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Michele Wong

Michele Wong
Vice President of Client Services & Wellness

Recent Posts

Finding Funding for Employee Programs

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 16, 2016 12:21:21 PM / by Michele Wong

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Active Wellness has been working with California employers to find alternative sources of funding for employee fitness & wellness programs and is expanding partnerships through assisting employers with developing programs that can be funded through their self-insured California State Disability Insurance (CA SDI) plans. A voluntary disability plan is a private short-term disability coverage plan that California employers may offer to their employees as a legal alternative to mandatory CA SDI. This alternate to the State plan is approved by the State Employment Development Department (EDD) to ensure funds are distributed appropriately to employees qualifying for short term disability. A unique feature of this plan and something many California employers are not aware of is that they can work with the EDD to redirect accrued disability plan funds to provide fitness & wellness programs for their employees participating in the voluntary plan.
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Community Planning Mindset: Transformational Thinking

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 15, 2016 10:30:08 AM / by Michele Wong posted in Residential Fitness, Community Fitness

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In many ways, the work of the residential, community, or corporate planner is transformational by nature. These people help develop the broad community vision and identify goals for the community or project. They also identify strategies for assisting the community in reaching its goals and fulfilling its vision. Transformational thinking can manifest in a variety of different forms. For example, community planning can be designed with an eye toward making a community healthier.

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The Rise of the Medical Fitness Center

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2016 3:28:28 PM / by Michele Wong posted in Medical Fitness

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Gyms and fitness centers have been around for a long time, but in recent years a new kind of facility has caught on: the medical fitness center. What's the difference between a medical fitness center and an ordinary gym or fitness center? Why are medical fitness centers a better fit for some people? Take a look at some things that you should know about the rise of medical fitness centers.

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For Health and Healthy Profits, Corporate Wellness Just Makes Sense

[fa icon="calendar'] May 23, 2016 6:18:51 PM / by Michele Wong posted in Management, Active Wellness, Workplace Wellness, Corporate Wellness

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The health and wellness of employees has become a priority for many companies. Not only do solid corporate wellness programs improve the health and productivity of employees, but they also make a significant difference in the company's bottom line, cutting costs and improving workers' compensation and insurance issues.

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5 Ways Corporate Wellness Is Changing

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 19, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Michele Wong

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has resulted in a wealth of change to the insurance and healthcare industries. It has also had a profound effect on the way businesses provide for their employees' health and well-being. The rising cost of providing insurance for employees has lead to nearly 70% of U.S. employers turning to corporate wellness programs as a means to help their employees stay healthier, while saving the company money in the process. With most employers now providing employee wellness programs, corporate wellness is adapting to better meet the needs of its clients. Take a look at 5 ways corporate wellness is changing.

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3 Ways to Create a Great Member Experience

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 4, 2016 1:09:38 PM / by Michele Wong

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Today's fitness-minded consumers have a lot of options when it comes to workout spaces, so it's not enough just to be conveniently located. You have to set yourself apart and offer something that's unique or better than what other gyms, fitness centers, or corporate wellness facilities offer. Consider focusing on these 3 things to  create the best possible member experience.

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Case Study: Global Fitness Challenges

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM / by Michele Wong posted in Workplace Wellness, Corporate Wellness, Case Study

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The Situation
Leveraging leadership advocacy and wellness ambassadors to inspire participation and compliance in your programs will highly influence penetration rates and measurable outcomes for your business. This was evident in a cross-comparison case study between two large Silicon Valley based clients with a global presence. (Both employers were interested in implementing corporate wellness programs that reached beyond their fitness center walls, connecting their geographically diverse employee population.) We deployed a Global Fitness Challenge to meet these needs of both companies.

The platform solution and program design were readily available, but taking it to a global scale where resources beyond the local offices were primarily unavailable would require a new challenge. We launched two best practices: Wellness Ambassadors and Leadership Advocacy.

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