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Workplace wellness programs don’t have to cost an arm and a leg to get going — especially for small businesses on limited budgets. With a few adjustments and a genuine desire to help employees get healthier, anyone can ready their workplace for a wellness program. Here’s what you’ll need.
By 2026, the number of American cancer survivors will reach more than 20 million, with more than 3.5 million of them breast cancer patients. To accommodate them, the implementation of survivorship care is only half of the puzzle.
If you have kids, you probably know that child care tends to fall through at the most inconvenient moments. This creates a stressful problem, and a costly one, too. According to the 2017 Child Care Aware of America Report, nearly half of working parents miss on average more than eight days of work a year because of breakdowns in child care. And for employers, that absenteeism gets expensive, to the tune of about $4.4 billion a year.
If you have the option of buying a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), should you take it? Nearly 4 in 10 Americans between the ages of 18 and 64 do, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But there are trade-offs.
Tech-enabled health apps can help employees increase their physical activity, improve their eating habits, mind their mental health and so much more — which can in turn improve workplace productivity and inform future benefits packages. But which health and fitness apps should you encourage employees to use?
With a better office setup, workers enjoy improved comfort, motivation and well-being, according to the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors. And you might imagine how that impacts employers too: fewer absences, a more productive workforce and happier employees overall. By following a few ergonomics in the workplace tips, any office — big or small — can make that happen, including yours.
A heart failure diagnosis can be a life-changing event, often leading to a long road that — in the best-case scenario for those with advanced stages of the disease — ends with a donor heart. But what happens to heart failure patients in dire need of a new heart who spend potentially years on the transplant list?
You might just think of your spine as the stack of bones that keeps you upright or hurts when you slump, but that doesn’t even scratch the surface of everything that the spinal column does for the human body.
It used to be that people didn’t talk about the goings-on of their guts. Maladies like diarrhea, stomach cramps and rectal bleeding were stigmatized and kept hush-hush — but these are symptoms of Crohn’s disease, so hiding them in many cases unfortunately concealed a very real, very common problem.
A whopping 8 in 10 internet users go online for health questions. With nearly 53 percent of physician practices running a Facebook page, much of that digital traffic ends up on social media in some form. But is that really a bad thing?
It came as little surprise when the federal government launched the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRPP). As a part of the Affordable Care Act, the program penalizes providers for readmissions of six diagnoses — heart failure among them. Four of the other five all link back in some way to heart failure, too: heart attack, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and coronary artery bypass graft. But have those penalties worked?
Brown, green, yellow, tan — babies and kiddos can often produce a rainbow of different colors of poop in their underthings. But which colors are normal and which are cause for concern?
If you’ve ever needed health coverage in a pinch — but shied away from short-term health insurance plans because they didn’t last long enough — you might want to take another look at your options. As of October 2, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services now allows short-term plans to last up to 364 days in many states, with the option to renew those plans for up to three years thereafter. Here’s what you need to know.