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Wearable Technology Revolutionizing Workplace Health Literacy

Wearable Technology –  $30 billion in 2016 to $150 billion by 2026

We can safely say wearable technology is a very sound investment. The growth of the wearable technology market according to IDTechEx, providing  independent market research & business intelligence  on emerging technology in 80 countries since 1999, looks impressive.

  • $30 billion in 2016 to $150 billion by 2026
  • 9% annually to over $40 billion in 2018
  • 23% to over $100 billion by 2023,
  • slowing to 10% to reach over $150 billion by 2026…..really a concern now?

 

With wearable technology, we have finally made health fun and engaging.

Being proactive about our health is no longer a miserable task – but it is captivating, motivating, competitive…..and uses technology – which studies prove is appealing to all ages. Even if you are not tech savvy – wearable technology still provides insight, engagement in our health and intrigue. Nothing is a catchy and contagious as intrigue….

October 2016 Wearables at Work –  JIFF & Willis Towers Watson

  • 64% of employees agree/ strongly agree that managing their health is a top priority
  • 65% of employees believe employers should take an active role in encouraging them to live healthy lifestyles
  • 33% of employees agree/ strongly agree that the wellbeing initiatives offered by their employer have encouraged them to  live a healthier lifestyle
  • 50% of employees participated in any well-being activity or health-related management program in the last year

The Importance of Biometrics & Health Literacy 

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Stanford 2017: Experts agree that over time, big data will become even more essential for medical breakthroughs. Many envision
a future of ongoing data collection via multiple sources. For example, a patient’s electronic medical records (EMRs) will
be combined with data captured from wearables and genetic testing

Health care literacy is the ability to obtain, process and understand basic health care information, facts, and services needed to make appropriate health care decisions. The American Medical Association reports that health literacy is a stronger predictor of a person’s health status than age, income, employment status, education level or race.

According to the US department of Health & Human Services:

Only 12%  of U.S. adults had proficient health literacy.  Over 1/3 of U.S. adults—77 million people have difficulty with common health tasks, such as following directions on a prescription drug label or adhering to a childhood immunization schedule using a standard chart. This costs.  The lack of health literacy costs the healthcare system,  companies…and of course a lack of health literacy is costing lives.

2017 Stanford Medicine  Harnessing the Power of Data in Health: 

Wearable devices, online diagnostic tools and genetic sequencing services hold the promise of better informed and engaged patients

Reliance on reactive health care will hamper physicians’ ability to anticipate, diagnose and treat disease.

We just need to help people choose the right device – and guide people to use it for much more than counting steps. Provide our employees with the right wearable technology – and provide them the education to harness the power of their own biometrics – to increase their health literacy and become more proactive in the own wellness solutions.

Stanford...Experts agree that over time, big data will become even more essential for medical breakthroughs. A future of ongoing data collection via multiple sources. “For example, a patient’s electronic medical records (EMRs) will be combined with data captured from wearables and genetic testing.”

The popularity of wearable devices, no question has exponential growth…but far too overlooked is exponential health literacy potential.  Experts predict that wearable technology will see record U.S. sales in 2017, with 35 million units in sales. Global sales were estimated to be as high as 274 million devices in 2016.  People cite health as a top motivator for using the new wearable technologies.

Omitting wearable technology  from an employee wellness/ employee incentive program is an error in the employers’ overall wellbeing strategy and health literacy initiatives. The idea of wellness programs is to encourage employees to be more proactive about their health.  Health literacy is often assumed and overlooked.

Personalized corporate health with biometrics and genomic testing
We Get VERY Personal – Add biometrics by incentivizing with wearable technology + Genomic Testing……Very Personal

Connecting the dots…...Education. Choose the right wearable device and design your employee wellness program around the understanding of the data – truly helping employees make better choices…let them see and feel the difference health makes….Now that is how we create engagement…..

 

Don’t pay for the POP or the marketing…Invest in the most thorough device available – measuring the most biometrics for a thorough overview of health.

Personalization   ⇒ Creating the Corporate Health Culture. A vital aspect of attracting top talent, creating a loyal, productive, healthy workforce 

At Best in Corporate Health……we get very personal....

Our  health solutions are NOT one size fits all, nor should your wellness programs be.

Biometrics   Incentivize with wearable technology     Live Interactive webinars   FUN, determined by your employees health data….and did we mention the webinars are included in the discounted price of the wearables?

And now ……     Genomics…………

Yes…..We get VERY personal……right down to the DNA….

Corporate health programs…what a wonderful way to affordably  make the world a happier, healthier place.

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack – The Corporate Happy Place medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist

Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),Myeloma Canada, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer, Sirius XM Doctor Radio


Redefine Data Analytics….Using employees’ own biometrics and sequencing the genome for the ultimate personalized wellness  programs-

Employee Incentives for Health Promotion

Incentivizing Employee Incentives – Fuelling Employee Wellness Programs

Employee incentives can solve the age old problem of wellness programs….You can lead the horse to water, but you cannot make it drink. Many companies offer wellness programs, but are not getting the compliance required to achieve success – healthy people and healthy profits.

Sadly, being healthy and more productive, lowering Ldl and curbing diabetes is not enough of an incentive for people to comply with wellness programs. Everyone is busy, and many people are skeptical due to previous attempts at a “healthy lifestyle” aka learned helplessness. Few  programs address the daunting, intimidating, frustrating challenges- the many skills, time, organizational design for change. They are rarely motivational nor supportive to encourage people to act.

Enter employee incentives – or I should say appropriate employee incentives.

According to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

“When it comes to health promotion programs, it’s wise to avoid the “build it and they will come” strategy. A wealth of research tells us that people need motivation to adopt healthier behaviors and, especially in the early stages. Employee incentives can jump-start participation in programs and can encourage workers to complete health risk assessments (HRAs), quit smoking, exercise more, or lose weight.”

The choice of incentives is often counter productive:

Raising health care premiums for lack of compliance? Is that not punishment disguised as incentive? This is what we call a disincentive, not incentive. Excellent for encouraging dissatisfied, frustrated employees.

Cash?  Sorry – a fleeting moment ….and the expectations will be for more and more, and create a downright resentment when monetary expectations are not met.

Incentives need to be based on support of the wellness program, support of the long term intentions  and success of the program….is the intention to claim “we offer a wellness program “- or is actually improving employee health and creating a health centric corporate health culture.

Sounds so obvious…but just not done

employee incentives for health promotion
The largest part of our day is at work.  A health centric corporate health culture can have a profound effect on health promotion. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Your incentive program should represent, lead the corporate health culture and employee camaraderie. Creating that culture is #1 in terms of long term adherence, success of the program reaping the benefits of health in the workplace, productivity…..that all important ROI. On average, people invest 35-40% of their lives at work.

 

 

It costs about 20% of an employee’s annual salary to replace that employee.

At a minimum, perks should help retain employees. The best companies, however, create incentives that demonstrate the company’s health culture and inspire employees to health, engagement and productivity.

Some basic principles of human motivation:

When Abraham Maslow created his Theory of Human Motivation in 1943, he identified five levels of motivation or five needs that humans strive to satisfy:

  • Survival
  • Safety
  • Social
  • Esteem
  • Fulfilment

Human capital management, workforce optimization – it really comes down to providing health, happiness, fulfillment – really everything Maslow described in 1943.

Incentivizing Incentives……

  1. Make it personal…The employee’s perception -is it about  his/her health and happiness, first and foremost, as a person, not as your employee
  2. The trick is to first make sure that incentives don’t unfairly penalize workers who can’t or don’t want to participate. Employers must use incentives to encourage both fit employees—as well as those with health risks such as obesity, high cholesterol or elevated blood sugar—to participate.
  3. Don’t make it just about money. Money can make employees unhappy if they’re not sufficiently compensated to their expectations. Money  has not been shown to lead to long term motivation, satisfaction or performance.
  4. Appeal to the pack animal side of human behavior – or as Maslow said social and esteem. Creating that corporate health culture for employees to thrive, be part of the pack, camaraderie, investment in incentives is a perfect medium to nurture the corporate pack
  5. Institutionalize your employee incentives. Again – applying the wisdom of the pack. While it’s sometimes thought to reward employees uniquely and personally, it’s can be lethal. Haphazard rewards are inefficient and can create confusion, unhealthy competition, a perception of favouritism  for employees. Transparency is key.
  6. Measure it . As we mentioned, rewarding  employees isn’t just good for morale; it’s good for the bottom line. That’s why you should measure the ROI for your perks whenever possible.
  7. Don’t forget your culture. Consistency – the power of the incentives should be employee incentive for health promotionrespected and emanate a love and reverence to other aspects of the functioning of the company, not restricted to wellness….think about that one! Your incentive structure is a reflection of your company culture. Your perks program is an excellent way to make your company stand out.
  8. Management needs to demonstrate a commitment to health, participate in the incentive program, camaraderie and continually reinforce the corporate health culture.

Companies are advised to avoid depending on incentives as a long-term strategy for getting employees to maintain healthy behaviors. The goal of wellness programs should be to encourage employees to value the physiological and social  rewards of adopting and maintaining healthy behaviors—which will provide energy and focus for work, preventing injury and illness, feeling a greater sense of physical and psychological wellbeing.

An employee Incentive for health promotion must  actually encourage the desired results, health – which will ultimately drive behavior creating a health centric corporate culture. 

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Incentives are a key part of workplace health promotion programs, but they are only one piece that is necessary for companies to achieve a culture of health. When they are wielded punitively or used to shift healthcare costs to sicker employees, incentives become a liability. Choose employee incentives, not disincentives. Best practice companies understand this and work hard to spread the message that improved health is its own greatest reward. Health is wealth – personal wealth and corporate wealth.

Best In Corporate Health…Stretching the Budget….Yes, Your company can have it all – Health Risk Assessments, Wellness Platforms, Coaching, Integrating wellness technology, Incentivizing Employee Incentives…….

 

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist

Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

Employee Wellness Toronto, Ontario – But offered worldwide!

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),Myeloma Canada, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer, Sirius XM Doctor Radio

Wellness Coaching with Lunch N Learns

Wellness Coaching with the Affordability of Lunch N Learns

We at Best In Corporate Health have been providing wellness coaching, employee wellness processes for 20 years. We have been reluctant to offer traditional lunch N Learns, as traditional lunch n learns tend to have little lasting value, aka employee adherence, than other modes of wellness coaching.

wellness coaching lunch n learns
Wellness Coaching with lunch n learns -live interactive webinars

We at Best In Corporate Health are now convinced we have honed the lunch n learn protocol into a process that truly works. Our process provides:

  • Health employees, with our unique health from the cell programs
  • Affordability
  • A successful employee wellness program increasing employee engagement and employee productivity and a corporate health culture infused with energy, camaraderie and active participation
  • A process for Integration
  • Customization
  • Timing that works
  • An ROI to boost corporate profit

 

Our Special Mix……The Best In Corporate Health Lunch N Learn Process

Yes a lunch N Learn process sounds like an oxymoron….here it is one of our many health processes.

A 1 hour Live, Interactive Lunch N Learn webinar  (up to 50 participants)

+  1 hour of live, interactive health coaching ….answering questions, further customizing and mastering the integration of new concepts……

+ Fall 2016 special offer………1 more hour of follow up coaching. 

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3 hours of live, interactive webinar health coaching for the price of 1 lunch n learn!

  • Maximize learning and health
  • Minimize cost
  • Maximize the ROI
  • Employees have the benefits of a health coach for the price of a lunch n learn
  • Now, corporate wellness / employee benefits /health coaching are affordable to all

 

Contact us to orchestrate your lunch n learn/wellness coaching processes.

Shira@BestInCorporateHealth.com

we look forward to customizing your employee wellness programs!

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist, Corporate health designer and coach

 

Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),

Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations