Health is one of the most popular searched items on the Internet today. But instead of wading through the mire of sites on the web, try checking out these additional resources on the World Wide Web.
The report investigates the characteristics of workplace wellness programs, their prevalence, their impact on employee health and medical cost, facilitators of their success, and the role of incentives in such programs. The authors employ four data collection and analysis streams: a review of the scientific and trade literature, a national survey of employers, a longitudinal analysis of medical claims and wellness program data from a sample of employers, and five case studies of existing wellness programs in a diverse set of employers to gauge the effectiveness of wellness programs and employees’ and employers’ experiences.
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Produced by HBO, “The Weight of the Nation” is a four-part award-winning documentary outlining the seriousness of the country’s obesity epidemic. The first film in “The Weight of the Nation” series examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese. You can watch the first episode online at no charge.
If you haven’t seen this series — it’s simply extraordinary.
If you’ve been looking for hard evidence of workplace wellness ROI, be sure to download these two great articles made available by the Workplace Wellness Corporation.
These articles should be considered essential reading for business leaders and worksite wellness professionals.
Healthfinder is an award-winning Federal Web site, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies. Since 1997, Healthfinder has been recognized as a key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet. Healthfinder links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,800 health-related organizations.
CDC’s LEAN Works! site contains an obesity cost calculator to estimate how much obesity costs your organization and how much you could save by establishing an obesity prevention control program at your worksite. To obtain better estimates for your organization, you will need to know the average hourly wages, percent of employees receiving health benefits, and the body mass index (BMI) of your employees. If you do not have some of this data for your company, the Obesity Cost Calculator will provide default values from nationally representative datasets to calculate the cost estimates.
Share the website Flu.gov with your employees so they can see for themselves how important it is to get an annual flu shot! Flu.gov is service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that provides one-stop access to U.S. Government seasonal, H1N1 (swine), H5N1 (bird), H3N2, and pandemic flu information. Flu.gov lists locations, information and recommendations that can encourage your employees, and help them find out where to get a flu vaccine.
Being fit matters. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, new research suggests that a few extra pounds or a slightly larger waistline affects an executive’s perceived leadership ability as well as stamina on the job.
New health care rules will make it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, ensure that families buying their own coverage will get basic essential benefits similar to what private insurers offer, and help employers promote wellness. HealthCare.Gov offers information and resources to help you and your employees understand the changes that will be coming and how they impact individuals, families and businesses. Resources include helpful links to read the law, review key features of the law, see the timeline of what’s changing and when, find implementation resources, read more about the regulations, and understand how your health care coverage will change and the new benefits available under the law.
Healthy People 2020 is a set of health objectives for the Nation to achieve over the first decade of the new century. It can be used by many different people, States, communities, professional organizations, and others to help them develop programs to improve health.
Healthy People 2020 builds on initiatives pursued over the past three decades. The 1979 Surgeon General’s Report, Healthy People, and Healthy People 2000: National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives both established national health objectives and served as the basis for the development of State and community plans. Like its predecessors, Healthy People 2020 was developed through a broad consultation process, built on the best scientific knowledge and designed to measure programs over time.
The ChooseMyPlate website is a service of The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), which is an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The site contains a number of resources and information about nutrition guidelines for Americans, as well as tips for weight management and increasing physical activity. “MyPlate” illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image — a place setting for a meal. A selection of interactive tools and resources such as “The SuperTracker” can help your employees plan, analyze, and track their diet and/or physical activity. ChooseMyPlate.gov also contains helpful educational materials and tons of tips for healthy eating that you can share with your employees.
Provides information about cardiovascular, lung, and blood diseases to health professionals and the public. Develops, identifies, and distributes educational materials.
Vaccines.gov is the federal gateway to information on vaccines and immunization for infants, children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. Vaccines.gov provides resources from federal agencies for the general public and their communities about vaccines across the lifespan. There, your employees can find information about how and why vaccines work, download an immunization schedule, or look up immunization schedules for their children or other family members.
Through its website, provides health messages on the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and increasing physical activity. Suggested contacting via email before phone.
Provides information about mental health, including eating disorders, to health professionals and the public. Develops, identifies, and distributes educational materials.