Trista Chan

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Seeking healthy behaviour change?  Adopt a personalized program

Posted by Trista Chan on July 18, 2017

Gone are the days of a "one size fits all" approach in wellness programs. Companies have realized that people are no longer interested in general wellness data, but want their own personalized approach when it comes to improving their lifestyle, and there is no shortage of corporate wellness programs to choose from!

It seems as though these wellness programs have the right idea, as our lifestyles are taking a major toll on our overall health, with financial implications as well.  A 2012 report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that at the current rate, the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke could increase tenfold between 2010 and 2020- and also double again by 2030.

The most impactful strategy to take is implementing a personalized corporate wellness program, specifically tailored to high-risk employees, in the hopes of improving health and reducing the risk of developing chronic illnesses.

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Social connectedness and its impact on diet

Posted by Trista Chan on July 11, 2017

There's no question that building and nurturing relationships can bring joy and overall feelings of happiness.  What many overlook is that it can also promote better physical health, a lower chance of developing mental illnesses, and  increased job opportunities.

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How to make new employees feel welcome & onboard them onto culture

Posted by Trista Chan on June 13, 2017

On boarding can be defined as the organizational socialization of the workplace, where new employees are made familiar with expectations, expertise, knowledge and ethnicity of your company.

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Employers Turn to Workplace Wellness to Help Reduce Health Care Costs

Posted by Trista Chan on April 4, 2017

Employees are the assets of any organization, and to sustain these assets and benefit from their long term service, it’s vital to maintain their wellbeing. With the increase in awareness around living a healthy lifestyle, many employers now offer workplace wellness programs to their employees. These programs help in reducing healthcare costs and providing long term benefits to employees and their families. These programs also provide knowledge on eating a healthy diet, the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and leading a happy and healthy life.

According to the reports of the Society for Human Resource Management, more than 70% of employers offer wellness programs to their employees, which is almost a 10-15% increase compared to previous years.

It’s expected that everyone, during some stage of their life will face some sort of health issue, whether it be due to an unhealthy diet, sleep deprivation, alcohol, or hereditary causes.  So by utilising the benefits from wellness programs employees can make positive changes in their health and overall productivity by reducing absenteeism, stress and increasing their performance and efficiency.


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Topics: roi, Employee Engagement, HR, Best Practice, workplace, Corporate Wellness, prevention

How to Nurture Your Sleeping Habits to Rejuvenate Yourself

Posted by Trista Chan on March 7, 2017

We all agree that a nutritious diet and regular physical activity is the key to a healthy body, but there’s more to it that our bodies crave.  Adequate sleep is just as important but is frequently ignored.   Think about how irritable you feel when you starve your body from sleep due to a late-night shift, from socializing, jetlag or even stress.

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Corporate Smoking Cessation Programs and ROI

Posted by Trista Chan on January 31, 2017

Corporate Wellness is a $6 billion industry in countries like the US, and there is no doubt that the good health of employees boosts their company’s performance. However, the conventional method of directing the resources exclusively to the unwell doesn’t turn out to be too economical for a company. Each organization must gauge their corporate wellness requirements and choose a tailored wellness program to suit – that is, to gain maximum cost vs. savings benefits, without compromising on the health of the employees.  Corporate wellness programs, if done correctly, actually help in revenue gain in the long run. 

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How Moving Helps You Avoid Downtime and Feeling Exhausted

Posted by Trista Chan on January 17, 2017

Do you feel that despite sitting all day, you are left feeling exhausted and tired before the clock strikes 7?  Most of us are guilty of a sedentary lifestyle. A lifestyle where we wake up, drive to work, sit for 8 hours in front of our computer screens, go home and doze off to sleep while watching TV or reading a book.

One might wonder how all the energy burns out without consciously doing any physically challenging activity.  Well apparently, less physical activity is the reason behind being unusually tired and exhausted.  It may sound counter-intuitive, but over the past years, numerous research has proven that physical activity is vital for us to stay healthy. Moving is important to stay active and energetic all day long.

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Topics: Wellness trends, Tips, benefits, Exercise and fitness, healthcare, workplace, Habit

The Benefits of Eating Pumpkin this Fall

Posted by Trista Chan on October 19, 2016

Now that Fall is in full force, pumpkin has made its long awaited comeback, and while you may only be familiar with delectable pumpkin treats such as pumpkin pies and pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin has far more to offer that just its sweet desserts. Its vitamin-rich flesh also has an abundance of health benefits, including better quality sleep, weight loss, and increased vision.

If cooked correctly, pumpkin is actually one of the healthier foods of the season, which is why we’ve noted some amazing health benefits of pumpkin to kick start your obsession this fall.

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Why Participation Matters

Posted by Trista Chan on October 5, 2016

Many employers have recognized that they can play a vital and influential role in assisting employees live a healthier lifestyle that can prevent costly chronic conditions. Each year employers spend a fortune subsidizing employee healthcare cost and see a lot fewer sick days from employee’s with a higher well-being and healthier lifestyle.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, HR, Best Practice, Employee Success, workplace

4 Principles for Creating a Wellness Program

Posted by Trista Chan on September 27, 2016

Today’s most successful companies know that creating a healthy environment for employees is the most direct way to achieve an increase in productivity and encourage employee loyalty.


With so much time spent at work, it goes without saying that a healthy work environment is vital to your employee’s health. Creating a successful wellness program can ensure that your employees are happy and healthy, and therefore more productive at work.


The following are 4 principles to consider when looking to implement a successful wellness program for your company.

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Topics: Wellness trends, Employee Engagement, Best Practice, workplace