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Category: Health and Wellness

Redesigning for Results: Health & Well-Being

COVID has revealed the fragility of our work environments and workforce, including health and safety protocols; reliance on in-person work; the divide between those that must be on-site vs. those that can work remotely; the challenges of engaging and motivating a remote workforce; and even the re-thinking of the role of work itself for employees and their families. All of this requires more emphasis on supporting employee work/life balance, social connections, mental well-being, financial... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, June 21, 2021

Is It Safe to Go to The Doctor in COVID-19?

Guest blog post from Clint Cummins, CEO, and Danielle Hassel, MD, President, Memphis Medical Society The pandemic has clearly had a dramatic effect on all of us, particularly in the healthcare system, whether you are provider, patient, payer, caregiver, or all of the above. One of the more noticeable effects has been the decrease in the public seeking care for non-COVID-19 illnesses or follow up care for chronic issues. A recent survey conducted by our partners at Tennessee Medical... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, June 26, 2020

Employees With Diabetes & Obesity Are At Higher Risk for Severe Illness

It is clear that your employees with diabetes and obesity are at higher risk for severe illness if they contract COVID-19. Almost 50% of those hospitalized with COVID-19 have obesity and almost 30% have diabetes. In addition, those with obesity and diabetes are at higher risk for hypertension and cardiovascular disease which are also top underlying conditions associated with hospitalization.     You can support your employees and improve the effectiveness of your health... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, April 16, 2020

Spotlight on Mental Health

The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions/MBGH Action Brief "Hope and Healing for Mental Illness is Possible" lays out the challenge for employers this way: " Mental health conditions are the  leading cause of disability  worldwide. As importantly, untreated depression and anxiety are leading causes of  lost productivity and effectiveness  in the workforce. In the U.S., about  one in five adults will experience mental illness  in a... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Are 80% of Your Employees 50+ Getting Regular Colorectal Cancer Screenings?

March is national colorectal cancer screening month!  Screening Matters According to the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, “Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the U.S when men and women are combined. Yet it is one of the most preventable. The business community has an important role to play in promoting colorectal cancer screening and much to gain on saving on health care costs, promoting a healthy workforce with increased... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, February 5, 2018

Get Ready for "It's Quittin' Time in Tennessee"

February 5-9, 2018 is "It's Quittin' Time in Tennessee" week, a statewide campaign to promote awareness of and resources for quitting smoking. Click here to download the graphic and use it in your communications to show your employees this is a community-wide campaign! Feel free to continue, or even start, your own campaign in the weeks and months after the official week. The evidence is clear why employers should care: Quitting smoking saves lives, improves... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, January 31, 2018

May Resources to Manage Cost & Quality of Health Benefits

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Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, May 15, 2017

MBGH CEO Culture of Health Initiative Receives National Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 16, 2016 Contact: Bailey Jacobs , U.S. Chamber Foundation, 202-463-57               Memphis Business Group on Health Named a Winner of the Inaugural Health Means Business Healthy10 Awards   February 16, 2017—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Health Means Business campaign named Memphis Business Group on Health  one of the 10 winners of the inaugural Healthy 10 Awards ,... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, February 16, 2017

RivalHealth CEO, Pete Durand, to Keynote MBGH Annual Awards Luncheon

Pete Durand, CEO of RivalHealth, will keynote MBGH's Annual Awards Luncheon on April 27, 2017 11:30-1:00 at Rhodes College. He will also sit in on our CEO Culture of Health Learning Session at 10:00 that morning.  Fitness, it's what Pete does. A recovering engineer, MBA and somewhat scarred/successful entrepreneur, he decided that pouring passion into your career makes sense only if you REALLY believe in what you do. Eight years ago Pete started RivalHealth, a company... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, February 7, 2017

New Rankings of Clinical Preventive Services Released

HealthPartners Institute and the National Commission on Prevention Priorities (NCPP)  announced the 2017 update of their Ranking of Clinical Preventive Services, which compares 28 of the most cost-effective and life-saving evidence-based interventions. Three of the most cost-effective and life saving conversations a clinician can have with a patient include: Advising adults to quit smoking; Encouraging children and teens to not start smoking; and Getting vaccines This... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, January 9, 2017

Keynote Speakers Announced for MBGH 2016 Wellness & Health Benefit Conference

Click here to register now to come "Rethink Employee Engagement to Drive Better Results" and hear from these national experts on why you must rethink your approach and which strategies work to engage employees and reduce health benefit cost trend! Shelly Wolff, Health and Workforce Effectiveness Leader and a senior consultant in Willis Towers Watson's New York City office , kicks off the conference addressing the very real disconnect between the health and wellness... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, May 27, 2016

Is There a Link Between Worker Health, Stock Price?

According to three new peer-reviewed studies released in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, there is growing evidence that the health and well-being of an organization is one component of a high-performing, well-managed organization. An article in Employee Benefit News notes that  "The studies examined the change in stock prices for three portfolios of employers after they won awards for their employee wellness programs or self-scored themselves as having a... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Learn What Works for Worksite Wellness Programs in Memphis

A special learning and networking session only for MBGH members and participants in our CEO Culture of Health program on April 26, 2016. MBGH knows that you want to learn from each other what works in worksite wellness programs and how you made it work.  Knowing what works right here in Memphis and Shelby County will give you confidence to consider similar programs and you will have someone you can contact to get more information, advice, and to share back your experience. MBGH... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Employers Get Ready for "It's Quittin' Time in Tennessee"

February 22-26 is "It's Quittin' Time in Tennessee" week, a statewide campaign to promote awareness of and resources for quitting smoking. Click here to download the graphic and use it in your communications to show your employees this is a community-wide campaign! The evidence is clear why employers should care: Quitting smoking saves lives, improves health and reduces health care costs. Reducing workforce smoking rates improves employee health, increases... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Scope of Wellness Programs Growing

MBGH's CEO Culture of Health is growing rapidly with 6 new participants so far in 2015. We are now at 60 participating organizations with over 66,000 employees. Contact Cristie at [email protected] for more information on the complimentary benefits available to you from MBGH. And, here are the survey results from the International Foundation for Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) 2015 Worksite Wellness Trends survey. As you will see, having a culture of health at the worksite pays... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wellness Programs Adopt Outside-the-box Solutions

According to Employee Benefit Adviser, employers are enhancing and refining their wellness strategies and programs "as they go". The latest trends include: Using outcomes-based incentives with biometric thresholds Bringing professionals, like dieticians, to the workplace vs. relying solely on digital or telephonic communications Using social media to drive engagement Integrating wellness with other benefit vendors, using one vendor for both There is more emphasis on... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Menu and Vending Machine Calorie Labeling Regulations Announced

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalized two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments and vending machines.  This is a significant act and will go a long way in helping your employees and their families make wiser choices when they eat out or use your company vending machine. We know that transparency changes behavior!   Menu labeling final rule: Applies to restaurants and... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Survey Shows Two in Five US Workers Missed Work Due to Depression

Nearly a quarter (23 percent) of U.S. respondents indicated they have been diagnosed with depression in their lifetime and two in five (nearly 40 percent) of those patients reported taking time off of work – an average of 10 days a year – as a result of their diagnosis.  These findings are just a few of the key outcomes stemming from The Impact of Depression at Work Audit (IDeA), evaluating the societal and economic burden of depression in the workplace.  See complete news release... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, November 14, 2014

EEOC Continues Legal Action Against Employer Wellness Programs

From the National Business Coalition on Health The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a new lawsuit against an employee wellness program on October 27, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).  The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, seeks a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction to prevent Honeywell International Inc.... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, October 31, 2014

Don't Forget To Prevent Seasonal Flu in Your Workplace

With all of the focus on the risks of being exposed to Ebola, it may become easy to forget that the seasonal flu causes 111 million loss workdays and approximately $7 billion in sick days and lost productivity annually for US employers. Get a refresher on what you can do in the workplace to help minimize the flu's impact on your business by reading the CDC's "Make It Your Business to Fight the Flu"  employer toolkit. The toolkit includes: Tips and resources for providing flu... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, October 20, 2014

A Culture of Health Spreads Throughout Duncan-Williams Inc.

“My father passed away at 56 from heart disease. He worked hard his entire life in a very stress filled business, and ultimately his health suffered from it. So it has always been important to me to try and stay healthy,” Duncan Williams, President of Duncan-Williams, Inc. explains. Duncan’s personal connection with health and wellness has ultimately spurred the adoption of a worksite culture conducive to health at Duncan-Williams, Inc. Duncan-Williams, Inc. is one of forty-nine companies... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Monday, October 6, 2014

33 CEO Culture of Health Participants Named Healthier TN Workplaces

Memphis-area CEO Culture of Health participants dominated the inaugural list of Healthier Tennessee Workplaces with 33 out of the 73 workplaces named statewide. MBGH itself is a Healthier Tennessee Workplace having met the requirements of Healthier Tennessee Small Starts @ Work program specifically designed for smaller employers.  West Tennessee had the largest number of recognized workplaces (36) followed by East Tennessee (19) and Middle Tennessee (18).    Remember, all... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, September 22, 2014

Financial Fitness: A Key Component of Worksite Wellness

Employee financial security crashed along with the world economy in 2008. Since that time employees have struggled to meet their financial obligations causing stress, anxiety, and depression. This is not only bad for the employee but it also negatively impacts the employer. A workforce stressed out by money is not only unhealthy but also less productive and less engaged.According to the “Personal Finance Employee Education Foundation”, Americans who are able to handle their finances well have... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Sunday, September 21, 2014

How Important is Your Employees' Lunch Break?

The answer is: very important.   A lunch break is important for physical and mental health," says psychologist Frank J. Sileo, executive director for The Center for Psychological Enhancement in Ridgewood, N.J. "Studies have shown that taking a lunch break can reduce stress. Time for relaxation away from work has also been correlated with heightened productivity and creativity."   According to a recent survey by OfficeTeam, a global staffing service, nearly... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Thursday, February 20, 2014

Employee Wellness Programs Can Reduce Health Costs, Hospital Admissions

From the National Business Coalition on Health : According to a report on PepsiCo's Healthy Living wellness program published in Health Affairs, employee participation in BOTH disease and lifestyle-management workplace wellness programs resulted in a cost reduction of $160 per month and a 66% decline in hospital admissions. The disease-management program alone helped employees cut health costs by $136 each month. Employees that only participated in the lifestyle-management initiative did... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, January 18, 2014

Program Overview: CEO Cancer Gold Standard

In the CEO Culture of Health Initiative, participating employers select one of four national, evidence-based programs to serve as a road map for their comprehensive worksite wellness program. The CEO Cancer Gold Standard is one of the choices. What is the Gold Standard? The CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ is a series of health-related recommendations with special emphasis on cancer, developed by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, to promote healthy lifestyles in the workplace. The Gold... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Company Spotlight: First Horizon

First Horizon is one of the thirty leading area employers committed to creating a Culture of Health within their organization. First Horizon signed on to MBGH’s Culture of Health Initiative on January 3rd of last year and they have been expanding upon their health and wellness programming ever since. First Horizon chose to participate in the CEO Cancer Gold Standard Accreditation program and in doing so made the commitment to a comprehensive worksite wellness program that not only fights... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Tuesday, January 7, 2014

5 Elements of a Healthy Culture

At MBGH we are dedicated to helping Memphis employers build a culture of health within their own organization. Through our CEO Culture of Health Initiative we provide the knowledge, tools, and resources for employers, human resource staff, and wellness coordinators to use in developing their own programs and initiatives.Below are 5 Elements of a Healthy Culture, outlined by Allen Judd, President of the Human Resources Institute, LLC and found at ... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Healthy Holidays from MBGH

The holidays are a time to celebrate, give thanks, and reflect. They are also a time to pay special attention to your health.    Give the gift of health and safety to your employees this year by sharing these holiday tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   1. Wash Hands - To avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others this holiday season, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 2. Bundle up for Warmth - The... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Designing Healthy Workplaces

The push to reverse obesity and promote physical activity in the United States has begun to target one of the nations most sedentary environments: the office.   Although many employers have begun implementing employee health and wellness programs they often lack the support of environmental design factors. If companies want to have a lasting impact on employee health, integration of “active design” in company buildings and culture is necessary.    “Active Design” is the... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Monday, December 2, 2013

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