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HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN STRENGTH TRAINING PROGRAM

Posted on October 17, 2016 | Diet & Fitness

By: Chrissy Arsenault, RD Have you heard STRONG is the new skinny? There are many health benefits of strength training, aside from looking better physically and obtaining your “dream body”. Strength training can help you build muscle strength, improve balance, keep bones strong, help your body burn off more calories, and take stress off your […]

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10 Healthy Eating Tips for the Workplace

Posted on September 14, 2016 | Diet & Fitness

10 HEALTHY EATING TIPS FOR THE WORKPLACE By: Maddie Frangi, Verve Health – Dietetic Intern   Optimal nutrition increases work productivity, energy levels, and focus. Try these tips to improve your work performance and reach your health goals.   1. CLEAN OUT YOUR DESK DRAWERS Throw out the potato chips, cheese puffs, and soda, and say […]

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CREATING YOUR OWN EXERCISE PROGRAM – PART 3: Designing Cardiovascular Sessions

Posted on December 11, 2015 | Diet & Fitness

Now that you have prepared the structure of your program, it is time start designing effective exercise sessions that can be implemented into your program. This piece will cover how to use the structural elements provided in Part 2 to design cardiovascular training sessions. Review Part 1 and Part 2 of this series before continuing with Part 3. Achieving optimal […]

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CREATING YOUR OWN EXERCISE PROGRAM – Part 2: Program Development

Posted on December 4, 2015 | Diet & Fitness

The journey to becoming your own personal trainer continues with Part 2 of the “Creating Your Own Exercise Program” series. You will learn key elements necessary to begin developing your chosen exercise program and how to use those elements to build a solid program foundation. Please refer to Part 1 to learn how to choose an […]

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CREATING YOUR OWN EXERCISE PROGRAM – Part 1: Choosing the Right Program

Posted on November 19, 2015 | Diet & Fitness

Are you looking for a tool to help you achieve or maintain a healthy weight, increase your energy levels and possibly even help you live longer? Surprisingly, this magic tool does exist and it’s called exercise! We’ve all been told how important exercise is, but how important is it really? It is proven that regular […]

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Preventive Care: More Effective With Onsite Clinics

Posted on October 23, 2015 | Uncategorized

Chronic health conditions are currently one of the largest threats to the health of Americans today. Based on 2012 national statistics from the CDC, approximately half of Americans were suffering from some form of chronic health condition such as hypertension, heart disease, cancer or diabetes. [1] Two especially dangerous chronic diseases – heart […]

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Should You Buy Organic?

Posted on October 14, 2015 | Uncategorized

Currently, more than one third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of adults in the U.S. are obese. Some of the most preventable causes of death like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer can all be caused by obesity [1]. The safest and most effective way to combat this epidemic […]

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When is the Best Time to Exercise?

Posted on October 2, 2015 | Diet & Fitness

If there was one specific time of the day that working out would burn the most calories and provide the most significant improvements, everyone would probably exercise at that time, right? Well, the truth is that a calorie burned at 8AM is the same as a calorie burned at 8PM, so the best time […]

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Why Primary Care is the Frontline of Care

Posted on September 28, 2015 | Doctor

“I don’t need a primary care doctor if I’m not sick.” “I’m young.” “I’ve never had any health issues.” “I can just go to the emergency room if I absolutely need to.” – These are just some of the common misconceptions people have about primary care. The reality is, having a relationship with a primary […]

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The Importance of Stress Management

Posted on September 17, 2015 | Health

Stress – the mere word can cause anyone to cringe and feel on-edge. Stress is how the body reacts to any kind of demand, threat or change being experienced. It is usually associated with a feeling of being overwhelmed. It is important to note that stress is not a “one size fits all” concept. What […]

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Are You Really Ready to Start a Weight Loss Plan?

Posted on September 10, 2015 | Uncategorized

Every year millions of people begin a weight loss plan, but very few find long-term success. In fact, 90-95% of of individuals who initially lose weight will end up gaining it back within 5 years [1]. The road to permanent weight loss is long and requires a substantial amount of time and effort to […]

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Coconut Water : A New Way to Hydrate

Posted on September 3, 2015 | Uncategorized

Have you been to a grocery store, health foods store or supplement shop recently? If the answer is “yes” then it is inevitable that you have seen shelves lined with an assortment of different brands of coconut water.   The recent pursuit for better ways to hydrate by fitness junkies and health conscious individuals […]

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How Effective Wellness Programs Save The Most Money

Posted on August 27, 2015 | Uncategorized

More than 60 percent of Americans are insured through an employer-based insurance plan [1]. However, with changing legislation and a greater onset of preventable chronic disease, this number is set to decrease. For those employers who continue to offer coverage to employees despite these factors, costs are rising significantly. Wellness and disease prevention programs have […]

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Do We Really Know What Causes Heart Attacks?

Posted on August 19, 2015 | Health

By Dr. Jeffrey Gladd, M.D.   Is everything we thought we “knew” about heart disease wrong? http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1104631   This study from the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that:   “Among patients with acute myocardial infarction without prior cardiovascular disease, in-hospital mortality was inversely related to the number of coronary heart disease risk factors.” […]

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Influencing Mood With Proper Gut Health

Posted on August 12, 2015 | Health

Anxiety and depression (or the combination of both) affect nearly 20% of Americans – That’s 1 in 5 people, a statistic which continues to grow with the decline of overall health across the country. Symptom-based treatments for these conditions typically include medications such as tranquilizers or benzodiazepines, SSRI or SNRI antidepressants and ECT (Electroconvulsive) or […]

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Why Integrative Medicine?

Posted on August 5, 2015 | Uncategorized

Integrative Medicine (IM), also known as “Holistic Medicine“ or “Complementary Health”, is a term that is becoming more widely recognized as people seek alternatives to conventional medicine and investigate different avenues to control healthcare costs.   Conventional, or “Western,” Medicine relies on medication and surgery to treat most health conditions and symptoms. This kind of […]

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Choosing the Right Multivitamin

Posted on July 30, 2015 | Uncategorized

By Dr. Jeffrey Gladd, M.D.   There are very few multivitamins that I fully endorse. Most of them can be immediately discounted based on poor forms of the contained nutients or additives that do not promote health. Some common offenders:   FD&C dyes. Commonly seen in the popular, over-the-counter once daily multis. Vitamin E as […]

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Avoid These Top 5 Workout Myths

Posted on July 22, 2015 | Uncategorized

The most important part of working out is following a regimen that not only works for your personal fitness goals and needs, but also one that relies on proven exercise science to ensure that you receive the greatest benefit while avoiding injury. Jim O’Connor, exercise physiologist/strength and conditioning coach, has created a list of […]

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Paleo: Correcting Misconceptions

Posted on July 14, 2015 | Diet & Fitness

Paleo, typically referred to as the “Paleo Diet,” is gaining a lot of attention in recent years, but some confusion still exists about the nutritional philosophy and its apparent ties to the eating habits of humanity’s ancient ancestors.  Below are answers to a few misconceptions of Paleo, written by Chris Kresser; NY Times best-selling author […]

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Preventative Screenings: Managing Conditions Before They Arise

Posted on July 1, 2015 | Health

Maintaining health and well-being is the single most important thing anyone will do during their lifetime. Yet, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as of 2013, Americans only use preventative services at approximately half the recommended rate. There are two fundamental components of an individual’s healthcare: treating current conditions and preventative care to […]

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Top 5 Rules for Eating Out

Posted on July 1, 2015 | Food Safety

At Verve, we always recommend preparing meals at home using fresh, healthy ingredients. However, we know that everyone likes to go out to eat every now and then. Eating out, when done in moderation, can be a fun way to meet with friends, conduct a business meeting or try new and exciting foods. If you […]

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The Science of Change

Posted on June 30, 2014 | Uncategorized

Change is Hard Many of us think about the changes we would like to make in our lifestyle to improve our health and wellbeing. For the most part, we know the basics: Exercise, don’t smoke and eat fruits and vegetables. However, change is hard, really hard. Wellness companies strive to initiate change by helping people […]

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Why do wellness programs fail?

Posted on June 16, 2014 | Business

On-site wellness programs are used as a strategic approach to help cultivate a more healthy and productive work environment, lower the instance of and manage employee chronic conditions, educate and increase overall health awareness all the while implementing health action campaigns to the target population. When wellness programs have a plan in place to be […]

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The Missing Piece of the Wellness Puzzle?

Posted on May 30, 2014 | Business

When people talk about “wellness”, there are often several pieces to this, as in a pie graph. Usually agreed upon are the social, financial, career, physical and community, as cited in Rath & Harter’s Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements. Employee engagement has come a long way over the years. It has helped people lose weight, […]

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Steppin’ Sycamores

Posted on May 15, 2014 | Uncategorized

Wellness doesn’t have to be complicated… often times it is the simple programs that engage people the most. In January 2014, Spectrum Health Systems implemented a 6 – week walking program at Indiana State University called Steppin’ Sycamores.  The program was designed to encourage participants to move more and eat less.  Each participant received a […]

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Why The Proposed Nutrition Facts Label Won’t Do Anything

Posted on April 30, 2014 | Diet & Fitness

If you haven’t heard yet, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently proposed our nutrition labels to be changed. This is the first change since 1993, aside from the 2006 requirement to declare trans fats on the labels. What are proposed changes?             The FDA is proposing two things- “Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement […]

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FDA Food Label Changes

Posted on April 30, 2014 | Diet & Fitness

Why is the FDA making changes to the food nutrition label? The nutrition label was first introduced and required beginning in 1990 and is ready for an update.  The FDA is making the changes to assist the American consumer in making healthier and more educated choices for themselves and their families.  The new label will […]

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Allergies and Asthma Attack Work Productivity

Posted on April 22, 2014 | Health

As the seasons change, we are craving the smell of fresh grass, flowers blooming, sunshine, and fresh fruits and vegetables. However, for millions of people, this is just the beginning of a long season of uncomfortable and many times life threatening allergy symptoms.  According to a study by the National Center of Biotechnology Information, Allergy […]

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Enough is Enough!

Posted on April 16, 2014 | Uncategorized

Last January, Wes was 295lbs. “I paid absolutely no attention to what or how much I ate and drank,” he said. Knowing that his company’s health screenings were coming up and noticing that he was tired all the time, not really wanting to do much, he started thinking about his weight and the possible long […]

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Communicate It! Communications in the workplace.

Posted on March 31, 2014 | Uncategorized

In today’s world, communication seems like it would be an easy task. With e-mails, text messages, phone calls, flyers, public announcements, Tweets, and Facebook statuses, communicating a message can be done in mere seconds. However, ensuring successful communication is another story. This is especially true at the workplace. Getting employees to read emails and flyers […]

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On Site Clinics, ACA and Wellness

Posted on March 17, 2014 | Uncategorized

The country as a whole is looking at a shortage of physicians by 2025.  This is in part due to the Affordable Healthcare Act, i.e. more people being insured and seeking to find a primary care physician, and population growth and aging.  How can we as wellness providers make a difference in this projection, and […]

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Are we practicing healthcare or diseasecare?

Posted on February 27, 2014 | Health

The United States is often referred to as the “greatest nation in the world”.  While other countries might want to debate this, I do know that we are the greatest in the world at health care spending relative to our economy’s size. [1] One might think that with all this spending we are receiving superior […]

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Creating a Wellness Environment

Posted on February 20, 2014 | Business

Wellness—it’s a popular buzz word these days, especially in the workplace. Companies are doing anything and everything they can to reduce health insurance costs. And one way many companies are countering these ever rising costs is by implementing wellness programs. You may be asking yourself, what does a wellness program consist of? Unfortunately, there is […]

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The Benefits of Motivational Interviewing in Healthcare

Posted on February 14, 2014 | Uncategorized

The Unfortunate Perception If you are anything like me, you dread and even avoid scheduling an annual physical with your physician.  This is because my skewed perception of a general doctor’s visit is an inconvenient and uncomfortable interrogation rather than a helpful and educational health care session.  As a health coach for a wellness provider, […]

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American Heart Association releases “Fit Friendly” List

Posted on February 14, 2014 | Latest News

February 13, 2014 News Release INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The American Heart Association today recognized 47 Indiana companies as Fit-Friendly Companies for promoting physical activity and health in the workplace, including 22 recognized for the first time. Nationally, the association recognized 1,802 companies during this application cycle. The Fit-Friendly Companies program is a catalyst for positive […]

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Why Companies are opting for Onsite Wellness Coordinators

Posted on February 7, 2014 | Uncategorized

The trend of having a wellness program in corporate environments has grown exponentially over the past few years… so much so that it is an expected part of a benefits plan.  Having health programs and biometric screenings designed and implemented by an outside company has been the main course of wellness programs, until recently.  Many […]

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Wellness as a Business Strategy

Posted on February 6, 2014 | Business

What is wellness? At Spectrum Health Systems we believe in incorporating the whole realm of employee wellness from a social, financial, physical and emotional perspective. In a society where so much value and emphasis is placed on productivity, employee absenteeism and the rise of chronic disease is permitting companies from achieving new heights. Not being […]

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The Impact of Social Media on Worksite Wellness

Posted on January 17, 2014 | Health

Spectrum Health Systems believes in the power of social marketing and online networking tools. Times are fast-paced and it is all the more important to stay in tune with the dynamic nature of social communication and the internet. Online health risk assessments (HRAs), wellness portals and online participant workbooks all play a role within many […]

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2014 Healthiest 100 Named – Spectrum Client is #2!

Posted on January 16, 2014 | Latest News

On January 15, 2014 Healthiest Employers announced its 2014 Healthiest 100 list. Congratulations to Decatur County Memorial Hospital for placing #2 nationally! In August, Decatur County Memorial Hospital won Indiana’s Healthiest Employer award for the 100-499 employee category. Click here to learn more and see the full rankings. Sponsored by the independent corporate wellness research […]

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Indiana’s Health Commissioner and Wellness

Posted on September 17, 2013 | Health

Recently Indiana’s health commissioner talked up wellness efforts during a visit to Bloomington Thursday morning. Wellness programs — efforts to improve people’s health by encouraging them to take actions such as quitting smoking or starting exercise regimens — have quality of life benefits, according to the commissioner, Dr. William VanNess. There are also very real […]

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Pack a Healthy Lunch

Posted on August 20, 2013 | Tip Sheets

Pack A Healthy Lunch

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Three Spectrum Health System’s Clients Named as Indianapolis’ Healthiest Employers.

Posted on August 20, 2013 | Health

On August 16, the Indianapolis Business Journal announced Indiana’s Healthiest Employers for 2013. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners. Spectrum Health Systems was pleased to represent 3 finalists this year in 3 separate categories. A special congratulations to Decatur County Memorial Hospital for winning the 100-499 employee category and finalists Endress+Hauser, Inc. and Citizen’s […]

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The Role of On-Site Clinics, Nurse Practioners and Wellness in a New Era of Health Coverage.

Posted on August 20, 2013 | Clinic

With the demand for primary care services already straining capacity in most states, more than 16 million individuals projected to gain health insurance coverage by 2016, and a rapidly aging population, many states are considering options to increase the number and role of primary care providers. One of the options under consideration is the extended […]

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Is Your On-Site Clinic Simply Treating Patients or Proactively Managing Your Employee’s Health?

Posted on August 20, 2013 | Clinic

In a recent conference discussing successes of various on-site clinics for some rather large Companies it became very clear there is a disconnect between vendors who promote clinics with a “wellness” component versus the approach Spectrum Health Systems takes. There are many compelling reasons for companies to consider on-site clinics as a way to contain […]

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Healthy Grocery Shopping List

Posted on August 10, 2013 | Tip Sheets

Healthy Grocery Shopping List

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Coping With and Reducing Stress

Posted on August 10, 2013 | Tip Sheets

Coping with Stress

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Spectrum Health Systems Certified as Women’s Business Enterprise by the State of Indiana and City of Indianapolis

Posted on January 8, 2013 | Latest News

February 15, 2013, Indianapolis, IN Press Release.  Spectrum Health Systems, a 15 year leader in the health risk management industry, has been granted Women’s Business Enterprise certification by the State of Indiana and City of Indianapolis. “The decision to gain WBE certification was driven by the needs of private sector clients making diversity a priority”, […]

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Spectrum Health Systems Celebrates 15 Years in Business

Posted on March 14, 2012 | Latest News

March 14, 2012, Indianapolis, IN Press Release.  Spectrum Health Systems has reached a milestone, celebrating 15 years as a premier independent health risk management provider.  Established in 1997, the company has grown from a local wellness provider based in Indianapolis, to a substantial industry player providing services to employers in Indiana, surrounding states and beyond. […]

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