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Top Three Wellbeing Articles - Week of November 27th

December 01 2017 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, Worksite Culture

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Each week I read a number of wellbeing articles from various online resources. Here are my top three picks from this week. I have added my comments about each article and would like to hear what you think too.

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Workplace Well-being Trends 2017

February 01 2017 / by Mari Ryan posted in Wellbeing, Worksite Culture

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We’re off and running in 2017. As we work with our clients partnering for healthier workplaces, we see changes afoot. Here is our take on what we see happening in healthy workplaces in 2017.

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From Distracted to Driven

January 04 2017 / by Mari Ryan posted in Personal health, Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, Culture

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I feel like I am sliding into home plate as I settled into my chair. The meeting has already begun. I am rushing from my last meeting with barely time to take a bio break. I need a moment to switch gears, to get my thoughts prepared for the conversation for which I am physically present but not quite “in the room” yet.

Once I catch my breath, and I engage in the conversation, I notice that my mind is wandering. Random thoughts are running through my head. Did I remember to mail the mortgage payment? What time am I supposed to be at the event this evening? I feel the urge to reach for my cell phone. I’m finding I’m distracted by these thoughts and lose track of the conversation.

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When is Work the Source of Stress

May 06 2015 / by Mari Ryan posted in Wellbeing, Worksite Culture

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In a recent conversation with a Human Resources Executive,
he asked if my company offers stress management programs as part of a worksite wellness program. I responded yes, and quickly asked his permission to ask a couple of questions. I explained that we often find that stress is a symptom of some underlying issue or issues. Our preference is to not just treat the symptoms but to uncover the true underlying issue. He pondered this for a moment and continued to tell me his story.

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Realistic Expectations of a Worksite Well-being Program

April 08 2015 / by advwellness posted in Wellbeing

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As I sat across the table with one of our clients during our
annual review and planning session for their worksite wellbeing (wellness) program, I observed concerned, contemplative faces examining the data before them. One team member looked up and said to me, “I am worried that we haven’t made any significant changes in the BMI category. We’ve been at this for nearly five years and this still hasn’t really changed.” As tough as it was to hear, he was right. The numbers were not budging.  While we had seen changes in other metrics, there had been very little change in the BMI biometric over five years.

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Worksite Culture of Well-being Made Easy

February 13 2015 / by advwellness posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing

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When my kids would come home from school I would
have a healthy snack waiting for them on the kitchen counter. They always ate what was laid out for them, happily and with no complaints. I am sure if I had a bowl of candy they would have happily consumed that as well. Having the healthy food in reach as they walked in the door is an example of making the healthy choice the easy choice. That is what we are always striving for when creating a healthy culture in the workplace. One of the best ways to do that in the workplace is to take a look at the organizational policies, both formal and informal, that can support or sabotage a worksite well-being. An added bonus - changing or implementing policy can be one of those low hanging fruit items, which often can be easily implemented and low cost.

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Worksite Wellness Shouldn’t Focus on Getting Inactive People Active

February 04 2015 / by advwellness posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing

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I am a long distance athlete. If you had told my 20 year old self that my 35 year old self would be a seasoned marathon runner and ironman triathlete I’d have laughed and told you that running wasn’t a sport, running was the thing “real sports” use for punishment. In terms of exercise habits, I was fairly typical of most Americans. I would decide it was time to lose weight, I would make a resolution, I would join a gym, maybe buy some home-gym equipment, and I would exercise three or four times a week for about a month, maybe three if I was really motivated. Then, slowly, I would stop going until, by the six-month mark, I’d abandon my efforts completely. If I couldn’t get my act together enough to exercise regularly in my 20s, when physical activity is supposed to be “easier,” how did I manage to run my first marathon at the age of 30 and, better than that, stick to my exercise routine so well that I actually became a running coach? What changed? The answer is “community.”

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Workplace Culture: Let's Get Physical

January 16 2015 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing

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Creating a workplace culture that supports well-being means looking for opportunities to incorporate movement into everyone’s day on a consistent basis. Being physically active is one of the best things you can do to increase your energy level. So how about an energy boost at the start of every meeting at work? A great way to do this is to start every meeting with a few minutes of physical activity.

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Worksite Culture of Well-being

November 18 2014 / by Mari Ryan posted in Wellbeing

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My first real ‘career’ job was working for a life insurance company in Hartford Connecticut. Given that it was my first job, I didn’t have any base for comparison. I had only worked for very small companies not a large company such as this one, which had 1,800 employees in the home office. There were many amenities in the home office, including a cafeteria, on-site clinic offering free dental screenings, a bowling alley, showers, squash and volleyball courts. Given that I was so young, I figured all big businesses must offer these amenities. I ended up staying at this company for nine years. Had I not relocated to a different state, I might still be working there. It was a “great place to work”, long before this became a standard recognition in the workplace.

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Is Your Workforce Energized?

October 29 2014 / by Mari Ryan posted in Wellbeing

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Meet ‘Melissa’, after 20 years with the same job and years of struggling with
body image and weight gain, she decided she need to make some changes in her life. She interviewed with a company for a new job.   During the interview process she was pleasantly surprised to learn about the company’s welll-being program. She got the job and felt lucky to be so supported by her new employer. She was inspired by those around her who were excellent role models for making healthy choices. Melissa participated in the company pedometer challenge, then joined the company Weight Watchers program and decided to train for a 5K race. Over the next six months, Melissa lost over forty pounds and exclaims each day she is able to give more on the job and off because she has so much energy.

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