Wellness in the Age of the Smartphone

Source: Global Wellness Institute Author:  Larry Chapman Few technological innovations have had as much impact on our day to day lives as the Smartphone and the ever ubiquitous screen presence. Unprecedented connectivity to news sources, larger communities of interest, instantaneous contact with family members through text messaging, notifications, reminders, email access, capability of benefiting from… Continue Reading ›

Wellness 2030: A Look at the Future of Wellness

Source: Global Wellness Institute Author:  Larry Chapman With the rapid process of change impacting American society and for that matter, all the other developed nations, it seems appropriate to take a quick look at a somewhat edgy look at the future ahead.  This report on Wellness in 2030 proposes trends and events that are likely… Continue Reading ›

Meeting the Major Programming Challenges: Introducing “Solution Sets”

Source: Chapman Institute Author: Larry Chapman There are a range of major challenges facing virtually all worksite wellness professionals and programs. After conducting a number of formal and informal surveys and a rather extensive literature search process we have identified approximately 16 major challenges that virtually all worksite-based wellness programs face. In response we have now… Continue Reading ›

HIPAA in the 21st Century

Source: JAMA Editorial Author: Larry Chapman HIPAA has been on the health care scene since 1996. It created some often-awkward change throughout our entire health care system when first introduced. Covered entities had new and fairly extensive requirements to protect the health care consumer from unauthorized disclosures of their personal health information. Now 22 years… Continue Reading ›

Is Alcohol Safe to Consume?

Source: The Lancet Author:  Larry Chapman Almost every culture in human history has used alcohol in some way. But, what level of alcohol use is considered “safe” or “low risk” for us today? Each nation has adopted somewhat different guidelines for what constitutes a safe or low risk level of alcohol consumption. For Americans, according… Continue Reading ›

Declining Health-Related Quality of Life in the U.S.

Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine Author:  Larry Chapman Unfortunately, some more bad news!  The health aspects of quality of life of Americans is clearly deteriorating.  This 10-year comparison showed a highly significant erosion of the perceived health-related quality of life ratings from a large national sample of adults (N = 79,402).  People are feeling… Continue Reading ›

The State of US Health: Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors by State: 1990 – 2016

Source: JAMA Author:  Larry Chapman The health of the US population is a matter of great importance to our national future.  Few analyses document the patterns, as well as this particular article, does.  This state by state analysis covers the years 1990 through 2016 and includes: Prevalence, incidence, mortality, life expectancy, healthy life expectancy (HALE),… Continue Reading ›

CDC’s Built Environment Package

Author:  Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) The field of public health, over the past decade, has been developing and refining a perspective and technical approach to bring a health orientation to what is called the “built-environment.”  This approach encompasses all man-made environments and how we use them and specifically, public health research has… Continue Reading ›

Corporate Wellness Services Industry in the U.S.

Author:  Sarah Turk, IBISWorld What services constitute the corporate wellness industry?  How big is our industry in financial terms?  How many are corporate wellness services vendors out there?  These are just a few of the answers you will find in this edition of the Connections newsletter. Why is this important? This 34-page report provides a… Continue Reading ›