Corporate Wellness Solutions | Karēlia

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Here at Karelia Health we promote a plant-based eating lifestyle for those who are at risk for chronic diseases, such as: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and obesity. While plant-based eating may not appeal to you, it is worthwhile to do the research to understand how your body functions without animal proteins. Below is a great article from the folks at Forks Over Knives that outlines the "7 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat".

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Topics: Disease Management, Change & Save Lives, Healthy Recipes | Nutrition

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Not Every Corporate Wellness Solution Works.

While most corporate wellness solutions are well-intended, many fail because they are too generic and often focus on non-critical populations using non-impactful tactics.

While getting people to take part in these types of programs is intended to represent the employers concern for their employees, these activities lack the proper wellness strategies needed to actually make a real difference. And in some cases, these corporate wellness solutions can be so insufficient that they end up doing more harm than good.

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Topics: Change & Save Lives

With the New Year upon us, a lot of people have made resolutions and the most common resolution is to lose weight. However, according to Statistic Brain Research Institute, less than 50% of people who make a resolution actually follow through with their goals. Becoming healthier shouldn't be complicated but people find it difficult to stay dedicated because they do not take the appropriate measures to achieve their goals. This article will go over some steps to take to implement a healthier lifestyle and stay motivated throughout your journey. 

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Have A Goal And Plan 

If you just tell yourself that you want to be healthier but don't have a goal and plan in place, the likeliness that you'll stay with it is low. You'll find yourself putting it off or never being truly motivated because you are not actually working towards a specific goal. When making your goals, make sure they are realistic and obtainable. Don't set yourself up for failure or try any harmful diet plans to reach unrealistic ambitions that can be harmful to your health. If your goal is to improve your overall well-being or if you need results to aid chronic disease, creating a detailed plan to achieve your goals will help you stay on track to maintain a healthier lifestyle. 

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Topics: Change & Save Lives, Healthy Recipes | Nutrition

It's common to hear people say that working at a desk job has made them gain weight or become sluggish throughout the day. Avoid getting into a rut at work, by eating healthier and staying active in the workplace. This article will describe some of the workplace woes and steps you can take to improve your health. 

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Topics: Change & Save Lives, Corporate Wellness Programs, Healthy Recipes | Nutrition

Expectations For Workplace WellnessOn paper, health promotion programs are streamlined, organized, calculated, and seemingly ‘do able’.  The biometric screening numbers lead to a list of at-risk employees, who are then invited to a class to learn the error of their ways, and Voila! 2 months later, participants are rescreened and everyone is considered healthy!  If it were that easy, our country would not be experiencing the current health crisis that is becoming too large to ignore. 

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Topics: Change & Save Lives, Corporate Wellness Programs

According to the Los Angeles Times, businesses continue to pick up the bulk of the cost of health coverage for their workers, paying more than $5,000 on average for a single plan and more than $12,500 for a family plan. Employees and employers seem to be gradually paying more and more over the years for health care costs but an investment in workplace wellness programs can improve employee health and save money for both parties. The infographic provided by Mr. Hoffman's Blog, gives a visual about how workplace wellness programs can be a strategic investment. 

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Topics: Change & Save Lives, Corporate Wellness Programs

Wellness Provider TipsBy now most of you have heard about or seen the article outlining the World Health Organization (WHO) report indicating that processed and red meats can cause cancer, not to mention increase the risks of cardiovascular disease. The main meat villains in the article are America’s beloved bacon, hotdogs, sausages, and salami.  The article also implicates pork, beef, and lamb as potential cancer causers as well, which may leave some to question “What can I eat?” As an experienced wellness provider, we have crafted this post to help you understand what you should include within your diet.

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Topics: Change & Save Lives, Healthy Recipes | Nutrition

Common-Mistakes-That-Affect-Wellness-Program-ResultsWellness programs are in a state of constant evolution. Employers are often adapting to gain traction in an attempt to keep healthcare costs down while working towards the improvement of overall health and productivity in the workplace. However, not all employers experience success with their company wellness program. In fact, according to a 2012 Kaiser National survey, "only 52 percent of employers believed their wellness program was effective in reducing their company's health care costs." Rather than being bogged down in a sea of ineffective solutions, there are proven methods for improving your wellness program. Continue reading to learn from the mistakes other employers have made with their wellness programs, as we discuss the top mistakes that directly affect wellness program success rates.

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Topics: Change & Save Lives, Corporate Wellness Programs

M_J_PicA key to Karēlia Health’s rich member experience is our practice of only employing Registered Dietitians (RD) to teach our nutrition education curriculum. We work with a large network of dietitians across the country and have decided to start a new blog series highlighting these important professionals who share Karēlia’s mission of helping people lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.  Karēlia Health believes in the power of face-to-face engagement and education, which is why we recruit dietitians local to the community in which they are teaching. 

We are very fortunate to work with some highly qualified and effective RDs. MJ Costello has been teaching the Karēlia Health program for almost 4 years and we took some time to talk with her about her experiences. MJ is a retired Lieutenant Commander with the US Naval Reserve. She received her BS in Dietetics at Drexel University and her Master’s Degree in Public Management at Carnegie Mellon University. 

Since joining the Karēlia team in 2012, MJ has made a considerable difference in our client’s lives. She has used nutrition to help employees achieve some incredibly impressive results:

62% lost weight (total pounds lost in 3 years for 142 participants: 719.1 lbs)

80% reduced their Total Cholesterol (total reduction: 3,970 mg/dL)

58% reduced their Glucose (total reduction: 1,549 mg/dL)

Drops like these translate into significant reductions in the risk for chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes.

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Topics: Karēlia News, Change & Save Lives

Dollarphotoclub_69827380-041583-editedWellness programs for employees typically provide incentives, pertinent information and community support to assist employees become healthier, which limits the impact of chronic diseases. These programs often incorporate tools like increased access to wellness education, financial incentives and opportunities for collaboration to help employees limit risk factors for disease.

Program frontrunners also encourage participants to be engaged and “know their numbers,” leading to more informed healthcare consumers. While this all sounds well and good, it can be difficult to drive employee engagement with wellness programs, as they often misunderstand the intent of the program or have concerns with their employer's interest in their health. In this post, we will discuss several factors that should help to increase wellness program engagement and participation.

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Topics: Change & Save Lives, Corporate Wellness Programs

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