Photos: HealthLead™ Town Hall Target with Senator Klobuchar

On Monday, April 30th, Senator Amy Klobuchar and a panel of national experts in workplace health promotion today encouraged an audience of more than 200 leaders in business, academia and local government to work together to help Minnesotans adopt healthier lifestyles and reduce preventable chronic diseases. Hosted by the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota at Target Headquarters in Minneapolis, the event highlighted HealthLead™ accreditation – the emerging standard in workplace health promotion – and Target’s award-winning culture of well-being. See what they said.

“Wellness programs have made a major difference for employers large and small, across Minnesota”, said Senator Amy Klobuchar, co-chair of the Congressional Wellness Caucus. “We really have the opportunity to teach the rest of the country about what we’re doing, involve companies that felt they weren’t big enough to tackle this and give them models that they can use.”

“We’ve heard from employers throughout the state that their rising healthcare costs are unsustainable and they want to do something about it,” said Tom Mason, president of the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota. “HealthLead™ accreditation and Target’s culture of well-being highlight the practical next steps for employers of all sizes to get a handle on these costs.”

 

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Target Advances Culture of Well-Being With HealthLead™ Accreditation

Target is among the first companies to achieve accreditation in US Healthiest’s HealthLead™ program, an emerging standard in workplace health promotion.

Senator Amy Klobuchar (far left) moderated the HealthLead™ discussion between panelists (from left to right) Jodee Kozlak, Jim Harter and Nick Baird at Target headquarters in Minneapolis.

The search for a definitive actuarial link between worksite wellness programs and reduced insurance risk may well emerge from HealthLead™, a rigorous new wellness accreditation program that last year was alpha-tested by Target.

A panel of national wellness experts convened on April 30 in an auditorium at Target’s national headquarters in Minneapolis to discuss the program for an audience of more than 200 leaders in business, public health and academia.

The event was hosted by the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota and moderated by Senator Amy Klobuchar, co-chair of the Congressional Wellness Caucus. Panelists included Nick Baird, M.D., CEO of US Healthiest; Jodee Kozlak, Target’s VP of Human Resources; and Jim Harter, Ph.D, chief scientist of Workplace Management and Well-being for Gallup’s workplace management practice.

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Jim Harter, Ph.D, Chief Scientist in Workplace Management and Well-being for Gallup

Video: see Jim Harter's remarks on Wellbeing.

On April 30th, more than 200 leaders in business, academia and local government gathered for a panel discussion among national experts in workplace health promotion moderated by Senator Amy Klobuchar. Hosted by the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota at Target’s Minneapolis headquarters, the event highlighted HealthLead™ accreditation – the emerging standard in workplace health promotion – and Target’s award-winning culture of well-being.

Target has partnered with Jim Harter, Ph.D, chief scientist in Workplace Management and Well-being for Gallup and Gallup to advance its robust culture of health and well-being, with promising results.

“Over the last decade, Gallup has worked with hundreds of organizations to help leaders create engagement and enhance the well-being and performance of their workforce,” Harter says. “The most progressive organizations not only understand that they are in the business of boosting their employees’ well-being, but they also use this as a competitive advantage to recruit and retain employees. Target is taking the lead in embracing well-being as a strategy to improve team member lives while it improves performance.”

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Jodee Kozlak, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Target

Video: Jodee's remarks on Target's culture of well-being

On April 30th, more than 200 leaders in business, academia and local government gathered for a panel discussion among national experts in workplace health promotion moderated by Senator Amy Klobuchar. Hosted by the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota at Target’s Minneapolis headquarters, the event highlighted HealthLead™ accreditation – the emerging standard in workplace health promotion – and Target’s award-winning culture of well-being.

The investment in employee well-being is a key strategy for Target and plays an integral role in its workplace culture and practices for team members in stores, distribution centers, headquarters and other locations. These initiatives led Target to become an alpha-test worksite in the development of HealthLead™ and earn a Silver accreditation in 2011.

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Nick Baird, M.D., CEO of US Healthiest, Showcases HealthLead™

Video: see Nick Baird's remarks at the town hall event

On April 30th, more than 200 leaders in business, academia and local government gathered for a panel discussion among national experts in workplace health promotion moderated by Senator Amy Klobuchar. Hosted by the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota at Target headquarters in Minneapolis, the event highlighted HealthLead™ accreditation – the emerging standard in workplace health promotion – and Target’s award-winning culture of well-being.

The event showcased a new tool for advancing workplace well-being: HealthLead™, a rigorous accreditation program developed by US Healthiest for employer-driven health and well-being programs. HealthLead™-accredited employers large and small are curbing the rising costs of health care, improving productivity and attracting more top talent thanks to their investment in employee health. The accreditation process includes an online assessment and site visit by a HealthLead™ accreditation team to audit the organization’s well-being programs against established standards and promising practices. US Healthiest recently completed alpha and beta testing of HealthLead™ and will launch the accreditation program nationally in June.

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Senator Amy Klobuchar, co-chair of the Congressional Wellness Caucus

Video: see Senator Klobuchar's remarks

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is co-chair of the Congressional Wellness Caucus, which launched in June of 2011.

The Caucus is designed to publicize how investing in workplace wellness reduces healthcare-related costs and enhances worker productivity. It investigates and shares the best practices, resources and research to help employers find the most effective ways to support employee health and wellness. Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota), Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-Minnesota) and Congressman Ron Kind (D-Wisconsin) join Senator Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) in co-chairing this bipartisan and bicameral caucus.

On April 30th, Senator Klobuchar moderated a panel discussion among national experts in workplace health promotion. Hosted by the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota at Target’s headquarters in Minneapolis, the event attracted more than 200 leaders in business, academia and local government. Discussion highlighted HealthLead™ accreditation – the emerging standard in workplace health promotion – and Target’s award-winning culture of well-being.

“Wellness programs have made a major difference for employers large and small, across Minnesota,” Senator Klobuchar said. “We really have the opportunity to teach the rest of the country about what we’re doing, involve companies that felt they weren’t big enough to tackle this and give them models that they can use.”

 

 

 

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Can You Take a Walk During Your Next Meeting?

Looking for a way to fit more movement into your day? What’s stopping your workplace from taking a walk during the 5 or 10 percent of meetings that can be done on the go? Not all meetings can be done while walking, but a story in the Concord Monitor offers simple tips on how to move past some common excuses and walk while you talk.

  1. Propose that 5 or 10 percent of all meetings start with the following question: Can we take this topic for a walk?
  2. Schedule walking check-in meetings during the mid-afternoon doldrums to get your blood and creative juices pumping without a trip to the coffee maker or vending machine.
  3. Consider the head-clearing quality a quick walk provides. What fresh perspective and new ideas could this bring?
  4. Walking together in a common direction can feel like a team sport, boosting a sense of teamwork and collaboration. Why not start a project that requires teamwork with a shoulder-to-shoulder walk?

Competing in the BizicallyFIT 2012 Health Challenge? Remember to clip on your pedometer and get some points on the leaderboard for the the steps you take!

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Smoking and Drinking: Do they fit with health goals?

Personal Trainer Jillian Michaels recommends making exercise your new addiction to avoid weight gain when kicking a smoking habit. At Happy Hour, Jillian recommends sticking to red wine or clear liquors… but only in a maintenance phase, not if you’re working to lose weight.

How do you fit these habits – tobacco and alcohol – into your journey toward a healthier body?

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Exercise for your 2012 Health Challenge team and your heart health!

As a part of the BizicallyFIT 2012 Health Challenge thousands of Minnesotans will start tracking their exercise minutes, pedometer steps and weight with support from teams of coworkers, friends and family today. Regular exercise will not only propel their teams to success and bragging rights on the leaderboard, but regular physical activity is great for heart health as well!

Exercise improves circulation, reduced bad cholesterol, increases good cholesterol, reduces blood pressure, helps mainatin a healthy weight, improves sleep and reduces stress! Read more on the seven ways physical activity supports heart health at EverydayHealth.com.

It’s not to late to join the BizicallyFIT 2012 Health Challenge. Register, recruit team members and track your activity for Week One (February 13-19) by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21 at 2012HealthChallenge.com


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Shakopee Chamber kicks off Health Challenge with former Biggest Loser contestant

Former Biggest Loser contestant and personal trainer O'Neal Hampton addresses more than 30 the Shakopee area business leaders.

Wednesday, February 8, The Shakopee Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon featuring former Biggest Loser contestant O’Neal Hampton.

More than 30 chamber members discussed their participation in health competitions and plans for the BizicallyFIT 2012 Health Challenge.

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