Are we doing enough about Cancer?

Author: Larry Chapman Think about that employee of yours that this year will receive a diagnosis with the “C” word.  Pretty chilling huh!  Even with the steady improvements in cancer incidence and survivability, it is still a primary health concern for a major portion of your employees.  The American Cancer Society (ACS) just released its national cancer estimates… Continue Reading ›

The CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard

Author: Larry Chapman The CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard (HSC) is a tool designed to help employers assess whether they have implemented evidence-based worksite health promotion and wellness interventions or strategies in their worksites to prevent heart disease, stroke, and related conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. The tool was developed by the CDC Division… Continue Reading ›

Obesity in the Workplace: Impact, Outcomes, and Recommendations

Author: Larry Chapman The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) is the authoritative group that provides guidance to health professionals that serve and care for employee populations in work organizations.  This guidance statement provides a consensus among occupational health professionals about the impact, outcomes to be expected and recommendations for dealing with obesity… Continue Reading ›

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the USPSTF

Author: Larry Chapman The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is an independent body of experts who make evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services using a transparent and objective process. Developing recommendations on a clinical preventive service requires evidence of its effect on health outcomes. Health outcomes are symptoms, functional levels, and conditions that affect… Continue Reading ›

Employee Wellness Programs and Preventive Care Use

Author: Larry Chapman Introduction: There is little research at the national level on access to employee wellness programs and the use of preventive care services. This study examined the use of seven preventive care services among U.S working adults with access to employee wellness programs. Methods: The study population comprised 17,699 working adults aged ≥18… Continue Reading ›

Prevalence and Trends in Lifetime Obesity

Author: Larry Chapman Introduction: Estimates of obesity prevalence based on current BMI are an important, but incomplete indicator of the total effects of obesity on a population. Methods: In this study, data on current BMI and maximum BMI were used to estimate prevalence and trends in lifetime obesity status, defined using the categories never (maximum… Continue Reading ›

Newly Released Health Insurance Chartbook for 2016

Author: Larry Chapman Recently the federal government released one of the most comprehensive and authoritative chartbooks profiling health insurance coverage, costs and trends for working Americans.  This 168 page publication provides one of the most sweeping and most valid profiles of employer provided health insurance coverage and characteristics that has been published to date.  It… Continue Reading ›

New Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypertension

Author: Larry Chapman On November 13, 2017,  the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) released a new report that recommends changing the clinical parameters for the diagnosis of hypertension from 140sbp/90dbp to 130sbp/80dpb.  This is a big deal and will affect everyone who performs blood pressure measurement including worksite wellness… Continue Reading ›

Short Primer on Evaluation of Worksite Wellness Programs

Author: Larry Chapman This 30 page document provides a quick and efficient look at key issues in program evaluation of worksite wellness and health promotion programs.  It includes discussion of a number of key issues and is a helpful reference in establishing your own approach to program evaluation.  The table of contents includes: PURPOSE, SCOPE… Continue Reading ›

Summary of Evidence on Text Messaging and Health Behavior Change

Author: Larry Chapman This edition of Connections contains a brief summary of the findings from 15+ research studies on the effectiveness of text messaging (‘SMS’) in assisting with health behavior change.  ‘Mobile’ is old news. With mobile devices going from a curiosity to a virtual appendage for most workers in the 10 years since the launch of the… Continue Reading ›