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Laughter Yoga Workplace Wellness Program

Employees are the most valuable assets to any company. Taking care of them is taking care of your economic bottom line.

Workplace Wellness Programs have become widespread throughout the world in the past few years for a very good reason: healthy employees tend to be happier and more productive employees. They suffer less stress and take less sick leaves.   One thing that hasn't been tried nearly as much as it should be - is Laughter Yoga.  Not only does it improve people's health - but it also improves team-building and creativity - and gets people off to a relaxed, positive start to their day.

A recent Human Resource Executive article --  "When AmeriGas mulled rolling out a wellness plan that required employees to obtain a medical checkup or lose their health insurance, Bill Katz anticipated some pushback........health insurance as a kind of warranty on one's body.....but if you never changed your oil in your vehicle after 35 months and 34,000 miles.......the motor seizes up and you ask the dealership for a new engine... but you have a voided warranty because you didn't maintain the vehicle.

"As legions of other large employers are doing these days - employees must take more ownership of their health -- or risk some consequences. .....Almost half (47 percent) of large employers say they are already slapping employees with financial penalties, or planning to, in the next three to five years if they don't participate in certain health-improvement programs. That's according to a recent survey by Lincolnshire, Ill.-based Hewitt Associates."

"There has been a dramatic uptick in interest from employers of all sizes in the area of mandating wellness," says Greg Keating, Boston-based co-chair of the national practice group at Littler Mendelson, a law firm that has drafted white papers on mandated wellness programs. "This interest began a couple of years ago, but it has absolutely accelerated in the past year."

....To hear some tell it, organizations are almost commanded to consider wellness programs with more arm-twisting measures. Healthcare costs for large employers continue to mount; they are expected to rise 6.5 percent this year, compared to 7 percent in 2009, according to a survey by NBGH and New York-based Towers Watson.  A growing number of large organizations are offering wellness programs -- 61 percent last year, compared to 46 percent in 2005, according to the latest employee- benefits trends survey conducted by MetLife, a New York-based insurance, employee benefits and financial-services provider.

"We really had to have a more compelling way for people to take better care of themselves," says Katz. ....The NBGH/Towers Watson survey revealed that two-thirds of large employers say employees' poor health habits is their primary challenge in maintaining affordable benefit coverage. Further, 58 percent said their biggest obstacle to changing employees' health-related behavior is their lack of engagement.

"Every company in America is wondering how we can control healthcare costs while improving the health of our employees," says Katz. "Both the company and employees are incurring more expense, but no one's health is getting any better."

Take your Workplace Wellness Program to the next level.

Laughter is nature's most economical and instant stressbuster and regular laughter sessions lead to scientifically measured stress reductions of 50% or more. It also helps in coping with psychological problems like low self-esteem, depression and phobias.

The effects of Laughter Yoga are described by some companies as "revolutionary", and yet a typical program consists of inexpensive weekly sessions lasting 20 to 30 minutes.

Our professional Laughter Yoga services should not be seen as a fitness regime, a training program or a team building event. It is all of these and more.

What we are offering -- is to help make your company, organization or government department more healthy and efficient on a permanent basis.

E-mail or call 847-809-6867 for a quote and availability.