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5 Foods to incorporate into your diet in 2016

It’s February, and now is the time to take a temperature check and see if you’re on track when it comes to your 2016 goals. If health and wellness was a priority for you this year, your diet probably ranks top of mind. Perhaps you wanted to eliminate fast food – or, maybe you wanted to make more of that delicious healthy recipe you tried last month. No matter what your goals are, it can be a challenge to make lifestyle adjustments – particularly when it comes to food.

One way to monitor your habits is by tracking what you eat. This will help you visualize your diet and keep you on track. For others, a little inspiration can go a long way. Check out these 5 foods (and recipes!) you can incorporate into your diet this year. They’re healthy, hearty, and most of all – delicious.


4 Signs Your New Year’s Resolutions Were Realistic



It seems like the overwhelming reaction to the month of January is, “Where did it go?!”

We’re at the end of the month, and if you’re like most people, you’re wondering how exactly we got here. On the brightside (quite literally), the days are getting longer and Spring is in sight. From another perspective however, the “new year, new you” goals set a mere four weeks ago seem like a distant memory.

Now is a great time to stop and take a temperature check: are you on track when it comes to your 2016 goals? Approximately 25% of people break their resolutions within the first week! Check these four signs to make sure that your resolutions are not only top of mind, but that they will also stay there for the rest of the year.

  1. You’re Consulting an Action Plan
    How many people that are practicing law would say, “Tomorrow when I wake up, I’m going to be a doctor!” Or if you currently live in Toronto, what is the likelihood that you’ll be living in Vancouver next week?

    Goals without an action plan are just ideas. When you set your resolutions this year, did you consider how you’d go about achieve them? A great way to stay on track is by tracking your activities – especially if you’ve set a wellness goal. Perhaps you want to decrease the time it takes you to run a 5K … or maybe you want to eliminate sugar. Keeping track is a great way to visualize your progress and see your plan in action.

  2. You’re Considering the Journey, Not Just the Destination
    Set it and forget it! A common mistake is to set a really, really, really big goal. And everything ends right there.

    It can be a great practice to set BHAGs (Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals). They push you outside of your comfort zone and in some cases, help people realize their dreams. But imagine that you set the goal to own a $10 million dollar estate … and then didn’t have a savings plan in place. The likelihood of reaching your goal is nonexistent.

    If you made a big wellness resolution this year – to quit smoking, become a yoga teacher, or eliminate your red meat intake – you need to celebrate the milestones along the way. Have you gone the month without smoking? That is incredible! Did you complete your first level of yoga teacher certification? Celebrate it! Have you chosen to cook with ground turkey vs. ground beef when you made chili? Amazing! Any goal comes with accomplishments along the way … recognize them.

  3. You’ve Made Yourself Accountable
    Have you ever set a goal … something you really wanted to achieve … but kept it to yourself? Putting it into words would make the goal too real. There’s a word for that: accountability!

    Keeping goals a secret lets you off the hook. Unless you fall within the minority, most people need the support of others around them to overcome temptation and bad habits. Sharing your goal with someone who you see every day, like a partner or colleague, helps you feel accountable to your goal. Have you shared your resolutions with a team member at work? Get an accountability buddy for the rest of the year to help you stay focused and liable.

  4. You’re Open to Revisions
    As the saying goes, the best laid plans often go awry. Even with an action plan, measurable achievements, and accountability, sometimes goals cannot be met. Whether your goal was too audacious (trying to lose five pounds in a month is making you feel sick instead of healthy), or an injury is preventing progression (plantar faciitis is holding you back from reaching the 10K mark) – it’s okay to make revisions.

    Part of effective goal-setting (and New-Year’s-Resolution-making!) is factoring in reflection time. Without evaluation, some of the best intentions fall flat. When you’re not realizing immediate results (see: considering the journey), it’s easy to become dismayed, give into temptation or old habits and give up. But being open to revision can keep your resolutions alive this year. So you worked out three times a week instead of five? Reflecting might make you realize that exercising three times a week is what your body and schedule will allow. Devise & revise!

January has come and gone. but there are still 11 months to go! Are your resolutions on track? Does your work motivate and support its employees when it comes to achieving goals?

3 New Year’s Resolutions that HR Can Help Employees Stick To



The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, but while all of that holiday cheer is good for the soul, it isn’t so good for the waistline, bank account, or exercise regimen.

With the new year comes new opportunities to change one’s lifestyle, or so many people believe. In fact, as many as 40-50% of people make new year’s resolutions. However, the percentage of people who keep their resolutions for the next six months aren’t very encouraging. Approximately 25% of people who set a new year’s resolution break their goal within the first week. Yikes! Many people fail at their new year’s resolutions because they set unrealistic goals, they don’t track their progress, or they give up as soon as they slip up. Your HR department can help. Find out which resolutions you can help people achieve, and how.



3 Challenges To Encourage Exercise in the Workplace


What’s the value of wellness at work?
Isn’t living a healthy lifestyle an individual decision?
How can an organization really impact employee health?

These are a few questions that probably come up among your HR team when discussing corporate wellness programs.

Research has shown that corporate wellness programs are effective at improving employee health and reducing health insurance costs. One study analyzed the results of a six-month physical exercise and heart rehabilitation program. The study was done on a random sampling of employees who were not heart patients; it found that, of those classified as high risk when the study started (according to body fat, blood pressure, anxiety, and other measures), 57% were converted to low-risk status by the end of the six-month program. Plus, medical claim costs for the employees receiving the training were reduced by nearly $1500 per person, while the control group showed no improvement. Corporate physical wellness can provide a huge value to your organization – both in improving the quality of life and health of your team members, and also by reducing your medical insurance costs. So, how can you get started? Check out our suggestions.



3 Reasons Investing in Your Employees is Good for Business

One of the most frequently asked questions we hear when discussing implementing a new HR program is, “What is the ROI?”. Business leaders want to know what they are going to get out of their spend on employee investments, and while it is challenging to directly quantify, investing in your employees is key to building a competitive advantage.


HR Technology: If it’s not mobile, it’s moot


Remember when mobile phones only made calls and texts? While that seems like eons ago, the days when the Razer was the coolest phone on the market weren’t actually that long ago.  In fact, it was only about 10 years ago that consumers began to trade in their cell phones for smartphones. Since then, and with the inception of tablets, mobile not only dominates the market, but it’s also influencing business strategy.

Though smartphones were first prevalent among the enterprise market – enabling people to read emails, view and send documents, and communicate remotely – today, we see companies of all sizes adopting mobile technologies to enable nearly every type of corporate programming. HR programs, and especially wellness initiatives, are benefiting from mobile technologies, as these solutions solicit increased adoption rates and higher engagement rates. Here are several reasons why technology can benefit your wellness program. (more…)

5 Reasons Wellness Programs Benefit from Technology



There’s a technology platform for everything these days. Do you want to know what the weather’s like outside without opening your blinds? No problem – there’s an app for that. Are you interested in tracking your revenue in real time? You can with technology. What about taking photographs without a professional camera? Just grab your phone.

HR departments have always been technology enthusiasts, and that is why these people will be the first to tell you that a company-wide wellness program better operates on a platform. We have to agree that technology enables you to maximize ROI from your wellness initiatives, while helping your workforce get healthy and become more productive. Here are five reasons wellness programs benefit from technology.


The one thing that could be missing from your wellness program

Wellness programs are a relatively new prerogative for HR, and taking an active role in employee wellbeing is important in ensuring that your talent stays healthy in a world where the line between work and personal life is blurry. However, while most HR wellness programs have taken progressive steps to help team members stay active and eat a healthy diet, they often overlook one critical component of health: Mental wellness.


Mental wellness events that could give your culture a makeover

Corporate culture is one of the most popular topics in HR today. We are starting to see unprecedented new job titles pop up, such as Chief Culture Officer. Moreover, items like recognition, engagement, and work-life balance have become priority items among HR, all with the goal of ensuring that team members are happy working for the organization. One aspect of corporate culture however, that ironically gets overlooked, is ensuring that the team is mentally well. While the importance of mental wellness is something we want to emphasize, we also want to give you some examples of events you can hold to promote mental wellness and give your corporate culture a makeover.


Corporate wellness programs: can they work in any environment?

How one organization has implemented a thriving workplace wellness program despite the challenges that shiftwork presents.


In the era of obesity, health is at the top of the list of concerns for people, health care professionals, and now organizations. Many progressive companies are taking steps to introduce wellness programs at work in an effort to help their workforce become healthier.


It seems that BC Ferries has found the secret to success. This organization has successfully implemented wellness programs at work as part of their Safety, Culture and Employee Engagement Program, which has not only helped their team become healthier, but it has also increased performance at work.


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