ConnectWell Supports IRN’s Real Food Challenge

The Institute for Responsible Nutrition’s, (IRN) goal is to shape the way food is produced, marketed, and distributed by serving as a leading source of science-based information on nutrition. Their mission is to end food-related illness and promote good health, and they believe that learning about nutrition and making lifestyle changes should be easy and […]

Combine Wearable Devices with Vibrant Life℠ Initiatives to Improve Employee Health

Many of us are using wearable devices and their apps to track activities such as step count, heart rate, sleep, nutrition, and more. It’s true, millions of people are watching their numbers on devices in an attempt to get healthy and fit. However, a recent article published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical […]

Is Your Organization Fit-Friendly? Get Recognized!

As part of her role on American Heart Association’s Bay Area Task Force, Andrea Bloom, Founder of ConnectWell, moderated an American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksite webinar to help Bay Area organizations learn about the program and its eligibility requirements. The American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksite Recognition Program highlights employers who champion the health of their […]

American Medical Association Reclassifies Obesity as a Disease

Recently, the American Medical Association (AMA) reclassified obesity as a disease and this new designation will affect patients, healthcare professionals, insurers and the healthcare infrastructure. In some ways, calling obesity a disease is a move to shift attention and resources to a complex problem. Obesity is a significant public health concern as it is often […]

Healthy Gift Giving for the Holidays

Healthy Gift Giving for the Holidays It’s time to start planning for both holiday gift giving and New Year’s Resolutions. Every year there are helpful sources that identify gifts that are good for the recipient, good for the environment, and make the gift giver happy with their choices. We have a list, too, and these […]

A Walking Meeting with Mayor Bob Simmons of Walnut Creek

Mayor Simmons started walking well before he became Mayor of Walnut Creek. Like many leaders passionate about the outdoors, health, and life balance, he integrated his love of hiking into his new role as city mayor. It all started when someone warned Mayor Simmons that being mayor is unfriendly to the waistline. Many mayors gain […]

Watch the Weight of the Nation Tonight and Tomorrow Night at 8pm on HBO

“To win, we have to lose.” This is the slogan of the HBO documentary, The Weight of the Nation, airing tonight May 14th and tomorrow night May 15th on HBO at 8 pm. Three years ago, HBO Documentary Films and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences partnered in association with the […]

Return-to-Work Programs for Injured Employees

In ConnectWell’s last blog, we identified strategies for helping people cope with injuries, the challenges that come with limited mobility, and the path for rehabilitation. In this post, we discuss the impact on employers and how employers can help employees work during their rehabilitation and get back to work at their previous capacity. The impact […]

Moving and Grooving while Injured: Creativity Reigns

Whether an athlete or not, everyone dreads an injury. An injury can be painful, chronic or acute, and interrupt the normal flow of life. Basic things like emptying the dishwasher, preparing food, and taking the garbage out become hurdles. Actually getting back to your sport of choice or accomplishing the recommended amounts of weekly physical […]

Preventing Heart Disease Early: A Healthy Heart Month Interview with Dr. Matt DeVane

Dr. Matt Devane, cardiologist

Dr. Matt DeVane’s dad had his first heart attack at 35, his second at 45, his third and eventual death at 55. For DeVane, heart disease is personal. “I wanted to change that,” says DeVane, of his experience. By all accounts, he is doing just that. As a cardiologist, DeVane has become an expert in […]