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Mari Ryan

Mari Ryan is the CEO/founder of AdvancingWellness and is a recognized expert in the field of worksite health promotion.

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Workplace Well-being Technology - What the Research Says

October 15 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness, corporate wellness, trends, wellness technology, well-being technology

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Designing a comprehensive workplace well-being program can be complicated. There are many aspects to consider as you make decisions surrounding which tools and resources your program will provide. Today, most employee well-being programs utilize some type of technology for program administration and management. But selecting this technology can be a daunting task.

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Expert Interview: Tom Ciccotti

October 10 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, corporate wellness

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Tom Ciccotti is the co-founder and Executive Vice President of Shortlister. Shortlister is a technology platform and team of subject matter experts used by the nation’s top employers and benefits consultants to help them identify their ideal vendor match for products and services in the wellness and HR technology space. Think e-Harmony or Match.com for finding vendors in these markets.

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What's Hot and What's Not. Workplace Well-being Trends You Need to Know About

October 09 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness, corporate wellness, trends

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Keeping up with trends that impact employee wellness and well-being programs can feel like a full-time job. There are numerous dimensions from which well-being is viewed, thereby requiring that a wide range of topics need to be considered.

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Expert Interview: Jamie Tessler, MS, MPH

October 02 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr

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Jamie Tessler is an occupational ergonomist, lecturer, and educator. She is an adjunct professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine, where she teaches occupational and environmental health to students in the public health and professional degree programs. At Northeastern University, Jamie is busy working to modernize and upgrade the occupational and environmental health and safety training programs and platforms. She is a frequent guest lecturer on occupational ergonomics in area schools of public health.

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Not your father's ergonomics!

October 01 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness, ergonomics

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When you think of ergonomics, what comes to mind? Posture, a customized chair, a hand rest for your mouse pad? Most people think of ergonomics as supports, similar to these, for the physical body.

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Expert Interview: Barbara Zabawa, MPH, JD

September 25 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr, wellness laws, GINA, ADA, HIPAA

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Barbara Zabawa, MPH, JD started the Center for Health and Wellness Law after she recognized a need for legal services that shared a mission with providers to improve patient outcomes and population health to encourage wellness, protect patient interests, in choice of provider and treatment options, provide holistic care, and information access. Attorney Zabawa has twenty plus years of expertise in the healthcare field, first receiving her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan before attending law school at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she graduated with honors in 2001. Barbara has clerked in the United States District Court in the western district of Wisconsin, served as a Skadden Fellow representing health care consumers on both the national and local level, and worked for a large health insurance company providing advice on the Affordable Care Act, as well as HIPPA, privacy, and security compliance.

Barbara is the author of the book Rule the Rules on Workplace Wellbeing Programs. She is a frequent speaker and writer, both nationally and regionally on workplace wellness program compliance, the Affordable Care Act, fraud and abuse issues, and HIPPA compliance.

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Workplace Well-being and the Law - Is your program up-to-date?

September 24 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness, wellness laws, GINA, ADA, HIPAA

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Expert Interview: Michelle Spehr (Part 2)

September 11 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr, wellness program, wellness strategy, workplace culture, mindfulness research, mindfulness at work, mindfulness, leadership support for wellbeing, leadership skills

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videoMichelle Spehr, MA, M.Ed., MCHES, CWWPC is the co-founder and Chief Framework Officer of the Mindful City Project. With more than a decade of consulting experience, her contributions to this initiative, include developing frameworks that strengthen the capacity of communities to apply mindfulness in ways that positively change mindsets and reinvent how people connect and work together. Michelle also works as a health and wellness consultant at the Benefit Services Group, Inc. In this role, she helps employers identify and apply creative solutions that address well-being at both the employee and the organizational levels. Michelle earned her Master’s degree in both Communications and Health Education. Her professional credentials include certifications as a masters-level health educations specialist in worksite wellness consultant and a faculty designation from WELCOA.

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Coming to Your Workplace Soon: Mindfulness

September 10 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, Worksite Culture, workplace culture, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness, mindfulness at work, mindfulness research, mindfulness

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Expert Interview: Michelle Spehr (Part 1)

September 04 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr, wellness program, wellness strategy, workplace culture, mindfulness research, mindfulness at work, mindfulness, leadership support for wellbeing, leadership skills

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Michelle Spehr, MA, M.Ed., MCHES, CWWPC is the co-founder and Chief Framework Officer of the Mindful City Project. With more than a decade of consulting experience, her contributions to this initiative, include developing frameworks that strengthen the capacity of communities to apply mindfulness in ways that positively change mindsets and reinvent how people connect and work together. Michelle also works as a health and wellness consultant at the Benefit Services Group, Inc. In this role, she helps employers identify and apply creative solutions that address well-being at both the employee and the organizational levels. Michelle earned her Master’s degree in both Communications and Health Education. Her professional credentials include certifications as a masters-level health educations specialist in worksite wellness consultant and a faculty designation from WELCOA.

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