You Decide: The 7 Negatives of the HOPE Health Letter®

Put these 7 negatives about the HOPE Health Letter (HHL) under the light of your inquisitive mind, and you’ll see they become positives.

Here are basically the top 7 reasons a workplace will cancel their subscription to the HHL or not consider purchasing it in the first place:

1. New contact person: When a workplace hires a new wellness manager, vendor, or puts someone new in charge − most of the time those people clean house like a new head coach. Everybody and everything from the existing program goes.

Hope Health’s New Health & Wellness Posters Overcome These 7 Key Objections to Employee Engagement

Here’s how Hope Health’s New Health & Wellness Posters help overcome these 7 key objections employees have to getting involved in wellness programs:

1. Pun Challenged: 53% of employees don’t know what a pun is based on our wild guess. Hope Health’s posters use the advanced method of “intuitive pun application” (ipa). The result. Your employees can enjoy a good pun without knowing what one actually is.

2. Tweet Addicted: Nobody reads anymore. Poster captions are tweet-sized.

3. Don’t Commit – Engage: People can enjoy without any commitment. We just want to be friends, that’s all!

Wellness Program Pioneer Shares Secret to Success… Plus 5 Tips for Working with a Custom Publisher

The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) was into wellness long before wellness was “cool.” The organization was an earlier adopter of the wellness program concept, believing it would help to control health costs for its wellness program participants over the years.

For as much as the AWC knew about wellness, they weren’t so up on how to best communicate it.  Realizing that the organization lacked the expertise to properly get the word out about its wellness program, the AWC went about finding seasoned professionals to help. “Having the right communications partner makes all the difference,” said Julie McDowell, AWC Health Promotion Supervisor.

“We have worked with many vendors over the years, but Hope Health is the only one that’s been with us on our entire 27-year journey. That’s a testament to the trust we place in Hope,” McDowell said.

Wellness Engagement: Why I Love Cartoons In Health Communication

Laughter is a universal language. A place of common ground. Cartoons make us laugh because they allow us to suspend belief and enjoy the preposterous. Humor is the teaspoon of sugar that makes the medicine go down.

“That Barney Rubble, what an actor.”
Night Shift 1982

Cartoons work in health education because they’re. . .

  • approachable, non-threatening, and non-judgmental
  • familiar — we see ourselves in them

To Achieve a Healthy Culture, Focus on 1 Thing

Guest Blogger: Health Enhancement Systems

We’ve worked with clients who have set somewhat ambiguous goals to “work on the culture.” When we ask what that means, there’s a momentary pause, then the list materializes in their mind: “Things like vending machine policies, alignment with our food service vendor, tying organization health goals to business goals, stretch breaks, you know…”

While all of these are worthwhile in their own right, they completely miss the point that culture isn’t something you do, it’s everything you do (For more, read Achieving a Culture of Health or Creating a Culture of Happiness). A culture is defined by what is expected of people and what is valued. It’s the sum total of all actions every employee lives day in and day out — from the boardroom to the assembly line. It’s what a company does when profits are pouring in and when a deep recession hits. It’s how managers treat subordinates when the pressure is on as well as when things are going smoothly.