Red Flags in Workplace Wellness Research: How to Spot Them and What They Mean

The health promotion and workplace wellness industries are not shy about promoting the efficacy of their initiatives. Unfortunately, conflicting research can make it difficult to know what to believe and who to trust. Additionally, many health promotion and wellness professionals (and most people generally) do not have sufficient training and experience in statistical analysis or research methodology to be able to decipher for themselves what conclusions can genuinely be drawn from the scientific research.

This paper will offer insight for thinking critically about claims made by study authors or others who promote research in these industries, through the lens of seven common “red flags.” These red flags are examples of flaws in research methodology or inaccuracies in the resulting claims that it is important for literature readers to understand. Health promotion and workplace wellness professionals can use this paper as a guide for objectively evaluating the literature and its associated claims.

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To Nudge or Not to Nudge? The Promises and Pitfalls of Behavioral Economics at the Workplace

Nudges have become the darlings of wellbeing efforts at the workplace, used in a wide variety of efforts designed to help employees improve their health. These types of behavioral prompts appear to be relatively simple and harmless, and they can be effective for promoting certain types of behaviors. However, nudges are not without their problems and pitfalls.

This white paper offers wellness professionals and business leaders introductory information about behavioral economics and nudges and provides an analysis of the benefits and risks of their application in workplace change efforts.

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Eight Red Flags in Weight Loss Research: How to Spot Them and What They Mean

The results of hundreds of studies of weight loss programs over the past 60 years have been remarkably consistent; weight loss followed by weight regain. Despite the research, claims of “successful” weight loss initiatives continue to proliferate and workplaces continue to support their implementation.

This white paper will help health professionals and business leaders identify 8 major red flags in weight loss research that lead to these misleading and false claims.

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Helping Health System Employees Foster Positive Self-Care Regardless of Size: Results of a Pilot Program Whitepaper

This white paper features results of a pilot program at Beaumont Health leveraging programs and training from Salveo Partners and Am I Hungry?

Learn what happens and is possible when moving away from weight-focused programs to helping employees foster positive self-care.

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