Free Reports

Contained in the Free Reports section, you'll find key reports, studies, and other publications designed to help you understand some of the key issues involved in worksite health promotion programming.

Members have access to even more resources on AbsoluteAdvantage.org. Learn more about WELCOA membership.

Choosing Appropriate Interventions

In this Special Report, we're focusing on the benchmark of Choosing Appropriate Interventions. Specifically, we'll outline the issues and factors to consider when choosing interventions for your organization. In addition, we'll present expert information from Dr. Ken Cooper on physical activity, Dr. Jeffrey Wigand on tobacco cessation, and Dr. Luke Seaward on stress management. Finally, we'll set forth important guidelines for small businesses who are interested in adopting health promotion interventions.

Carefully Crafting An Operating Plan...Free Report Now Available.

In this Special Report, we zero in on the concept of carefully crafting an operating plan. Specifically, we've outlined the importance of planning as well as highlighted the elements of a wellness plan that can take your program from good to great. To complete this issue, we've provided a case study from the City of Gainesville and an expert interview with one of the nation's best practitioners, Mike Wanetka.

See What Wellness Professionals Are Earning In The U.S.

Today's field of worksite wellness and health management is comprised of individuals who work in a wide variety of occupations in various disciplines. These disciplines include -- but are not necessarily restricted to -- wellness, benefits, human resources, occupational health and medicine, employee assistance, risk management, and safety.

Although several salary surveys have been conducted on worksite wellness personnel in the past few years, the WELCOA National Wellness Compensation Survey (NWCS) is believed to be the first-ever compensation survey conducted on a cross-section of worksite wellness and affiliated health management personnel.

Collecting Data To Drive Health Efforts...Free Report Now Available.

In this Special Report, we'll zoom in on the concept of collecting data to drive your company's health efforts. Specifically, we'll present 10 reasons why data collection is an essential step in building a results-oriented wellness program. In addition, we'll also outline three important sources of data that must be gathered in order to be successful. Finally, we'll present several tools that will help you in your data collection efforts.

Creating Cohesive Wellness Teams...Special WELCOA Report Now Available At No Charge.

When it comes to building results-oriented wellness programs, teams are a big part of the equation. In fact, teams comprise the second critical benchmark of success in the Well Workplace process. In this Special Report, many of the issues and challenges associated with developing cohesive wellness teams are addressed.

If you are involved in leading or participating on a wellness team, you won't want to miss this publication.

Capturing CEO Support...Free Report Now Available.

In this Special Report, we've highlighted the first of the seven benchmarks of successful wellness programming -- Capturing CEO Support. Specifically, we've illuminated the six tests of leading a healthy company and presented a new model for thinking about CEO support. In addition, we've presented in-depth CEO interviews with four of America's most recognized leaders.

Carefully Evaluate Outcomes -- WELCOA Report Available At No Charge!

Effectively evaluating your workplace wellness initiative can be a confusing and complicated endeavor -- but that need not be the case! In this WELCOA report, you'll learn the top 10 reasons why people don't evaluate their programs as well as the fundamentals of evaluation. What's more we'll discuss the topic of evaluation with one of the nation's best experts to get inside information that can help you do a better job at proving the efficacy of your program's contribution to the organization.

Creating A Supportive Environment...Free Report Now Available.

In this Special Report, we present information related to the sixth benchmark of results oriented wellness programs -- creating supportive environments. Specifically, we'll highlight the policies, practices, and promotions that will help you integrate wellness into your company's working environment. In addition, we'll present a case study of how the CDC rejuvenated stairwells to increase physical activity. To round out this issue, we'll offer up an interview with culture change expert, Dr. Rick Bellingham.

Marathon running: A hobby of global CEOs

Check out this special report on global leaders that run more than just businesses, they also run marathons. It takes practice, determination, heart, and many other similar characteristics to be a successful leader and runner. Hear from several CEO's about their running efforts in this great article.

Setting A Goal To Become More Physically Active

When it comes to setting goals to be more physically active we can help! Setting a goal to become more physically active is a powerful and important first step in the behavior change process. This employee questionnaire is designed to help your employees move forward with setting their personal physical activity goals. The time is now. Help your employees start 2014 off right by setting healthy goals.

Help Your Employees Find Peace of Mind This Holiday Season With 12 Holiday Health And Safety Tips!

The holidays are a time to celebrate, give thanks, and reflect. They are also a time to help your employees pay special attention to their health. Give the gift of health and safety to your employees by offering these holiday tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Low-Stress Diet: Help Your Employees Combat The Negative Effects Of Stress With This WELCOA Special Report. Download Your Copy Today, At No Charge!

Did you know that stress affects all aspects of human nutrition? And the reverse is true: certain foods and eating habits can actually trigger the body's stress response, resulting in serious health consequences. If you want your workplace wellness efforts to effectively address stress management techniques, it is imperative not to overlook the important link between stress and nutrition.

That's why WELCOA offers you this compelling article, with easy-to-implement nutrition tips from a national stress expert, Dr. Brian Luke Seaward. Straightforward nutrition guidelines and many simple tips will help employees boost their immune systems to combat the negative impacts of stress, and even reverse its harmful effects.

A Mother's Place: CDC Guide to Breastfeeding Interventions

Mothers are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. labor force. Approximately 70% of employed mothers with children younger than 3 years work full time. One-third of these mothers return to work within 3 months after birth and two-thirds return within 6 months. Working outside the home is related to a shorter duration of breastfeeding, and intentions to work full-time are significantly associated with lower rates of breastfeeding initiation and shorter duration. Low-income women, among whom African American and Hispanic women are overrepresented, are more likely than their higher-income counterparts to return to work earlier and to be engaged in jobs that make it challenging for them to continue breastfeeding.

Given the substantial presence of mothers in the work force, there is a strong need to establish lactation support in the workplace. Barriers identified in the workplace include a lack of flexibility for milk expression in the work schedule, lack of accommodations to pump or store breast-milk, concerns about support from employers and colleagues, and real or perceived low milk supply.

Getting Active -- 50 Tips For Incorporating Physical Activity At Work

In this issue of Absolute Advantage, WELCOA zeroed in on the most effective ways to increase physical activity in the workplace. Setting forth 50 practical ideas, this report will provide a lot of insight in how to increase physical activity in the workplace.

Plugging Into The Power Of Self-Care

An article by Dr. David Hunnicutt addresses four reasons why medical self-care should be a vital part of your wellness program. Each year, a significant percentage of employees and their families will experience health issues -- even with the most rigorous workplace wellness programs in place. If the management of these illnesses is left unaddressed, the result can be very costly in terms of unnecessary health care utilization and lost productivity.

Organizations of all kinds are rapidly integrating medical self-care programs within their already-existing wellness initiatives -- and the results are nothing short of remarkable.

You don't want to miss this article -- find out how medical self-care initiatives can protect the health of your employees and generate significant ROI for your organization's wellness programs.

When It Comes From You...The Power Of CEO Support In Advancing A Small Business Wellness Initiative -- Report Now Available At No Charge.

Perhaps the single most important element in building and sustaining a wellness program in a small business setting is having CEO buy-in. Indeed, time and time again, it has been our experience that the organizations that successfully garner senior-level support are the ones that have healthier employees and better working environments.

But the question for most wellness advocates in a small business setting is, "How can I get my CEO to get behind this concept?" Or, if they are already bought in, "How can I get them to be the organization's best advocate for personal health and well-being?"

These are great questions and they deserve a closer look...

The Art Of Implementing A Great Worksite Wellness Program In A Small Business Setting...WELCOA Report Now Available At No Charge.

In this Special Report, written by WELCOA President Dr. David Hunnicutt, we'll examine the importance of wellness programs to small businesses and present the ten most important things that a small company can do to enhance the health and well-being of its employees.

If you work with small businesses, you won't want to miss the article.

The Benefits Of WorkSmart Stretching For The Workplace...Special WELCOA Report Now Available At No Charge

American business culture has long overlooked the importance of stretching to improve health and improve productivity. In this Special Report, expert Erik Nieuwenhuis, discusses the many benefits of WorkSmart Stretching. If your employees are required to sit at a desk all day, you won't want to miss this report.

WorkSmart Stretching Poster

American culture has often overlooked the importance of stretching daily to improve health and reduce the daily wear and tear to our working, aging bodies. However, in the last few years, more and more companies across the US are implementing WorkSmart Stretching Programs (or others like it) into their daily work practices and seeing many work injury reduction benefits such as, reduced MSD OSHA recordable injuries and their related costs, improvement in worker morale, reduction in disability costs, and improved customer service. This poster, showing 18 WorkSmart Stretching poses, was developed for use in the workplace by Physical Therapist, Erik Nieuwenhuis.

WorkSmart Stretching Poster (Spanish)

American culture has often overlooked the importance of stretching daily to improve health and reduce the daily wear and tear to our working, aging bodies. However, in the last few years, more and more companies across the US are implementing WorkSmart Stretching Programs (or others like it) into their daily work practices and seeing many work injury reduction benefits such as, reduced MSD OSHA recordable injuries and their related costs, improvement in worker morale, reduction in disability costs, and improved customer service. This poster, showing 18 WorkSmart Stretching poses, was developed for use in the workplace by Physical Therapist, Erik Nieuwenhuis.

Snakebite Away Carpal Tunnel And Tendonitis Pain

In our highly technological world, we are constantly 'connected' via smartphones, computer workstations, or e-tablets -- typing, texting, and updating. Over time, our wrists, forearms, thumbs and elbows are feeling a constant strain. Injuries and strains to these areas can be alleviated with a simple technique -- one that you may remember from childhood -- the Snakebite! Physical Therapist, Erik Niewenhuis describes how this compression of the forearm is actually a proven musculoskeletal self-care technique, and the powerful impacts it can have towards relieving arm, wrist and hand pain.

Switch To A Staggered Stance For Lower Back And Shoulder Health

When lifting groceries, picking up children, or doing any lifting, reaching, pushing or pulling at work, a common stance is to keep both feet close together. This creates unnecessary force on the lower back and can lead to injuries and strains. By putting one foot in front of the other -- using a Staggered Stance -- the work load is shared between more muscle groups, protecting your back, neck and shoulders, and helping you keep your balance. Physical Therapist, Erik Nieuwenhuis describes how the Staggered Stance posture can help you avoid injury and protect your musculoskeletal health.

Which Diets Are Best? A Low-Cost Programming Idea To Help Your Employees Choose The Right Weight Loss Approach...New Report Now Available At No Charge

These days, it seems that everyone is concerned about losing weight -- and for good reason. With the majority of the population now overweight and/or obese, health researchers have been warning us of the devastating consequences of carrying too much weight. As a result, many Americans have become diet-crazed; frantically searching for the magic bullet -- that "one" perfect approach that's finally going to help them shed unwanted pounds once and for all.

But which diets are best?

In this low-cost WELCOA Programming Idea, we present a number of credible and healthy ways to lose weight.

A Sample Healthy Foods Policy From Eat Smart North Carolina

This healthy eating policy was created by the Health Department of Nash County Government, North Carolina. Many of the chronic illnesses we experience today are caused, at least in part, by unhealthy behaviors such as not exercising regularly, smoking, and diets that include too much fat and sugar intake. You can have a life-saving impact on friends and coworkers by encouraging civic groups and your worksite to adopt a healthy eating policy -- similar to this one!

Guidelines for Healthy Foods and Beverages at Meetings, Gatherings and Events

This healthy foods policy was created for Eat Smart North Carolina by the Health Department of Nash County Government. Not that you have to eliminate unhealthy foods altogether -- but any time food is served in the group or at work, you should make sure some healthy options are available. This guide provides suggestions, substitutions, ideas for great tasting options, and fun tips to make the transition to a healthy food culture a little easier. Providing healthy options ensures that your coworkers have the opportunity to make the healthier choice -- which they may begin to make on a regular basis!

Rewards For Healthy Lifestyles

Employers can reinforce good employee health by sponsoring healthy lifestyle contests and campaigns. These encourage such behavior as smoking cessation, healthy eating, and weight loss -- with the support and discipline of an organized event.

Expediting Employee Behavior Change By Implementing The Right Incentives...Special WELCOA Report Now Available At No Charge.

Bill Sims has been working with companies to develop tailored and customized incentive campaigns for years. As one of the leaders in the industry, Sims has helped many companies to improve employee health and contain costs.

In this interview, Bill Sims sits down with WELCOA President, Dr. David Hunnicutt, to discuss what works best when it comes to developing and implementing employee incentive-based wellness campaigns.

Health At Every Size...Free Report Now Available At No Charge.

In the last few years, it seems that the hysteria over the "obesity epidemic" has reached its own "epidemic" proportions. The Surgeon General labeled obesity "the terror within," a terror more dangerous than "weapons of mass destruction," and called for no less than a "cultural transformation" to combat and win the "war" against it. In this issue of Absolute Advantage, Dr. Jon Robison and colleagues present a radically different approach to weight loss and dieting. Known as Health At Every Size, this concept is rapidly gaining attention throughout the health and behavior modification communities.

WELCOA's 10 Great Resources On Behavior Change -- A Recommended Reading List

Changing unhealthy behaviors is a very complicated and complex thing to do. But make no mistake about it; it is possible -- in fact people do it every day. Although complicated, there are a number of best-in-class resources that are available to help you. In this edition of "WELCOA Recommends," WELCOA President Dr. David Hunnicutt shares a number of excellent resources that can help you better navigate the murky waters of the art and science of changing behaviors. Some of the resources listed in this publication are available at a nominal price -- WELCOA has no financial interest in any of the references mentioned other than it's own "Member's Only" site; InfoPoint.

You don't want to miss these great resources!

Strength In Teams

It's been said that there is no "I" in team. We disagree. After years of watching and evaluating effective wellness teams, it's clear that each individual's strengths help to bolster the overall make-up of the team. In this article, we'll present a great tool for assessing individual strengths as well as suggest ways of leveraging an individual's talents to help the team become stronger and more effective.

Landmark National Report: Healthy Workforce 2010 & Beyond

Employers have been implementing a number of approaches to manage the rising costs of health care, which often results in greater cost-shifting to the employee. However, leading organizations have realized that managing employee health behaviors can help to counteract the dwindling returns -- while boosting the benefits for employees. This break-through national report by Washington-based Partnership for Prevention (PFP) describes how focusing employee health efforts toward primary prevention and risk avoidance can help keep the majority of the workforce (and its dependents) low-risk and healthy.

Workforce Health And Productivity: How Employers Measure, Benchmark And Use Productivity Outcomes

In an effort to explain current health and productivity management strategies, John Riedel of Riedel & Associates and the Integrated Benefits Institute co-developed the report, Workforce Health and Productivity: How Employers Measure, Benchmark and Use Productivity Outcomes. This undertaking resulted in a valuable resource for American employers, which highlights how nine American businesses are successfully integrating productivity measurement with their worksite health initiatives.

The Coaching Connection: An Archived Issue Of Absolute Advantage Magazine

When health, wellness, and human development are at stake, we clearly want every dime to have the value of a dollar. It's time we added one more resource to our wellness environments -- coaching. Learn what High Quality Coaching is all about and learn how you can implement it in your organization to achieve serious results.

10 Things You Can Do Right Now To Ease Concerns About Your Weight And Improve Your Health

Dr. Jon Robison, a nationally-recognized expert on weight management and wellness at Michigan State University, has been challenging -- for over a decade -- the conventional wisdom when it comes to addressing the obesity epidemic. In this Special Report, Dr. Robison continues his assault on present day approaches and has authored "10 Things People Can Do Right Now To Ease Their Concerns About Their Weight and Improve Their Health." Be warned: Dr. Robison's views are guaranteed to challenge your present thinking on this topic and will generate significant discussion.

Why And How People Change Health Behaviors -- A Sample Summary

Dr. Joe Leutzinger and John Harris, two of the nation's leading experts on worksite wellness have published a new book entitled, Why and How People Change Health Behaviors.

This book is for all individuals interested in making or sustaining lifestyle change. Why and How People Change Health Behaviors is a collection of personal stories that provides insight into the lives of others who have persevered in their journey toward successful behavior change. Through the stories readers can identify with others who have faced similar challenges and gain inspiration to be successful with their behavior change efforts.

This book is a must read for anyone who is serious about changing behaviors in an organizational setting.

Why and How People Change Health Behaviors should also be considered for your employee population.

Choosing Appropriate Interventions...Special WELCOA Report Now Available At No Charge.

Choosing appropriate interventions is a critical step in developing and delivering a results-oriented worksite wellness program. Indeed, it is the fifth benchmark in the Well Workplace model -- and it's where the rubber meets the road. In this special report, we will discuss the important issues that must be addressed in order to effectively offer the appropriate interventions for your employees.

Designing Wellness Incentives Special Report Part 1 Now Available For Download At No Charge.

Incentives are about getting people to do things they would not generally otherwise do. Like it or not, people frequently don't do what will help them stay healthy and live longer. Changing this situation is what Part 1 of this Special Report is all about.

Designing Wellness Incentives Special Report Part 2 Now Available For Download At No Charge.

This Special Report is the second part of a two-part series dedicated to addressing incentives. In this report, you will find more information on how to structure and implement proactive incentive campaigns that will significantly increase participation rates in wellness programs. Be sure to refer back to Part 1 if you have additional questions or need to see this information in an entire context.

How to Build Your Wellness Budget

For years there was talk about doing health promotion programs at no cost to the company. Ask yourself if there are other departments in the company that operate on no budget. The answer is no. At the very least, budgets in some departments include staff, travel, and some discretionary money. So why don't wellness programs have bigger budgets? Great Question!

Planning Wellness: Getting Off To A Good Start - Part 1

This Special Report is intended to offer the reader a comprehensive resource that includes a very large number of practical insights related to wellness planning. By reading this report, you will greatly improve your planning and implementation of a cost-effective employee wellness program for your employees and their family members.

Planning Wellness: Getting Off To A Good Start - Part 2

In this Special Report, longtime contributor Larry Chapman, shares more information on the art and science of planning wellness programs. In this second part of a two-part series, Larry provides important information on evaluating your wellness plan, and how to overcome many of the tough problems associated with this exercise.

The Power Of Planning...A Good Plan Today Is Better Than A Perfect Plan Tomorrow...Special Report Now Available.

One of the biggest mistakes that we run across in helping companies to build results-oriented wellness programs is that people don't spend enough time planning. It's easy to see how this happens.

This Special Report is a must-read for all health and wellness professionals.

Utilizing Incentives To Increase Participation...WELCOA Special Report Now Available At No Charge.

In the world of worksite wellness, incentives are red-hot right now—and for good reason. If used effectively, wellness incentives can significantly increase participation and improve the likelihood that employees will embrace, and ultimately adopt, healthier behaviors. In this article, we�ll take a closer look at wellness incentives and how you can leverage them to improve your company�s wellness programming efforts.

By absorbing the information contained in this article, you will obtain a better understanding of wellness incentives from end-to-end. In addition, the information provided in this article should help you to better integrate wellness incentives into your current wellness programming efforts—thus improving employee health and well-being as well as containing rapidly-escalating healthcare costs.

20 Tips To Help Prevent Medical Errors

Medical errors are one of the Nation's leading causes of death and injury. A recent report by the Institute of Medicine estimates that as many as 44,000 to 98,000 people die in U.S. hospitals each year as the result of medical errors. This means that more people die from medical errors than from motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS. There is good news, though: you can help your employees learn how to navigate the healthcare system safely -- and this article offers 20 tips for what they can do. This educational article will help you understand the importance of learning how to navigate the healthcare system. You can also distribute it as an employee resource during Phase III of your medical self-care program to help your employees get the safest possible care.

Making The Case For Workplace Wellness... WELCOA Report Available At No Charge...

Making the case for workplace wellness is never an easy task -- especially in the middle of an economic downturn. To help you "make your case," we've assembled a document containing some pretty compelling information and statistics that will help you capture the attention of your organization's senior-level executives. Remember, when it comes to "making the case" for workplace wellness programs, little things can make a big difference -- be sure to download this document today!

How Does Your Wellness Program Measure Up? Free Benchmarking Report Now Available!

The CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard (HSC) is a tool designed to help employers assess whether they have implemented evidence-based health promotion interventions or strategies in their worksites to prevent heart disease, stroke, and related conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. The tool was developed by the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention in collaboration with the Emory University Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS), and a variety of other national experts.

Pandemic Flu Checklist Now Available At No Charge -- Must Have For All U.S. Worksites

With the flu season projected to be one of the worst in recent memory, it's essential that business and health leaders prepare for the worst. This checklist will help you to measure your efforts against what national experts recommend. You won't want to neglect this document.

Get A Jump-Start On February's National Health Observance!

February is American Heart Month! To help you draw attention to the need for better heart health, download this special publication and circulate it to all the women in your organization -- it's a power-packed publication and your employees will thank you for it.

Stressed Less -- Leading Expert Shares Important Insight On Minimizing Personal Stress -- Report Available At No Charge.

Stress is a big issue in the U.S. In fact, it's everywhere. It dogs us at work. It plagues us at home. It travels with us on the road. It shares our relationships. Ironically, it even sleeps with us.

This is a report that you don't want to miss!

Letting Go Of Stress, A Special Report Available At No Charge

We all know that stress is inherent in the relentless push and shove of everyday life. But left unattended, harmful stressors can take a toll on the health of your employees and decimate your company's culture. To better understand what you can do to help your employees more effectively manage unproductive, nagging stressors in their lives, be sure to get your copy of WELCOA's new Special Report, "Letting Go Of Stress." Drawing on the experiences and advice of nationally-renowned stress expert, Dr. Brian Luke Seaward, this report highlights the specific steps you can take to combat stress in the lives of your employees.