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Diagnosing the Issue of Wellness Participation

by Denise O’Malley, Founder of You Define Wellness Imagine for a moment this scenario… You know something isn’t quite right. You drive to your doctor’s office, are ushered to an examination room, and sit on the table waiting. Before long the doctor enters the room, takes one […]

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Employee Surveys… Do they work?

by Denise O’Malley, Founder of You Define Wellness Two statistics came out of Willis Towers Watson’s 2017 Global Benefits Attitudes Survey that astounded me: 73% of employees ‘prefer to manage their health and well-being on their own’ (page 19). ‘… two-thirds of employees around the globe agree that […]

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More than the Day Before

by Denise O’Malley, Founder of You Define Wellness It’s ironic to me that I own a wellness plan, and the first thing I pushed aside in the frenetic pace of launching a company and writing two books is my own self-care! I’m the only one who sacrifices […]

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A Conversation with a Higher Power… Gratitude

By Denise O’Malley, Founder of You Define Wellness DECEMBER, 2015… Universe / Spirit / God (thumping me on my head): “Pssstt… Denise, I have an idea and need your help. Lots of people have been praying and dreaming about an insurance-like program for alternative and holistic health […]

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4th Quarter: Fall is in the air and benefit decisions are being made… but are they smart decisions?

Speaking as one who has sold employee benefits for much of the last 20 years, 4th quarter is a busy time! Employers have made – or are making – their decisions for January 1 renewals… and many of those decisions are made solely on price with prayers […]

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The High Cost of A Wellness Program with Unengaged Employees

By Denise O’Malley, Founder of You Define Wellness! Catching up on my reading this morning, I found this headline published by Employee Benefit Adviser: Another statistic from Employee Benefit News written by Gil Murdock and published 8/15/2016, states: “While 85% of large employers offered a wellness program in […]

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When life becomes an oasis… of weeds

By Denise O’Malley, Founder of You Define Wellness! Several years ago, my husband and I bought our dream home. Nestled in the heart of the ‘burbs, previous owners had transformed the hilly1/3 acre lot into a mountainesque escape with towering pine trees and even a polebarn. The […]

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Who is making money off health insurance? It may be you!

By Denise O’Malley, Founder of You Define Wellness! There is a natural tendency to want to blame legislators and the for-profit medical insurance companies for the mess we’re in. Legislators work for you, but who owns the insurance companies? Would it be a surprise if I said […]

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Which N’T are you?

By Denise O’Malley, Founder of You Define Wellness! I’ve been helping employees select employee benefit options for over 20 years and in that time I’ve realized that employees tend to fall into one of four choice categories… I call them the N’Ts: Can’t, Shan’t, Don’t, Won’t. Let me […]

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Life happens… and sometimes all at once!

by Denise O’Malley, Founder of You Define Wellness! Achieving and maintaining work/life balance is a H-O-T topic in the media and it seems like every day we see another new company jumping on this bandwagon with THE absolute solution for employees. No surprise to us, we find […]

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