A Healthy Food Makeover at the Worksite

Are the vending machines and break rooms at your office stocked with healthy, nutritious snacks and drinks or are they stuck in an unhealthy time warp and loaded with processed, packaged snack foods that are high in sugar, salt and fat, and beverages with added sugars? Because employees spend over 1/3 of their day in […]

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 […]

Corporate Wellness Practices Evolve, but Still Have a Long Way to Go

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ConnectWell’s Andrea Bloom and Dana Wenter recently took part in the 4th Annual Wellness Rewards Congress in Las Vegas. In addition to leading a workshop on engaging employees and their families in wellness practices outside of work, Andrea and Dana participated in the conference’s rich dialogue on issues and trends in corporate wellness and recount […]

Wellness Linchpin: Why Sleep Matters for Your Company

Whether you have an established wellness program or you are just thinking about starting one, remember the importance of supporting a good night’s rest for your employees. A full 48 percent of Americans report insomnia occasionally, while 22 percent experience insomnia every or almost every night. According to Andrea Bloom, ConnectWell CEO, “Good sleep is […]

Childhood Obesity Bay Area Conference

I attended the COBA (Child Obesity Bay Area) conference presented by Slow Food San Francisco on Saturday, September 24th.  I was both energized by the many people doing great work to confront childhood obesity, as well as overwhelmed by the enormity of the problem we face as a nation to turn this trend around. Dr. […]

A Value Meal with Real Value for Our Health

On September 17, Slow Food USA, a national advocacy group promoting healthy food, is inviting people to take back the “value meal” by pledging to get together with family, friends and neighbors to cook a healthy meal that costs no more than five dollars per person. As I signed the pledge, I hoped that this […]