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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law on March 23, 2010, and the amendments contained in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (collectively, the “Health Care Reform Laws”), provide significant funding for wellness initiatives for both the private and government sectors. A few of the new programs pertinent to […]

According to a recent article, up to 90 percent of employers offer employees at least one activity promoting wellness, ranging from printed material to in-house fitness centers and one-on-one counseling. The National Institutes of Health recently conducted a case study on the employee wellness program at Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Austin. The initial program […]

Researchers have known for a long time that exercise is very helpful for controlling diabetes and its complications. Exercise helps lower blood sugar levels in the body similar to insulin. Regular exercise also helps improve insulin sensitivity so insulin can do its job better. What hasn’t been known is the kind of exercise that is […]

Wellness programs have proved their value in the workplace. Healthier employees spend less money on healthcare and employers understand that investing in their wellness is important. It’s not surprising, then, that the number of companies adding wellness programs is growing. These companies are also exploring new ways to improve program results by increasing employee participation. […]

What constitutes a good wellness program? This is a question of interest to anyone involved with worksite wellness and is an area of ongoing investigation and research. The ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal reviewed published guidelines on best practices for employee health programs. Researchers studied programs that were successful – that is, they had positive health […]

Heart disease and strokes continue to be the leading cause of death in the United States and most other developed countries. It is well known that a build-up of cholesterol in the arteries forming plaque is the primary underlying cause of both heart attacks and strokes. As the plaque in the arteries accumulates, the flow […]

In a large multi-employer study, researchers found that the full costs of poor health dwarf those of direct medical spending alone. Typically, companies measure healthcare expenses by adding medical care and pharmaceutical purchases. When researchers added the costs of presenteeism and absenteeism, employers spent four times more on healthcare costs than they estimated. In the […]

Portland, OR – December 2, 2008 – Wellsource, Inc. of Portland, Oregon, today announced that two of its flagship products, the Wellsource® Personal Wellness Profile™ (PWP) and the Online Wellness Center™, have been awarded the Health Information Products (HIP) certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated […]