Fit for Work: Reshaping the Way You Approach Workplace Wellness


Good health means different things to different people. For some, it can mean waking up alert and ready to take on the day. For others, it can mean mastering some new stress management technique, or finally getting their finances in order. For someone grappling with a chronic condition, it can be as simple as getting through the day without an episode. So, why do so many companies approach wellness from a singular perspective?

The Health Screening Everyone Needs


“What you don’t know won’t hurt you.”. Lies, all lies! When it comes to your health, not knowing could be gravely dangerous. You may feel fine. You may look healthy. But that doesn’t guarantee everything is OK beneath the surface. Know Your Numbers. A Biometric Screening is one of the most important things you can do for your health. The process involves having your body composition measured, blood pressure checked, and a quick blood sample for your cholesterol and glucose levels.

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Breaking Bad: Habits & Wellness


Can you put a date stamp on building new habits? If so, how do you determine the due date? Some researchers think it takes at least 21 days to form a habit; others are certain it can take as many as 66 days before that routine is locked in. Is there really a science that determines internal drive or any other unique factors that compel us to do what we do (or don’t do)? Making Habits Personal.

3 Ways to Create a Positive Workplace Culture that Actually Sticks


Every leader should aim to create a positive workplace culture. According to research, it reduces healthcare costs, engages employees, and fosters loyalty. Pretty rewarding, right? But workplace culture can deteriorate pretty quickly when not cultivated. When a company is experiencing stress from rapid growth, the first thing that goes out the window is culture. Rituals that were once celebrated or revered suddenly lose their place on the priority list.

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Our 4 Favorite CES 2017 Wellness Innovations


Ah, CES®. Also known as Christmas for electronics enthusiasts. Every year, the Consumer Technology Association hosts CES , debuting hot new consumer electronics products and mind-blowing innovations to the delight of techies the world over. And those interested in health and wellness can delight, too, as many wellness- and fitness-focused products debuted this year. And while CES never fails to reveal innovative creations, not all see market success, or even market release.

Going for Gold: How to Strengthen Company Culture


In a few short months, we’ll get to hear those famous words, “Let the games begin!” ushering in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. But here at Viverae, we couldn’t wait that long! Recently, we hosted the third annual Viverae Olympic Games right here in Dallas, Texas.

Road to Recovery: Admitting Americans Are Struggling With Finances


“When thinking about wellness, financial wellness is the first thing that comes to mind,” said no one ever. Wellness is usually synonymous with physical health; however, employees actually regard financial stress as their number one concern —five times greater than personal health. So discounting financial wellness and its role in overall well-being is— to put it nicely —a tad ignorant.

All Hands on Deck: Building a Culture of Collaboration to Achieve Greatness


We all know that teamwork is an essential ingredient to any successful endeavor. Whether you’re working to build a prosperous business, win a World Series title, or simply trying to achieve a personal wellness goal, you need a rock-solid team to help bring home a victory. This comes second nature to most of us who grew up working on school projects with other students, joining forces with our pals on athletic teams, or participating in other group activities.

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5 Sure-fire Ways Even the Most Well-Planned Wellness Program Can Fail


Building a wellness program that fires on all cylinders can sometimes feel like waking up early on a Saturday. Sure, it may seem like a piece of cake in theory, but it’s way more difficult when the task is actually at hand. In addition to ensuring that your program design aligns with your company objectives, you also need to think about ways to encourage engagement, decide on a set of metrics to measure the results of your efforts, and consider all the other variables that go into your program.

The Art of Exercising Without Exercising: Adding Physical Activity to Your Daily Tasks


The human body literally burns calories for a living. Yet, many of us suppress our natural, calorie-burning superpowers by sitting around way more than we should. We sit at work for hours. Then, we sit while relaxing at home after work. All this inactivity isn’t good for us. Study after study has linked sedentary behavior to increased health risks. That’s why it’s so important to look for ways to stay active during your day. It doesn’t take much.

Name-calling… The Perfect Boost for Your Wellness Program


As I type this, Viverae’s extensive annual open enrollment process is well under way. For Human Resources professionals, this can be one of the busiest times of the year as we scramble to add new benefits, review bids from current and prospective vendors, and determine how to best implement and communicate these changes across our organization. One of the biggest, positive changes which can be made during this time is the incorporation of a new wellness program.

Encouraging Financial Wellness in the Workplace


Most companies genuinely care about their employees. And for good reason. Employees are the backbone of every organization, and your most effective asset as you work to grow your business. One of the best ways to express your appreciation is to make sure your team has access to resources and information to help them enjoy a healthy lifestyle. As we move into June and celebrate Employee Wellbeing Month, we’re pleased to introduce a new series of blogs to help you do just that.

Why 30-Day Instagram Workout Challenges Work


Instagram challenges seem to be taking over the world … or our Instagram feeds, at least. Each day, fitness fanatics and New Year’s resolution go-getters join a new 30-day workout challenge. And the craze doesn’t seem to be letting up soon, as the photo-sharing site’s popularity soars. If you’re not overly familiar with Instagram, that’s OK. We can’t all be blessed (or cursed) with being born into a technological generation that can text before talk.

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Sometimes we need a little help


“We’re so good at knowing what we don’t know.” – no one ever. Oftentimes in life, you know that you’ll eventually figure out how to get through a situation. But when it comes to wellness, it’s absolutely imperative to be on the right track for several different reasons, including to ensure you’re not wasting efforts and to keep up any sliver of momentum you have. And honestly, the quality of your life may depend on it.

Food for Thought: Boost Your Brainpower with These Healthy Foods


We’ve all been there. It’s lunch time and instead of satisfying that rumbling belly with something healthy, you decide to split a pizza with your co-workers or go check out that new taco joint that just opened down the street. Then you stumble back to work like a zombie straight out of an episode of The Walking Dead, feeling physically and mentally drained. The only problem is that you still have work to do, and sleepwalking through the rest of the day just isn’t going to cut it.

Breadth vs. Depth: How Does Your Wellness Provider Stack Up?


The health and wellness industry isn’t exactly known for being straightforward or simple to navigate. And with so many changes in the air, including regulatory updates, emerging technology, and new trends, it doesn’t look like it will be getting easier any time soon. That’s why when it comes to selecting a wellness provider, it’s best to heed the priceless advice of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, and shop around.

3 Ways to Improve Your Mental Well-being Each Morning


This week, we’re continuing our June blog series for Employee Wellbeing Month with a focus on mental health. 1 in 5 American adults experienced a mental health issue in 2014. Mental health is your emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Some people who experience mental health conditions feel isolated because of an associated stigma; however, mental health conditions are actually very common and treatable.

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5 Ways to Encourage Healthy Eating Habits at Work


They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. I don’t know about all that, but developing smarter eating habits is definitely a step in the right direction for those looking to improve their health. Continuing our series for Employee Wellbeing Month , this week’s blog focuses on ways to encourage healthy eating habits at work. We spend so much of our time working. So it only makes sense that eating healthier during work hours can have a dramatic impact on your team’s overall health.

Eliminating Excuses From Your Lifestyle Once and for All


We all do it. We start off with the best intentions—whether it’s a new weight-loss goal, fitness plan, or whatever—but then life happens, and we’re left picking up the pieces as we try to figure out where it all went wrong. That’s when excuses creep up and rear their ugly head. If you look hard enough, you can find an excuse for pretty much anything that doesn’t go your way. And, unfortunately, many of us do exactly that.

How to Keep Your Team Motivated until the End


Unless your name is Rocky Balboa, staying motivated can be a real struggle (even if you are, it can be tough). Yet, regardless of who you are and what you’re trying to accomplish in life, it’s impossible to reach your goals if you can’t stay focused and maintain some forward momentum. This is especially true when it comes to wellness, where every decision you make, good or bad, has a cumulative effect on your health.

The Communication Expertise Wellness Programs Should Provide


Effective communication. You’ve heard it before. It’s an integral component of a successful wellness program. And to get the desired result, it takes a lot of people—clinicians, copywriters, designers, marketers, video producers, to name a few. Regardless of the changes in technology, the market for well-crafted messages will always have an audience.”. Steve Burnett, The Burnett Group. But once communications are handed off to clients, we don’t go all “bye, Felicia” and just leave them to it.

Why Classic Organizational Design Fails to Support a Culture of Innovation

Corporate America’s iconic brands are struggling to retain market share and improve collaboration against a rising tide of more agile competitors. But companies will continue to lose these battles unless they upgrade their vastly outdated operating systems based on command-and-control structures. It’s time to build your team of teams.

Spotlighting Men for National Men’s Health Month


June is National Men’s Health Month. It’s a month dedicated to raising awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging early detection among men. As most women can attest, getting a guy to the doctor can be as difficult as getting him inside a mall; however, the reality of a skipped doctor’s visit is much more serious than a missed shopping outing. 1 in 2: The likelihood of a man developing cancer in his lifetime. 1 in 7: The number of men who will develop prostate cancer.

Return on Wellness: Making Your Company a Great Place to Work


With rising healthcare costs wreaking havoc on annual budgets everywhere, it’s no surprise that an ever-growing number of employers have turned to wellness programs to slap a bandage on the bleeding. While the value that these programs bring to the bottom line is undeniable, the benefits of a well-implemented wellness program go way beyond mere dollars and cents. Where these programs really shine is in building the intangibles that can make a company an awesome place to work. Don’t believe me?

Cool Tips to Stay Active in Frosty Weather


There’s a lot to love about the holiday season: get-togethers with the family, tasty feasts, giving and receiving awesome gifts, and, if we’re lucky, maybe even a little snow. But the downside to all these festivities is that sometimes it’s a little too tempting to kick back on the couch and watch Netflix under a warm blanket instead of braving the freezing temperatures to get in that workout we keep promising ourselves.

Five Ways to Encourage Exercise in the Workplace


You don’t have to be a professional athlete or a personal trainer to understand the value of exercise. Concluding our series for Employee Wellbeing Month , this week’s blog focuses on fitness in the workplace. Conventional wisdom says that nutrition is the boss when it comes to wellness. After all, it takes more time and effort to go to the gym and burn off calories than it does to not eat that candy bar in the first place.

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What’s in It for Me? Crafting an Incentive Strategy that Produces Results


Good health is its own reward. But it shouldn’t be the only prize your employees receive for participating in your wellness program. With many employers looking to improve participation, incentives are becoming increasingly common. Yet many program administrators can find themselves struggling with the nuances as they work to find the magic combination that motivates employees to take action. That’s especially true for companies implementing a wellness program for the first time.

Nailing Your Step Goal Without Stomping on Your Boss’s Toes


Ten thousand of anything can be difficult to reach; however, when it comes to wellness, the general recommendation is that we should all be walking 10,000 steps a day (about five miles) in order to lower blood pressure, improve cardiovascular fitness, and maintain weight. Regardless of how many steps you’re trying to reach, consciously working toward a personal step goal is an excellent way to keep your health on track and increase your daily activity.

Making Your Mark: 5 Branding Essentials to Inspire Program Engagement


First impressions matter. That’s true whether you’re meeting someone for the first time, tasting a new type of food, or cranking up the volume on a new song. Good, bad, or indifferent, those first few moments—regardless of how brief—will inevitably have a long-lasting influence on your opinions, attitudes, and decisions going forward. It’s no different when it comes to your wellness program.

Why Lifestyle Changes Are More Impactful Than Fad Diets


Once again, it’s time to brace yourself for fad diet season. As we quickly approach the holidays and the New Year, you’re bound to start seeing more and more articles pop up online, promising super-secret weight-loss tips and fast ways to shed inches on your waistline. We go through it every year, as many of us overindulge during the holiday season then beat ourselves up and promise to do better next year.

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The Fit and the Furious: Quick Tips for a Summer Body


It’s time to break out the flip flops, suntan lotion, and bathing suits, because summer is right around the corner. Personally, I love this time of year. Summertime means hanging out with friends and family, enjoying a little sun and sand, and showing off that nice toned body you’ve been working on all year. Oh, what’s that? You skipped the gym a few too many times this year? Don’t worry.

Say What!? Launching Your Wellness Program with Loud and Clear Communication


Just because you have a spiffy new wellness program doesn’t mean that employees will race each other to sign up. Although workplace wellness programs are more common than ever before, there are still many employees who don’t fully understand what a wellness program is or how it works. If this is your company’s first time launching a wellness program, you want to make sure employees are aware of all this exciting new benefit can offer. This is where your communication skills come into play.

Chew on This! Fending Off Your Inner Food Zombie


Do you mindlessly sip on soda at your desk, or sneak off to that conveniently placed vending machine for a Cheez-It® fix before an important meeting? If so, you’re not alone. Even the most health-conscious of us have food habits that pull us to mindlessly snack throughout the day. We don’t even know we’re doing it! My personal kryptonite seems to be pistachios while I read through my email in the afternoon.

Can Technology Lead You Down the Healthy Path?


There’s no question that modern technology has made life easier for us. Just a few short years ago, it would’ve been impossible to do even half of the things that we can now do digitally. Indeed, most of us go through our days carrying enough technology in our pocket to make James Bond envious. Unfortunately, all that convenience comes with a price, as the same tools that help us save time and accomplish more have also made us more sedentary.

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