Antibacterial Soap? Pass.


I used to be a germophobe. I still am one in certain contexts (e.g., the subway), but I’d argue that that’s more about common sense (no, I don’t want to touch a pole that someone just clasped with their phlegm-coated palms) than an irrational fear. A lot of people are “germophobic,” and you can see… [Read More]

Pokémon Go: Just What the Doctor Prescribed

Pokemon Go Post

For the past month, I’ve been watching friends, colleagues, and strangers maniacally roam the city on a focused hunt for Charizards and Pikachus. Quite a sight to behold. Pokémon Go has become explosively popular, and with its increasing ubiquity, I’m sure we’ll continue to see headlines highlighting safety concerns as Pokémon Go players fall off… [Read More]

Sorry, Did You Say Voluntary?

Sorry, Did You Say Voluntary

A few weeks back, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final rules regarding how corporate wellness programs can be designed within the framework of existing anti-discrimination laws, namely the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA). The rules should serve as a roadmap on how to structure incentives… [Read More]

Millennial Shopping: Browsing > Splurging

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I’m a millennial, and my generation currently comprises over a third of the U.S. workforce. At 53 million, we’re a population that deserves some degree of attention because both our numbers and spheres of influence are growing, and quickly, might I add. My peers and I are often found tethered to our smartphones. We do… [Read More]

Cough, Cough. Who’s There? The Flu.


We’re on the cusp of spring, and the flu has finally arrived. The annual flu season tends to hit between December and February—the winter months for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere. This year is an anomaly. According to the CDC’s FluView report, flu activity, which includes influenza-like-illness, has been steadily climbing for… [Read More]

Wellness or Else?

Corporate Wellness

Over the last couple years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been on a litigious rampage against wellness programs. The latest on its list of failed challenges: Plastics manufacturer Flambeau. At the beginning of January, a Wisconsin District Court sided with Flambeau by ruling that its wellness program, which mandated that an employee complete a… [Read More]

Watch Your Mouth: The Link Between Oral Health and Overall Health

Dental Health

Most, if not all, of our clients offer dental coverage to their employees. Yet when people think about their employer-sponsored insurance, medical generally eclipses dental. Why is that? I’d hazard a guess that when they talk about preventive health, they aren’t considering oral health as something that requires regular attention. They think about getting their… [Read More]

A Dose of Truth about the Anti-Vaccine Movement


At the beginning of this month, a woman from Washington State died of measles, which marks the first confirmed measles death in the U.S. in twelve years. There’s been a small—but vocal—anti-vaccination movement brewing in the U.S., and these unvaccinated people tend to flock together, which increases the risk that measles will spread in certain… [Read More]

Smart Snacks at Work: Revamping Office Nibbles

Smart Snacks at Work Revamping Office Nibbles

Last night for dinner, I ate nearly a dozen meatballs, a pepperoni roll, and a slice of pizza. Surprise! I was hungry. Also, that was the extent of the spread at the party I attended. I normally follow a produce-heavy diet, but greens were nowhere in sight. Alas, I subsisted on a combination of cheese,… [Read More]

The Waste in Wellness


Esteemed bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel recently wrote in The New York Times that he wouldn’t get his annual physical. Can’t say I’m surprised. In numerous investigations, clinicians have found that these yearly exams, which were once heralded as the pinnacle of prevention, are actually of dubious benefit. I’m not denying the occasional life-saving benefits of these… [Read More]