Spire Wellness client Delivra earns American Heart Association Award

SARA CROFT JULY 21, 2016 COMMUNITY, COMPANIES, TALENT, TRENDS Indianapolis based email marketing company Delivra was recently named one of 48 fit-friendly worksites in Indiana by the American Heart Association for promoting health and physical activity in the workplace. This comes on the heels of a 2016 Mira Award nomination for Company Culture of the Year. Delivra’s CEO Neil Berman is the brains — or legs — behind the company’s fitness efforts. Known for walking up and down the office while on business calls, Berman’s behavior is the kind of top-down approach to health and wellness that employees get behind. More than half of Delivra’s employees participate in fitness activities offered on-site. How do walking phone calls translate into a company-wide fitness program? I visited Allyson Inglis, office manager and coordinator of Delivra’s wellness initiative, to learn more about why the company received such prestigious recognition and why they decided to pursue a health and wellness program for their employees. Allyson InglisOffice Manager “Neil has always been a proponent of employees as our biggest asset, and investing in them in a myriad of ways in important — one of which is health and wellness,” said Allyson.About one year ago, Delivra provided health and wellness screenings for all team members led by the Marion County Board of Health — at absolutely no cost to employees. The wellness screenings measured their vitals, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and weight. Results were shared with the company but were not associated with employee names to maintain privacy. Overall, about half of Delivra’s employees had screenings and some noted high blood cholesterol, which opened up their eyes to a need for...

Self-Care Relaxation Techniques

Meditation actually makes your mind calmer and more focused. A simple 10 or 15 minutes of meditation can help you overcome stress and find some inner peace and balance. SELF-CARE: RELAXATION TECHNIQUES Pain and stress can end up causing physical, mental or emotional issues. Often this physical or emotional pain significantly impacts our health, happiness and overall quality of life. Learning how to relax can lessen the impact that this pain has on your life. The Pain Cycle Perhaps the first step to healing ourselves is learning to better understand how our body reacts to and deals with stress and pain. Once pain occurs, whether from an injury or other source, your psychological reaction to it can have a strong effect on its intensity and duration. For some people, pain can become a vicious cycle: pain causes anxiety and tension, and anxiety and tension cause more pain. Many common health disorders, such as migraines, involve tension as a contributing source of the initial pain. By using relaxation techniques, one can release tension, greatly reduce certain types of pain and sometimes actually prevent the pain from occurring. Relaxation techniques, such as meditation and breathing exercises, are simple methods you can use to relax and break your pain cycle. Meditation as Medicine Meditation is an activity that can calm your mind and keep you focused on the present. In a meditative state, you can clear your mind of cluttered thoughts and memories. Studies even show meditation is effective in controlling anxiety, enhancing the immune system and reducing conditions such as high blood pressure, substance abuse and chronic pain. There are numerous...

HR Indiana 2016

  SPIRE WELLNESS is proud to back as an exhibitor at the 2016 HR Indiana conference.  We are excited to see and visit with clients, friends, and meet a lot of new people.  We will be located at booth #428 over in the wellness area.  We will be featuring some of the latest tools to use for data analytics powered by Springbuk and our newest piece of business furniture our walking treadmill desk. We hope you will take time to stop by and see us while visiting HR Indiana 2016.   Sincerely Spire Wellness Team Kelly, Jaime, and Megan...

Tiny Foods, Big Benefits

Just as fashion trends change every few years, health food trends come and go. From the push for only organic foods to the granola bar craze, the nutrition conscious have seen many different products and food fads over the years. But one vogue that is coming back in style is the tiny food: little plants and seeds that pack a huge nutritional punch. Chia seeds, quinoa, and amaranth are just three of the many little foods that are gaining so much attention in the health world. Chia Seeds: it’s hard to go wrong with these little seeds. They are full of antioxidants, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, and many other nutrients. Almost all of the carbohydrates in the seeds are fiber, which means you stay fuller for longer. Chia seeds are an incredibly versatile food, which makes it easy to incorporate them into your daily diet. These “superfood” seeds can boost the nutritional value of any recipe, including smoothies, yogurt, muffins, and even water, Quinoa: this little seed is being called the “supergrain of the future” (while it is classified as a seed, it is prepared for eating the way that grains are). It has a large amount of fiber in it and contains all the essential amino acids that your body cannot produce itself. It is also gluten-free, which means it is a great staple for the wheat-intolerant. This tiny food can decrease your appetite and boost your metabolism as well, making it a go-to plant for any diet. Amaranth: these seeds are a food staple for many cultures because of its high protein and antioxidant content. It also...