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Tips to Eating Healthy on a Budget

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You’ve all heard the excuse or even said it yourself that, “eating healthy is too expensive”.  At times it can be more expensive yes, but there are ways to shop more efficiently and break even.  I’m going to provide you with some ideas and tips on how to save a couple bucks and keep to your routine budget while improving your diet at the same time.  Even if you were to go over your typical budget, keep in mind that thinking long-term you are more likely to stay healthy and as a result save money for cutting healthcare costs.  Not only that, you will look and feel better because at the end of the day you are what you eat!

1) Swap fresh berries for frozen berries.  Since they are frozen they hold the same nutritional value as fresh berries, they last longer, and you do not risk the chance of having to throw out rotten food.  Therefore, you reduce the chances of having to throw money away too.

2) Buy Quick Oats instead of Instant Oatmeal.  Not only will you save money but you also skip the unnecessary amounts added sugar included in most Instant Oatmeal packets

3) Forget potato chips or even veggie chips for that matter.  Just spray washed kale with cooking spray, season with sea salt, and bake at 350° for about 15 minutes. They taste just like potato chips and are less than 50 calories per cup.

4) Buy canned fish instead of fresh fish and you will still get your Omega-3s.

5) Instead of buying pricey Whey protein give Tofu a shot to keep your protein intake high.

6) Plan your meals for the week before going to the grocery store.

7) Check to see what you have at home before making a list of what items you need.

8) If an item you eat often is on sale then take advantage of it and stock up on it if possible.


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Study Links Well-Being To Better Job Performance


The growing trend of employee wellness programs is now being supported by a study.  Healthways claims that their new study is the first to reliably link well-being with employee performance outcomes, showing that well-being can help improve job performance.  The study proved that those with what they called “low well-being” are seven times more likely to miss work and 47 times more likely to show up while feeling ill.

The lead researcher, Dr. Yuyan Shi of the center for health research at Healthways said, “The study is relevant to any entity concerned about business outcomes, especially employers, health plans and health systems.  In addition to that she also stated that, “it is directly relevant to human resources and benefits managers who are focused on improving employees’ health and productivity.”


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United Preference Webinar

We will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, October 23 at 1 PM (Eastern Time) 10 AM (Pacific) on ROI and Incentive Based Wellness Programs.

It is clear incentives can work and can reduce or curb the rise in  health care costs.  The American Institute for Preventive Medicine reviewed more than 140 studies around wellness initiatives and found an average ROI of more than three dollars per dollar invested in the area of health care costs, absenteeism and workers compensation.

In this webinar we’ll discuss:

  • Achieving ROI with Incentives
  • The Emotional Side of Incentives
  • The Impact of Incentives on Behavior Change
  • 2012 Trends in Incentives and Rewards

We will also take a look at a few examples of successful incentive programs from well known large employers. You’ll hear about United Preference’s unique approach as well.  The webinar presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

You can sign up here.


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Survey shows 41% of large employers offer wellness benefit


Forty-one percent of large companies and 10 percent of small firms nationwide are currently offering at least one wellness-related benefit or financial incentives to employees who participate in wellness programs, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust.

The survey also found that 18 percent of companies ask their employees to complete health risk assessments, sometimes tying financial penalties or rewards to employees who partake.

More than 34 percent of large companies (those with 200 employees or more) said the programs were designed to cut health care costs.  Being healthy not only benefits the individual but also the company as a whole.  Yet another indicator of the growing popularity of wellness-related programs.

But what is a wellness program?  The following are examples of what would be included in a company’s program:

• Company-wide weight loss programs

• Smoking cessation programs

• Lifestyle or behavioral coaching

• Gym membership discounts

• Nutrition classes

• Wellness newsletters


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United Preference Speaks with New Yorkers about Health & Wellness

It was a gloomy and rainy day during the Union Square Farmer’s Market, luckily for us there were still plenty of people around to talk to. We spoke with New Yorkers about their opinions on Healthy Living, Health Incentives, & Healthcare Reform.  The above video is uncensored footage of their thoughts and opinions.