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5 Wellness Benefits of Gratitude

Thanksgiving and health tend to not go hand in hand: The average American consumed 3,000 calories during their big family dinner.

Despite this, there are health benefits that come with the holiday. (And no, we’re not talking about the meager amount of veggies you get from eating Aunt Sue’s green-bean casserole.)

The act of giving thanks is good for our physical and mental health. Gratitude is a habit worth cultivating and practicing not just around Thanksgiving, but all year round.

Here is what the science says about the transformative power of gratitude:

Should Your Wellness Program Include Biometric Screening?

Every journey starts somewhere. But if you don’t know where your starting point is, plotting your course will be much more difficult.

For your corporate wellness program, the perfect starting point may be a biometric screening event. Biometric screening can give you a baseline from which to build a program that improves the health of your employees, boosts their productivity and morale, and lowers healthcare costs.

Biometric screening can also serve as a compass, keeping your employees oriented toward their health goals and your corporate wellness program on track.

Today we’ll break down the pros and cons of biometric screening and help you decide whether biometric screening is right for your corporate wellness program.

How Burnout Affects Women

Health organizations are beginning to recognize burnout as a worldwide epidemic. By some estimates, burnout costs employers well over $100 billion every year and endangers the health of millions, striking without warning and affecting a majority of today’s workforce.

But some recent research suggests that women may burn out faster than men.

To reduce burnout rates at your workplace, it’s useful to understand the unique pressures women face at work and at home and how they can lead to burnout.

How to Make Stress Management a Top Wellness Priority

If you love your job, the old saying goes, you'll never have to work a day in your life. Unfortunately, like so many other bits of conventional wisdom, this one’s not entirely true.

No matter how satisfied your employees are with their jobs, sometimes work is going to feel like … well, work. In other words, it's going to be stressful.

When left unchecked, however, occasional stress can morph into chronic stress, which can negatively affect a person’s wellness in widespread and sometimes surprising ways.

Why Empathy Is Key to Emotional Wellness

People with a strong sense of empathy are more enjoyable to be around. Empathy makes someone more likely to help others, to show compassion, and to hold humane and reasonable expectations of others. On the other hand, a lack of empathy leads to situations like a boss crashing an employee’s chemotherapy appointment to ask about work-related matters.

We think about empathy primarily in terms of how we relate to other people. But is having empathy beneficial to yourself too? And how can organizations help nurture a sense of empathy among employees and management?

The Top 10 Healthy Snacks That Support Your Corporate Wellness Program

Jim’s workplace has just implemented a corporate wellness program and he’s excited about diving into some challenges. After all, his blood pressure is higher than it should be, and his doctor wants him to start developing healthier habits.

His stomach rumbles, so he heads over to the office vending machine, looking for a healthy snack that will quiet his hunger. He scans the machine and sees … chips, candy bars, chewing gum, and a lone, sad granola bar that looks like it was rescued from the bottom of a fourth-grader’s backpack.

Turns out, Jim’s employer isn’t putting their money where Jim’s mouth is.

8 Winter Wellness Challenge Ideas

Sometimes, wellness is easy.

When the weather is balmy and there’s a breeze in the air, it’s a joy to get outside and go for a walk or a bike ride, to have more walking meetings, and to find extra opportunities to get moving.

When the temperature falls to single digits, and the sidewalks are a mess of slush, snow, and ice? Getting outside gets a lot less appealing.

Fortunately, we have some great ways to keep employees moving throughout the winter months.

Is “Mindful Eating” Just Another Diet?

The Cabbage Soup Diet. Keto. The Zone. Atkins. Weight Watchers.

For anybody who has ever wished to lose weight, the choices and possibilities are endless—and often contradictory. Is fat bad, or is it the key to attaining a healthier size without feeling deprived? Are carbs evil or are they something that can be enjoyed in moderation?

Now, there is talk about "mindful eating." But what IS mindful eating? Is it a diet, or something different? And could it be the key to helping your employees make healthier food choices?

5 Ways to Integrate Play into Your Corporate Wellness Program

Tag! You’re it!

As a kid, those words were the signal to run like the wind, as your friends scattered across the playground, clambering up the monkey bars and dancing just out of your reach.

At no point during this activity did you stop and wonder how many calories you had burned.

Play can be transformative, making almost any activity more enjoyable and helping the time pass much more quickly. And if you want your corporate wellness program (and your wellness challenge ideas) to be more enjoyable for employees, why not incorporate a sense of play into it?

Should Integrative Medicine Be Part of Your Employee Wellness Program?

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but what about a good massage? Or maybe some herbal tea? Or perhaps some meditation?

Conventional medicine has long been the dominant source for treatment and advice when it comes to keeping us healthy. In recent decades, however, there is an increased interest in expanding our ideas of healthcare and what it really takes to be well. As a result, people are beginning to integrate other approaches and techniques into their lifestyle.

Read on to learn what integrative medicine is and whether you should make it a part of your employee wellness program.