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  • Expert divergence meets the wisdom of crowds

    4/2/2014

    Dr. Paul Terry shares reflections on the 24th Annual Art and Science of Health Promotion conference.

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  • Value on Investment: Is it Time for a Broader Value Proposition for Wellness?

    3/23/2014

    What can new measurement standards tell us about trends in worksite health promotion?

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  • The predictive value of the HERO Scorecard

    3/6/2014

    Many rigorous research studies have demonstrated that well-designed, comprehensive health management programs have the potential to lower health care cost trends, but there is less evidence to guide employers about how to design and implement effective programs. The HERO Employee Health Management Best Practice Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer© (HERO Scorecard) was designed to provide such guidance.

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  • Psychogenesis and Health Reform 2.0

    2/25/2014

    It Is Time for a Broader Value Proposition in Managed Care

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  • Most Newsworthy New Year’s Birth: ACA is an Infant With Boundless Potential

    1/2/2014

    2014 New Year's arrival will forever be a major milestone — it marks the most monumental day in the history of American health policy.

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  • Case Study: How Can This Organization’s Culture Support Employee Health?

    1/2/2014

    What of organizations where health is not such a priority for the leaders?

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  • Changing the Outcomes Conversation: Shifting from ROI to VOI

    11/21/2013

    You may have begun to notice a shift in the thinking around measuring the return on one’s investment in worksite health management programs. Will the industry be able to agree on a consistent way to measure VOI?

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  • Supporting behavior change at the individual level

    11/6/2013

    Improving health is a little like raising a child: it takes a village if you want to do it well enough to prepare the child to be a productive and responsible adult. When it comes to improving the health of a population, you’ll get the best results if you’re able to engage all of the individuals in that population “village” and motivate them to make the changes they need to make in order to protect their health.

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  • When sixty percent of Americans spend over fifty percent of each day in one place, the CDC is interested

    11/4/2013

    Worksites surpass any other venue for addressing illness before it occurs. So it stands to reason that our nation’s premier public health researchers are dedicating considerable resources to the health of our workforce.

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  • Implementation matters. Particularly if it relates to what matters to the purchaser

    10/31/2013

    Dr. Paul Terry discusses insights from the Care Continuum Alliance - CCA Forum 2013 and the appetite among consultants and purchasers for broadening the criteria we use to judge success in population health management.

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  • Finally, the Leavening of Wellness

    10/18/2013

    Dr. Paul Terry discusses insights from the 27th National Conference on Health, Productivity and Human Capital and findings from the NBGH and Towers Watson 2013/2014 Staying@Work Report

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  • StayWell staff walk the talk, engage in social support at the recent Twin Cities in Motion TC 10K

    10/17/2013

    The goal of the StayWell team, supported by the Heart and Soul wellness committee, was simple: finish and finish strong.

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  • The Power of Peer Support

    10/1/2013

    Insights from a StayWell session at the 2013 HERO Forum in Orlando, featuring a wellness program case study for client, Dover Corporation. Throughout our lives we’re influenced in different ways by the people around us. Social connections can influence our personal and professional interests, as well as where and how we choose to spend our time and money. Social connections can even contribute, either positively or negatively, to health status.

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  • HERO Forum Fun Run/Walk: Mixing business with pleasure

    9/30/2013

    Nearly 200 employee health management and human resource professionals and benefit consultants participated in the StayWell sponosored HERO Fun Run/Walk this year.

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  • An enriching day at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Wellness Council of Wisconsin

    9/24/2013

    Insights from the WELCOA conference in Wisconsin, “Engaging Healthy, High-Performing Organizations.” We were honored to be able to contribute to the discussion on the value of wellness champion networks, which was immediately relevant to many in the audience who are currently designing or implementing such networks.

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  • Wellness Champions as Leaders in Culture and Engagement

    9/13/2013

    An enlightening update on the evidence concerning the effectiveness of peer support and the great opportunities worksites have for tapping the power of peers.

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  • Dr. David Anderson Wins HERO's "Bill Whitmer Leadership Award"

    9/3/2013

    At StayWell we have always been quick to point to Dr. David Anderson and his extraordinary number of accomplishments when we count the ways that we feel special as a company. I have always known that there are plenty of thought leaders in the field of employee health management who feel the same way, and a recent announcement makes that assumption official.

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  • There are no shortcuts when it comes to wellness programs

    8/22/2013

    Dr. Anderson, who brings his expertise in behavioral psychology to wellness program design, sheds light on why trying to do too much too soon in a wellness program can lead to confusion, frustration and misconceptions.

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  • Engaging Individuals with Chronic Conditions: Findings shared at the 2013 National Wellness Conference

    7/25/2013

    StayWell's Erin Seaverson and Ben Heinz share insights from their presentation, "Engagement and Health Risk Improvement Among Coaching Participants with Chronic Conditions".

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  • How Attuned are you to Employee Health Needs and Interests?

    7/2/2013

    How do you ensure that your programs meet employee interests while at the same time tuning up their accountability for good health?

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  • The Final ACA Wellness Provisions and the Reticence of the EEOC

    7/1/2013

    The EEOC has remained silent on whether they deem wellness programs to be voluntary, a key concern of an agency committed to ensuring that all employees enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment such as is guaranteed under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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  • The Merits of Compromise for Advancing Health

    6/11/2013

    Reflections on the 21st Annual “Great American Think-Off, by Dr. Paul Terry, "America's Greatest Thinker".

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  • Celebrating the 2013 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles

    5/23/2013

    StayWell applauds all of the 2013 winners — including a number of our clients — for the commitment they have made to creating a culture of health for their employees, and for the outcomes they’ve achieved.

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  • What is a “Reasonably Designed” Wellness Program?

    5/2/2013

    Experts describe the state-of-the art in organizational health scorecards and compare and contrast instruments used for designing and assessing employee health programs.

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  • A recap of ACSM’s 17th Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition

    4/22/2013

    Throughout the Worksite Health Promotion track, we found more wellness champions and learned how relevant wellness champion networks are.

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  • Join Our “Journal Club” Discussion

    3/1/2013

    In this month’s issue of The Art of Health Promotion we feature an article from Seth Serxner Ph.D., MPH, entitled: “A different approach to population health and behavior change: Moving from incentives to a motivation-based approach.”

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  • Remembering C. Everett Koop and reflecting on his legacy

    3/1/2013

    StayWell Health Management’s connection to Dr. Koop began in 1992 when he joined forces with The Health Project to create the C. Everett Koop National Health Award program

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  • ROI of Wellness – Isn’t it Time to Move On?

    2/25/2013

    As employers consider investing in employee wellness programs, many want to know there will be a positive return on investment (ROI).

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  • Defining Nondiscriminatory Wellness Programs Remains a Work in Progress

    2/5/2013

    The Department of Labor has issued new guidelines concerning the wellness provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that relate to the use of financial incentives, and the Office of Health Plan Standards and Compliance Assistance is seeking public comment.

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  • How Do You Engage Families in Health Promotion?

    1/4/2013

    Involving families in a company’s wellness program has broad social as well as health benefits as highlighted by Judd Allen and his colleagues in the January/February issue of The Art of Health Promotion.

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  • Answering the question: How much, by when?

    12/18/2012

    This research is a tremendous leap forward in our understanding of how changing health risk status impacts health care spending. While there is still much to know and understand, this research closes an important gap in the business case for a population health management approach to health care cost containment.

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  • Wellness and Citizenship: Learning about Engagement from the Volunteer Service Movement

    11/5/2012

    The idea that volunteerism and social connectivity rate right up there with the most potent of personal health practices.

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  • With Weight Management, One Thing Leads to Another

    10/15/2012

    Are we acknowledging that the sustainability of healthy lifestyle improvements in diet, exercise, or tobacco use is fundamentally linked to our surroundings?

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  • Dr. David Anderson Wins HERO’s “Mark Dundon Research Award"

    10/4/2012

    Dr. David Anderson, StayWell’s senior vice president and chief health officer, has been honored with the “Mark Dundon Research Award” from The Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO).

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  • Mutualism of Culture and Engagement

    8/2/2012

    A panel discussion on the concept of advancing a culture of health as an accepted strategy for improving a population’s health.

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  • A whirlwind tour of the 37th National Wellness Conference

    7/26/2012

    Being passionate about what you do and being successful in your career is associated with greater longevity -- and other great lessons from the 2012 conference.

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  • Supreme Court Ruling on the Individual Mandate: Financial Incentives vary according to the eye of the beholder

    7/20/2012

    Health care policy wonks were abuzz about the samurai jujitsu move that Chief Justice Roberts struck with his ruling in support of the constitutionality of Obamacare.

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  • Many perspectives. One consensus guidance statement.

    7/19/2012

    I’ve participated in many collaborative projects over the years, but my recent involvement in the development of a consensus guidance statement on the use of outcomes-based incentives was unique in several ways.

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  • Honoring employers who commit to best practices

    6/29/2012

    Whether our focus is on employee participation, health assessment results, risk change or financial outcomes, understanding what a company has been able to accomplish through its commitment to employee health enables them to prove the worth of their program to C-suite executives, while contributing to the evolution of their wellness initiative.

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  • The Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act

    6/28/2012

    Business leaders responsible for making decisions about employee health benefits should view this morning’s Supreme Court ruling as interim relief from the need for changing course.

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  • Improving Health Practices by Changing the World: Some notes from the 22nd Annual Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference

    4/26/2012

    Dr. Paul Terry on current trends and issues in health promotion.

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  • Reflections on the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Summit

    4/17/2012

    Research suggests that getting up for a mere five minutes each hour may have an impact on overall health -- and other interesting takeaways from the 2012 conference.

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  • Health Care Reform 2012: What Congress Giveth... the Supreme Court Taketh Away?

    4/5/2012

    What I am willing to bet, however, is that fundamental changes the law has stimulated at the heart of health management will forge ahead – regardless of what the Supreme Court decides!

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  • The opportunities that lay ahead for wellness professionals

    4/4/2012

    I am often asked to address university student groups and typically welcome the opportunity because I have found I often walk away from the discussions more excited than ever about the wellness field and the opportunities that lay ahead for wellness professionals.

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  • Get your game on

    3/15/2012

    Paul Terry, Ph.D., CEO discusses the remarkable "overlaps between behavioral economics, social psychology, and game theory as each informs what we know about motivating people and supporting their successful health behavior changes."

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  • Reflections on the The Twelfth Population Health and Care Coordination Colloquium

    3/12/2012

    CEO Paul Terry, Ph.D., disucss a StayWell study, "The Role of Incentives in Improving Engagement and Outcomes in Population Health Management."

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  • Health Reform and the use of Financial Incentives in Wellness Programs

    11/15/2011

    This means companies are allowed to use an “outcomes-based” incentive model that provides financial rewards for those who satisfy a prescribed health standard such as a BMI of less than 30 or who meet a “reasonable alternative standard” or obtain a waiver from their physician.

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  • At the Midwest Worksite Health Conference, it’s all about context

    11/14/2011

    This conference attracts worksite health professionals and vendors from the Midwest, and speakers from all over the country.

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  • Do we get what we pay for with financial incentives in wellness programs?

    10/7/2011

    Our short answer to this question about incentives, one that seems to be the pressing issue of the moment many of our clients, is: “we don’t yet know.” Believe us, it’s an unsatisfying answer for those of us who have studied wellness program effectiveness for many years. But here’s the problem. We’re dealing with a moving target.

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  • Focus on Progress in your Wellness Strategy

    9/9/2011

    It’s hard to argue with progress. Researchers have shown that the thoughts, feelings and behaviors signaling progress toward a goal are the best predictors a person will achieve that goal. At StayWell, we’re applying this principle to the use of incentives in health improvement.

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  • My Own Best Ally - Part Two

    8/2/2011

    "Know thyself."

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  • Industry awards recognize excellence and drive program outcomes

    7/19/2011

    StayWell has represented 28 companies that have received NBGH's “Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyle” award.

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  • Connecting health risks to productivity loss

    6/28/2011

    StayWell has such a solid foundation in, and commitment to, best practice programming and to research,

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  • Health promotion: 25 years later

    5/26/2011

    As a young health promotion professional with just six years of on-the-job experience under my belt and a freshly stamped Ph.D. in hand, I was eager to apply my training and skills to an important societal issue.

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  • My Own Worst Enemy - Part One

    5/3/2011

    Take some time and think of how you are your own worst enemy and next time, I’ll share how you can get yourself off the weight battlefield and make peace with your body and yourself.

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  • Understanding the value of health assessment data

    4/11/2011

    State-of-the-art health assessments work by allowing companies like StayWell to collect data not only about a participant’s risks but about their psychological readiness to change, which is a key element in tailoring a wellness program to be more effective for that individual participant.

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  • Essential Reading List for Coaches

    3/17/2011

    Our initial thoughts on who we think belongs in our top-10 list of experts in the field of health promotion

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  • Nike has it right...Just Do It.

    2/1/2011

    It’s the time of the year when visions of vigorous exercise replace the visions of sugarplums that danced through my head...

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