Spring 2012

businesshealth® newsletter
Spring 2012 vol. 8-2

The goal of businesshealth has always been to relate stories that include reliable, insightful information and ideas from reputable sources that will help employers become more knowledgeable on workplace health and performance issues. The result is a healthy, successful business.
 
Our editorial outlines the difficult lessons the Drummond Report has prescribed for Ontario to get its financial house in order. What starts in Ontario will not stay in Ontario. The implications for escalating healthcare costs in all provinces and the desire of provincial governments to minimize their share should be a cause of concern to private payers everywhere.
 
In this issue you will hear the stories of two non-profit organizations that have achieved outstanding results in providing ‘social’ good to their communities. Both have applied solid business principles and the belief that the "culture" of the organization is a critical success factor for its clients and funders. You may be surprised to learn how they have achieved "bottom line" results and how the lessons they have learned apply so readily to other business enterprises.
 
Diabetes continues to be a significant and increasing cost driver for employers and the healthcare system. We all know we need to eat less and exercise more, but knowledge is often not enough. Read how a novel approach to workplace health coaching and self management could make a difference in your program results. 
 
We hope that you are taking full advantage of the resources available at businesshealth.ca. As we begin our eighth year of publication, there is a substantial bank of articles and interviews on workplace health subjects. Visit your benefit advisor’s businesshealth micro-website and type in a subject of interest in the ‘Search’ box. You’ll be impressed with the breadth, depth and quality of information available.

In This Issue

Diabetes - Diabetes is a largely preventable, global epidemic that costs the Canadian health care system billions of dollars each year. More than 3 million Canadians live with diabetes, and another 6 million have prediabetes which can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This means that one in 4 Canadians either has diabetes or is an advanced risk. Read More »
Health Coaching for Chronic Conditions - More than 50% of Canadians have a chronic disease or condition. Combining direct medical costs and indirect productivity losses, the total economic burden of chronic illness exceeds $100 billion a year. Read More »
Interview with Sandra Watt, Chief of Organizational Learning and Development, and Dr. John Colangeli, CEO, Lutherwood - Lutherwood is a non-profit, non-union social service organization operating in Waterloo Region and Wellington County, Ontario. It has 400 employees in seven locations operating three services: employment counseling and placement, mental health services, and seniors’ retirement and supportive living.  Read More »
The Drummond Spillover - Ontario is big and likes to think big, with 39% of both Canada’s population and its Gross Domestic Product too. But at $14 billion, it also has the largest deficit relative to GDP of any province, and rapidly increasing net debt. Since 2007, Ontario’s unemployment rate has been above the national average, and personal incomes here are now just below the national average. Deficits will persist likely longer than in other provinces. Read More »
The Strength of Culture: How you engage people is critical to success! - The vision of the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank (CIFB) is "Working Together to Create a Hunger Free Community". Combining a strong employee culture with engaged volunteers has lead to some remarkable ‘bottom line results’ for this organization. The Calgary Food Bank has been recognized as one of 100 Best Workplaces in Canada, a Recommended Charity by Charity Intelligence for the past four years and in 2011 was Alberta’s Best Workplace finalist for Health & Safety. Read More »
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