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Redesigning Wellness Podcast

The Redesigning Wellness podcast explores the world of corporate health to help employers build strategic wellness programs that engage employees. The Redesigning Wellness podcast is centered around what works and doesn’t work in wellness. In this podcast, Jen will interview experts in various worksite wellness specialties to demystify the common worksite wellness program. She’ll also spend time sharing common barriers to help get your wellness program moving forward. You’ll discover common sense approaches to wellness, tips for engaging employees and how to implement a program that your employees actually like.
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Now displaying: November, 2016
Nov 30, 2016

Could you infuse more positivity into your workplace? I would venture a guess that we could amp up the positivity and optimism not only in our organization but also in our health and wellness programs. That's why I wanted to bring on MJ Shaar.

MJ Shaar was one of the first 50 people to graduate with a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology from University of Pennsylvania. She has spent over 15 years studying, researching, coaching, and designing Applied Positive Psychology-based workshops for wellness professionals and organizations of all kinds.

MJ is a fun person to talk to and has a lot of great advice for integrating positive psychology into health and wellness promotions within organizations. In this episode, MJ walks us through the 5 pillars of positive psych, how we can apply it to health and wellness, gives us advice on moving the wellness industry past the traditional biomedical model and leaves us with a tangible tip. 

Nov 23, 2016

Dr. Michelle Segar is a motivational scientist who has been studying what motivates people to choose and maintain healthy behaviors, particularly around exercise.

We start with Michelle explaining what she does as a motivational scientist. Research suggests we tend to make daily health decisions based on emotions and in the moment instead of according to logic. We'll make the choice based on how we feel.

Wellness has come out of a medical model that's logical and makes sense but long term benefits of exercise don't influence people. The "feel good" benefits of exercise do drive long term exercise.

We need to look to marketers as we are trying to change health behaviors. Michelle compares this to Apple and how they guide us to feel in the moment.  We can help people see that if they move for 10 minutes they do have more energy. We also need to decrease the standards we give to people using a Kindergarten mindset. Let's shrink the goals we're asking people to achieve (at least at the beginning).

How can we move exercise from a chore to a gift? When you frame exercise as fun instead of physical activity, we get them to see it differently. Hook people to re-frame exercise by the quicker benefits like feeling happy, better sleep, stronger sex drive, connecting with your love ones, etc.

We need to shift people's perception that healthy behaviors from logic health reasons but instead as a vehicle to feel better immediately. Encourage people to notice how they feel differently when they make healthy choices. Ultimately, increase their self-awareness. The most challenging aspect is sustaining the health change because of the ongoing self management around the behavior.

Michelle gives her thoughts on external motivators like gift cards and financial incentives. She leaves us with a tangible tip to assess the reasons we give employees to participate....are they based on logic?

Nov 16, 2016

When it comes to the Corporate world, we tend to shy away from practices like meditation, deep breathing and using our intuition to make decisions. Today's guest, Jonathan Winn, gives us good reasons to incorporate these practices into our everyday lives.

As a warning, we start out talking about the U.S. election. Regardless of how you feel about the outcome of the election, I encourage you to listen to Jonathan's reaction and encouragement for us all to not feed the divisiveness. He urges us to seek the grounds where we have common space and warns us that whatever we focus on, we welcome it to continue.

Jonathan tells us about the benefits of incorporating focused breathing into your day and how your feeling is directly related to how you're breathing. 

The steps to using your breath are to observe without worrying about changing it, to slow down your breath and finally to deepen your breath.

Jonathan talks about how to incorporate breathing into your wellness program (first, don't describe it as a breathing program because that's the how) but rather on increasing focus, productivity and well-being. For example, it's what can you do to maintain your calm when you're on the phone with a difficult client.

He talks about the imbalance in the corporate world between creativity, intuition (going with your gut) and using logic/analytics (data driven pieces). Jonathan teaches clients how to listen to their own inner guidance and body intelligence. He also tells us how employers can help tap into employee creativity and innovation.

Finally, Jonathan tells the story of how he came into this world and why it influenced his company focus (and name).

Nov 9, 2016

As a wellness or HR professional, how often do you think about, research or identify organizational trends? It's easy to get caught up in our day to day and ignore how the world of work is changing.

That's why I brought Jacob Morgan on today's episode. Jacob’s one of the world’s leading authorities on the future of work, employee experience, and how the workplace is changing. Jacob also hosts the weekly podcast titled ”The Future of Work”.

In this episode we discuss:

  • trends employers need to pay attention to
  • #1 challenge employers face
  • his thoughts on open workspaces
  • characteristics of progressive companies

Jacob walks us through his Future of Work Forum and Community and fills us in on his new book, due out March 2017.

Finally, he leaves us with great advice for what health and wellness pros can do to move their organization forward.

 

Nov 2, 2016

Workplace wellness programs tend to focus on obesity and ways to get employees to lose weight. Unfortunately, many organizations rely on weight loss methods that don't work and may reinforce restrictive eating, yo-yo dieting and ultimately, more weight gain.

Today I talk with Rebecca Johnson, Director of Workplace Wellness for Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Programs and Training.

In this conversation, Rebecca and I talk about how she got her start into the health and wellness industry, how we can help push the wellness profession forward and the tenets of the Am I Hungry training. Rebecca also leaves us with tangible tips for employers who want to address weight at the workplace.

For more information visit www.amihungry.com.

 

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