How to Better Communicate Health Risks and Improve Health Outcomes: Self-Affirmation and Feeling Good

St. Louis, MO (January 17, 2018) – Sometimes decisions about health risks are easy. Administering CPR to save a life makes sense. But sometimes the risks result from behaviors a person is taking or a complicated combination of factors, as with diabetes or a heart attack. How do people think about and respond to these risks? What if you could reduce …

Behavior Change Matters if We Want Healthier Members and a Cost-Effective Industry

St. Louis, MO (December 5, 2017) – Debate swirls around healthcare politics and policy. But there is little or no debate about one thing: Behavior change is the best lever to improve our population’s health and reduce medical costs. From better eating habits and overall nutrition; frequency and intensity of workout activity; and ample, sound sleep, to maintaining doctor visits …

Boost Employee Productivity with Cheer during the Holiday Season

Farmington, CT (November 20, 2017) – It’s that time of year again—holiday madness! Whether it’s the office holiday party, cookie swap, vacation time, or last minute shopping errands, it can be a bit frustrating getting the best out of your employees during the holiday season.  It creeps in during the week or so leading up to Thanksgiving and lasts all the …

Envolve Center and Health Plan Test New Approach with Childhood Obesity

Sunflower Health Plan MemberConnections representatives Shannon Bohannon (front), Karen Patterson (middle), and Debbie Weber (back). Sunflower Health Plan MemberConnections representatives Shannon Bohannon (front), Karen Patterson (middle), and Debbie Weber (back). St. Louis, MO (November 9, 2017) – Initial results of research into the use of peer coaches to manage childhood obesity have been so positive that one Centene health plan …

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Defying the Substance Use Disorder Odds

While a pregnancy announcement is generally a joyous moment, Sara’s* multidisciplinary Care Managers got the baby blues before she could even start dreaming up nursery designs. They were deeply concerned when they learned the 30-year old Medicaid member was a struggling addict and not only expecting, but expecting twins. Her pregnancy was going to be far from normal. She was …

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On.Demand Real-life Support for Diabetes can Save Real Lives

What causes high blood sugar? Which activities can lower it? People living with diabetes face these questions on a daily basis and have to determine how to keep their blood sugar levels within a healthy range. Since many living with the disease do not have sufficient knowledge on how to self-manage the condition, the costs associated with diabetes continue to …

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Defining Health in the Digital Age

In an office environment, it can be difficult for employees to squeeze in enough physical fitness throughout the day. This often leads to a sedentary, unhealthy lifestyle. Studies suggest that sitting for prolonged periods of time is linked to issues like obesity, high blood sugar, and abnormal cholesterol levels ― increasing the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.1 …