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More Flexibility at Work Boosts Employee Health

HBNS STORY | February 16, 2010

Desk Jobs Could Derail Health, Review Suggests

HBNS STORY | September 7, 2010

Healthy, Educated Employees More Likely to Pick High-Deductible Plan

HBNS STORY | September 16, 2010

Combined Interventions Ease Job Re-Entry for Cancer Survivors

HBNS STORY | February 15, 2011

For cancer survivors who wish to return to work after treatment, a new evidence review suggests that therapies focusing on a wide range of health interventions might best enable them to do so.

When Bosses Are Exercise Friendly, Workers Get Their Move On

HBNS STORY | February 28, 2011

Employees at exercise-friendly workplaces get more total moderate-to-vigorous physical activity than do others.

Antiretroviral Drugs Dramatically Reduce Risk of Passing HIV to Healthy Partners

HBNS STORY | May 10, 2011

When one partner in a couple is infected with HIV and the other isn’t, treatment with antiretroviral drugs can dramatically lower the chances of the infected partner passing along the disease to his or her mate, a new evidence review finds.

Stressed-Out Workers Less Likely to Stick With Wellness Centers

HBNS STORY | August 31, 2011

Asking people who join a gym, fitness or wellness center just one short question about their stress level can identify those who are at risk of health problems and poor health habits, according to a new study.

Employee Programs Teaching Health Care “Consumer” Skills May Also Produce Health Benefits

HBNS STORY | October 31, 2011

A workplace program designed to teach employees to act more like consumers when they make health care decisions, for example, by finding and evaluating health information or choosing a benefit plan, also improved exercise, diet and other health habits, according to a new study in the latest issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Employee Wellness Programs Provide Significant Savings Over Time

HBNS STORY | March 6, 2012

Employees who participated in a health-improvement program had fewer medical costs than non-participants, according to a new report in the American Journal of Health Promotion. In addition, three year employer savings outpaced the program costs with a return on investment of almost $3 to $1.

Logging On to Lose Weight May Be a Tough Sell for Employers

HBNS STORY | June 5, 2012

A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine examined whether a convenient web support program could help employees maintain weight loss after an intensive kick-off. It turns out that a challenge may be just getting them to log on.

Providing Workplace Wellness Centers Could Backfire

HBNS STORY | May 2, 2013

People who signed up for a workplace wellness center but then used it infrequently experienced declines in their mental quality-of-life, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Employers Can Motivate Employees to Get Moving

HBNS STORY | July 30, 2013

Workplace efforts to encourage employees to increase physical activity are most effective when they incorporate tools such as pedometers and related electronic health information, finds a new review in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Veterans Groups Miss Opportunities to Curb Tobacco Use

HBNS STORY | October 31, 2013

Websites targeting veterans fail to provide information about the risks of tobacco products despite high rates of smoking in the military, finds a new report in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Banning Workplace Smoking Not Enough

HBNS STORY | October 31, 2013

Failing to address the presence of other smokers at home limits the effectiveness of workplace smoking restrictions, finds a new study in American Journal of Health Promotion.

Obese Employees Cost Employers Thousands in Extra Medical Costs

HBNS STORY | May 13, 2014

A new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that, on average, a morbidly obese employee costs an employer over $4,000 more per year in health care and related costs than an employee who is of normal weight.

Life-Changing Events Can Lead to Less Physical Activity

HBNS STORY | June 5, 2014

Adults tend to engage in less leisure-time physical activity after changes in both lifestyle and physical status, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Military Culture Enables Tobacco Use

HBNS STORY | December 4, 2014

A new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that U.S. military culture perpetuates the notion that using tobacco provides stress relief. Previous studies of tobacco use for stress relief among soldiers have produced no evidence supporting the theory.