COVID-19: Tips and Prevention

Category: Workplace Wellness

COVID-19: Tips and Prevention

Posted On: March 16, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

COVID-19: Tips and Prevention Employees may have questions about what they can do to help manage the situation, and as an employer, you want to be proactive in communicating how to prevent the spread of the virus in the workplace. Innovative has created an easy to download infographic that can be shared with employees to assist with stemming the spread of COVID-19 through helpful tips and what signs and symptoms they need to be aware of.


COVID-19: 7 Important Employer Considerations

Posted On: March 16, 2020 | Categorized as: HR Consulting, Workplace Wellness

COVID-19: 7 Important Employer Considerations As employers prepare for COVID-19 accommodations, Innovative has developed a checklist that offers specific considerations for employers in planning for emergencies like COVD-19. Examples include policies to review, communication strategies to consider and benefits that may be impacted. The Innovative team is here to support any organizational policy needs to ensure you and your team are prepared and protected.


COVID-19 Communicating With Employees

Posted On: March 12, 2020 | Categorized as: Compliance, HR Consulting, Workplace Wellness

COVID-19 Communicating with Employees March 12th, 2020 As part of their efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, employers should implement an employee communication plan about the illness to employees. The CDC, WHO and OSHA have all created informational material on the virus and its symptoms, prevention and treatment that can be helpful for employees. Please see table below for key resources.     World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public   U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Get Your Workplace Ready for a Pandemic (flu-specific but can be adapted to Coronavirus) Pandemic Planning Checklists and Guidance (can be adapted to Coronavirus)   U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safety and Health Topics: COVID-19 How to Protect Yourself in the Workplace During a Pandemic   U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (WHD)   Pandemic Flu and the Fair Labor Standards…


The “Best” Green Smoothie Recipe

Posted On: March 11, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

green smoothie

The "Best" Green Smoothie Recipe March 11th, 2020 This beginner-friendly green smoothie recipe is full of iron, potassium and vitamins galore AND tastes like a tropical treat! Ingredients I cup of fresh spinach 1 cup water (or unsweetened almond milk) ½ cup of frozen pineapple chunks ½ cup of frozen mango chucks 1 frozen banana* Directions Tightly pack spinach in a measuring cup. Add spinach to blender with water or almond milk.  Blend together until all chunks are gone (Should resemble green liquid when well blended). Add frozen pineapple, mango and banana.  Blend together until smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass and serve immediately. *Not a fan of bananas?  Swap it for ¼ avocado or add another ½ cup of mango.


Eat Right, Bite By Bite

Posted On: March 3, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

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Eat Right, Bite By Bite March 3rd, 2020 The key to achieving optimal health cannot be found in any one food, drink or pill, but rather through your personal commitment to healthy lifestyle behaviors.  Focusing on maintaining and enjoying good nutrition and daily physical activity is the key to success. March is National Nutrition Month, a monthly observance that is supported by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Each March, the Academy focuses attention on healthful eating and this year’s theme Eat Right, Bite by Bite, promotes eating a variety of nutritious foods every day and planning and creating healthful meals each week. Good nutrition doesn’t have to be restrictive or overwhelming.  Small goals and changes can have a cumulative health effect, and every little bit (or bite!) of nutrition is a step in the right direction. EATING ON THE RUN You probably eat out a lot – most of…


Easy, Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats and Snacks

Posted On: February 12, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

cake batter energy balls on a plate with strawberry syrup in the shape of a heart for a valentine's day treat

Easy, Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats and Snacks February 12th, 2020 A few whole grains here, a little less fat there, add some fruit and suddenly you have Valentine’s Day treats that are a nutritious and delicious way to say, “I love you”. Chocolate Dipped Fruit; Gluten-free Vegan Ingredients 1 cup (8 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate 18-24 bite size pieces of fresh fruit (strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, honeydew, banana, grapes, kiwi) Optional: wooden skewers Optional garnish: sprinkles or chopped nuts Directions Melt chocolate in microwave-safe bowl on high for 1 minute (or in a double-boiler) If using skewers, spear fruit onto skewer prior to dipping Dip fruit pieces about 2/3 of the way into chocolate, gently tap off excess If desired, sprinkle nuts or sprinkles over the chocolate Lay pieces on wax paper to cool, refrigerate until ready to serve Serves 8 (About 2-3 pieces per serving, depending on size of fruit), Prep…


Heart Health Month: Show Yourself Some Love

Posted On: February 3, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

Show yourself some love; get heart healthy; Stethoscope in heart shape

February is heart health month and it’s a great time to raise awareness and learn what you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease. Because many cases of heart disease are controllable, you can take charge of your health by actively working to improve it by making some simple lifestyle changes and making yourself and your health a priority. Self Care Self care is about taking time to pay attention to you, in a way that ensures that you are being cared for by you. Did you know that half of Americans have at least one of the top 3 risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol or smoking? Did you know heart disease doesn’t just happen to older adults? In fact, millions of Americans of all ages have high blood pressure, including millions of people in their 40s and 50s. About half of the…


How Managers Can Influence Workplace Well-Being

Posted On: January 16, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

woman-wearing-gray-shirt-managing a team of employees, setting a good example for workplace well-being

How Managers Can Influence Workplace Well-Being January 16th, 2020 When you think about your best manager, what are the first few things that come to mind?  Hopefully, you think about someone who is bold, communicates well, gives employees space to do great work and positions them to take care of themselves. When it comes to well-being, managers are one of the biggest indicators on whether employees will or will not participate in well-being programs at work.  Work can be very complex in any environment and managers must pay attention to what their people need. Also, in this working all the time kind of world, burnout is on the rise and it seems we are all having a hard time turning “off”.  Therefore, it’s crucial for managers to lead the way and model healthy behaviors. Model Behavior   Even if you have an established and comprehensive well-being program, a perceived lack of manager support could prevent employees from participating and benefiting from these initiatives.  Showing this type of support could be as…


New Year, New You

Posted On: January 14, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

New Year, New You

Bring on the best you, this year! Wondering how you can stick to your goals this year?  The key to making a healthy change is to set yourself up for success.  Your changes this year may look like weight loss, stronger connections in your life, sleeping more, disconnecting from your devices, or just living a happier life.  There are strategies you can put into place to ensure success! Visualize how you want to feel in 2020: There are so many benefits that come from positive intentions.  Spend some quiet time thinking about this or even get creative with a vision board.  This will ensure a more holistic look at what your trying to achieve and less about achieving specific goals (which will happen along the way). Change your habits: When looking at where to start, be mindful of habits that are keeping you from making changes.  Habits are the foundation…


Adding Wellbeing to Round out your Employee Value Proposition 

Posted On: December 19, 2019 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

When it comes to what companies are prioritizing, engagement and wellbeing are now at the top of the list.   Many organizations struggle with how to focus on what piece and how much to invest. One thing the research is clear on is that when you combine engagement with wellbeing, you can cultivate major human capital impact. First, it’s important to create the distinction between wellbeing and engagement.  Employee wellbeing deals with how an employee feels whereas employee engagement is about how employees feel about their role, their work and value within their company.   In Gallup’s Business Journal article “Well-Being Enhances Benefits of Employee Engagement,” it found that a focus in this area ignites productivity, retention and conditions for the business to thrive. Gallup Reports that those who are in a high state of engagement and wellbeing are: 27% more likely to report "excellent" performance in their own job at work 27% more likely to report "excellent" performance by…


Healthy for the Holidays

Posted On: December 11, 2019 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

The holiday season brings family, friends, festivities and lots of food! The temptations are everywhere and with all the extra activities, your daily routine gets disrupted. How can you stay on track when splurging is so apparent? We can help! Here are a few tips to help keep you healthy through the holidays: Holiday proof your plan. While you can’t control what is served during the holidays, you can control our plan of attack. Stay on schedule. Stay as close to your normal meal times as possible or if you are invited to a party, offer to bring a healthy dish.   Be smarter than the buffet. When you are faced with lots of choices, make healthy choices easier by starting with vegetables to take the edge off your appetite or have a small plate of something you really like and then move away from the buffet.   Keep moving.…


Innovative Welcomes Nurse Advocate, Erica Polaneczky, MSN, APRN, ANP-C

Posted On: November 20, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News, Workplace Wellness

We are excited to announce the latest member of the Innovative Benefits team! Please join us in welcoming Erica Polaneczky, MSN, APRN, ANP-C, as our Nurse Advocate.  As part of our Workplace Wellness team, Erica will help Innovative build, plan, coordinate, and deliver health promotion activities tailored specifically for each client’s company culture and member population.  She will work with our internal team and our clients to improve health and wellness opportunities and outcomes while increasing the accessibility of care and reducing costs. Our new Nurse Advocate will also develop and present seminars on health and wellness to our clients, and coach and counsel individual client-members to help them achieve optimal health. Erica’s healthcare expertise can help clients navigate the healthcare system, including interpreting physician instructions and medication compliance. Prior to accepting this position, Erica spent more than 15 years providing pre-admission testing at Hahnemann University Hospital, as well as…


Innovative Welcomes New Director of Wellness & Engagement

Posted On: November 18, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News, Workplace Wellness

We are pleased to announce another new member has joined the Innovative team! Please help us welcome Patricia Pellicore, CWP, as Director of Wellness and Engagement.  As Director of Wellness and Engagement Patricia will manage, develop, grow, and promote the numerous positive features of Innovative’s wellness initiatives. One of her roles is developing program strategies, analyzing biometric testing, health risk assessments, pharmaceutical use, and claims data to provide effective individualized initiatives around health education and disease management. She will also develop wellness seminars, training courses and communication materials for our clients. Moreover, Patricia will be a valuable resource for our member population. Prior to accepting this position, Patricia spent more than 20 years designing and implementing employee engagement and wellness programs. She most recently served as the Director of Wellness Operations for a personal health advocacy organization. In this role, she managed wellness coaching and biometric data management units, as…


Innovative’s Well-being @ Work 2019 Summit Recap

Posted On: November 13, 2019 | Categorized as: Company News, Workplace Wellness

As employers, what do we need to create workplaces that are connected, flourishing and well with both business and employee in mind?This year Innovative Benefits Planning hosted our inaugural well-being summit that was dedicated to making workplaces healthier.  The room was packed full of HR professionals, C-Suite decision-makers, health and well-being professionals and top well-being vendors in the industry.The morning kicked off with a healthy breakfast, opportunity to participate in voluntary biometrics with Cardio-Kinetics and discuss employer well-being options with over 20 vendors.  The set up was as engaging as it gets in the Hall of Fame Club of Citizens Bank Park with mindful networking taking place in every well-designed event space.What does a committed and aligned organization look like when it comes to health and well-being?At its core, organizations need a committed leadership team that believes in the power of well-being and the philosophy of workplace well-being.  When you…


Diabetes Awareness Month

Posted On: November 13, 2019 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

November is National Diabetes Awareness month! According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly half of all American adults have diabetes or prediabetes, yet most do not fully understand the illness. Unaddressed diabetes can take a heavy toll medically, financially, and personally. Diabetes also increases the risk of developing other chronic conditions. Becoming educated on the subject is the first step in properly managing or preventing diabetes. Diabetes FAQs How is diabetes diagnosed? Diabetes can be diagnosed through blood tests for glucose and/or hemoglobin A1c. Elevated blood markers must be present on two separate occasions for a formal diagnosis to be assigned. What is insulin? Insulin is a hormone released from the pancreas when the sugar from carbohydrates gets into the bloodstream. Insulin signals the cells of the body to take up glucose for energy or storage. What is the difference between Type I and Type II Diabetes? Put simply, type…


Oral Health Awareness Month

Posted On: October 15, 2019 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

Did you know that your oral health offers clues about your overall health — or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Protect yourself by learning more about the connection between your oral health and overall health. What's the connection between oral health and overall health? Like other areas of the body, your mouth teems with bacteria — mostly harmless. But your mouth is the entry point to your digestive and respiratory tracts, and some of these bacteria can cause disease. Normally the body's natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, keep bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. What conditions can be linked to oral health? Your oral health might contribute to various diseases and conditions, including: Endocarditis. This infection…


Flu Season: Myths vs. Facts

Posted On: September 13, 2019 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

Flu season is quickly approaching. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that those aged 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting a flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against the flu. There are many misconceptions about the seasonal flu vaccines. Below we have highlighted some of these common misconceptions and the facts to dispel them. 1. MYTH: You can catch the flu from the vaccine. FACT: The flu vaccine is made from an inactivated virus that cannot transmit an infection. Therefore, the flu vaccine cannot cause the flu. However, it typically takes 2 weeks for the flu vaccine to become effective. During those 2 weeks, it is still possible for an individual to get the flu or another respiratory virus. 2. MYTH: Healthy people don't need to be vaccinated. FACT: Healthy individuals are still at…


Mind Your Health-Mental Health & Exercise

Posted On: August 9, 2019 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

You have probably heard of the variety of benefits from weekly exercise.... But did you know that exercise can do wonders for both physical AND mental health? People who exercise regularly gain a sense of well-being, feel more energetic throughout the day, have a better quality of sleep, and have a greater sense of positivity. Studies have shown that regular exercise has a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD and several other mental health conditions. Additionally, inactivity could contribute to poor mental health and reduced feelings of well-being. A study published in 2018 examined participants with an average experience of 3.4 days of poor mental health each month. Compared to people who reported no exercise activity, participants who exercised reported 1.5 fewer days of poor mental health each month – a reduction of 43%. Types of exercise with the strongest association of improved mental health included team activity, cycling,…


Healthy Summer Salad for a Hot Day

Posted On: July 23, 2019 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

Innovative Workplace Wellness is invested in supporting your business through the health of your employees. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic disease accounts for 75% of total healthcare costs. With an employer-sponsored wellness program, you can provide targeted health education and resources needed by your employees to create a healthier workforce. Wellness programs help to build team camaraderie and a “culture of wellness,” which in turn, leads to happier, healthier, more productive employees. At Innovative, we are committed to a healthy lifestyle, that’s why we like to share our healthy tips and tricks with you! Below you will find a healthy summer recipe to create at home.   Chicken and Cucumber Salad with Parsley Pesto   Ingredients 2 cups packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves (from 1 bunch) 1 cup fresh baby spinach 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan…


Do you Practice Sun Safety?

Posted On: July 18, 2019 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

Summer is here! That means spending more time with the family, more outdoor activities, and most importantly more exposure to the sun and its harsh UV rays. Increased exposure to UV radiation increases the risk of skin cancer. Due to climate change, the stratospheric ozone is thinning allowing less protection from the sun's harmful rays, which in result increases the UV radiation levels over time. We advise everyone not to rely on temperature as a guide, but to check the sun protection times daily to see when the UV is forecast to be 3 or above. Using the tips below, challenge yourself to practice good sun safety all through July!   SPF and How to Apply Sunscreen. Sun Protection Factor (SPF) measures the length of time a sunscreen product protects against sun exposure. Here are some tips on how to apply sunscreen: --No spray on sunscreens--this can cause you to miss…


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