Posts Tagged ‘health and wellness’

Boston Market Takes On a Health-Conscious Menu

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

For the last several years, Boston Market has worked to create a menu that boasts more nutritious selections while still offering the same great taste. In a campaign committed to reducing sodium levels by 20% in their menu items, they removed salt shakers from their tables in 2012. While the sodium levels dropped in menu staples, 26% in mashed potatoes, 20% in stuffing, gravy by 50% and cornbread by 30%, sales have not.* The holiday sales this year increased 17%.

In January 2014, Boston Market continued their health movement with the announcement of “Meals Under 550 Calories,” a menu offering more than 100 calorie-conscious options just in time for new years weight loss resolutions.

“At Boston Market, we are committed to ensuring our guests enjoy delicious, home style cooking that can be part of a healthier diet,” said George Michel, CEO of Boston Market (a.k.a. “The Big Chicken”). “Modifying our recipes to create healthier options, without sacrificing taste, is another way we deliver on our mission to provide guests wholesome foods they can feel good about eating and sharing with their families.”**

Interested in gift cards? Boston Market gift cards are redeemable at more than 458 locations nationwide and are available in volume discounts.

*Boston Market Offers Health Conscious Consumers More Than 100 Meals Under 550 Calories,  Press Release 01/08/14

**Boston Market Reduces Sodium in Key Menu Items – And No One Notices, Press Release 02/17/14

Quick Guide to CVS/pharmacy Gift Cards

Monday, March 31st, 2014

cvs cardsQuick Guide to CVS/pharmacy Gift Cards

Our CVS gift cards offer a variety of options for a variety of rewards. With over 7,600 locations in the U.S. carrying a wide range of everyday essentials, what better way to motivate your members or employees than through one of our CVS gift card options? From co-pay costs to beauty products, they cover all of the must-haves. Here are our different CVS gift cards:

CVS/pharmacy Gift Card:

Available in denominations from $5 to $500

The CVS/pharmacy gift card lets cardholders purchase thousands of items, including those from the pharmacy.

CVS/pharmacy Select Gift Card:

Available in denominations from $5 to $500

The CVS Select card is designed to promote wellness. It works the same as the CVS/pharmacy gift card, except it only lets the holder purchase healthy items. That means that, while it works on everything from co-pays to baby products, it actually filters out unhealthy items, including candy, alcohol and tobacco products.

To order or learn more, visit our CVS/pharmacy gift card page.

Healthy Employees are Productive Employees

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Employees are in the best shape to work when they are in the best physical shape. Employees with high-risk health conditions like high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes average 77% more absences than employees without high-risk health conditions. Healthy employees present more continuity in their job and thus more productivity. Check out this infographic on the impact healthy employees can have on organizational productivity. For more information on the correlation between healthy employees and productivity head over to Employee Benefits news.

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Reach Peak Office Performance with Employee Wellness

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Athlete’s Performance made a name for itself training elite athletes (think NFL and MLB players) in their off-seasons. Athlete’s Performance had recently gone through a rebrand, becoming Exos, and focusing on helping employers reach the maximum potential in employee wellness  in their workforce, both in the gym and in the office.

Taking the Athlete’s Performance philosophy of intense fitness and rising to the top of the clients field transitions directly into Exos’ broader reach theory. Helping employers successfully introduce, apply and follow through on the promise of a wellness program benefits employer and employee insurance costs. Ensuring each employee has their own individual experience and plan to succeed while contributing to the greater goal of the organization is where elite athletics meet employee wellness.

Are you treating your employees to elite wellness? Check out more on how to reach your office’s “peak performance” with this article from FastCompany. 

Wellness Champions Drive Peer Health and Wellness

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Did you know how much peers influence each other when it comes to health and wellness behaviors in the workplace? The numbers are staggering:

  • Employees who have family or close friends who are obese are 57% more likely to become obese
  • On the flip side employees at small companies are 34% more likely to quit smoking when their co-workers do

A new study out from StayWell Health Management revealed that using “wellness champions” in the workplace, almost like team wellness captains, drive general employee populations to healthier behavior. The peer support and good example set in the workplace changes employee behavior for the better. Creating a healthier work environment lowers insurance and healthcare costs for both employers and employees.

Empowering peer rewards can be a great way to reinforce a community of wellness. Allowing “wellness champions” to reward healthy behavior like increased exercise or decreased smoking or junk food intake creates a non-vertical reward cycle that allows peer support to grow throughout your organization. Rewards can be small, like small denomination gift cards to healthy retailers like Whole Foods Market, GNC or CVS/Pharmacy.

To learn more about wellness champions and the theory behind it head over to Employee Benefits News.

Back to Basics: What Employee Wellness Means for Your Bottom Line

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Employee wellness programs have gained immense popularity over the last few years. Wider implementation and a boost in popularity based on a component of the Affordable Care Act that incentivizes companies for implementing employee wellness initiatives. Through all of this it is easy to lose sight of what impacts wellness program have on your bottom line, so here are a few reminders:

  • Fewer absences: Healthy employees take fewer sicks days, require less doctors appointments to manage ongoing health issues and can be at work more. This provides greater continuity in their positions and mitigates costs of hiring a temp or even a longer term substitute.
  • Increased productivity: Greater continuity in your workforce leads to greater productivity. Healthy employees tend to be more focused and can get more done.
  • Increased morale: Healthier is happier. Healthy employees are happier in their positions and are more focused on achieving team goals and creating camaraderie in the workplace.

For more information on why employee wellness programs are good for your business head on over to Business2Community.

 

3 Hazards of Workplace Wellness Programs…And How to Avoid Them

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Workplace wellness programs are a great tool to motivate employees to be healthy and control health care benefit costs. However, poorly administered plans can wreak havoc on employees and employers alike. Here are three hazards that can foil your workplace wellness efforts, and how to avoid them.

  1. Bad Programs Don’t Save Money. A poorly administered program can miss the mark and cause your company not to see any return on investment. The most common occurrence of a program not saving money is when employers don’t adequately communicate the goals and benefits of the program to their employees. Communication is key. Communicate often to employees old and new.
  2. Programs can get too personal. No employee wants there employer too embedded in their personal life and decisions. Instead of mandating invasive employee tests or weigh-ins, change snack and meal options around the office. Make sure there is a salad bar and healthy snacks available to employees, rather than mandating regular medical testing.
  3. Alienating Employees. Keep it high-level and positive. Reward employees  for healthy choices and create opportunities for exercise, activity and healthy eating. Don’t get too personal and invasive. This will cause employees to be averse to participating for fear of their employer invading their personal space and time.

For more information on how to avoid common pitfalls of employee wellness programs check out this article from Forbes.

Invest in Employee Health with a Little Competition

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Everyone is buzzing about employee health and wellness initiatives. With the newly applied Affordable Care Act, rules and employees trying to stick to their New Year’s Resolutions, losing weight is on everyone’s mind. And who doesn’t like a little friendly competition among colleagues?

Rather than have a basic carrot based health and wellness rewards program in place set up a weight loss competition among colleagues. Form teams, have the teams set goals, while keeping weight numbers private and reward winners at a regular interval, whether it is a weekly winner, monthly winner or one-time overall competition winner. Make sure to offer a variety of rewards. A weekly winner might win a small denomination gift card to a health retailer like CVS/Pharmacy, GNC or Whole Foods Market, while the overall winner might win a weekend getaway or an extra day off. Competition will only drive employees to be healthier and drive down premiums for both employees and your organization.

Whole Foods, Sticking to Its Roots

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

It is great in today’s business environment to see a large national brand sticking to its roots, what made it successful. Whole Foods is doing just that with its Local Producer Loan Program. This unique loan program helps Whole Foods help small scale independent food producers grow their business and scale to sell the type of food Whole Foods needs to purchase for its consumers. These independent food producers get to grow, create more jobs and have a category leading retail partner, while Whole Foods gets to give back and help bring healthy, wholesome, natural food to the masses.

Sticking to its roots is just one example of why Whole Foods gift cards can be a great addition to an employee health and wellness incentive program. Whole Foods sets a positive business example. They make good on their promises, they serve their population to the absolute best of their abilities and promoting their brand to your employees sets a precedent for your own business. Giving employees positive examples like Whole Foods can drive them to create a similar environment of integrity, teamwork and giving back in their own workplace. Doesn’t January seem like a great time to start? Everyone is dieting anyway!

For more information on Whole Foods’ Local Producer Loan Program check out this article from FoodProductionDaily.com.

Corporate Wellness, Foster a Culture of Health in the Workplace

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Whether you’ve just implemented a corporate wellness program or have had one in place for years, one thing to pay close attention to is the culture of health that it creates in your workplace. Without it, your program is like a boat on dry land…not really going anywhere.

Company culture is built from the top down. One great way to show management’s support in your corporate wellness program is by encouraging employees to make and keep “health-goals”, like losing weight, joining a smoking cessation program and quitting, joining a gym, etc.  Rewarding employees for these milestone achievements in their health is a great motivational tool and using healthy incentives brings the process full circle. Healthy incentives can be any number of things and don’t need to break the bank either. Small denomination gift cards to health-focused  stores like CVS/pharmacy or Whole Foods Market are a great way to reward. Get more healthy gift ideas on a budget from Health.com’s 50 Healthy Gifts Under $50.

Check out this article in Corporate Wellness Magazine to learn more about employee motivational tools and creating a culture of health.