March 2015

In Philadelphia, stoop sitting is a sure sign of spring. People come out of the woodwork, taking a seat on their front stoops to watch the comings and goings and greet their neighbors. It's one way we welcome the longer days, warmer temperatures, and each other. 

Here at context we're celebrating spring's arrival with new client and speaking engagements, and a side trip to Zion National Park. (What business trip doesn't benefit from a side trip?)

Please scroll through our March newsletter for interesting reads on wearable devices and fashioning a culture of health, a look into one of our latest client projects, and a glimpse at our speaking calendar.


Well Read

Recommended reading and listening for the month:

Wearable Devices as Facilitators, Not Drivers, of Health Behavior Change  "The gap between recording information and changing behavior is substantial, however, and while these devices are increasing in popularity, little evidence suggests that they are bridging that gap." (The Journal of the American Medical Association)

Is There Evidence That Walking Groups Have Benefits? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis "This systematic review and meta-analysis provides evidence that outdoor walking groups have health benefits over and above making people more physically active." (The BMJ)

Pioneering Ideas Podcast: Wellness in a Networked World This episode of the Pioneering Ideas podcast focuses on what it means to have a culture of health and how we create one using tools at our disposal: technology, social connections, art. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

Well Said 

"Sinister." That's how Peter Mills, founder of nGage Health, described some employers' use of health risk assessments, a tool holding a central role in today's approach to wellness. Listen to this current episode of CoHealth Checkup to hear our frank conversation about the value of health risk assessments. Listen now.

From the CoHealth Checkup Archives:
The Impact of Better Compensation and Benefits Packages on the Workplace

Bobby Fry, owner of Bar Marco, Pittsburgh
Jan Zilinsky, economist, Peterson Institute for International Economics


Well Done
So companies considering an online well-being platform can be more confident about their investment, Virgin Pulse, a member of Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group, hired context to write a buyer's guide. With 15 categories to review and over 30 questions to ask, the guide is helping companies better evaluate potential platform partners and Virgin Pulse connect with potential customers.


Well Connected
Join me at these upcoming conferences, where I'll moderate a panel on executive sponsorship, join a panel on building a culture of health, and co-lead a session on communications that engage and empower.

Health & Benefits Leadership Conference
April 8 to April 10, 2015
Las Vegas

2015 Thrive Summit
April 27 to April 29, 2015
Save $100: Enter FranMTHRIVE when registering


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