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Snacks in the Workplace: Get rid of these ASAP!


Snacking is a very common habit among us all. Whether we’re sad, stressed, bored – or just plain hungry! – snacks seem to give us the fix we need to push through the day. Many workplaces offer snack options to their employees to help maintain happiness and energy levels. Though they’re provided with the best of intentions, unfortunately, many snack options in the workplace don’t cut it when it comes to health and wellness.

Here are six snacks found in many workplaces that need to be replaced! Learn what’s bad about these snack options and what alternatives you can provide the workforce with.


Running: Learn it, Live it, Love it – Resources & Guides



Running is an incredible form of exercise. Done right, running can strengthen your joints, improve your heart, increase your energy levels and ability to focus and reduce stress. In some cases, running has saved people’s lives, like for this man here (warning: you’ll need a box of tissues for this one).

For those that run, they generally advocate for the activity and its goodness. For those that don’t run, many ask this question: why is it so hard to run?

Running can be a very difficult activity to pick up, and because of this, people are quick to quit and try something different (or do nothing). Running is a challenge, especially at the beginning when people are finding their bearings and learning what to do … and what not to do. Tough on joints, running can be hard on the body, particularly when you are building up your strength at the beginning. Moreover, the amount of mental focus required can make the activity even more difficult for your mind than it is for your body.

If you want to give running another go, here are some aids and resources that can help set you up for success from the get-go.


HR Programming: 4 Health Awareness Initiatives Happening this Month




For the busy HR department, wellness programming can be a challenge. Knowing just where to start – and understanding what will engage your employees – can sometimes lead to programs that fall flat. A great way to create wellness programming that resonates with the workplace is by leveraging health awareness initiatives by month. There are a number of websites and resources that share calendar breakdowns of what wellness areas are a focus across the country and the globe.

Here are four (of many!) health initiatives in June that you can use to drive wellness programming internally this month. Learn more about the cause and read our suggestions for how you can incorporate these into a wellness program for your employees.


Sprout Wellness Solutions provides engagement platform and mobile app for VIVA workplace health and wellness program


La Capitale celebrates the 10th anniversary of its VIVA workplace health and wellness program by adding an online wellness platform 

Quebec City, May 18, 2016La Capitale Financial Group is proudly celebrating the 10th anniversary of its VIVA health and wellness program, designed for companies of all sizes, by adding an online wellness platform. This online wellness engagement platform and mobile app is provided by the Canadian company, Sprout Wellness Solutions. “Sprout’s technological know-how coupled with VIVA’s wellness features allows companies to benefit from a simple, efficient and effective turnkey formula,” said Annie Giguère, Director of Innovation, Business Solutions and Marketing at La Capitale.

A win-win situation for employers and employees

VIVA has earned its stripes over the last 10 years. Companies that introduced the program have reaped the rewards. Employees are more engaged and happy, have improved their lifestyle habits and have a better work-life balance. Enhanced company brand, increased productivity, as well as lower absenteeism and lower health costs are the other benefits of the program.

“We have drawn inspiration from the community notion of social media for upgrading our health and wellness program,” explained Annie Giguère. “With VIVA, users now have access to an online health and wellness engagement platform and a mobile application that includes personalized activities and measuring tools as well as gamification concepts such as collecting points or badges. The platform contributes to strengthening employees’ engagement, while also maintaining and improving their health and wellness. It also supports participants’ spontaneous wellness initiatives while offering them a tool to track their personal health and wellness activities,” concluded Ms. Giguère.

Measuring tools 

  • Rate of platform registration
  • Usage (the proportion of users who have used their platform account in the last month or week).
  • Rate of participation in an activity or a challenge
  • Rate of participant registration in various interest groups
  • The health subjects that most interest users
  • Users’ health goals

Some examples of VIVA activities 

  • Online wellness engagement platform
  • Heart health clinic with nurses
  • Sports clinics
  • Presentations (wellness, work-life balance, parent-child relationships)
  • Healthy meal cooking demonstrations and tastings
  • Health and wellness challenges
  • Monthly bulletins.

About La Capitale
Founded in 1940, La Capitale Insurance and Financial Group has a strong presence across Quebec and throughout Canada. With over 2,690 employees and guided by the values of mutualism on which it was founded, La Capitale works with clients to build, protect and value what they feel counts for their financial security. It offers insurance products and financial services to the general public as well as to Quebec public service employees. With assets of $5.8 billion, La Capitale occupies a choice position among leading insurers in Canada.

About the VIVA Workplace Health and Wellness Program
For the last 10 years, VIVA has offered a turnkey program that promotes the adoption of healthy lifestyle habits through motivating workplace activities. More than 10,000 Canadian employees have benefited from the numerous advantages of the VIVA workplace health and wellness program. More information is available at viva.lacapitale.com/en.

About Sprout Wellness Solutions

Sprout is the leading Wellness Engagement Platform, used by progressive companies to help improve the health of their employees and their business. Sprout helps to create a work culture that enables individuals to lead happier, healthier lives.

HEALTH HACKS: 11 Easy lifestyle changes to dramatically improve your health



When it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle, we all have the best intentions. Going for a run after work, drinking more water and cutting back unhealthy calories sounds simple. For any of us who have tried to commit: we know it takes more than wishful thinking. Improving your lifestyle involves action – whether it’s sharing your goal with a colleague, tracking your progress or setting realistic goals to get you started.

If you’re ready to make a lifestyle change, but aren’t sure where to begin, here are 11 health hacks you can start implementing today to improve your health.


Four things you do at work every day that are terrible for your health

Work is a place where we can achieve milestones, grow professionally, accomplish great things and meet wonderful people along the way. At the same time, pressing deadlines, overwhelming workloads and challenging situations can be very stressful for anyone, leading to both physical and mental health issues.

Health and work are intrinsically connected, and how you manage your health habits at home should be the same for how you manage them at work. Here are four unhealthy habits that many people practice every day at work, without even realizing it. Learn what’s in your control and how you can better manage your health at work!


ParticipACTION selects Sprout at Work as technology partner for national wellness initiative

April 7, 2016
BURNABY, KELOWNA, RICHMOND, VANCOUVER: Sprout is pleased to announce today that the company has been selected by ParticipACTION as the technology partner for the UPnGO with ParticipACTION wellness program. Designed with the intent to get Canadians sitting less and moving more at work, UPnGO with ParticipACTION will use Sprout technology to help inspire workplace culture shifts by providing a website and mobile app to track and engage employees in the program.

UPnGO with ParticipACTION was developed by ParticipACTION, a national non-profit organization that helps Canadians sit less and move more, in partnership with Public Inc., Canada’s leading social impact marketing agency. During their search for a technology partner, they zeroed-in on Canadian companies that were designed to promote wellness, had a platform accessible via mobile and web, included an activity log and rewarded positive trends. Sprout met these needs.

“We are thrilled to be the technology partner for the ParticipACTION UPnGO program. It’s an incredible initiative.” says Martha Switzer, Co-Founder and CMO at Sprout. “Our wellness engagement platform inspires employees to get fit and empowers employers to manage and quantify their corporate wellness. Together, we’re challenging participants across British Columbia to use Sprout to track and improve their daily health habits, ultimately lowering their risk of chronic disease and increasing healthy behaviours.”

“UPnGO with ParticipACTION is one of the ways we are harnessing the power of emerging technologies to support and encourage people to make physical activity accepted and expected at work,” says Elio Antunes, President and CEO of ParticipACTION.  “It’s all part of our push to get 10% of Canadians sitting less and moving more by 2020.”

The 10-month pilot program launches with a 6-week kick-starter challenge For these six weeks and beyond, UPnGO with ParticipACTION will depend on Sprout technology to facilitate healthy behaviours, by leveraging the platform’s features like push notifications, its ability to sync with fitness devices and leaderboards to inspire friendly competition.

About Sprout at Work

Sprout is the leading Wellness Engagement Platform, used by progressive companies to improve the health of their employees and their business. Sprout creates a work culture that enables individuals to lead happier, healthier lives, while empowering employers to effectively manage and measure wellness outcomes. More information is available at www.sproutatwork.com.

3 Meditation Practices You Can Do At Your Desk



Meditation is a very powerful practice for human beings. By refocusing, relaxing, and being in the present moment, people are inclined to feel much less stressed and distracted. Sounds like a great practice for employees in the workplace!

Meditation has been proven to change how the brain thinks. Forbes tells us that meditation practices decrease anxiety, preserve an aging brain, and improve concentration. In one study they describe, only a few weeks of practicing meditation had an incredible impact on the brain’s health.

Meditating at work is a wonderful way to inspire a calmer and more productive culture. However, meditation for some is a private practice, and not something that people would like to participate in with others around them. Help your employees refocus and destress by encouraging these three meditation practices that they can do every day, without even leaving their desk.


When’s the last time you gauged your team’s wellness?



St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, and, if you’re like most companies that partook in celebrations, you probably served your team green beer. But did the thought of serving green juice as an alternative cross your mind? If not, this post is for you.


It’s no surprise that the most popular time of the year to get sick is in the winter. According to Business Insider, there are a number of reasons for this: being inside more perpetuates germ transmission from person to person, and inflammatory genes in our DNA are expressed more in the winter season. And … if you’re thinking of the adage, “Spring has sprung, the grass has riz…” you may want to finish this phrase by saying, “I wonder why I’m still so sick.”


4 Ways to Love Yourself in March



Spring is right around the corner, and for some, blooming cherry blossoms and sun showers are lifting spirits. For others, specifically those located in cooler climates (cough, Toronto, cough), the promises of spring have yet to be seen. Whether the turn of the season is inspiring self change, or you’re still kicking the winter blues, here are four ways that you can love yourself this month.


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