Our annual holiday sale kicks off today, Cyber Monday 2014!  We have experienced an epic year in our second year of operations in the US and we’re looking forward to seeing what 2015 will bring.   We hope all of you who have waited to make the decision to get certified will act on this offer, it won’t be back again for a while!

We know you’re curious, we see the statistics for visits to our webpage.   We see what pages are clicked through –  which is understandable.  You’re checking us out and thinking about taking action.   And then, for some, there is a delay on jumping into the field.  We watch our facebook and social media pages and we know many of you were waiting for our next sale.  If you are one who has waited, that has come to work in your favor with our sale!

Clients will be looking for you after the start of the year.  Will you be ready to meet the challenges of helping people make healthy changes in their lives?

Category : Wellness Business

Celebrating the 6th annual Employees Wellness Month

National Employee Wellness Month helps business leaders learn how companies successfully engage employees in healthy lifestyles. It showcases how companies can support employees by creating healthy cultures, improving their health and well-being while lowering healthcare costs and driving engagement.

Created in 2009 by Virgin Pulse in partnership with the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, National Employee Wellness Month is sponsored by these organizations and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and WorldatWork. Held annually in June, 2014 marks its sixth year.

The Importance Behind the Month

Healthy company cultures drive productivity and engagement. With these issues and healthcare costs directly impacting the bottom line, National Employee Wellness Month highlights the workplace’s role in helping to create healthy employees – and how they’ll mold a better business.

Proud Supporters

More than 175 organizations and over 70,000 of their employees supported the fifth annual National Employee Wellness Month in June 2013. What’s more, employers and their employees shared their viewpoints and insights on workplace wellness. Check out the 2013 survey findings.

This year, the National Employee Wellness Month kicks off with a nationwide activity challenge, highlighting the link between physical activity and good health. Thousands of U.S. employees go toe-to-toe to see who can rack up the most physical activity.

Category : Uncategorized | Wellness Coaching

Why Focus on School Wellness?

A recent report published by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, entitled Preventing Childhood Obesity, came to the conclusion that it is “critically important” that the school environment support healthy eating and physical activity behaviors among students as one strategy for confronting the childhood obesity epidemic (Koplan, Liverman & Kraak 2005). Yet the lack of programs that support regular physical activity and proper nutrition in the current school landscape continues to be disturbing to many childhood experts.

For example, recess and physical education (PE) programs are constantly at risk of being cut from school curricula in order to fit in more classroom instructional time to prepare for standardized testing. One report found that only 8% of elementary schools, 6.4% of middle schools and 5.8% of high schools provide daily PE during the school year for students in all grades (Kolbe, Kann & Brener 2001). In a recent survey of American youth, just over one-third of high-school students reported attending daily PE classes by the time they reached their senior year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] 2006).

And the problem isn’t exclusive to teenagers; younger kids are also seeing less and less play time at school. According to a recent report called Calories In, Calories Out: Food and Exercise in Public Elementary Schools, 2005 just 8 out of every 10 elementary schools have daily recess, with 25 minutes being the average amount of play time offered (Parsad & Lewis 2006). Despite its importance, recess is often on the chopping block as schools struggle to fit more academic requirements into the day.

There is also ongoing concern about the junk foods sold in schools. In an attempt to compensate for dwindling budgets and overcrowded classrooms, many schools have abandoned balanced, home-cooked meals and instead offer only “grab and go” calorie-dense and nutrient-poor packaged items—what many see as a sorry reflection of the nation’s eating habits as a whole. Nationally, 83% of elementary, 97% of middle and 99% of high schools sell foods and beverages out of vending machines, school stores or à la carte settings (Government Accountability Office 2005). Not surprisingly, soft drinks, chips and candy are the items most commonly sold in our schools (Wechsler et al. 2001).

Fortunately, the times are changing—or at least improving. In fact, the recent federal mandate for local school wellness policies requires schools to set goals for nutrition and physical activity. This presents an extraordinary opportunity for both parents and health and fitness professionals to contribute to creating and sustaining school environments that promote student health.

Category : Wellness Coaching | Wellness Education