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“Don’t” Messages Don’t Work

Don’t smoke. Don’t eat sweets. Don’t drink too much. “Don’t” statements like these offer advice in a simple, succinct way. But does telling people what NOT to do actually support them in making better choices? A recent Cornell study examined public health messages, positive and negative, and found that fear-based “don’t” messages work for experts, .. read more

Health Educators, Please Stop “Educating”

An article recently released by Money investigated current economic trends to predict the fastest growing jobs. I was excited to see that one of the “best jobs you’ve never heard of” is a Health Educator. I have been a practicing Health Educator since 2004 and have witnessed the demand for these professionals increase over the .. read more

Hardwire Your Habits

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Will Durant We all have ideas of what we want for ourselves. We want to eat better, exercise more, take time for ourselves, decrease stress, become organized, save money…this list goes on. So if we know what we want, why .. read more

Responsibility As a Path to Freedom

“It’s our choices that show who we truly are, not our abilities.” – JK Rowling. There came a point in my life where I realized that I can only go as far as I believe I can go. This idea, this mindset, has been a catalyst for me throughout the last 10 years of my .. read more

Incentives Redux

“You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” I have three kids and there’s always something going on between them. My five-year old daughter is crying because her brother was “mean to her.” My middle son knows how to push everyone’s button and my oldest, the pre-teen, often just wants to be left alone. .. read more

Do Pessimistic People Live Longer?

At EHS we believe in and promote optimism—it is one of our core competencies. So when we come across articles with titles like this: Pessimistic People Live Longer, we’re intrigued. This article focuses on the results of research done by Frieder R. Lang, in which he found that people who were anticipating poor well-being in .. read more

How do Employees Really Achieve Behavior Change…

… and why should employers care? Engaged Health Solutions approaches employee health and well-being differently. We’re launching this new series of blogs to give our thought leaders a chance to share their knowledge. In this first in the series, we explore our belief that thriving employees are essential for a thriving company. What can employers expect .. read more

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