Foundation Publication Search Results

These summaries were compiled from Foundation Publications Search, a database of articles, research reports and books published by the International Foundation and the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists.


Setting Up For Success: Wellness Strategies for Multiemployer Plans.
Paralkar, Sadhna; Benefits Magazine; v54 n12 pp 16-21 Dec 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Multiemployer wellness programs may improve their chances of success by properly designing incentives, using on-site clinics and taking advantage of increased use of smartphones.
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What's Working: Coaching Employees Toward Better Health.
Dougherty, Teri; NewsScope; v35 no3 pp 11-13 Dec 2017; journal article

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Abstract : A wellness program for the employees of the City of McAllen, Texas is designed to address a wide range of goals and needs.
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What's Working: Moving the Needle on Wellness.
Bergstrom, Kathy; Benefits Magazine; v54 n12 pp 13-15 Dec 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Ohio National Financial Services shifted the focus of their longstanding wellness program to generating measurable results, linking incentives to specific actions.
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How to Survive a DOL Audit.
Allen, Lisa; NewsBriefs; v35 pp 24-25 4th Qtr 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Complying with ACA mandates and IRS rules impact the outcome of a DOL audit. DOL auditors request a variety of documents, the most important of which is the summary plan description.
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What's Working: Plan, Engage, Change!
Hartman, Robert J.; Plans & Trusts; v35 no6 pp 6-8 Nov-Dec 2017; journal article

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Abstract : The City of Kelowna offers a wellness program that continues to examine new ways to succeed nearly 20 years after its inception.
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Analytics + Disease Management = ROI.
Young, Nancy; Benefits Quarterly; v33 no4 pp 28-36 4th Qtr 2017; journal article

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Abstract : In the quest to control health insurance premium costs, companies have turned to wellness programs. These lifestyle-based programs have been proven ineffective from a cost-savings perspective. More effective are customized, data-driven solutions that focus on disease management. These programs focus on the prevention of chronic illness through highly targeted care management identified by in-depth data analysis. The result is a higher engagement rate than that of traditional lifestyle-based programs and, thus, lower employer health care insurance costs with a higher return on investment.
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Can My Smartphone Make Me Healthier?
Marcotte, Scot A.; Hunt, Ruth; Benefits Quarterly; v33 no4 pp 8-16 4th Qtr 2017; journal article

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Abstract : If we help our employees to be healthier, all sorts of good things can happen. Employers can see better productivity, reduced absenteeism, lower health care costs and even a more energized culture. At the same time, employees may suffer fewer health issues, better manage their health conditions and have greater quality of life. This article describes the effectiveness of smartphone apps to motivate behavior changes across multiple dimensions of employee well-being. The authors provide case studies and explain what employers should consider when designing initiatives that use apps to improve employee well-being through employee benefit plans.
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Can Technology Improve Health Care Decisions?
Dugas, Jonathan; Benefits Magazine; v54 no10 pp 50-54 Oct 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Making a personal health decision is a complex process. The author discusses the factors that enter into such decisions and the growing role of technology.
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Exploring the Role of Employers as Health Educators.
Cranston, Susan D.; Benefits Quarterly; v33 no4 pp 23-27 4th Qtr 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Chronic diseases are leading influencers of health care costs for employers. Employers may wrestle with whether it is their responsibility to educate employees about chronic disease prevention and support. The option of maintaining the status quo, however, may result in a mounting financial burden. This article shows how adopting a proactive role as health educator may prove to be a critical business decision, allowing employers to positively influence the direction of worker health, drive down claims expenses and reduce the demand on public health resources.
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Sustained Focus Yields Results for Adventist HealthCare.
O'Connor, Erin K.; Benefits Quarterly; v33 no4 pp 17-22 4th Qtr 2017; journal article

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Abstract : The Adventist HealthCare (ACH) mission led the organization to pioneer population health management, proving that sustaining a culture of well-being over the long term means healthier employees and costs that are consistently below the national average. This article describes how ACH's integrated approach to building a culture of health involves many components, as well as support by top leadership. Key findings have emerged through ACH's sustained and successful efforts to add new features and integrate components.
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What's Working: Coaching Employees Toward Better Health.
Dougherty, Teri; Benefits Magazine; v54 no10 pp 13-15 Oct 2017; journal article

Availability : International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Abstract : A wellness program for the employees of the City of McAllen, Texas is designed to address a wide range of goals and needs.
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Building a Worksite Wellness Program With Health Behavior Theories.
Milliken, Erin; Benefits Magazine; v54 no9 pp 42-45 Sep 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Helping employees make positive behavioral changes is the key to a successful worksite wellness program. Focusing strategies around three common health behavior theories may increase the likelihood that employees will adopt healthy behaviors.
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Fringe Benefit: Biking to Work.
NewsScope; v35 no2 p 28 Sep 2017; journal article

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Abstract : The concept of biking to work has become more popular as employees look for greener commuting options or a way to sneak in a workout. Some employers are offering benefits and facilities to support biking to work.
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Fringe Benefit: Fighting the Flu.
Benefits Magazine; v54 no9 p 74 Sep 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Flu shot programs are one of the most prevalent wellness-related offerings by employers and benefit plan sponsors according to the International Foundation's "Workplace Wellness Trends: 2017 Survey Results."
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Getting More From Health Screenings.
Desai, Pete; Benefits Magazine; v54 no9 pp 46-51 Sep 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Workplace health screenings have the potential to catch serious health problems early, thereby improving work health status and outcomes. To operate a successful screening program, however, employers must address issues including communication with health plan participants and coordination with physicians.
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Benefit Trends: Employers Emphasize Worker Well-Being.
Held, Justin; Benefits Magazine; v54 no8 pp 8-10 Aug 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Among the findings in "Workplace Wellness Trends: 2017 Survey Results," an International Foundation report, is a shift in employer rationale for offering wellness initiatives as evidenced by offerings that extend beyond physical health to address community and social health, employee growth and purpose, and mental health.
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Conversation with Desiree Nielson.
Benefits Magazine; v54 no8 pp 12-13 Aug 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Editor Robbie Hartman caught up with Desiree Nielson to gather insights on the digestive health of the population--and what employers and plan sponsors can do about it.
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Fringe Benefit: Stretching Together Breeds Unity and Fun.
Benefits Magazine; v54 no8 p 66 Aug 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Mortenson Contruction's longtime practice of holding morning "Bend 'N Stretch" sessions at construction worksites received some major media attention, likely because of the large number of participants working on a high-profile project.
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Quick Look: Wellness Trends.
Benefits Magazine; v54 no8 p 11 Aug 2017; journal article

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Abstract : The vast majority of employers in the United States continue to offer at least one wellness initiative, but the rationale for doing so is evolving, according to the International Foundation survey "Workplace Wellness Trends: 2017 Survey Results."
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Benefit Trends: Well-Being Emphasized In Workplace Wellness Trends.
Held, Justin; Plans & Trusts; v35 no4 pp 8-10 Jul-Aug 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Canadian employers are continuing to evolve in their rationale for offering wellness initiatives--transitioning away from merely reducing costs toward improving overall worker health and well-being.
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Conversation with Michael Arloski, Ph.D.
Benefits Magazine; v54 no7 pp 11-12 Jul 2017; journal article

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Abstract : Offering wellness coaching can be an effective strategy for helping employees take better charge of their health, according to Michael Arloski, who is the author of "Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change" and the founder and CEO of Real Balance Global Wellness Services Inc., which trains health care professionals and wellness coaches.
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Quick Look: Wellness Trends.
Plans & Trusts; v35 no4 p 11 Jul-Aug 2017; journal article

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Abstract : The vast majority of Canadian organizations continue to offer at least one wellness initiative, but the rationale for doing so is evolving. More than six in seven organizations (87 percent) say they offer wellness primarily to improve overall worker health and well-being, as opposed to 13 percent citing a primary aim of controlling/reducing health-related costs. Presents results of the International Foundation report "Workplace Wellness Trends: 2017 Survey Results." The 530 survey responses included 99 from Canadian organizations.
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Conversation with Chia-Chia Chang.
Benefits Magazine; v54 no6 pp 16-17 Jun 2017; journal article

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Abstract : From stress and safety issues to nutrition and sleep, where we work can have a big impact on our health. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) believes that workplaces can have a positive impact on employee health by adopting the Total Worker Health® concept that focuses on an integrated approach to improving worker well-being, said Chia-Chia Chang, who is coordinator for partnership and new opportunity development with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-NIOSH Office for Total Worker Health®.
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What's Working: Peer Workshops Help Participants Help Themselves.
Bergstrom, Kathy; Benefits Magazine; v54 no6 pp 12-14 Jun 2017; journal article

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Abstract : UNITE HERE HEALTH (UHH), a multiemployer welfare fund, presents Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) workshops led by two trained leaders, at least one of whom is a rank-and-file fund participant who has a chronic disease and is not a health professional.
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What's Working: Wellness Champions.
Bergstrom, Kathy; NewsScope; v35 no1 pp 11-12 May 2017; journal article

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Abstract : As the designated employee wellness champion for her worksite, Jane Schultz has used personal knowledge of her coworkers--along with information garnered from an annual survey--to tailor wellness-related activities to the staff.
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