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The Art and Science of a Well-Being Program

Behavioral science provides essential direction for the design and build of our solutions. Can a well-being program really help people make positive changes in their lives?...

The Final Rules on Wellness Programs: What Is Keeping You up at Night?

We waited and waited for the final rulings. Now that they are actually final, they have become part of my every day conversations with clients. The good news is the rules are not drastically different from the proposed regulations that were released in November. So, while most of us are not surprised, there are several changes that may impact your wellness strategy next year. Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you look ahead to motivate your population in 2014 and beyond. To read the final rulings visit: http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/workplacewellnessstudyfinalrule.pdf Is outcome-based the way to go? Or should we…

Data Is Only Valuable if You Do Something With It: A Response to the RAND Workplace Wellness Programs Study

The recently released RAND Workplace Wellness Programs Study [1. Workplace Wellness Programs Study – Final Report, 2013, RAND Corporation, http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_reports/RR200/RR254/RAND_RR254.pdf] has generated plenty of attention, due as much as anything to the negative portrayals by several news sources. I’m generally a fan of RAND’s research methodologies, so I dug into the report to see for myself what the fuss was about. After a complete review, I’m actually quite impressed. I think the most important thing to remember about this and any other study of its kind—including those my analytics team performs for WebMD—is that the value of research is really in what…

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