Bridging the Wellness Generation Gap

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I remember when we held our first “employee engagement” meeting here at Frenkel. I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout, differing in age and professional level in the company. Once we opened the floor to ideas about desired wellness offerings, the generational gaps in interests revealed themselves. Younger employees requested things like company-sponsored happy hours,… [Read More]

Healthcare Has Been Screaming for a Disruptor

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Someone heard. Rumors have been swirling that Amazon, the market status quo killer, was setting its sights on healthcare – one of the least transparent and most inefficient markets – which accounts for almost 20% of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Today Amazon joined with market-savvy Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to announce that a new… [Read More]

Wellness Incentive Rules – and the Saga Continues…

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Yep, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is back to the drawing board, reworking and finalizing new wellness regulations for 2019. We know that all wellness programs must be deemed “voluntary” for employees to participate in; but employees can be penalized thousands of dollars for not doing a screening or answering personal health questions through… [Read More]

Wellness Incentives – a Case Study

Wellness Incentives – a Case Study

One of the most common questions I receive from my clients is, “how do we get more employees to participate?” While I wish my answer could be about appealing to the intrinsic value of improving one’s health, my most common responses are: Provide a more enticing incentive. Increase promotion. Get senior leadership onboard and involved…. [Read More]

Businesses Should be Cautious with Reimbursing Individual Premiums

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As most of us have figured out, healthcare in the United States is undergoing very significant change. It has been fairly common for employers to reimburse individuals for health insurance purchased through COBRA or other sources. It is time for a full stop, or at least a good hard look at the practice. IRS Notice… [Read More]

Going Beyond the Incentive – Why Your Company Needs a Culture of Wellness

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Monetary incentives certainly impact participation in employer-sponsored wellness programs. But do they create a successful program? Sure, money is motivating, but just because you are handing out gift cards for preventative screening completion, doesn’t mean awareness or more importantly, employee activation, will skyrocket. Why not? In this blog we’ve discussed a culture of wellness –… [Read More]

The Waste in Wellness

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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]

Bringing Corporate Wellness Home

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My husband and I have always been fairly healthy, but that went out the window during our wedding planning. We ate badly, stopped exercising, and found ourselves with very little time for relaxation. Since the wedding, we’ve found that we maintained our prenuptial bad habits…until recently. In April, my husband’s company started a family fitness… [Read More]

Fitness Trackers: Fuel for Corporate Wellness?

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Fitness has seen its fair share of trends. In the ‘60s it was the vibrating belt, the ‘80s saw the Thighmaster, and now, we’re inundated with cleanses, juicing, spinning, and crossfit. Just a few months ago I won a Nike FuelBand and became one of the newest walkers to join the wearable fitness tracker trend…. [Read More]

How Many Steps? I’ll Never Be Able to Do That!

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Most workplace exercise programs ask employees to “walk 10,000 steps” or engage in at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least 3 times per week. Uh-huh. Tell that to someone whose walking consists of parking lot to elevator to desk. Oh, and then to coffee pot. Exercise should not be intimidating. That’s what often… [Read More]