In this month’s Rewind feature, Dr. Susan Cooley, a renowned Healthcare Consultant, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and TEDx speaker, shares about the benefits of humans working alongside computers and technology advances to gather human-centric healthcare answers.
“This [The rise of data in HR functions] is good news for human resources professionals, according to researchers: The management of data is a new area where HR can make significant impact on external stakeholders, something CEOs want dearly from the HR function,” a recent report from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) said. “The bad news: So far, this has not been an area where HR has a proven track record.”
Proven track record or not, it was just a couple of years ago when the HR team at Palmetto Health, the largest and most comprehensive healthcare system in the South Carolina Midlands, decided to stay one step ahead of the curve and put data to work for their population.
“As the cost of unwell workers rises, employers are spending more on employee wellness as a means to lower healthcare costs, improve morale and recruitment, raise productivity, and stay competitive in the market.”
The quote above is taken from the Global Wellness Institute’s (GWI) 2017 Global Wellness Economy Monitor, which was issued earlier this week to give a current snapshot of the wellness and wellbeing industry and look ahead to what the future holds for companies.
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Regardless of your daily schedule, if it contains regular exercise, or if you’re more likely to be found running from meeting to meeting, eating healthy and giving your body the nutrition that it needs is one of the early steps of wellbeing. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to nourish your body on the move …
After the success of last year’s Hello Spring Challenge, where 17,000 participants took 2.6 billion steps and averaged 48 million steps per day, DHS Group is excited about the launch of this year’s New Year, New You Challenge!
Running for six weeks beginning Monday, January 9th, the New Year, New You Challenge will include three different (and compounding!) two-week missions that participants are challenged to complete.
Near the end of summer, we recapped nearly 100 challenges that groups, utilizing DHS Group’s Move module, had completed in the first six months of the year. Almost six months later, we’re revisiting that blog post to share a few new updates and look ahead to what is sure to be a great 2017.
Back at the beginning of the month, we shared how several of DHS Group’s staff members like to stay active during the holiday season to maintain their spot on the company’s Move challenge leaderboard.
Today, we’re revisiting the team to find out a few of their favorite “healthier” holiday snacks, treats and recipes. With a week’s worth listed below, you’ll have plenty to try as you head into the upcoming holiday weekend and toward the New Year!
In a recent The Business Journals article, author Dana Manciagli laments a familiar disappointment that many companies find when launching a wellness or wellbeing program for their employees – a disappointment that 52 percent of employers polled in The State of Workplace Wellbeing survey agree is the biggest challenge.
‘I personally believe that we have just finished seeing the first generation of wearables and are about to enter the ‘what’s next phase.’ Those were the words of Mike Lee, Chief Digital Officer at Under Armour, expressing his feelings on the current state of wearable technology and connected devices.
Fitness trackers, which have long been looked at as a way to record a simple metrics like steps or miles walked during the day, are starting to be tapped for the additional information they can provide – insightful data that can provide a holistic view of an individual’s overall health and wellbeing.
Holiday season is upon us and like every year, there seems to be an invitation to a party or special event around every corner – quickly filling up the calendar alongside work commitments, holiday shopping, family outings and more.
Unfortunately, with the busyness of the season, commitments to staying active can become harder and harder to maintain. We caught up with some members of the DHS Group team to hear about their favorite ways to stay active and maintain their spot on the company’s Move challenge leaderboard during the busy month ahead.
Around the world, people are wearing blue throughout November to bring awareness to diabetes in celebration of National Diabetes Awareness Month. Regardless of the type of diabetes, this month, we’re all working together to bring awareness to an incurable disease. While I advocate for type 1 diabetes (T1D) awareness throughout the year, November is my favorite month because it’s full of activities and events that shine a light on diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes is a problem for employers on many levels. We live and work in environments that encourage unhealthy behaviors, speeding up the process of making healthy people unhealthy. Our system to treat those with or at risk for Type 2 Diabetes targets the symptom, leading to a lifetime of controlling blood sugar through medication.
When you combine the above with prevalent data, our ability to have a positive impact on Type 2 Diabetes seems minimal. The question, then, is how do we address these issues proactively? What could we change or improve so that a positive impact is possible?
On Memorial Day, the SEAL Legacy Foundation launched its inaugural Patriot Steps Challenge using our Meaningful Miles: Fundraising Activity Challenge program. The Challenge kicked off with the goal of engaging donors and encouraging movement while raising funds for a cause that was close to their hearts – providing support to the families of wounded and fallen Navy SEALs, giving educational assistance to SEALs and their families, and more.
For those of you considering the Move module for your organization, there’s never been a better opportunity to test-drive
For many companies, the largest single investment made is the investment in their personnel. Yet, the amount of money invested to indemnify and restore broken down human capital is one of the top capital expenditures. Often, companies lack a clear vision for that investment or even a basic understanding where the money is going. Each year, companies expand this investment, without a plan for obtaining additional value from the investment. More alarming is the fact that many companies treat their people just like that neglected piece of equipment; investing nothing in preventive maintenance and rolling along waiting for a defect to happen.
When tasked with explaining the barriers to getting active, the Mayo Clinic shared the five most common excuses people give when asked why they don’t exercise. These reasons (along with many others) are why many companies have started to implement group activity challenges in which employees can participate during the work day, encouraging positive lifestyle changes that go beyond just a 30-minute treadmill run after work or a Saturday morning yoga class and make activity part of regular daily life.
In a recent blog post, we shared the results our Move module brings to companies looking to increase employee engagement and get their populations moving. In fact, during the first half of 2016, companies using Move to run group activity challenges saw 77% of their employees motivated to move more and increase their daily physical activity among many other successes.
Over the past few years, we’ve been helping schools like Florida Virtual School (FLVS) and Auburn University make strides in physical education innovation using the very same Move module. Keep reading to get a quick look into why we’re doing it and what we’ve learned.