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Employer Health Plans: Helping Employees Understand Their Benefits

Nearly 67 percent of Americans are enrolled in health insurance through their employer, according to the 2015 U.S. Census Bureau. However, health insurance is complicated. Your employees shouldn’t be challenged with the jargon and tough-to-follow stipulations of their health plan. Additionally, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that a large number of Americans enrolled in […]

Why Volunteering is Beneficial to Your Employees’ Health

Volunteering – whether it is tutoring, serving at a soup kitchen or gardening at a community center – is a gratifying experience that can also lead to better health. According to a Harvard Medical School study, people who regularly volunteer are rewarded with better physical and mental health. Another study conducted by Johns Hopkins University […]

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Finding local produce to suit those healthy 2017 resolutions can be a challenge during Michigan winters. Co-owners Kiki Louya and Rohani Foulkes of The Farmer’s Hand in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood make it easier to find with healthy, all-local, Michigan-focused produce and more. Winter is a difficult time for Michigan farmers, noted Foulkes, many of whom […]

Local Produce and Healthy Recipes Offer a Way to Prep for Spring

Finding local produce to suit those healthy 2017 resolutions can be a challenge during Michigan winters. Co-owners Kiki Louya and Rohani Foulkes of The Farmer’s Hand in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood make it easier to find with healthy, all-local, Michigan-focused produce and more. Winter is a difficult time for Michigan farmers, noted Foulkes, many of whom […]

‘The Juice Lady’ Says Mocktails are a Great Treat for Body and Mind

With warmer temperatures on the way, people may be looking to lose weight, try new things and prepare for summer fashion. That is where a refreshing drink option called a mocktail comes in. Mocktails are non- alcoholic cocktails, and they are a favorite of “The Juice Lady,” or Cherie Calbom, MSN. Calbom, a longtime juice […]

Four Reasons Why Your Company Should Try Virtual Care

Virtual care, or telemedicine, is rapidly growing in health care because it is convenient, time-efficient and affordable for many businesses. According to the American Telemedicine Association, more than half of all U.S. hospitals currently have a telemedicine program and by 2017, about 70 percent of employer’s plans will offer telemedicine services as an employee benefit. […]

How to Get the Biggest Bang for your Buck with Meal-Delivery Kits

From innovative start-up concept to billion-dollar industry, meal-kit delivery services are an increasingly popular option for those looking to reduce the stress of nightly meal preparation. But health-conscious consumers should know what to look for before committing to a program, recommends Shannon Szeles, registered dietitian-nutritionist for Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. “Eating healthy, through one of […]

Employee Wellness: Tips to Encourage Your Team to Take Advantage of Their Health Plan

Deductibles. Premiums. Co-pays. These might seems like the basics of health care today, but many employees may not understand the lingo. The question is: Do your employees take advantage of or understand all the benefits your health plan has to offer? According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, four in 10 people don’t know basic […]

5 Ways Companies Can Support Healthier Employees in the New Year

As companies ring in 2017, employees will return with a sense of rejuvenation, hope and determination. This is going to be the year they improve their health. Those businesses that provide them with a comprehensive wellness program may be their ticket to a happier, healthier tomorrow, says Amy Ritsema, co-founder of OnSite Wellness. Ritsema is […]

Steal This Idea: Refresh Your Post-Holiday Skin with the Hair of the Dog

Many people make New Year resolutions to take better care of their bodies – but how many actually follow up on this idea? Self-care practices are not only important, they actually can help make you more productive. To start the New Year off right, the Detroit Grooming Company Barber Shop in Ferndale is making it […]

Employee Support: Workplace Wins to Lose the Weight and Keep It Off

With the New Year around the corner, many employees are likely tackling one of the most popular resolutions: losing weight. Often people turn to fad diets to lose weight fast, but there is no quick fix for dropping pounds and keeping it off. According to the Weight and Eating Disorders Program at the University of […]

5 Ways to Engage Employees in Health and Wellness

While your company may have a wellness program and put emphasis on health in the workplace, your employees must be engaged for these initiatives to be successful. And, it’s human nature for your employees to want to know what’s in it for them before they’re motivated to improve their health. Kandi Lannen, director of wellness […]

How to Garner the Benefits from a Diverse Workplace Wellness Program

Your workplace may support the health and well-being of your employees, but here’s the real question. Does it provide the tools necessary to empower employees to boost their health? With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s a great time to consider how you’re helping to promote employee health in your workplace. Poor health habits […]

Need a Doctor at Work? This Office has a Full Medical Team at the Ready

Feeling sick and going into work anyway is a fact of office life; many people worry that if they don’t show up for work no matter how their health is doing they’ll face repercussions. That’s not a great idea. But what is a pretty smart move is what United Shore, a Troy, Mich.-based company, recently […]

What’s Your Workplace Wellness Return on Investment?

Workplace wellness is an overall partnership between employee and employer, especially since an individual’s health is such a personal issue. Investment in wellness, with proper communication, can create strong bonds between employers and employees. Previously viewed as a courtesy versus a necessity, employers are now recognizing the value in investing in their employees’ health, says […]

Here are 10 Wellness Ideas Small Businesses Can Try to Boost Better Health

Many employers may think that wellness programs are too expensive to provide, especially for a small business. However, lack of a wellness program may cost businesses even more. According to Kandi Lannen, director of wellness at Priority Health, wellness programs lower company health care costs, improve work flow, increase employee morale and enhance company benefit […]

5 Tips to Drive Engagement in Your Employee Wellness Program

Ask any human-resource manager and they’ll likely agree: Having an employee wellness program is one of the best investments their company has made. Wellness programs can help employees engage in their health care and provides ways to be healthier, happy and more productive. But where do you start and how do you ensure the program […]

Jump Start Employee Wellness for Global Health and Fitness Month

Research shows that employees who are engaged in their health and wellbeing are less likely to be absent from work and more likely to be productive while at work. In fact, American Journal of Health Promotion reported that wellness programs contribute to 25 percent lower absenteeism, and lower health insurance, workers’ compensation and disability insurance […]