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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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Why Wouldn't I Want an HSA? by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health You've looked at the amount of money you can save in premium. You like the idea of paying yourself instead of the insurance company. You consider yourself, or are read ... Read on »
Introducing A New HSA Option for ASHA Staff by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Image from  landauinjurylaw.com  - In addition to our Choice Network Only plan and our Choice Plus plan with an in and out-of-network benefit, we ... Read on »
Our Fitness Class Schedule by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health It's been awhile since I shared much about the exercise classes we offer on site. We do what we can to (1) encourage people to make a long term commitment to exercisin ... Read on »
In Search of Unprocessed Chocolate Bars by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health I like good chocolate and I know I'm in good company. I don't want to go without during October Unprocessed, so I went to Whole Foods today and read the labels. I walk ... Read on »
Pay Raises and Managing Up by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health I realize these topics have nothing to do with workplace wellness, but I've been involved in two things that I'd like to share.  First, in the October issue ... Read on »
Flu Shot Clinic at ASHA October 9 by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health ​If 92% of our staff are vaccinated, we could basically stop the spread of the flu within our workplace. Please consider getting a flu shot to protect yourself and tho ... Read on »
Day 1 of October Unprocessed by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Today kicks off our October Unprocessed challenge. If you haven't signed up yet, or you have and you're still wondering what to do, this is where you should start. Fir ... Read on »
Do's and Don'ts of October Unprocessed -- Choosy Moms Choose Jif No More by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health In last weeks introductory post , Kellie introduced us to October Unprocessed. If it can be made in a home kitchen with whole food ingredients, it's considered unproce ... Read on »
Send Health Care Exchange Notice √ by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Last week, the DOL announced that employers will not be penalized if they do not send the exchange notice to their employees by October 1. A survey by the Washington ... Read on »
October Unprocessed -- Guest Post by Kellie Rowden-Racette by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Oh, the irony of working on this post today. I spent last weekend in Bristow, Oklahoma celebrating my Aunt Lois' 80th birthday. My Uncle Jack prepared a mountain of sm ... Read on »
Retail or Mail Order for Your Maintenance Meds? by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Have you ever stopped to think about the cost implications of choosing to fill a maintenance medication at a retail pharmacy rather than through a mail order p ... Read on »
Happiness Comes to Those Who _____ by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Want to be happier? Read this article in Fast Company --  10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways To Be Happier Today -- and practice the simple things that have been scientif ... Read on »
ASHA Recognized as One of Greater Washington's Healthiest Employers by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health We're honored to be included in the Washington Business Journals' list of the areas healthiest employers again this year. The award honors companies whose policie ... Read on »
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 »