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7 Deadly Wellness Management Mistakes

September 17, 2014

by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

When it comes to health management decisions, sound business practices sometimes get tossed in favor of opinion or the way we think things ought to be. Common wellness management mistakes to avoid:

  • Going it alone. If you’re a department of 1 it’s critical to have continuous feedback from other managers and participants. And even fully staffed programs need systems in place to get constant input from outside the 4 walls.
  • Under/over-testing. Some health promoters do no testing — rolling out programs with their fingers crossed — while others suffer from analysis paralysis. Seek a balance, where you feel you have a good chance for success, but don’t try to wait until it’s “guaranteed.”
   

6 Rules for Your Health Promotion Brand

September 17, 2014

by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

For many wellness programs, branding starts and ends with a label and a cutesy logo (often involving an apple or variations on the stick figure). While a name and visual element are part of the branding equation, there’s more to it than slapping your logo on every flat surface you find:

  • Keep it simple. From your program name to the range of services, the simpler the better — especially at the start. If people have a hard time getting their mind around what you do, complexity dilutes your impact. “Health Improvement” department, for example, is better than the “Health, Productivity, and Work/Life Initiative.”
   

Mobile Wellness

September 10, 2014


Better Together: Workplace Wellness + EAP

Mobile technology offers great opportunities for supporting health improvement. Hundreds of fitness, nutrition, stress, weight control, meditation, sleep, and other apps are available — free or for just a couple of dollars.

But even the smartest of smart phones and mobile apps can contribute to dumb habits that ultimately undermine well-being.

   

HIIT Work With Your Best Shot*

September 02, 2014

by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

High Intensity Interval Training is a workout scheme that’s been around for a long time, mostly for elite athlete training, and involves repeated short-burst combinations of high-intensity exercise followed by medium-intensity exercise for recovery.

A study in 2011 increased HIIT popularity because it focused on sedentary adults instead of elite athletes and showed some remarkable benefits comparable to the classic exercise model — but required less time.

The same principles — high intensity, short duration, moderate recovery, repeat — can be applied to cognitive training and work tasks to produce better results in less time. Try this: