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ExerClock Software Helps People in Sedentary Jobs to Improve Wellness and Prevent Sitting Disease


Hartland, WI (PRWEB) May 27, 2015

Fueled by the growing health epidemic linked to our society’s technology-driven, inactive employee workforce, Milwaukee-area Physical Therapist Cory Schneider has launched ExerClock, a new software application that reminds individuals and employees to exercise at work in the form of short micro-exercise videos performed throughout the day to break up prolonged periods of sitting. ExerClock helps employees boost metabolism, burn calories, and ward off metabolic disorders such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease that are common among sedentary employees.

“It’s troubling to me that approximately 70 percent of Americans spend at least 6-8 hours a day sitting, mostly at work. It is costing U.S. businesses more than $ 90 billion each year to treat diseases and conditions that stem from a lack of physical activity, which are commonly referred to as ‘sitting disease’,” said Schneider.

Individual ExerClock memberships are great for work-from-home employees, individuals with health risks, or even dedicated athletes and fitness buffs who desire to protect their health and wellness. While corporate memberships are available, individuals can sign up for ExerClock without having to go through an employer, leveraging this new technology as yet another way to keep themselves fit and moving throughout the day.

“I developed ExerClock to empower people to be more active, to take control of their health, and to increase their productivity throughout the work day. It’s time to put a stop to the ‘metabolic shutdown’ that occurs when our bodies don’t move. ExerClock is a terrific tool that gives us all that needed reminder, as well as the exercises to perform throughout our busy days. We are stimulating physical activity that leads to healthier, more productive lifestyles that help curb spiraling health care costs,” said Schneider.

Prompted Mini-Workouts Improve Wellbeing

ExerClock features a customizable computer reminder coupled with micro-exercises (brief exercise sessions, 1.5-3.5 minutes in duration) that are performed routinely throughout the day to stimulate metabolism and reduce the negative effects that prolonged sitting has on our bodies.

A 2009 study published by the American College of Sports Medicine reported that those who were most sedentary had a 50 percent increased risk of an early death, regardless of their fitness level.

“This means that even those who exercise regularly outside of work will benefit from breaking up prolonged periods of sitting with ExerClock’s reminders and micro-exercises during their work day,” said Schneider.

Individuals can schedule the timing of their exercise reminders, choose the video length (one to three minutes), the type of micro-exercise (yoga, lower back and neck, legs, core, carpal tunnel and more) and intensity (beginner, intermediate or advanced). They can also track their goals and progress in a customizable, personalized dashboard.

Additional Features Available

For wellness enthusiasts, ExerClock also can also be used in conjunction with fitness bands, such as fitbit®, to track nutrition and physical activity. For an additional fee, users can also consult with registered dietitians and fitness experts for custom dietary and fitness plans. Subscribers can also find recommended active office furniture like stand-up desks, as well as exercise equipment and nutritional supplements for sale through the website. To learn more about individual or corporate memberships, visit ExerClock.com.

About ExerClock

ExerClock is an active, engaging wellness tool designed to alleviate the health and productivity issues related to sedentary jobs and lifestyles. Developed by a physical therapist, ExerClock is a web-based computer program, coupling a customized reminder with individualized micro-exercise videos that are performed throughout the work day. This individual and corporate wellness program addresses the specific needs of each individual participant. ExerClock is focused on reducing the health risks associated with sedentary work lifestyles, by promoting physical activity that increases the body’s metabolism and strength, drastically raises mental awareness and productivity, and assists in driving down health care costs. Follow ExerClock on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.







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Shape-Up for Summer with Water Wellness


London (PRWEB UK) 26 March 2015

We’ve made it through the winter and the days are gradually getting lighter and warmer, which can mean only one thing – summer is on its way! It’s, therefore, the perfect time to spruce up and improve your general fitness by taking up some form of regular exercise, and what better way to get fit than having a splash around in the water!

The latest government guidelines recommend, to stay healthy, adults aged 19-64 should try to be active daily and should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate physical activity every week. A rule of thumb is that 1 minute of vigorous-intensity activity is about the same as 2 minutes of moderate-intensity activity. Worryingly, only a fraction of the population manages even that.

Swimming is in the top ten popular types of exercise, after walking and running in the UK. There’s probably a pool near your home or workplace or better still if you have the space and budget you could consider some form of pool or hot tub at home.

One of the biggest health benefits of swimming is that it’s non-weight bearing, which means you won’t be putting any strain on muscles and joints. Swimming exercises the whole body and is an excellent way to tone up and get trim. Doing a few lengths involves most of the muscle groups. If you increase the pace, you’ll get an aerobic workout too. Swimming can also help you lose weight if you swim at a steady and continuous pace throughout the session. You could also join a swimming club or sign up for pool workout sessions, such as aqua aerobics. Not only does swimming help you lose weight and tone up, but it can also improve balance, increase flexibility, and help relieve stress and tension.

If you prefer a gentler for form of water wellness, a hot tub can offer some incredible hydrotherapy benefits. The warm water and bubbles will reduce the gravitational pull of your body, dilating the blood vessels which means less pressure on your heart, helping you cope with stress and anxiety and giving your body and mind time to relax. The temperature of the water will also induce perspiration which will help your body get rid of impurities and any water retention, which is an excellent way to detox your body and help those people who wish to lose weight or are struggling with cellulite. The experience of using a Hot Tub will release the body’s natural feel-good chemicals called endorphins, which will make a person feel happy and relaxed – another factor that will help those suffering from anxiety or depression.

The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) and the British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) have joined force to promote the health benefits that water wellness can bring. BISHTA has begun with a ‘Happiness is a Hot Tub’ Campaign, which launches in April. It all starts with a photo competition where people are invited to share their Hot Tub Selfie photos for a chance to win a prize and their winning image to front the campaign. Entries to the competition will be shared on the BISHTA website (http://www.bishta.co.uk) and Facebook page (/PoolsHotTubs) with the hashtag #Happinessisahottub.

For more great tips on how water wellness can help you get in shape, visit http://www.spata.co.uk or http://www.bishta.co.uk and start your journey to a fitter and more chilled out lifestyle.







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Health Advocate Launches New Health and Wellness Blog


PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA (PRWEB) April 01, 2015

Health Advocate™, Inc., the nation’s leading healthcare advocacy and assistance company and a subsidiary of West Corporation, today launched its new Health and Wellness Blog. The blog, available at http://blog.healthadvocate.com and through the Health Advocate member website, features timely and reliable articles to help healthcare consumers get, and stay, healthy.

“We’re pleased to introduce this new blog and make its contents available to the public,” said Martin Rosen, Executive Vice President, Health Advocate. “The blog is a great resource, providing readers with valuable health and wellness information, as well as tips to help save money on healthcare.”

Features of the new blog include:


    “Ask a Health Advocate” column, where readers can submit health-related questions to be answered by a Health Advocate expert
    Cost-saving tips and resources
    Workout of the Week and other exercise ideas
    Healthy recipes and nutrition information
    Wellness app and website reviews
    And much more

New posts, written by Health Advocate contributors, will be added to the Health and Wellness Blog each week. To submit an “Ask a Health Advocate,” question, visit the Contact Us page here.

About Health Advocate

Health Advocate™, Inc., a subsidiary of West Corporation, is the nation’s leading healthcare advocacy and assistance company, serving more than 10,000 clients, including many of the nation’s largest companies.

Health Advocate’s award-winning Health Advocacy program helps members navigate complex healthcare and insurance-related issues, saving them both time and money. We also offer a suite of complementary solutions, including Wellness Coaching, EAP+Work/Life, Biometric Screening and Data Analytics, Pricing Transparency and Cost Containment programs, among others. Our fully integrated program EmpoweredHealth seamlessly combines our services into a single, convenient solution, helping members efficiently maximize their benefits.

We also leverage the power of pricing transparency, personalized health communications and more to help members make more informed decisions and get more value out of the healthcare system. All supported by a powerful data analytics engine delivering improved health and financial results.

For more information, visit us at http://www.HealthAdvocate.com

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State of Colorado Employee Wellness Program Teams Up With the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center to Bring Health Solutions to State Workers


Denver, Colo. (PRWEB) March 18, 2015

The first group of 20 State of Colorado (State) employees lost an average of 8.59% of their body weight while participating in the 16 week State of Slim pilot program, offered through the employee wellness program. Overall the group of lost 282.1 pounds, with some of the individuals losing as many as 34 pounds.

The University of Colorado (CU) Anschutz Health and Wellness Center’s research-based, results-oriented weight-loss program State of Slim, was offered through the State of Colorado Employee Wellness Program, which encourages State employees to live healthier lives through incentives and innovative programs. The wellness program empowers employees to take action by creating long-term healthy behaviors and routines, and supports Gov. John Hickenlooper’s goal to make Colorado the healthiest state in America.

All interested employees completed a voluntary application and signed a commitment to the State of Slim expectations. CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center experts selected 20 employees for the program based on the center’s criteria and participants’ level of readiness.

The employees met with a State of Slim transformation coach for 16 weeks of curriculum-based, face-to-face group sessions. To promote engagement, employees paid a small fee, and if employees met the expectations and promises for the program they earned their contribution back.

In terms of weight loss, the program teaches employees how to get outside their comfort zone and have the right mindset and motivation to transform themselves. Unlike typical weight loss programs, State of Slim teaches participants not only how to get the weight off, but how to keep it off.

“State of Slim class participants often come to us for weight loss but soon learn they are in for a lifelong transformation,” said program creator Holly Wyatt, MD, medical director of the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and co-author of the book State of Slim. “The information we teach is based on 30 years of scientific research, which showed us that changing your mindset is just as important as diet and fitness when it comes to taking weight off and keeping it off long-term. We are thrilled to partner with the State of Colorado in its organizational wellness journey as it offers the State of Slim program to its employees. It truly demonstrates the State’s commitment to walking the talk and the importance of a healthy workplace.”

Department of Personnel & Administration (DPA) employee Greg Mechem lost 20.6 pounds by changing eating behaviors, habits and patterns. “I love the way this whole concept has been introduced,” said Mechem. “The explanations of how we’ve gotten to where we are ring true. The insight as to what needs to be done to change the cycle and that this is not just a temporary change but a permanent one, is profound.”

Another DPA employee, Sabrina D’Agosta, dropped 18.2 pounds she had previously struggled to lose. “As a lifelong vegetarian, I thought I was eating really well, and exercise alone wasn’t helping me accomplish my weight loss goals after I had kids. State of Slim made me re-examine my food choices and fundamentally changed the way I think about not just my diet, but my overall health and well-being. I’m thrilled with how much I lost, how quickly I lost it and how confident I am that I can keep it off. I’m hugely appreciative that the State offered this program and hope that many others will participate.”

Moving forward, the State plans to offer additional State of Slim programs to select departments in a phased approach. One of the State’s health plan partners, UnitedHealthcare, sponsored the cost of the first phase of the program.

“State of Slim is an innovative and exciting way to get State employees to make healthy choices a part of their everyday life,” said Beth Soberg, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Colorado. “UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to support this program and help Coloradoans live healthier lives.”

“As we continue to advance the employee wellness program, we are always looking for opportunities to collaborate with local partners who offer wellness solutions that not only engage State employees in their health, but help them make positive lifelong changes,” said Nate Sassano, wellness manager for the State. “The CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center’s State of Slim program brings training and education on-site and supports our vision to build a work environment where it is easy to engage in healthy activities.”

State of Colorado Employee Wellness Program:

In 2012, the Governor’s Office released the State of Health Report: Colorado’s Mission to become the Healthiest state in the Country. The plan outlined ways to support Coloradans in their efforts to achieve their optimal health, promote prevention and care management, expand coverage, and improve health system integration and quality. As the second largest employer in Colorado, the State recognized the opportunity to improve the health of more than 31,000 classified State employees and lead the way as a wellness-focused employer. The State of Colorado Employee Wellness Program was launched on July 1, 2013. The goal is to create a worksite environment that inspires, encourages and supports employee health and well-being through programs, policies and culture. The program is offered to all State of Colorado employees. Employees on a State-sponsored benefit plan are eligible to receive up to $ 20 off of their monthly benefits premium if they 1) take an annual health assessment through their carrier and 2) earn 400 coins monthly on CaféWell, an online Health Optimization Platform™ of resources and programs that drives consumer engagement through a novel combination of social, gaming and personalized activities. For more information on the employee wellness program, visit colorado.gov/dhr/wellness.

State of Slim:

The State of Slim program was created by Holly Wyatt, MD, medical director at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and medical director for the ABC-TV hit show “Extreme Weight Loss”. Wyatt’s revolutionary 16-week transformational weight loss program is based on the book State of Slim she co-authored with CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center Executive Director James O. Hill, PhD. The CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is now offering a corporate version of the State of Slim program to employers dedicated to improving the well-being of their employees. State of Slim is unlike traditional weight loss programs, transforming lives and empowering employees through behavior-change and sustainable health solutions.

University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is an innovative, state-of-the art research, education and consumer care facility located on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. The Center’s mission is to transform the lives of individuals and communities through science-based wellness strategies. Research is translated into customized programs and offerings, delivered through the Wellness Clinic and Fitness Center.







ImmunExcel Now Available on Popular Online Health and Wellness Retailer RonnieColemanNutrition.com

(PRWEB) March 17, 2015

ImmunExcel™, a powerful supplement that helps the body achieve optimal levels of immune system health, is now available direct to the customers of Ronnie Coleman Nutrition, a popular online marketplace for bodybuilders, athletes and active individuals.

The supplement is an advanced homeopathic formula with ingredients that help support the body’s ability to recover quickly, fight against free radicals and promote overall better health and immunity. ImmunExcel is gluten free and also incorporates herbal and nutritional base ingredients that help individuals prevent illnesses before they get sick in the first place.

“We are very pleased to announce that RonnieColemanNutrition.com will carry our exceptional supplement, which is helping bodybuilders battle illnesses and perform at their absolute best,” said Jeff Orphanos, managing director of ImmunExcel. “This is a great partnership, as the individuals who shop Ronnie Coleman Nutrition are in great need of a solution like the one we provide. We look forward to seeing the impact we can have on this platform.”

ImmunExcel has been developed for athletes and active people who regularly push their bodies to the limit, something that can lead to reduced immune system health. Each capsule contains a proprietary blend of Bovine Colostrum, Vitamin C, Echinacea Purpurea and Golden Seal. The highly concentrated formula gives the body the support it needs to better prepare for periods of elevated physical exertion and recover more quickly after an intense workout.

The supplement works by addressing the immune system, the body’s first defense against infections, disease and other invaders that make people sick. Large amounts of physical activity can, at times, decrease the body’s immune function, and athletes tend to be more susceptible to illnesses up to 72 hours after a workout. Bodybuilders and individuals training for marathons and triathlons are particularly vulnerable to these issues.

“Athletes are known for their dedication, but few place enough focus on the state of their immune system health,” said Orphanos. “Being sick can have a very negative impact on your training routine, so it’s best to engage in sound prevention through a highly effective supplement.”

ImmunExcel has become a key aspect of athlete’s routines across the United States and around the world. To learn more about the supplement and to purchase it through Ronnie Coleman Nutrition, visit http://www.ronniecolemannutrition.com/index.phproute=product/product&product_id=2197.







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CLEARLINK Recognized for Outstanding Worksite Wellness Programs


SALT LAKE CITY, UT, (PRWEB) March 17, 2015

For the fourth consecutive year, CLEARLINK has been awarded the Diamond Award for Corporate Wellness from VASA Fitness. This award recognizes Utah companies that work closely with employees to provide worksite wellness programs to help educate, motivate and provide guidance for healthier lifestyles.

CLEARLINK was also recognized as the Platinum Award recipient from the Utah Council for Worksite Health Promotion on March 5, 2015. This is the first year that CLEARLINK has received the Platinum Award, being a Gold Award recipient for eight consecutive years.

“A healthy workplace makes for healthy individuals, families and communities,” said Lara Cobia, Wellness Coach for VASA Corporate Wellness. “CLEARLINK is an example of a company that is bringing together multiple aspects of wellness for their employees and giving them the tools needed to set and meet goals. The result is a healthier, happier and more productive workforce.”

At the Worksite Wellness Award Presentation, CLEARLINK was the recipient of the Worksite Innovation Award, an award recognizing an employer who has developed and successfully implemented an innovative approach to worksite wellness.

The 360° Fit wellness program is one of many unique benefits for CLEARLINK employees. The program offers a holistic approach to wellness, fostered by the belief that a happier, healthier workplace produces a more productive workforce. By participating in the 360° Fit program, employees and their families can earn 100 percent employer-paid health care at an affordable cost to the company.

Program participants are required to exercise, track meals, take wellness courses, attend monthly health coach meetings, complete health challenges and more. By implementing an improved two-level program focused on the combination of participation and biometric results, the company has created a way to control cost and incentivize healthy lifestyle behaviors in its employee base.

“The health and overall wellness of our employees is incredibly important to us,” said Cammie Cable, Vice President of Human Resources at CLEARLINK and Keynote Speaker at the Corporate Wellness Award Ceremony. “We want to ensure employees are happy and healthy, both in and out of the workplace. Our 360° Fit program was designed to provide resources to help CLEARLINKers make healthy improvements in every aspect of their lives, and we align company goals and success metrics with the health of our employees, creating a win-win.”

About CLEARLINK

CLEARLINK partners with the world’s leading brands to increase their reach, drive and fulfill valuable transactions and deepen insight into consumer behavior. CLEARLINK has delivered millions of customers to its brand partners, including AT&T, Verizon, CentruyLink and ADT, over the past ten years through its customized marketing, sales and analytics platforms. CLEARLINK, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah and established in 2003 employs more than 1,200 local sales, technology and marketing professionals. To learn more about CLEARLINK, visit http://www.clearlink.com.







Project Juice and Ritual Wellness to Join Forces – Merger to Create West Coast’s Leading Certified Organic Retail Juicery


San Francisco, CA and Orange County, CA (PRWEB) March 05, 2015

In what will be one of the first of its kind in the juice industry, Southern California-based Ritual Wellness and Northern-California-based Project Juice are excited to announce they will be joining forces, merging brands and identities so that they may bring their certified organic, non-GMO, cold-pressed juices, nut mylks, cleanses and plant-based foods to a wider audience across the country.

Uniting the companies under the Project Juice name, each of the new brand’s nine storefronts throughout San Francisco, San Diego and Orange counties will also operate under the Project Juice umbrella. Employees from both companies will operate as a team, uniting Ritual Wellness co-founder Marra St. Clair and her partner Lori Kenyon Farley with Project Juice founders Rachel and Greg Malsin and Devon Briger.

“We are thrilled to unite with Project Juice because it is the best thing for our customers,” St.Clair said. “The merge allows us to be an even better partner to our clients’ in their efforts to live well.”

The merge of the two brands, both leading forces in the juicing field – Ritual Wellness since its inception in March 2010 and Project Juice since late 2012 – with established reputations as being the best tasting, highest quality and most nutritionally-dense juices, results in a strategically curated menu of juices and cleanses, with exciting plans for 2015.

“The cold-pressed juice space has become very fragmented, very quickly, and information sharing is basically non-existent,” said Project Juice co-founder Rachel Malsin. “Through this merger process, we’ve already learned so much about how to be a better company. Ritual Wellness and Project Juice customers have a lot to look forward to.”

Taking advantage of the company’s expanded footprint, with the continued goal of making use of the freshest local and organic ingredients possible, Project Juice will be able to respond to the varying growing seasons up and down the West Coast by dividing sourcing between Northern and Southern California. The business merger immediately multiplies Project Juice’s purchasing power, enabling the company to work directly with more California farms. Purchasing directly from the farm, rather than through distributors, guarantees maximum freshness and quality while helping Project Juice to better support local growers.

Combining businesses also allows the two companies to create more efficient administration and operational systems, ultimately creating more time and bandwidth to focus on product innovations and an improved customer experience.

“Our joint mission is to provide the highest quality organic juice and plant-based foods, and to inspire people to live healthier lives,” Kenyon Farley said.

A revamped Project Juice website will launch in the first quarter, providing a better user experience, while a promotional offer of free shipping, which has long been requested by the company’s nationwide audience, will be the first of many projects under the new merger. Throughout the year, Project Juice will continue to expand with additional retail stores, product innovations and other undisclosed projects.

For more information, visit http://www.projectjuice.com.

About Project Juice:

Project Juice® is a San Francisco based company founded in 2012 with a mission to bring the benefits and convenience of organic, cold-pressed juice and plant based nutrition to the Bay Area. Crafted using locally sourced, organic ingredients, Project Juice currently offers over 20 varieties of cold-pressed juices and nut mylks, as well as a full line of cleanses, plant-based foods, and wellness shots. Project Juice is currently available nationwide with purchase online, at their Mission, Crocker Galleria, Polk Street, Mid-Market and Palo Alto locations, and through select retail partners including Artis Coffee Roasters in Berkeley, The Station SF and Pip-to-Go in the Jackson Square district of San Francisco.

About Ritual Wellness:

Ritual Wellness is the purveyor of Southern California’s premier USDA certified organic, non-GMO verified juices created by Marra St.Clair and Lori Kenyon Farley. Ritual Wellness’ line of superior, 100% organic, fresh-pressed, raw juices include the Reset Cleanse as well as Ritual Juice, a line of juices for everyday nutrition on the go. Ritual Wellness stands apart as the only juice cleanse on the market that includes the fitness-friendly Shred component, ensuring clients a healthy level of nutrition for continued workouts. Ritual Wellness caters to a devoted clientele who range from front page celebrities and nationally-acclaimed fitness experts, to multitasking parents and busy professionals. As lifestyle leaders, the Ritual Wellness team seeks out the best, most innovative products and partners to strengthen their stance as wellness warriors.







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Global Wellness Institute and Scientific American Worldview Hold Roundtable on the Science of Wellness


New York, NY (PRWEB) February 25, 2015

The Global Wellness Institute™ (GWI) in partnership with Scientific American Worldview recently held an invitation-only roundtable on the topic of “The Science of Wellness: Hype or Hope?” Leaders from the medical, science, business, technology, research, media, workplace wellness and hotel/spa worlds gathered on February 11 at the Everyday Health headquarters in Manhattan for a wide-ranging conversation on the many ways that science and evidence-based medicine are impacting the wellness industry, and how wellness (and the growing medical evidence for wellness approaches) is impacting people, traditional medicine, private companies and public policy.

The discussion, co-moderated by Jeremy Abbate, VP, Global Media Alliances, Scientific American; Publishing Director, Scientific American Worldview and Susie Ellis, president and CEO of the GWI, included executives and experts from American Public Media, Cornell and Rutgers Universities, Delos, Everyday Health, The International Heart and Lung Institute Center for Restorative Medicine, Optum, Paramedical Consultants, Inc. (PCI), Patients Beyond Borders, Pegasus Capital Advisors, Six Senses, SRI International and Viacom Media Networks.

The leaders assembled identified numerous best steps forward to build a healthier world: from the need for powerful public health marketing campaigns around obesity and sedentary lifestyles – to a much more intense focus on cognitive/behavioral psychology to identify a “science of lifestyle change” for a world getting fatter and sicker – to a call for more (and more appropriately designed) clinical trials on wellness approaches.

A more detailed report on the recommendations emerging from this roundtable will soon be available at: http://www.globalwellnessinstitute.com/

Top Ten Recommendations – Experts gathered argued we need…

Simple, Provocative Public Wellness Campaigns: Some of the biggest “wellness successes” of the last century have involved powerful marketing messages (like the anti-smoking, “stop littering,” or “wear seatbelts” campaigns of the 20th century – or more recent ads visualizing how many packets of sugar reside in a can of soda). We need new health campaigns and public service announcements around weight loss/obesity and sedentary lifestyles that are simple, inspiring and are repeated over and over.

More Behavioral Sciences Research to Create a “Science of Lifestyle Change”: While medical research on the benefits of wellness approaches grabs headlines, the key to healthy populations is to begin to crack the code on helping people start, and sustain, lifestyle change. We know so little, and a more intense focus on, and new research in, the behavioral sciences and cognitive psychology (from brain plasticity to choice architecture) is critical if we ever want to create an evidence-based “science of lifestyle change and willpower.”

More, better-funded studies on wellness approaches: Clinical studies on wellness approaches represent the under-resourced “David” to Big Pharma’s “Goliath”. Average R&D costs for a new drug have reached $ 2.9 billion,* while funds for wellness clinical trials are drastically less (often under $ 100,000) – and the GWI estimates that (Stage 3) drug trials have around 100 times the participants: roughly 50 for a wellness study, vs. 4,000 for a drug trial. Without more, better-funded trials, highly respected medical organizations like Cochrane will continue to withhold positive recommendations in their meta-reviews on practices like meditation or yoga, even when there’s positive, preliminary evidence.

A Better Understanding of – and More Appropriately Designed – Wellness Studies: Clinical trials on wellness approaches often have unique qualities, and superimposing the double-blind model can be like fitting an “apple into an orange.” Placebo models don’t work when participants know they’re experiencing things like meditation or exercise, and wellness approaches often involve practitioners, so can’t be uniformly replicated (or regulated) like a pill. Short studies fail to capture the most meaningful outcomes for long-term, prevention-focused approaches, and all personalized medicines, like TCM and Ayurveda, defy the randomized trial model entirely. Another problem: most current studies on wellness approaches are performed on sick people (in the hospital setting), providing a limited view of their efficacy. Greater openness to analyzing (and valuing) outcomes from studies that can’t fit perfectly into double blind, or even randomized, trial designs is needed.

Doctors to Expand Their Understanding of the Wellness Concept & Consult the Evidence: Despite growth in integrative medicine, the medical experts at the roundtable agreed that the vast majority of physicians still narrowly equate “wellness” with testing (i.e., mammograms, osteoporosis checks, etc.), at which point the prevention “boat” has often already sailed. And while almost all doctors turn to evidence-based medicine databases to evaluate courses of treatment, “almost none” consult those databases for studies on wellness approaches – and the lion’s share of their required continuing medical education comes via drug companies. Medical systems, insurers and policy-makers must support more physician education around – and the “prescribing” of – wellness approaches like diet change, exercise, etc.

More Media Responsibility in Communicating Wellness Info: If people are unlikely to get much wellness information from doctors, they’re devouring it at media/digital channels, where there’s an explosion of reporting on the latest wellness studies and “miracle” breakthroughs. The rise of digital has been a double-edged sword: empowering people with unprecedented sources of health information (Google just reported that one in twenty searches is health-related), but also confusing them with contradictory, often un-contextualized new findings. More media responsibility, and more peer reviewing and curation of wellness studies by medical professionals, is needed.

To Stop Putting Wellness in the “Alternative Medicine” Bracket, If We Want to Serve Millennials: Entrenched healthcare systems and older generations have viewed medicine and wellness as separate, even antagonistic, domains, but the millennial generation (and younger) views health very holistically, where wellness, diet and exercise are not “alternative,” but key pieces in a total health puzzle. Medical systems and marketers that want to reach younger generations need to embrace that new reality.

To Recognize That Private Companies Are Often Leading in Applying Science to Wellness: Wellness is a $ 3.4 trillion,** consumer-driven market, and it’s private companies and public-private partnerships that are applying science to new wellness concepts the most creatively: from Delos building a lab with the Mayo Clinic to test and develop new “healthy for humans” features for the spaces people live and work in – to companies like Lighting Science creating healthy, nature-based lighting technologies – to new, billion-dollar “healthy cities” being developed globally, incorporating hospitals, education and every aspect of healthy living.

Workplace Wellness to Move Beyond Generic ROI Reporting and Focus on Culture Change: Companies are adopting workplace wellness programs at an explosive rate, but so many things are holding them back: from an obsession with ROI reporting that doesn’t measure results/returns against specific program components, to new signs that employee wellness is devolving into a “have/have not” situation. For instance, top executives may be embracing meditation at the World Economic Forum, but companies are increasingly profiting from penalties exacted from the most program resistant/high-risk workers. Successful workplace wellness initiatives must think beyond the “program” and focus on honest, top-to-bottom culture change.

Governments to Grasp That Health Is Wealth: Policymakers often perceive “wellness” as a matter of individual decisions and wellbeing, but the physical and mental health of national populations will increasingly decide national economic and political power. Countries focusing on prevention, and who can get healthcare spending under 10% of GDP, will increasingly have a global advantage.

Roundtable Participants:

Jeremy Abbate, VP, Global Media Alliances, Scientific American; Publishing Director, Scientific American Worldview

Dr. Brandon Alderman, Professor, Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies, Rutgers University

David Brancaccio, Host, American Public Media’s “Marketplace Morning Report” (NPR)

Anna Bjurstam, VP of Spas and Wellness, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas; Owner, Raison d’Etre

Alfredo Carvajal, President, Delos International and Signature Programs, Delos

Susie Ellis, Chairman and CEO, Global Wellness Institute

Dr. Steven Gundry, Director, The International Heart and Lung Institute Center for Restorative Medicine

Anne Hubert, Senior Vice President, Viacom Media Networks

Neil Jacobs CEO, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Katherine Johnston, Senior Economist, SRI International

Dr. Nazlie Latefi, Chief Scientific Officer, Pegasus Capital Advisors

Clare Martorana, EVP and General Manager – Consumer Health and Wellness, Everyday Health

Beth McGroarty, Director of Research, Global Wellness Institute

Mim Senft, Wellness Director, Plus One Health Management, Optum

Mary Tabacchi, PhD, Professor, Cornell University

Susanne Warfield, CEO, Paramedical Consultants, Inc. (PCI)

Josef Woodman, CEO, Patients Beyond Borders

Ophelia Yeung, Senior Consultant, SRI International

Everyday Health donated its boardroom for the discussion. Lunch was provided by EXKi, a fair-trade certified, upscale, “quick-casual” restaurant that focuses on locally sourced, organic ingredients.

To learn more about the GWI’s roundtables, or the organization’s 2015 Global Wellness Summit being held in Mexico City from November 13-15, contact Beth McGroarty: beth.mcgroarty [at] globalwellnessinstitute [dot] com or (+1) 213.300.0107

*The Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, 11/2014

** Global Wellness Institute, “Global Spa & Wellness Economy Monitor,” 2014

About the Global Wellness Institute: The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) is an international think tank that brings together leaders from the private and public sector to positively impact and shape the future of the wellness industry. It is the umbrella organization of the Global Wellness Summit (GWS) and the Global Wellness Tourism Congress (GWTC). The GWI is considered the leading global research and educational resource for the $ 3.4 trillion wellness industry, and WellnessEvidence.com, the world’s first online portal to the medical evidence for common wellness approaches, is a GWI initiative.







LifeMap and Wildflower Health Team Up to Offer Financial Wellness to Expectant Mothers


Portland, Ore. (PRWEB) February 03, 2015

Wildflower Health, a leader in enterprise mobile health programs, and LifeMap Assurance Company, an insurance provider offering group life, disability and individual short term medical coverage, have teamed up to launch the smartphone pregnancy app LifeMap Due Date Plus to expectant parents with short term disability coverage.

Maternity care is the top short term disability claim LifeMap processes each year. Due Date Plus offers a needed service to pregnant LifeMap members by providing helpful resources, and identifying risks that could lead to delivery complications. Specifically, LifeMap Due Date Plus offers: pregnancy milestone tracking, health tips, the ability to monitor troublesome symptoms, and set financial reminders such as applying for disability benefits, adding dependent coverage, and more.

The LifeMap Due Date Plus program launched in both the iTunes and Google Play stores to help LifeMap short term disability members have a healthier pregnancy and delivery. Within the program they can learn more about their additional LifeMap benefits, including dental care and life insurance coverage, at a time that’s relevant to them.

“There’s a lot to keep track of during pregnancy. LifeMap Due Date Plus gives our expectant members with short term disability coverage the tools they need to experience a healthier and happier pregnancy experience,” said LifeMap CEO Beth Andersen. “We’re also pleased to offer these members a tool that can help them with their overall financial well-being.”

“By helping pregnant women and their partners map their pregnancy milestones and track their progress with tools and tips, the program presents benefits in the context of issues as they arise during pregnancy,” said Leah Sparks, CEO of Wildflower Health. “We are excited to launch this program, configured to highlight the ancillary benefits LifeMap offers.”

Maternity and newborn care is a top cost driver of hospital charges, costing more than $ 100 billion a year, according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. With one in eight babies born prematurely, many born early due to lack of proper prenatal care, Due Date Plus assists expectant mothers with an on-the-go resource to help encourage healthy nutrition and exercise and receive timely reminders that promote financial wellness and more.

“After researching other tools in the market, LifeMap chose Wildflower Health as a partner because of their high engagement rates and their ability to pinpoint useful information for expectant mothers,” said Andersen. “LifeMap is consistently seeking ways to provide innovative tools to members, and it was really exciting to partner with a company offering support at such an important time in our members’ lives.”

To learn more or download LifeMap Due Date Plus, visit:

Web: https://lifemapco.com/employer/for-employees/due-date-plus

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lifemap-due-date-plus-pregnancy/id941835628

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wildflowerhealth.lmp

About LifeMap

LifeMap Assurance Company is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and currently serves customers in Oregon, Washington, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska with a complete portfolio of insurance and benefit plans that are designed to offer financial protection to customers. LifeMap’s portfolio includes life, disability, vision, dental, accident, critical illness, and short term medical coverage, as well as employee assistance programs. LifeMap is a member of the Cambia Health Solutions family of companies, a total health and wellness solutions company located in the Pacific Northwest. To learn more about LifeMap, visit http://www.LifeMapco.com.

About Wildflower

Wildflower Health was founded in June 2012 and delivers a mobile platform that helps health plans reduce medical costs. The company’s first program, Due Date Plus, is a mobile maternity program that helps expecting moms make smarter healthcare decisions during pregnancy and take action on any health issues during pregnancy. The company is headquartered in San Francisco. For more information, visit WildflowerHealth.com.