United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

10 Reasons to Quit Tobacco

Posted by: Bill Olson    May 14, 2019 2:28:21 PM

shutterstock_239831578We all know that using tobacco is bad for one’s health. This is true if you smoke cigarettes, use   e-cigarettes (“vaping”), or use smokeless tobacco like chew or dip. If you don’t use tobacco, don’t start. But if you do, you may need a reminder of how good life can be when you’re tobacco-free. Here are 10 reasons to quit tobacco for good.

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Topics: employee wellness, healthy lifestyles

Easy food swaps to healthy-up your diet

Posted by: Bill Olson    Apr 2, 2019 4:38:39 PM

shutterstock_594621377Did you know you can eat plenty of food to fill  you up, while cutting out some of the not-so-healthy stuff? It’s true. You can enjoy some of your favorite, most decadent recipes simply by doing some creative ingredient swapping.

Don’t just think about the number of calories in a food. There’s more to it than that. You get full from the amount you eat, not by how many calories you eat. It’s about replacing higher calorie foods with lower-calorie options or with foods higher in fiber that will fill you up. Some of these include fruits and vegetables, low-fat and fat-free dairy, and beans and peas.

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Topics: healthy lifestyles, diet, healthy eating

Weight Loss: Myths vs. Facts

Posted by: Bill Olson    Mar 26, 2019 4:19:05 PM

shutterstock_282254006Eat this! Don’t eat that! Lose weight fast! Blast away calories with this best-ever workout routine! 

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Topics: healthy lifestyles, exercise

Seeds of Change

Posted by: Bill Olson    Feb 12, 2019 1:07:03 PM

Has anyone ever said to you, “Eat your vegetables!”? Have you ever admonished your own kids to do the same? Are you guilty of throwing away the banana your mom packed in your lunch bag, or ignoring that apple you brought to the office — the one that’s now shriveled up and inedible?

Chances are you can answer “yes” to at least one of the above. While many people are trying to include more fruits and veggies in their diets, most of us could probably do better — in fact, most of us should probably eat twice what we’re currently eating. That’s because fruits and vegetables fill an incredible variety of essential nutritional needs and can help protect against certain diseases. These may include heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and even some cancers. They can also help reduce the risk of digestive and eye problems.

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Topics: healthy lifestyles, vegetables, diet, fruits

4 Ways to Help Employees Keep Their Resolution

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 23, 2019 11:27:58 AM

As we ring in 2019, there are plenty of resolutions being made and likely already broken. Inc. Magazine’s list of the ten most common resolutions doesn't contain too many surprises. Prioritizing health and fitness through diet and exercise, spending quality time with friends and family, and other self improvement plans are on many people’s minds. Endless how-to articles and listicles are published this time of year to motivate and inspire individuals to stick with  their resolutions. 

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Topics: healthy lifestyles, Resolutions

Dear Brain, Please Let Me Sleep

Posted by: Bill Olson    Sep 25, 2018 12:13:06 PM

There are alarms to help people wake up, but there isn’t anything similar to help people fall asleep. It seems that no matter how much you zone out just before going to bed, the minute your head hits the pillow your brain kicks into overdrive. Thoughts of every decision made that day, things that need to be done tomorrow, or that stupid song just heard continue to flood the brain with activity.

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Topics: wellness, human resources, healthy lifestyles

Get Moving...To Live!

Posted by: Bill Olson    Sep 6, 2018 1:55:42 PM

 The phrase: “If I’m lying, I’m dying” should be changed to: “If I’m sitting, I’m dying” even though it doesn’t rhyme. If you haven’t heard by now, sitting for long periods of time increases the chance that you’ll die early, regardless of your race, gender, age, body mass index (BMI), or even if you exercise. The longer you sit, the higher your risk of dying sooner rather than later.

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Topics: healthy lifestyles, exercise, workplace wellness

Eat to Live Well: Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

Posted by: Bill Olson    Apr 24, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Promoting workforce wellness never tasted so good. For heart-healthy living, it turns out a great dietary option for many dates back centuries.

Based on the traditional cuisine of communities along the coasts of Italy and Greece, the Mediterranean diet is gaining increasing popularity among nutrition experts in this hemisphere.

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Topics: wellness, eating at work, healthy lifestyles, nutrition

Striving for a Culture Change in Your Wellness Program (Part 1)

Posted by: Heather Mills, CWWPM    Sep 9, 2016 11:52:34 AM

Many of us have seen or heard about the various wellness programs referred to as “participation–based” programs. These participation-only programs continue to be the starting point for many organizations when they enter the world of workplace wellness. Participatory programs typically include a few individual and team-based activities, offer a level of electronic or onsite seminar education, and offer employees biometric screening and personal health risk assessments. Organizations may even award prizes, hold drawings, or offer giveaways.
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Topics: wellness, wellness programs, independent employee benefits advisors, UBA white paper, healthy lifestyles, Heather Mills