Monthly Archives: January 2014

Quickest Way To A Workplace Wellness Question Answered – And It’s Free!

Say you had a question about some aspect of your wellness program’s walking initiative – or any other subject for that matter – fast answers from your peers in workplace wellness and health promotion is a couple of clicks away.

For instance, there are currently 283 posts – questions or answers on the subject of “walking” contributed by members of the Wellness Manager Professional Discussion Group.

Members simply ask a question related to managing a wellness program and in short order other members offer their knowledge and advice and what they have learned.

Wellness Manager Professional Discussion Group membership is free and there are no ‘spammy’ posts because the discussions are moderated and inappropriate posts are not approved.

Only members can ask or answer questions. Membership requires approval.

It’s about friends asking friends questions. And, the answers are genuinely helpful. Members aren’t pontificating or simply trying to promote themselves.

Inter-office weight loss challenges, fitness center membership incentives, wellness and disease management, health risk assessments, indicators of success, have been among the information-sharing topics by members of the discussion group.

It’s simple to join the group. Members include many names you will recognize among your colleagues.

There are currently 1522 members. We started the group in 2002.

If you are a wellness or health promotion professional you are encouraged to join. Just click on this link: http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/WellnessManager/info

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Getting To The ROI Of A Wellness Program; You Need Measures And Analytics

The New Year is still young and there is still time to adopt another new resolution. Yeah, zeroing in on your wellness program’s return-on-investment (ROI.)

The ROI ‘issue’ is not going away. So let’s hunker down and figure out ways to successfully prove the winning results of your organization’s wellness or health promotion program.

The future for wellness professionals includes a healthy dose of doing those calculations surrounding the performance of your program.

But it is not without “measurement conundrums,” according to Larry Chapman, MPH, founder of the founder of Chapman Institute and a leading authority and thought leader on workplace wellness.

“One of the first issues is risk stratification as a core to our programming and how does it offer us better measurement opportunities,” he said during a workshop sponsored by Wellness Program Management Advisor and the Wellness Management Information Center.

“Think about the role of a health risk assessment and the ability for us to identify different risk strata groups and then deal with the role of incentives and communications in helping people that are actually in those risk categories make use of the programs and the interventions that we structure for them,” he urged.

Every place where a wellness manager sees a line here or a dotted line, “you can Continue reading

2014! Resolutions Don’t Come Easy

Happy New Year!

As we head into the New Year people are trying to hang on to their recently made resolutions. However, it is not enough to simply make a resolution; you must be motivated to sticking to it, according to one wellness professional.

Here are four keys to success in keeping resolutions that wellness program managers can share with program participants:

The first key to success is learning how to stay motivated.

“Motivation comes in spurts, so you have to work at keeping it in the forefront of your mind.”

Wellness program managers can help with employee motivation in a number of ways. Continue reading