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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.

What Health Insurers Told CFAH About Patient Engagement
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | August 20, 2014 | CFAH Staff
"Most health plans view engagement as important and want to support it. But they recognize that they are only one (relatively weak) factor in supporting patient/consumer engagement... Their customers want their insurance premiums going to medical care, not a bunch of mailings about things they already know they should do..." – Arthur Southam, MD – Executive Vice President of Health Plan Operations, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Oakland, CA

What Employers and Purchaser Representatives Told CFAH About Patient Engagement
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | August 6, 2014 | CFAH Staff
"Employers have an opportunity to reduce barriers and support engagement because they sponsor health plans and can provide access to information, tools, technologies, incentives, and more. Employers have more ability to influence engagement than they often believe they have." – Michael Vittoria, Vice President, Corporate Benefits, MaineHealth, Portland, ME

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.

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.

Sticking With Resolutions Is All About Preparation
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | January 27, 2014 | David L. Katz
Relevant research and conventional wisdom alike suggest that, despite their irresistible perennial tug on our collective conscience, New Year's resolutions generally have about the staying power of Champagne bubbles. In contrast, the science of sustainable behavior change tips convincingly toward "don't go until ready."

Wellness at Work
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 5, 2013 | Health Behavior News Service
Is your company one of the many that are now offering "wellness programs"? Our latest Be a Prepared Patient article, Staying Well at Work, looks at a few of these programs in action and offers tips for maintaining a healthy work/life balance...

Staying Well at Work
PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE
More and more employers are offering workplace wellness programs-but do they work?

Tips for Workplace Health
PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Promote Your Health
Quick tips for integrating healthy habits into your work day

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.

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.

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.

Do Corporate Wellness Programs Work?
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | June 5, 2013 | Trudy Lieberman
On a recent trip to Lincoln, NE, I visited Lincoln Industries, a company that makes chrome trims for Harley-Davidson motorcycles. I was curious about the firm’s award-winning wellness program, especially since more employers are penalizing workers by making them pay more for their health insurance if they fail to meet certain health goals.

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.

How Do You Tell Your Employer That You Are Sick?
PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Organize Your Health Care
If you expect to miss work due to your or a loved one’s illness, here’s what to tell your employer.

Sick at Work
PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE
Most people don’t have the luxury of letting work slip, even when serious illness strikes. What happens when you have a chronic condition or disability and the time off you need exceeds your number of sick days?

After the ACA Ruling---What's next for Employer-Based Health Plans?
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | July 16, 2012 | Trudy Lieberman
Buzz about the recent Supreme Court's health reform decision has hovered mostly over the individual mandate---the requirement that everyone carry health insurance---and over push back on Medicaid expansion....But what about the 160 million Americans who have coverage from their employers?

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.

Prepared Patient: Sick at Work
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | May 25, 2012 | Health Behavior News Service
The typical week of sick time provided most employees may be enough if you get hit with the flu or a cold. But what happens when you have a chronic condition, such as Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis or diabetes, and the time off you need exceeds your number of sick days? What protections do you have if you require major surgery?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Healthy, Educated Employees More Likely to Pick High-Deductible Plan
HBNS STORY | September 16, 2010

Desk Jobs Could Derail Health, Review Suggests
HBNS STORY | September 7, 2010

More Flexibility at Work Boosts Employee Health
HBNS STORY | February 16, 2010