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jmcnichol

Reston, Virginia
Human resources director for an association in the DC area. I am passionate about health and wellness and my labor of love has been to develop a comprehensive wellness program for our 250-person staff.
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Are tobacco-free employers prohibiting e-cigs? by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Yesterday I was asked what are policy is on e-cigarettes. Hmmm, I should have anticipated that question, but I had not even contemplated it. ASHA has been a smoke-free workp ... Read on »
#ASHAFit13 by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Image from lexicallinguist.wordpress.com A group of ASHA members has started a campaign to get fit by our next convention which will be held No ... Read on »
10 Tips to Help You Save Money on Prescription Drugs by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health For many years, we had a very liberal pharmacy benefit. This year we moved our insurance to United Heathcare and many of us have found the pharmacy benefit more restrictive ... Read on »
143 Calories per Day by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health I know we all want the quick fix, but did you ever stop to think that you could lose 15 pounds over the course of a year if you created a 143 calorie per day deficit? Seriou ... Read on »
2012 Wellness Program Goals by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Before we start another wellness campaign, I decided it would be helpful to more formerly articulate our goals for our wellness program. As I’ve been participating in wellne ... Read on »
23 Mediterranean Diet Tips from a Blue Zone by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health 30 Day Mediterranean Lifestyle Challenge I just came across 22 Ways to Eat Like Greek Islander in Health Magazine. The tips are based on the eating habits of people fr ... Read on »
30 Day Challenges and a Green Smoothie Formula by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health from simplegreensmoothies.com You may recall my initial attempts at green smoothies . Gag! So, when I heard about this 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge ... Read on »
30 Day Mediterranean Lifestyle Challenge by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health We're kicking off a 30 Day Mediterranean Lifestyle Challenge. This is no fad diet, it's a healthy way you can eat and live for the rest of your life. We hope you will ... Read on »
6 Ways to Spend Your Health Insurance Premium Rebate by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Many ASHA staff received a letter from UnitedHealthcare informing us that ASHA will be receiving a rebate check. You may recall that last year's rebate was $6.58, so this ye ... Read on »
681 Pounds Lighter by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health We kicked off yesterday's closing celebration with a video of images from the team challenges set to the tune of Proud , the theme song from the Biggest Loser. We had a lo ... Read on »
7 Trends in Healthcare by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health While attending UnitedHealthcare's Customer Forum , I made note of some trends that were discussed. Here are seven that I think will have significant impact in the near fu ... Read on »
8 Things You Can Do to Combat the Supermarket Paralysis Caused by Thoughtful Eating by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health I recently read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and then I finally got around to watching Food Inc. Now I have a serious case of supermarket paralysis. How do I choose ... Read on »
9 Lessons for Longevity from The Blue Zones by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health In The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest, National Geographic explorer Dan Buettner visits four places where people are livi ... Read on »
A Day In the Life of #ASHAstaff -- An Instagram Photo Contest by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health On Friday, we announced our first Instagram photo contest. We're asking staff to submit pictures of other staff members working on behalf of our members and vote ... Read on »
A Foundation for Heart Health from David Foreman by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Today, I went to the Vitamin Shoppe in Baileys Crossroads to hear my friend, David Foreman aka The Herbal Pharmacist , talk about heart health. I met Dave my first week ... Read on »
A Sonoma Passover -- Guest Post by Leslie Katz by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health 30 Day Mediterranean Challenge Leslie Katz is ASHA's Brand Marketing Director. She accepted our 30 Day Challenge and found herself thinking about how she would make ... Read on »
An Interview with Winter Pudge -- Sign Up for the Biggest Loser by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health We have 32 people signed up to participate in this years' Biggest Loser program so far. Hopefully this last minute push from Kristin Howard will get a few more of our col ... Read on »
And the winner is -- It Starts with Food by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Join us for our #co_health chat on December 19 at noon est. You selected  It Starts with Food  by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig ( @whole9life ) for our next Cohealth w ... Read on »
Are You Ready To Go Mediterranean? -- Guest Post by Cyndi Fales by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health 30 Day Mediterranean Lifestyle Challenge I asked Cyndi Fales from Lifework Strategies to help us kick off our new challenge with an introductory post. You'll be hea ... Read on »