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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: March, 2019
Mar 27, 2019

In our expansion into other areas of wellbeing, physical health has taken a backseat and it’s become taboo to talk about it as part of our wellness efforts.

We’ve forgotten how important our physical health is and most importantly, the positive impact things like exercise have on our mental and emotional health. After all, wellbeing is an interconnected concept. So, why not combine two good things for our wellbeing – exercise and therapy? 

Today’s guest is William Pullen, founder of Dynamic Running Therapy, a psychotherapist and author. His passion is for getting people moving, a subject he speaks about in his TEDx talk "Movement is Medicine and his book, Run for Your Life.

William practices Integrative therapy in London and specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, problems of self-esteem and confidence, and substance abuse. 

This interview starts off with what he refers to as his meltdown and he got past his depression. William tells us how he came up with the term and practice of Dynamic Running Therapy, what it is and its benefits. He then leaves us with a tangible tip involving an interesting concept called an empathy walk.

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Mar 20, 2019

A common pain point of wellness professionals is how to gain leadership buy in. But in a recent WELCOA poll, only 13% of respondents agreed that their “leaders are strong champions for wellness”. That means 77% of respondents haven’t found a way to effectively engage their leadership in their wellness efforts! 

So, what can we do to better engage leadership in our wellness efforts? Today’s guest, Eric Kaufmann, has some advice.

Eric brings 20 years of experience working with CEOs, helping leaders think more creatively, decide more effectively, and relate more wholeheartedly. He describes his work as an unrelenting commitment to results with an unyielding regard for the human spirit. Eric is the author of Four Virtues of a Leader and President of Sagatica, an executive development consultancy.

In this interview, we learn Eric’s definition of leadership, the four virtues of a leader and the difference between a leader and a manager. Eric offers his perspective on CEOs, their mindset and the interesting aspects of their role that many of us don’t consider. When we get to the part about how we, as wellness pros, can get a seat at the table, I encourage you to listen up. Eric offers valuable advice, but it requires getting out of your comfort zone. Are you ready?

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Mar 14, 2019

According to the American Psychological Association, 65% of U.S. employees cite work as a significant source of stress. The American Institute of Stress estimates that job stress costs U.S. industry more than $300 billion a year.

But how do we fight the stress epidemic in organizational cultures that perpetuate it? Today’s guest, Cory Smith, co-founded Wisdom Labs to bring a scalable solution to attack stress and enhance wellbeing through mindfulness, emotional wellbeing and resilience.

In this interview we discuss what led him to create multiple companies and his shift into aligned entrepreneurship. Cory shares why businesses are positioned to make real change in the world and how mindfulness, emotional fluency and social connection will help bring people together. 

We dig into the various ways Wisdom Labs spreads wisdom at work, results they’ve seen so far and how it works in organizations. As always, he leaves us with a tangible tip. 

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Mar 6, 2019

One metric we often look at to determine success in worksite wellness is how many people participate. If we are getting low participation, we often send out surveys asking employees if there are better wellness topics we can offer or what times we should hold events. We rarely focus on what’s called the psychosocial factors (how we perceive our work environment) that impact participation. 

Today’s guest, Dr. Mahban Sangachin, published a study titled “Interactive effects of work psychosocial factors on participation in worksite wellness programs.” Specifically, she studied the effects of job demand, work control and social support on worksite wellness participation. There’s not much research on these factors when it comes to corporate wellness so I wanted to bring Mahban’s key findings to light. 

In this interview, Mahban explains what got her interested in the research, she walks us through her research methods and the key findings. She also addresses limitations of the study because of course, every study has its limitations. Hopefully this is just the start of further research!

Announcement: I’m holding another small group training from July 15 to August 19, 2019. This is a 6-week weekly session where we briefly cover a Next Generation Wellness topic then spend time discussing how (or if) it would work in your organization or clients. There will only be 7 spots open and I haven’t opened registration yet. If you’re interested, use this contact form to let me know or if you want more info.

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