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Change Your Salty Ways

Did you know that 9 out of 10 Americans eat too much sodium? To kick your salt habit, you first have to know how much sodium you are consuming in the first place. For the next three weeks, we'll help you lower your sodium intake and curb your salt habit by choosing wisely, reading nutrition labels, and watching your portions. And, we'll be getting to know the salty six--common foods that may be loaded with excess sodium.

An easy way to keep tabs on how much sodium you eat is by jotting down what you eat - that bagel for breakfast, or the roll served with last night's dinner - along with the accompanying sodium stats. To find sodium stats, take a look at the Nutrition Facts label. The amount of sodium per serving is listed in milligrams, abbreviated "mg." Remember that if you eat two servings of a food, you are getting twice the amount of sodium shown on the label.

Once you know how much sodium you are consuming, it's time to make healthier choices as you shop for...

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Discover Five Ways a Wellness Portal Helps Build a Thriving Workforce

Most companies want to help their employees live healthier, more productive lives but struggle with how to implement a wellness program that fully engages their employees and moves the needle towards a happier workforce. Many companies also struggle with the time it takes to administer a wellness program. They have great intentions about getting their employees involved in their health but often don’t see the engagement that they would like.

Traditional wellness programs typically involve biometric screenings and health risk assessments as standard tools to educate and raise awareness about individual health risks. These programs are a critical component of any wellness program because they help prevent chronic disease and identify health risks. The most powerful and successful wellness programs build on these standard offerings and go beyond assessment tools by providing members affordable, on-going wellness services that promote and encourage all aspects of well-being...

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Happy New Year!

2017 has been an exciting year for US Wellness. We implemented several new products and services including 10 new wellness challenges for our wellness portal clients, an enhanced interactive reporting dashboard that can be queried to analyze sub-segments of the population, and a blood collection system that allows for advanced biometrics via fingerstick.

Our focus for 2018 continues to be on program customization and delivering high quality professional service to our clients. To that end, we are expanding our portal services to offer several tiers of custom wellness programming and launching our new provider app in Q1:2018.

We are grateful for the opportunity we've had to serve you in 2017 and help inspire so many people across the country to live happier and healthier.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Regards,

Tori Tomlinson, CEO & Founder, US Wellness

 

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What Do the Updated Blood Pressure Recommendations Mean for Outcomes-Based Wellness Initiatives?

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) recently released new guidelines that LOWER the at-risk threshold for blood pressure (BP). The guidelines eliminate the “prehypertension” category, instead classifying BP as either “Elevated” (120-129 and <80), “Stage I hypertension” (130-139 or 80-89) and “Stage II hypertension” (>140/90 mm Hg).

The new guidelines are designed to support clinical care and treatment of hypertension, but what is the impact for outcomes-based wellness programs? To consider this, we go back to the recommendations and note that the new lower definition of hypertension should not be defined in a vacuum, but rather by using trended BP measurements over time. The ACC is careful to point out that more than one reading is needed to determine true BP.

US Wellness recommends that the use of BP in outcomes allow for a variability factor when BP is based on a one-time screening result....

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US Wellness CEO Presents at 2017 Maryland Healthcare & Retirement Plan Summit

US Wellness' CEO and Founder Tori Tomlinson recently presented at the 2017 Maryland Healthcare & Retirement Plan Summit where Baltimore area Benefit and HR Directors gathered to learn about retirement and healthcare plan best practices.  Hosted by NFP, the Summit focused on the following areas of discussion:

  • Convergence of Healthcare & Retirement
  • De-risking Pensions
  • What Every Fiduciary Needs to Know
  • Ask the Experts – Local & National Professional Panel
  • Key Industry Trends Panel
  • RFP Best Practices

Tori was pleased to present to over 150 HR professionals on the link between health and retirement, and the long term benefits of bringing wellness and health promotion programs to the workplace.  To learn more about these benefits and how to start or expand your corporate wellness program services, drop us a

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We are very pleased with our wellness portal adoption rates for our first year!  Wonderful work US Wellness!

Written By HR Director

Thank you so much for always being so proactive and helpful. It make such a huge difference in our ability to run a successful wellness program! 

Written By HR Representative

I am learning a lot from the US Wellness Health Improvement Program videos available on the wellness portal. I went grocery shopping earlier this week on a full stomach. That is a much better way to go, you tend to only get what you need, save money and I don't compulsive buy on what I am craving. Thanks for your help!

Written By Shannon W.

You are one of the key drivers in a total lifestyle change of my wife and myself. Together we lost 60 pounds and have kept it off for 3 years. You help keep us accountable.

Written By Employee at Microsoft

Since switching to US Wellness from another vendor we have realized a 108% increase in wellness portal utilization in just six months and our total costs decreased by 40%!

Written By unknown

I LOVE US Wellness. The wellness portal has so many resources and I love how automated everything is.

Written By unknown2

Our onsite screening event could not have gone any better. The staff was wonderful and the event flowed smoothly and no one had to wait. The US Wellness lead was very thorough in her communications and expectations of her staff.

Written By unknown3

I’m so impressed with this team from start to finish! We appreciate the responsiveness and collaboration. You all do such a great job!

Written By unknown4

On behalf of the entire team, thank you for another successful implementation. It seems like we launched this program just the other day and here we are all wrapped up. I also want to express my satisfaction with the physician form process that you managed this year. The process was very smooth.

Written By unknown5

I love working for US Wellness as a health screener. You always provide me with the information I need to do my job well at the screening events. Thank you for helping me do a great job!

Written By unknown7

We’ve had such positive feedback on the US Wellness team. They are always on time, very professional, and very efficient. We are very pleased with the quality of service!

Written By unknown8

The biometric screening events are going really well and your team as always is on top of it. Thanks for being such a great partner!

Written By unknown9

We could not have asked for a better team than the one led by US Wellness this last week during our screenings.  They showed up early, were efficient, and all had very positive and helpful attitudes.  They were a great team and provided the City employees with first class service.  I am positive they had an impact on several employees who will hopefully use this screening as a motivator for better health … I know it will be a motivator for me!  They represented US Wellness as a top notch, customer focused group and we could not have been more pleased with their work.

 

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On behalf of Syniverse, I would like to thank you and your team for a successful biometrics screening event. Most importantly, we appreciate the exceptional service your screening team gave our employees. We look forward to another successful event next year!

Written By Warren

I just wanted to thank you for allowing me to work for US Wellness.  I have to tell you that after many years of working with several different wellness companies, your company US Wellness is by far one of the best. I was so impressed with how organized you all are and how pleasant everyone was to work with. When the equipment arrived...everything was included...and when I had a problem with one shipment d/t UPS problem, you took care of it right away. Leesa was lovely to speak with before and after the event too...as was David..so thanks again.

Written By US Wellness Provider