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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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Health Insurance Premium Rebate Might Buy You a Cup of Coffee 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. I heard some folks were pretty excited and ready to go ... Read on »
Keep Your Friends and Family Safe from Foodborne Illnesses by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Patrick, my husband, and I got into a food safety debate last night. He had made a delicious, egg-based casserole and he took it out of the oven about 11:00 p.m. when ... Read on »
Engaging Staff with H.Engage by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health A snapshot of the tiles we used for the kick-off.  Today we launched HEngage . H.Engage is an easy and fun tool to inform our staff about programs ... Read on »
Supreme Court Ruling Narrows the Benefits Gap for Same-Sex Spouses by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Since January 1, same-sex couples have been able to marry in Maryland . However, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) loomed over newlyweds limiting the benefits they co ... Read on »
Broadening Our Thinking about Health Insurance by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health I recently shared the process I laid out for our executive team to consider options for providing health coverage for our staff in 2014. I've been pulling resources (a ... Read on »
Train Your Brain by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health To Celebrate National Running Day let's look at the book SPARK by John Ratey, MD I've been wearing my "Running is Cheaper than Therapy" t-shirt for ages. I started ... Read on »
Choosing Between a High Deductible Health Plan and a Traditional PPO by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health My sister called last night and asked me to help her evaluate her health plan choices. She was trying to decide between a traditional PPO offered by her employer and a ... Read on »
Introducing Ben-IQ by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Have you ever found yourself at the optometrist unsure of what your plan allowance is for new frames? Or, at the pharmacy questioning whether you're being charged th ... Read on »
Wellness Program #Fail by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Found on  Piccsy During the Human Resources Health and Benefits Leadership Conference, a group of us were talking about how people don't ofte ... Read on »
Social Media Roundtable at #AWE13 by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Alliance for Workplace Excellence Image from  suewaters.wikispaces.com   The Alliance for Workplace Excellence held its annual award event to ... Read on »
Sunscreen PSA by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health CoTZ Terry, Nina, Emily and Janet at the Flower Show in 2010 In my yoga class on Saturday morning, Jafar took a moment to remind us all to use s ... Read on »
Budgeting for Health Insurance Using Decisive by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Decisive -- How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip and Dan Heath Our health claims experience is looking pretty bleak right now. If we stay on this t ... Read on »
Mediterranean Challenge Results by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health 30 Day Mediterranean Lifestyle Challenge We had 50 staff members formally participate in our Mediterranean Lifestyle Challenge and 18 individuals participate in the ... Read on »
Recap of the Human Resource Executive Health & Benefits Leadership Conference by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Last week, I had the good fortune to attend the inaugural Human Resource Executive Health and Benefits Leadership Conference in Las Vegas. The real highlight for me wa ... Read on »
Reading List from the Human Resource Executive Health & Benefits Leaders Conference by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health As books, studies, movies, etc... were mentioned during the conference, I took note. Here is my reading, watching and listening list: Image from bright ... Read on »
Mediterranean Potluck by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health 30 Day Mediterranean Lifestyle Challenge Last Thursday, Diane Paul organized a Mediterranean potluck lunch for those of us who participated in the challenge. We enj ... Read on »
Confessions of a Backslider -- Guest Post by Gennith Johnson by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health 30 Day Mediterranean Lifestyle Challenge Gennith is ASHA's Associate Director, Health Care Services in SLP. She's been an active participant in our fitness classes ... Read on »
Move More! How to Incorporate Exercise and Activity into our Busy, Busy Lives -- Guest Post by... by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health 30 Day Mediterranean Lifestyle Challenge Kelly Velasquez is our Associate Director of Credentialing - Research & Quality Management. (Believe it or not, Kelly is no ... Read on »
ASHA's a Quadruple Winner by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health ASHA has been selected by the Alliance for Workplace Excellence (AWE) as a 2013 AWE Workplace Excellence Seal of Approval Winner, and 2013 Health & Wellness Seal of Approval ... Read on »
Wave 3 -- Guest Post by Cyndi Fales by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health 30 Day Mediterranean Lifestyle Challenge Today is Day 30! Congratulations to everyone who is still working on creating their own little Mediterranean Blue Zone. For ... Read on »