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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: July, 2019
Jul 31, 2019

If you’re on top of big news in the worksite wellness world, you may have heard about employees suing Yale University because they allege the wellness program is not voluntary. That’s why wellness legal expert, Barbara Zabawa, is the perfect person to walk us through this class action lawsuit. 

Barbara Zabawa owns the Center for Health and Wellness Law, LLC a law firm dedicated to improving legal access and compliance for the health and wellness industries. She serves health and wellness professionals and organizations across the country as an advocate, a transactional lawyer and a compliance resource.

In today’s interview, Barbara first catches us up on the status of the EEOC wellness regulations around incentives that were vacated in January of 2019. Then we spend time going through the Yale lawsuit and Barbara’s perspective. She tells us how she would defend Yale and offers what other employers can take away from this lawsuit. 

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Do you want a short summary of each week’s podcast? Each week, I send out an email that goes one step further than the interview. It’s my reflection of what I pulled out of the interview and at least one tip (and usually more) about how you can apply all the goodness to your work and life. If that sounds good, you can sign up HERE.

For links mentioned in today's episode visit: http://bit.ly/Redesignpod

Jul 24, 2019

Biometrics screenings are pervasive throughout the wellness industry, often as a foundational part of an employer’s full wellness program. Recently, there have been some (including myself) advocating for less screening and more resources allocated to other areas of wellbeing. But are screenings getting a bad rap? Podcast guest, Ann Sabbag, thinks so.

Ann founded Health Designs in 1995. The Health Designs team partners with diverse employers nationwide to create wellness programs that enhance employee health, improve productivity and build a culture of well-being. In 2018, the company served more than 85,000 employees at 250 companies nationwide.

In this interview, Ann reflects on how the wellness industry has changed over her 24 years of being in business. We take a deep dive into one of their core services – biometric screenings. Ann explains how they approach screenings differently than other companies by incorporating intrinsic coaching, with the goal of making screenings more human.

We talk openly about the friction between those who advocate to get rid of screenings and her belief in them. Ann describes her efforts to build a company where people bring their best selves to work and she leaves us with a tangible tip.

Want more?

Do you want a short summary of each week’s podcast? Each week, I send out an email that goes one step further than the interview. It’s my reflection of what I pulled out of the interview and at least one tip (and usually more) about how you can apply all the goodness to your work and life. If that sounds good, you can sign up HERE.

For links mentioned in today's episode visit: http://bit.ly/Redesignpod

Jul 17, 2019

No matter how successful, rich or high on the corporate ladder we are, Dr. Bowen White says we all have a secret we share. It’s not a secret we talk about but it’s one we bring with us to work, into relationships and imprint on our kids. This secret can get in the way of having the life that is only yours to live.

Dr. Bowen White built his career as a physician who breaks down barriers between him and his patients. He now works with organizations using a combination of the talents and expertise of a physician, speaker, consultant, and author. 

As an organizational physician Bowen is interested in the people piece of the workplace puzzle. He is a founding board member for the National Institute for Play and is the author “Why Normal Isn’t Healthy”.  

In this interview, Bowen tells us how he created his own path to practice holistic medicine, when and why he transitioned to working with organizations and lets us in on his definition of health. He then explains why normal isn’t healthy and describes this secret we all share. Bowen leaves us with the most beautiful (and tangible) tip I’ve heard so far. 

If you’re ready to hear from a physician who takes himself off the “doctor pedestal” and who exposes our deepest insecurity as human beings, this is the episode for you! 

Want more?

Do you want a short summary of each week’s podcast? Each week, I send out an email that goes one step further than the interview. It’s my reflection of what I pulled out of the interview and at least one tip (and usually more) about how you can apply all the goodness to your work and life. If that sounds good, you can sign up HERE.

For links mentioned in today's episode visit: http://bit.ly/Redesignpod

Jul 10, 2019

The word “happy” can be such a loaded one. It conjures up an overly chipper person that no matter the circumstance, they see rainbows and unicorns. Luckily, podcast guest, Nataly Kogan, tells us that being happy doesn’t mean being positive all of the time.

Nataly Kogan is an entrepreneur, speaker, and author whose mission is ​to help millions of people optimize their emotional health. ​She reached the highest levels of corporate success at McKinsey and Microsoft, and at 26 became a managing director in venture capital. But she was burned out from juggling non-stop work and family responsibilities and felt unfulfilled.

Her journey to find meaningful, lasting happiness along with the discovery of scientific research on emotional well-being led her to found Happier. Nataly believes happiness is not this big prize on the horizon that we can work hard to achieve. Rather, happiness is a skill we can practice.

In today’s interview, Nataly tells her story of fleeing the former Soviet Union and coming to the U.S. as a refugee and her search for what she calls the “big happy”. She tells us how this search led her to create Happier and walks us through the 3 principles and 5 core skills of the Happier Method. Nataly explains how her life is different now than in her previous corporate life and she leaves us with a tangible tip (or two).

For links mentioned in today's episode visit: http://bit.ly/Redesignpod

Jul 3, 2019

Most people know they should eat more vegetables, exercise and sleep at least 7 hours a night but unfortunately, knowledge doesn’t equate to behavior. 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.

Today’s guest is Dr. Michelle Segar, a motivational scientist who has been studying what motivates people to choose and maintain healthy behaviors, particularly around exercise. She believes that motivation isn’t the cause. It’s actually the result.

In this interview, we discuss what a motivational scientist actually does, how we can shrink the goals we’re asking people to achieve (at least at the beginning) and reframe exercise from a chore to a gift.

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?

Links mentioned:

Join me at the Wellness Council of Wisconsin in September! Click here for more info.

Brian Wansink study about exercise fun vs walk.

White paper health promoters stop promoting – can request via this webpage

Website: http://michellesegar.com/

For links mentioned in today's episode visit: http://bit.ly/Redesignpod

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