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Practical Well-Being

Posted By Stacey Krawczyk, MS, RD, Monday, March 16, 2020

Photo by: Nik MacMillan via Upsplash

In a recent Mintel blog, "Wellness Trends to Watch in 2020", the author states that 2020 will be the year for “wellness for everyone.” Holistic wellness activities that are accessible and achievable will drive consumers’ success. 

As wellness practitioners, it is important we understand the impact our recommendations make as consumers seek our professional guidance and vetting of credible wellness activities, services, and brands. We know from surveys like this one from IFIC that consumers trust health and wellness professionals the most. Shouldn’t we expect they are asking for practical and specific recommendations that help them make choices to improve their well-being?
 
Fortunately, there is a partner that helps make our jobs a bit “easier.” Pulse Health & Wellness has a unique evidence-based engagement platform that connects health and wellness brands to professional practitioners. Leveraging evidence-based professional resources, coupons, samples of food, and wellness products for clients enables one to cut through the clutter and noise in the marketplace and find practical solutions for clients or patients.

Members and friends of the National Wellness Institute can sign up at nwi.pulseconnect.me to join the Pulse Health & Wellness network at no cost! 


 Stacey Krawczyk, MS, RD, is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Wellness Institute and President of FoodWell Strategies, a food and wellness marketing consultancy.


 

Tags:  Brands  clinical practice  Emerging Wellness Professional  Engagement  PulseConnect  wellness  Wellness Trends 

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Wellness Trends - February 2020

Posted By NWI, Wednesday, February 19, 2020

5 Ways Your Company Can Plan For A Year Of Health & Wellness Engagement

Health and wellness have not just become a priority, but a necessity for a more engaged and productive workforce. The result? Companies are putting more thought into their employee wellness programs. Givhero gathered some strategies to use the new year as an opportunity to kick off your company’s health and wellness plan. Read more on Givhero.com.

 

4 Factors Driving Record-High Employee Engagement in the U.S.

Engagement levels reached a record high in 2019 and teams with higher engagement are less likely to leave their organization. Read more on Gallup.com.

 

9 Employee Engagement Archetypes

Check out the video from Harvard Business Review on a holistic approach to understanding engagement that yields more-detailed insights into what makes people stick around and do their best work.

 

The Effectiveness of Community Engagement in Public Health Interventions for Disadvantaged Groups: A Meta-Analysis

Engaging members of disadvantaged communities in public health initiatives has been suggested as a way to reduce health inequities. This systematic review was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of public health interventions that engage the community on a range of health outcomes across diverse health issues. Read more at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.

 

Community Engagement for Quality, Integrated, People-Centered and Resilient health services

People and the communities in which they are born, raised, live, work and play, are at the heart of delivering people-centered and integrated health services. Communities need to be at the center of drives to improve the quality of health services, access and equity, and achieving universal health coverage (UHC). Read more at WHO.int.


Tags:  employee engagement  Engagement  Trends  Wellness Trends 

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Wellness Trends - December 2019

Posted By NWI, Friday, December 20, 2019
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2019

Celebrate giving and gratitude through everyday actions.5 Ways To Incorporate Gratitude and Giving Into Your Everyday Life

At Givhero, they are in the business of celebrating giving and gratitude through everyday actions, and they inspire people to do the same! Here are some ways to incorporate gratitude into your day-to-day life. Read more on Givehero.com

 

2020 Wellness Budget

If you ask for information about what a wellness budget should consider in 2020, this is what you will find based on a few key professional groups:

 

Why Most New Year's Resolutions Will Fail

Another new year is almost here, and as it is every year, so many people—likely a good portion of your employees included—are high on hope, optimistic that this is finally the year when they’ll eat healthier, start exercising, quit smoking, etc. Of course, last year was the year too, but for so many people, it didn’t stick. Read more at selfhelpworks.com

Tags:  Budget  Gratitude  Resolutions  Trends  Wellness Trends 

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Wellness Trends - November 2019

Posted By NWI, Thursday, November 14, 2019
Updated: Thursday, November 14, 2019

Eight simple steps to increase your intellectual wellness

  1. Read for fun
  2. Debate an issue with a friend, but choose the viewpoint opposite the one you hold.
  3. Improve your skills for studying and learning.
  4. Learn a foreign language.
  5. Play a board game.
  6. Play a musical instrument.
  7. Write down your thoughts or journal frequently.
  8. Do crossword or sudoku puzzles.

Learn more about each at:  https://news.illinoisstate.edu/2014/03/seven-simple-steps-increase-intellectual-wellness/

Just what is functional medicine?

If you’ve wondered about the specifics of functional medicine, you’re not alone. Read more on thedo.osteopathic.org

 

The Future of Well-Being in a Tech-Saturated World

A plurality of experts say digital life will continue to expand people’s boundaries and opportunities in the coming decade and that the world to come will produce more help than harm in people’s lives. Still, nearly a third think that digital life will be mostly harmful to people’s health, mental fitness and happiness. Most say there are solutions. Read more on pewresearch.org

2019 PwC Financial Wellness Report

This year's survey results show more employees than ever admitting to being stressed about their finances. Cash flow and debt challenges continue to plague employees, inhibiting their ability to save sufficiently. Despite continued low unemployment and nominal wage growth, fewer employees feel their compensation is keeping up with the cost of living. We believe that employers will need to take a hard look at their programs to determine whether they effectively address the variety of financial challenges their employees are facing, while motivating employees to improve overall financial well-being and retirement readiness. Read more on pwc.com

When Science Meets Mindfulness

Researchers study how it seems to change the brain in depressed patients. Read more on news.harvard.edu

Health Coaches Approved for CTP Code

The National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC), a nonprofit affiliate of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), announces the American Medical Association's (AMA) approval of new Category III Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) Codes for health and well-being coaching effective January 1, 2020. Read more on 24-7pressrelease.com

7 Ways To Connect With Your Community And Embrace The New Season!

As the weather changes, the instinct for many of us is to go inside. We start to spend more time in our home, curling up with a good book or movie. And while that can provide some much-needed rest and relaxation, it’s important to resist the urge to isolate yourself, which can lead to loneliness and even anxiety and depression. Here are 7 ways to connect with your community and embrace the new season! Read more on givhero.com

Space Management and the Nitty Gritty of Inclusive Placemaking

Great public spaces are not simply made once. Even beyond the more tangible arts of public space design and programming, public spaces are made and remade again and again in the everyday management decisions made around maintenance, public safety, social services, programming, furnishings, and so much more. Read more on pps.org 

Gallup Creates Global Happiness Center

Gallup measures happiness in multiple ways on a global scale, partnering with the United Nations for the World Happiness Report and sharing insights on people's day-to-day emotional experiences through the Gallup Global Emotions report every year. Read more on news.gallup.com


Tags:  Intellectual Wellness  Wellness Trends 

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Wellness Trends - August 2019

Posted By NWI, Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Updated: Friday, August 23, 2019

The Wellbeing Initiative Your Organization Needs

There's a lot more to wellness than physical health. Yet only 12% of U.S. employers offer wide-ranging wellbeing programs that include elements like social support, health education and proper follow-up for health screenings, all built into a culture that sees workers as whole people. Read more at Gallup.com

 

Could a Wellness Coach Change Your Life?

We live in a time when no stone is left unturned in the pursuit of wellness, and with it — we hope at least — happiness. The health and wellness industry is now worth an astounding $4.2 trillion, a colossal figure that reflects the scale of our preoccupation with being ‘well.' Read more at Vogue.co.uk

 

The Role for Health Coaching in Primary Care 

It’s remarkable that while overweight and obesity are major epidemic medical problems resulting in many clinical complications, and we have solid scientific evidence showing us safe, effective interventions that actually help people to lose weight, we are not yet incorporating these methods into primary care. What’s our problem? Read more at Harvard Medical School

 

What is Functional Medicine and Why Some DO’s Gravitate to it

Learn more about this growing practice of personalized medicine, often described as ‘root cause medicine.’  Read more at TheDo.com 

Beyond Health Care: The Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health Equity

Social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age that shape health. This brief provides an overview of social determinants of health and emerging initiatives to address them. Read more at KFF.org

 

Social Determinants of Health: Transforming the Buzz Phrase to a Rural Action Item

“What’s next?” This is the two-word question rural healthcare innovators think about every day. For some innovators, a partial answer to that question might be population health management. For others, a top priority might be addressing social determinants of health (SDOH), a well-used, popular phrase perhaps still searching for its niche. Read more at RuralHealthInfo.org


Employee Engagement is Rooted in Wellness

Far from being the latest buzzword, employee experience is turning into the key element of the future-proof workplace. It’s time to change the outdated 20th century mindset that dismisses employees as dispensable and infinitely replaceable and instead recognize that business is all about people. Read more at WorldatWork.org

Uniqueness is not a disease

Most workplace environments have been designed for uniformity. Organizations invest countless hours and millions of dollars into attracting new talent; but when it comes to managing talent they already have all of their systems and tools are constructed for sameness. Read more at MarcusBuckingham.com


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Wellness Trends - July 2019

Posted By NWI, Thursday, July 25, 2019

Surgeon General Priority: Community Health and Economic Prosperity

The health of Americans is not as good as it could be, despite large expenditures on healthcare. Our poorer health status creates costs and challenges for individuals, families, communities, and businesses, and can be a drag on the economy, as too many jobs remain unfilled and productivity is adversely affected. Many of our poor health problems are rooted in inadequate investments in prevention and unequal economic opportunities in our communities.  Read more at HHS.gov.

 

Is #MeToo a Multicultural Competency? 

Great article on how the #MeToo movement is shaping policy at work. Consultants, public health leaders, health coaches, academics, clinicians need to consider the positive impact that can be had with understanding multi-cultural strategies.  The article states, “The #MeToo movement set in motion a nationwide discussion and contributed to countless positive changes. The next step is to make sure that current sexual harassment policies are in place and understood by everyone to create a safe, welcoming workplace for all employees.”  As you read this, think about the multi-cultural competencies that must be considered beyond gender.  Read more at BenefitsPRO.com.

 

Can summer stress cause employee burnout? 

While summertime is often seen as a leisurely season where Americans take time off for extended family vacations and enjoy long days at the beach, new research suggests time off doesn’t always translate into reduced stress.  Read more at benefitnews.com.

 

Self-Care Guidelines and How to Teach Others about the Power of Self-Care

In an effort to bring the practice of self-care to a broader audience, The World Health Organization(WHO) has launched its first guideline on self-care interventions for health.  It’s aimed to “empower individuals, families and communities to optimize their health as advocates.

While this is a great resource to offer, just handing out a guidebook will not solve the issue. We must train individuals to teach others about the power of self-care.  It begins with understanding how to dive into one’s conscience, in an effort to make the change.  Programs like NWI’s Empowered Health Consciousness is a great way to learn these tools.  Please read the WHO guidelines and learn for yourself, but consider how you can teach others to develop better self-care.  


 

Worksite Wellness 

 

Well-Being Enhances Benefits of Employee Engagement

Two major factors influence employee performance, Gallup has found: engagement and well-being . Read more at Gallup.com.

 

8 Things You Need To Know About Employee Wellness Programs

Employee wellness programs can look different at different companies, and that’s a good thing.  Read more at Forbes.com.

 

The Right Ingredients Brew Wellness Program Success

Stress management and tech tools improve outcomes, but incentives are questioned. Read more at SHRM.org.


 

Financial Wellness

 

6 Ways to Measure the Success of Financial Wellness Efforts  

Employers are missing out on opportunities to improve these programs.  Read more SHRM.org.

 

Pay Off Debt Or Save For Retirement? It's Time For An Actuary-Splainer 

What's the best approach to managing finances?  Read more at Forbes.com.

 

5 Things to Know About Financial Wellness Programs  

More employers offer workers guidance on budgeting and paying down debt. Here's how to make the most of it.  Read more ConsumerReports.com.


 

Tags:  burnout  Community wellness  employee wellness  Empowered Health Consciousness  Financial Wellness  multicultural competency  self care  trends  wellness trends  Worksite Wellness 

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Wellness Trends - June 2019

Posted By NWI, Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Updated: Thursday, June 20, 2019

Social & Emotional Wellness Are Critical Factors to Success


Social Determinants of Health Definitions 

We hear a lot more these days about social determinants of health (SDOH), but what are they? The World Health Organization provides a definition of SDOH.  

Further, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides additional definitions that should be considered in addition to SDOH. 

 

Transamerica Health Care Studies

Special thanks to Hector De La Torre of the Transamerica Center for Health Studies for providing this insightful data 

Wellness TrendsTransamerica Center for Health Studies® (TCHS) – a division of the Transamerica Institute® – is focused on empowering consumers and employers to achieve the best value and protection from their health coverage. TCHS engages with the American public through national surveys, its website, research findings and consumer guidance. 

 

Grocery Store Bills Can Determine Diabetes Rates by Neighborhood

Dietary habits are notoriously difficult to monitor. Now data scientists have analyzed sales figures from London’s biggest grocer to link eating patterns with local rates of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar.  Read more at MIT Technology Review


Tags:  Diabetes  Emotional Wellness  Health Care  Healthcare  SDOH  Social Determinants of Health  Social Wellness  Trends  Wellness Trends 

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