USI Receives American Heart Association Silver Workplace Health Achievement

The USI national wellness program has been awarded the Silver Workplace Health Achievement by the American Heart Association. In addition to an assessment of a company’s overall workplace health, the achievement is based on an index that scores companies on seven organizational best practices: Leadership Engagement Programs Policies and environment Partnerships Communications Reporting outcomes  …

The Benefits of Wellness Programs

Nearly two-thirds of workers who go to the gym for fitness and weight-loss classes say their employer-sponsored wellness programs helped them reduce healthcare costs. A survey by HealthMine, a Dallas-based healthcare technology company, found 62 percent of 750 wellness plan participants agreed the programs helped them reduce healthcare costs, while 38 percent said the programs…

Measuring the Effectiveness of Your Wellness Program

The goal for most employers when implementing a wellness program is twofold: 1) to improve the health of their employees and 2) positively impact healthcare claims cost. While wellness programs provide reporting results on employee participation and changes in health metrics, companies are usually unable to demonstrate the long-term impact on healthcare expenses. In addition, when…

The Cost of Fatigue

A study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that nearly 40 percent of U.S. workers experience fatigue. Why should employers care? Fatigue is a feeling of tiredness, exhaustion or lack of energy. Fatigue diminishes alertness, slows reactions, impairs decision-making abilities and reduces productivity. It can also affect a person’s mental and…

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It is estimated that one in eight, or 13%, of U.S. women will develop breast cancer. Although it is rare, the disease can afflict men as well.  Earlier detection, such as through routine mammograms, increased awareness and better treatment continue to lower death rates from breast cancer.  Join USI and organizations nationwide to raise awareness…