by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

In many instances, the larger the organization we work with, the more cooks in the kitchen — Wellness, IT, Legal, HR, Communications, PR, and Purchasing can all have a role. When decision makers from various departments take time to understand what the wellness manager is attempting to implement, things can go smoothly. But if they’re just trying to complete a checklist without considering the details, the result can be unnecessary meetings, delays, and added expense — enough hassle that some prospective clients just say never mind. If we can sense that’s about to happen, we often propose these steps to get past the initial hurdles and put everyone on the same page.

by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

There’s good news and bad for holiday imbibers. The good news is the average adult really doesn’t gain 5-7 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. The bad news is the average adult does gain a pound between the holidays... and it’s likely to stick around.

Health promoters can use this knowledge to launch a 2-week or longer program called Get Down a Pound, which highlights the new information and gives everyone a manageable goal for late January or February. Participants are likely candidates for other ongoing weight management services as well. Some ways to make it fun:

by Beth Shepard   Beth's profile on LinkedIn  

Sedentary jobs may not be as harmful for physically active workers.

A recent study suggests sitting may not be the grim reaper it’s been declared to be — as long as you also get lots of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA).

According to the Whitehall II study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, many previous studies linking prolonged sitting to mortality were conducted primarily on sedentary subjects.

by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

If you guessed eat right, exercise, and get 8 hours of sleep, you’re partly right, but in this instance we’re talking about the important work of managing a function charged with improving a population’s health and quality of life — which is only slightly more difficult than building the International Space Station.

  • Cultivate your network. It’s not about how many LinkedIn connections you can make, but a personal bond with individuals and groups where reciprocity is the foundation. The strongest managers enter these relationships without expecting anything in return for their help or support. Ironically, this selfless approach is precisely what allows them to get the most out of their network.