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Help your employees keep their New Year’s resolutions

Posted by Paula Turnquist

As 2016 ends and 2017 begins, we naturally tend to reflect on our past decisions and future goals, resolving to make better choices in the coming months. Of course, one of the most popular New Year's resolutions is to lose weight. That's good news for businesses since, as we have previously discussed on this blog, obesity is indisputably bad for the bottom line. It puts workers at risk of Type II Diabetes, heart problems and other health issues that hurt morale, increase absenteeism and reduce productivity.

However, anyone who has ever made New Year's resolutions also knows that they are incredibly difficult to keep. Here are some tips for helping improve employee health in 2017: 

  • Focus on actions, not results: Many New Year's resolutions fail because they are focused on an end result, such as losing weight. Instead, try turning your attention to daily actions that will lead to that result. For example, rather than resolving to lose 10 pounds, set a goal of exercising 20 minutes a day, keeping healthy snacks at your desk or eating more vegetables.  
  • Make it a group effort: Many people find it easier to lose weight when they are working as part of a supportive group. Consider inviting your company or department members to join you in a weight loss or fitness challenge, and encourage a sense of camaraderie, fun and accountability. Let us s​how you how you can save 15-30% on your company's total medical  costs. Reward success: People respond to incentives, so establish a desirable reward for following through. This can be awarded individually or to the group as a whole. You might buy a catered lunch for the team or give everyone an extra vacation day for the year. 

Posted by Paula Turnquist

Paula Turnquist joined Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in 2013 as sales manager of Employer Products. She is responsible for the sales of products and services ranging from employer group health plans to Executive Health and Occupational Medicine programs. Paula is originally from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and is a Nursing and Health Care Administration graduate of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. She has worked in healthcare since 1976 serving major hospital systems, physician practices, venture capital start-ups and large insurance carriers.

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