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Slashing Sugar for Our Health

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By Meribeth Aldridge
Some foods appear to be healthy, but actually contain high amounts of added sugar. Read labels at the grocery store to find low- or no-sugar versions of the foods you buy.

Responding to the Need for Workplace Peer Support

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By Mary Ellen Gornick
Worker wellbeing champions in several countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, are sharing the benefits of training employees to provide on-site peer support when a co-worker seems distressed.

Would a Screen Diet Benefit You?

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By Whitney Jones
Less screen-time means more “anything” time. Whether it is reading, hiking, crafting, family time, friend time, or just an extra hour of sleep at night, all of these things can promote positive emotional health and wellbeing while also replacing screen-time.

Diabetes: A Global Explosion, Part II

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By Caroline May
Diabetes is the world’s fastest growing chronic condition. This could have a tremendous impact on employers as diabetes can affect workforce productivity and availability.

Diabetes: A Global Explosion, Part I

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By Caroline May
Diabetes is a serious disease, therefore it’s important that individuals diagnosed with diabetes work closely with their healthcare providers. In addition, working with a wellness coach can be helpful when making lifestyle changes to manage diabetes.

Recognizing Alcohol Abuse

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By Workplace Options Staff
Alcohol is a unique drug, in that the withdrawal symptoms can be severe or even fatal. People going through alcohol withdrawal can experience seizures, hallucinations, agitation, and disorientation. Therefore, it’s important to seek medical supervision when attempting to quit.

Quality, More Than A Slogan

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By Rashad Issa
The level of excellence provided when delivering support is multi-faceted. Workplace Options has developed a governance framework to assess and measure service quality on a daily basis.

When A Colleague Seems Down

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By Workplace Options Staff
Full-time employees often spend more waking hours with their co-workers than their own families. So it’s no surprise that co-workers are sometimes the first to recognize when someone is showing signs of emotional distress.

Americans Working Harder, Vacationing Less

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By Workplace Options Staff
Many Americans are skipping out on taking vacation time, opting to work instead. But at what cost? Studies show that employees who take vacations are healthier, less stressed and more productive.

Make Meal Planning Your Friend

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By Julia Kim
Meal planning can help you eat healthier, waste less food, and save time and money. Most importantly, it can help you eliminate some of the stress centered on meal times.

Eating Disorders: Does My Child Need Help?

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By Graciela Gonzalez
Eating disorders are commonly thought of as primarily affecting young women. In reality, they can be found in women and men of all ages, as well as children. Many adults with eating disorders report that their thoughts and behaviors started much earlier than anyone realized.

Don’t Just Sit There

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By Workplace Options Staff
One in four Americans sit for more than eight hours a day. This is concerning because a sedentary lifestyle has been associated with a number of increased health risks including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension and certain types of cancer.

Understanding Self-Care: A Q & A with Clinical Counselor Emily Dolan

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By Workplace Options Staff
Self-care is an ongoing process of taking care of your body and mind. It’s giving yourself permission to focus on your own needs.

Financial Worries Sidetracking Employees

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By Workplace Options Staff
The majority of Americans are struggling with an unhealthy amount of debt. Employers are stepping up to help by providing financial literacy programs as a workforce benefit.

Step One for Managing Stress: Redefining Stress

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By Andrew Maher, MNAPCP
Stress is the body’s way of responding to a threat, whether real or imagined and stimulates the body’s defense into an automatic process or reaction commonly known as “fight or flight.” If stress is meant to protect us, then it can’t be all bad.

Management Tip: Taking the Lead on Setting Boundaries

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By Workplace Options Staff
Managers play an important role in setting department expectations, so it’s important they embrace the concept of workplace boundaries. It may also be necessary for them to train staff on how to successfully set boundaries.

Companies, Coaches Partner with Employees to Kick Smoking Habit

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By Workplace Options Staff
An employer-sponsored smoking cessation program can be an effective way to help employees stop smoking for good. National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches at Workplace Options participate in specialized training so they can deliver personalized support to employees who want to quit.

5 Global EAP Trends

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By Maullika Sharma
As a leading provider of global EAP services, Workplace Options embarked on a project comparing EAP usage in multiple countries. After analyzing over half a million global cases representing over 200 countries and territories, Workplace Options found that EAP usage varied little from one country to the next.

The Sandwich Years Part II – Managing Stress

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By Workplace Options Staff
It is critical that adults in the sandwich generation take a proactive approach to dealing with stress. Knowing this can be a prolonged season of challenging circumstances, caregivers need to learn how to manage stress before it hits a tipping point.

The Sandwich Years Part I – Tackling Finances

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By Workplace Options Staff
It is important to have financial conversations with parents, but both children and parents are often reluctant to start the conversation. By working through some uncomfortable conversations now, while a parent’s mind is strong, the entire family will be better prepared to manage the road ahead.

Navigate Stress this Season With Holiday Roadmap

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By Workplace Options Staff
Tis the season for family get-togethers and Hallmark family movies, but for many employees the holiday season can be the most difficult time of the year. As the world’s largest independent provider of employee support solutions, Workplace Options receives significantly more requests for support during the holidays.

Key Factors for Implementing a Global EAP

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By Stephen Galliano
An increasing number of multinationals are offering employee assistance programs to their workforce around the world. This is to be applauded for many reasons, not least of which is that an EAP is often the only mental health/work life resource that is either freely available or easily accessible in many countries.