these individuals into programs that they may or may not be ready for or even interested in participating in.

These are the wellness programs where very little changes in overall employee health and the money you were hoping to save goes down the drain along with the additional cost of your failing wellness program.


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AdvancingWellness CEO Honored by CDC

September 30 2016 / by Laura Ingalls CHHC, CPT posted in Worksite Wellness


AdvancingWellness CEO Mari Ryan Recognized at Inaugural Work@Health® Conference:

ATLANTA, GA. On Friday, September 23rd, AdvancingWellness CEO, Mari Ryan, received the Outstanding Master Trainer award during the inaugural Work@Health® Conference co-hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ASHLIN Management Group.

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Coping Mechanisms: When You’re Stressed What Works for You

June 25 2015 / by Laura Ingalls CHHC, CPT posted in Personal health


As a worksite wellness health coach, part of my job is working one-on-one with tobacco users. Over the years, my clients and I have had a lot of good laughs together over the question, “Don’t you realize that smoking is bad for you?” Most of them have had this question posed to them hundreds of times by friends, family, and complete strangers. As they point out, “Of course I know smoking is bad for me. I would have to literally live under a rock to not know that smoking increases your risk for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. Lack of knowledge is not why I am still smoking.”

When you ask them why they still smoke despite their

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