7 Local Companies to Check Out When Choosing a Wellness Program

Gabriela Antunes of LeanBoxSpecial guest post by Gabriela Antunes, Marketing Manager at LeanBox.

You’re a Boston-based company and need to decide on employee wellness benefits.

Where do you start? Do you ask colleagues? Google the options?

The thing is, there are plenty of vendors in the area. Why not consider those?

Here’s a simple breakdown of 7 wellness vendors in Massachusetts to guide your search.

Clear Connector
What it is

Employer health and wellness cloud platform. Their goal is to understand your biggest workplace health challenge and connect you to free resources to overcome that challenge.

Looking at employee exercise programs but have no idea where to start? How about a FitBit integration? Smoking programs? No problem. Clear Connector provides a transparent list of the options available to you. If you need help choosing which option fits your wellness goals, they can help with that as well.

How it works
The sign-up process is completely ungated. Anyone can log on and enroll their company or themselves. This is perfect if you are just looking into options and don’t want to hit the purchase button.

The prompts walk you through features relevant to your wellness goals. For instance, prompt #2 inquires about Fitbit integrations, exercise programs and wellness blogs. I selected exercise programs because I’m curious to learn what options would be a good fit for a small tech start-up like the company I work at.

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The last question prompts you to give feedback on your company’s health challenges.

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Clear Connector is located in the Back Bay.

NutriSavings
What it is
A healthy eating rewards program with mobile and web apps. NutriSavings specializes in motivating employees to eat a balanced diet and alleviating chronic illnesses through nutrition. Check out their knowledge base to learn about nutrition, fitness, recipes, and chronic diseases for adults and children.

Their mobile apps are available on both IOS and Android platforms:

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How it works
Employees self-enroll via their company-affiliate account, and a loyalty card is auto-generated to track grocery purchases. At a retail check-out, the barcode auto-loads data into the Nutri Savings app for employees to reap their rewards.

NutriSavings syncs with POS/inventory systems at over 1,200 grocery stores all over Massachusetts, so there’s a strong chance your employee’s local grocery store is listed. I noticed Russo’s in Watertown wasn’t listed, so I called the NutriSavings support line to learn how to add my grocery story to the list. All it takes is a call from your human resource manager. Pretty painless!

So who foots the bill for this program? Employers and insurance carriers split the cost of this benefits program so employees can focus on eating healthy and racking up financial rewards.

If you are looking for a way to incentivize healthy eating in your wellness program via financial rewards, they may be a good fit for you. Watch this clip to learn more:

NutriSavings is based in Newton, MA.

Savory Living
What it is
A 10-week personalized online nutritional coaching program. Savory Living’s nutritional coaching program helps people learn how to develop a taste for healthy food, eat well “on the go,” and keep up the motivation to keep going. They are based in Brookline, MA.

How it works
Unlike NutriSavings, this nutrition program is open to the public as well as company sponsorship. The program costs $35 per week. Companies looking to offer healthy eating as a wellness perk with Savory Living will pass savings on to their employees via a company discount.

The online class component of Savory Living is a weekly program running an hour long and even accessible 24×7 via mobile or web. They also offer personalized nutrition coaching. Watch their video to learn more.


Virgin Pulse
What it is
A health technology company with a mobile app for employees and web platform for HR managers. Virgin Pulse is located in Framingham and is part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin group.

The mobile app is available on both IOS and Android platforms. It’s worth checking out customer reviews on the Apple store and Google Play. Here’s what the iphone app interface looks:

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The mobile interface on Google Play looks similar:

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Bonus
Virgin Pulse employees grab fresh, healthy lunch from a LeanBox, a fridge filled with gourmet, grab and go meals available 24×7.

Plus, they hold a wellness conference called the Thrive Summit. #ThriveSum16 [tweet this].

Wellable

What it is

An all-in-one wellness solution. They provide wellness coaching and consulting, fitness classes, health education, and a digital, interactive wellness challenge. Looking for wellness resources? Check out their knowledge base or request a demo of their software. Wellable in located in Boston.

Wellable

How it works
The employee interface of their software enables users to link their personal wellness tech (think Fitbit) to a company-sponsored Wellable account and partake in health challenges with colleges for prizes or pure competitive thrill.

Employers have access to a portal with user data to optimize the success of wellness challenges. The text notification function enables employers to communicate with employees on an opt-in basis to send reminders, health tips, award winners, fitness class schedule, etc. Check out some of their current clients:

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Wellness Workdays
What it is
Wellness Workdays is a wellness consulting company based in Hingham, MA.

How it works
They design and implement employee wellness programs. They have a closed-loop design process and use a network of insurers and benefits consultants. In layman’s terms, this means they assess, implement, and evaluate programs. They have well-known, happy clients who look to WW, “to bring a new level of energy and enthusiasm.”

Learn what clients have to say about Wellness Workdays.

With any luck, their recommendations could include some of the other local companies showcased here.

Bonus

They also lead an employee wellness conference that grants credits towards some Society for Human Resources Management Certifications.

Me You Health
What it is
Open social IOS mobile apps that help users eat better, lose weight, walk more, and quit smoking. The strength of this wellness program is the use of validated engagement and validated clinical effect. Both of these research tools enable Me You Health to drive high rates of user activity and goal attainment. Consider their line-up of IOS mobile apps:

  • Quitnet to quit smoking
  • WalkaDoo, a fun step tracking IOS mobile app that syncs with Fitbit, Jawbone, Movesapp, and Fitlinxx
  • Daily Challenge and check out their #DailyChallenge tweets
  • Hello200 weight management IOS mobile app. This app has an average 4.5 star rating on the Apple store with happy customers:

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Me You Health also developed a web app for HR managers to track and report on employee wellness outcomes in real-time, quarterly, and annually.

How it works
Me You Health enrolls your employees through a custom URL link, who also take a health assessment and choose which mobile solution they want. This enables them and you–the HR manager–to receive real-time feedback on their progress.

Employees can share their status updates with anyone in their social networks
regardless of insurance bureaucracy.

Learn more about how it works here:


 Gabriela Antunes is the Marketing Manager at LeanBox, a food tech company in Boston that brings fresh, healthy meals to the workplace 24×7. Check out the LeanBox blog where she shares everything about happy, healthy, and engaged employees.

The Mass. Electricity Market and Why We Support Hydropower

Businesses depend on different amounts of electricity but they are all subject to rates that are set by a combination of market dynamics and public policy choices. The rates for electricity in Massachusetts are among the highest in the nation, which has a significant impact on businesses and residents.

As part of our approach to taking positions on energy issues, we conducted extensive research on energy costs and supply as well as the solutions being offered in Massachusetts, which we brought together in a policy brief titled, The Current Balance: The Role of Cost, Reliability, and Environmental Impact in the Massachusetts Electricity Market.

Based on our analysis of the data, the Chamber supports proposals that encourage the procurement of hydroelectricity in the Commonwealth. However, we have two reservations with specific components of legislation that is currently under consideration.

  • First, the Chamber cautions against legislating a set amount of electricity to be procured from a specific source. We would encourage the Legislature to allow for a competitive procurement process that does not require a minimum amount from a specified energy source.
  • Second, the Chamber is concerned with the lack of clarity regarding what constitutes “cost effectiveness” for ratepayers, and would encourage the Legislature to provide measurable parameters that define this term.

To make Massachusetts more competitive, we must create and implement updated energy policies that strike the right balance between cost, reliability, and environmental impact. Achieving a balance will require that we look at how we integrate natural gas, solar, hydropower, and other sources, to create a more cost-effective, reliable, and environmentally sound energy future for Massachusetts.

Click here to read our policy brief.


James E. Rooney is President and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Follow him on Twitter.

2016 Annual Meeting Speaker Anouncement

Photo of Martha RaddatzWe are excited to announce that the keynote speaker for our 2016 Annual Meeting is award-winning journalist, Martha Raddatz, ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent and co-anchor of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” Raddatz also has some roots in Boston – she is a former Chief Correspondent of the ABC News Boston affiliate WCVB-TV! Raddatz’s experiences as a renowned international reporter will be the perfect complement to this year’s meeting theme of Boston’s role as a thriving global city. Her work has taken her to places such as Yemen, Iran, Pakistan, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, India, Turkey, Libya, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and numerous countries in Africa and Asia. Learn more about our esteemed 2016 Keynote Speaker below, and join us for what promises to be an incredible evening!

 

About Martha Raddatz 

Martha Raddatz is ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent and co-anchor of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” She has covered national security, foreign policy and politics for decades – reporting from the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House, and conflict zones around the world.

She began covering war during the crisis in Bosnia in the late 1990s, but it is Iraq and Afghanistan where she has spent most of her time overseas. Even during her stint as White House correspondent during President George W. Bush’s administration, she continued to make regular trips into war-torn Iraq.

Raddatz embedded with U.S. forces during dozens of trips abroad, from the sands of Al Anbar province to the mountains of the Hindu Kush. She is the only television reporter allowed to fly in an F-15 fighter jet on combat missions over Afghanistan, spending nearly 10 hours in the air on two separate missions. In 2011 she reported exclusive details on the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. That same year she was one of the few reporters on the last major convoy out of Iraq. She also had an exclusive interview on the USS Kearsarge off the coast of Libya with the Marines who helped rescue two American pilots who had gone down in Libya. In 2012, Raddatz was on a U.S. destroyer as it made its way through the Strait of Hormuz. Raddatz reported exclusively from the USS George H.W. Bush covering the airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq in 2014, and again in March 2016 from the USS Truman. In 2015 she was granted exclusive access to the anti-ISIS command center at an undisclosed location in the Middle East, and anchored “This Week” from an air base from which drone warfare is conducted.

In addition, her reporting trips have taken her to Yemen, Iran, Pakistan, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, India, Turkey, Libya, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and numerous countries in Africa and Asia.

In October 2012, Raddatz moderated the only Vice Presidential debate between Congressman Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden, which covered both domestic and foreign topics. Post-debate Raddatz received an outpouring of praise for asking pointed questions on a range of issues while asserting control over the conversation. She received the Walter Cronkite Award for excellence in political journalism with a special commendation for debate moderation. During the 2016 election season Raddatz co-moderated the Democratic and Republican primary presidential debates on ABC, for which she once again received praise for her moderating skills.

From 1993-1998 Raddatz was the Pentagon correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR). Prior to joining NPR in 1993, she was the Chief Correspondent at the ABC News Boston affiliate WCVB-TV. In addition to covering several Presidential campaigns, she reported from the former Soviet Union, Africa, the Middle East, the Philippines and Europe.

In 2012 Raddatz received the First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) for excellence in journalism as well as the prestigious Fred Friendly First Amendment Award. She received five Emmy Awards, including an Emmy for being on the team covering the inauguration of Barack Obama, the attacks of September 11th and the killing of Osama Bin Laden. She was also the recipient of the 2007 International Urbino Press Award, the 2005 Daniel Pearl Award from the Chicago Journalists Association, and a 1996 Overseas Press Club Award for her live coverage of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. In 2007 the White House Correspondents’ Association awarded her the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for excellence in Presidential news coverage under deadline pressure.

Raddatz is the author of “The Long Road Home—a Story of War and Family,” a highly acclaimed book about a battle in Iraq that made both The New York Times and The Washington Post bestseller lists. The Washington Post described the book as “a masterpiece of literary non-fiction that rivals any war-related classic that has preceded it.”

Raddatz is the mother of a daughter and a son. She is also on the board of the Bob Woodruff Foundation that supports wounded veterans and their families.

Chamber team member to run Boston Marathon

 

Photo of Kristin running as she trains for the Boston Marathon.It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Kristin Grazioso, Government Relations Coordinator at the Chamber and newly-minted marathon runner! Look for Kristin as she runs her first ever Boston Marathon this coming Monday, April 18th.

Kristin’s Marathon story is an inspiring tale, with a message that we can all appreciate. “The Boston Marathon has always been on my bucket list, but something that seemed pretty out of reach. I was finally talked into it by some pretty persuasive friends, and before you know it, I was signed up.”

Kristin’s tenacious approach is a living embodiment of the Nike credo. The “Just Do It,” mentality is key to overcoming training challenges, such as New England’s notoriously petulant weather. Kristin tells us that the hardest part about training is the cold and the early mornings. “It’s never easy to prepare for a long run when its 30 degrees out, but once you’re out there it’s not so bad.”

Having started about two months ago, Kristin is a relatively new face at the Chamber and a most welcome addition. She brings five years of experience at the MA State Senate, where she was the Legislative Director for State Senator John Keenan (D, Quincy). Kristin’s role at the Chamber is a natural progression for the Quincy native, who says she “loves policy work,” and is excited to take her “knowledge and experience from the legislature… and really hone in on issues that help better the business community.” The Chamber is equally excited have Kristin on the team.

We’ll be cheering Kristin on as she takes on the big 26.2. Those interested in tracking Kristin and other runners can take advantage of AT&T Athlete Alerts. An esteemed Chamber member, AT&T is the Exclusive Sponsor of this helpful program, which you can register for here.

We’re rooting for you, Kristin! Way to go!

Jim Rooney talks GE on Greater Boston

 

Chamber president & CEO, Jim Rooney, joined Boston Globe reporter, Jon Chesto, on WGBH’s Greater Boston with host, Jim Braude, on Tuesday night to discuss the benefits of landing the GE world headquarters in Boston. Jim compared the deal to the Red Sox landing David Price, noting that this is a high profile “signing”, with a lot of potential, but now they have to prove themselves and deliver on the kinds of things they say they will do.

“Anytime one of the largest companies in the world, that has such a focus on innovation, technology and growth, chooses your city through a competitive process, it is spoken loud and clear to the rest of the country and indeed the world that this is a place that a company like this belongs.”

- Jim Rooney, President & CEO, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

 

Hear more of the conversation below.