eMindful and Humana Researchers to Present Success of Mindfulness Programs in Reducing Employee Stress, Improving Resiliency and Decreasing Metabolic Syndrome

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Innovators in mindfulness to share what works At Willis Towers Watson / The Conference Board’s Employee Healthcare Conference

Dr. Norman Anderson eMindful Senior Scientific Advisor

we believe that the adoption of mindfulness in the workplace will continue to accelerate, and that within five years 80 percent of the top 500 employers will have mindfulness-based resiliency programs in place, said Kelley McCabe Ruff, CEO eMindful

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eMindful, the leading provider of live, online mindfulness programs for employers, will host researchers from Humana Inc. and a partner from Bridge Builders Collaborative in presenting results of applied mindfulness programs across dozens of employers. The panel discussion will be held at The Conference Board’s 16th Annual Employee Healthcare Conference Thursday, March 17, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego.

Norman Anderson, PhD, senior scientific advisor to eMindful, will provide a broad overview of the status of scientific findings on mindfulness." Dr. Anderson is the immediate past CEO of the American Psychological Association.

Kevin Renner, eMindful senior vice president, will share results from eMindful’s analysis of several dozen companies with a sample of more than 2,000 employees in the U.S. and abroad. It is the only known research of its kind to span findings on workplace mindfulness programs across more than four years and dozens of companies, while using a diverse set of scientifically validated research instruments.

Over the past year eMindful’s innovative approach with large health plans has been noted by CBS This Morning, The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, and the Harvard Business Review.

Anne Wallace, PhD, principal researcher of Science & Analytics for Wellness for Humana, will discuss Humana’s findings on the impact that the company’s program has had on stress, sleep quality, tobacco cessation, and weight, among other areas.

Charlie Hartwell, Operating Partner of Bridge Builders Collaborative, a group of investors focused on the mind-training space, will facilitate the panel presentation.

“We look forward to presenting these scientifically validated findings,” said eMindful CEO Kelley McCabe Ruff. “We take an unsurpassed approach to rigor in the research we conduct and the analysis behind the growing business case for mindfulness.

“From our vantage point with employers, benefits consultants, employee assistance program providers and others, we believe that the adoption of mindfulness in the workplace will continue to accelerate, and that within five years 80 percent of the top 500 employers will have mindfulness-based resiliency programs in place,” Ruff said.

Willis Towers Watson recently reported that stress (at 78 percent) and obesity (75 percent) are the two greatest workforce risks that employers report facing. Research by ComPsych, in its latest annual StressPulse℠, reports similar findings. And Harris Interactive, in its most recent Work Stress Survey, found an alarming jump in employees reporting they were stressed at work, with the percentage increasing from 73 percent to 83 percent in one year.

Stress is of concern for employers because it is associated with costly medical risk factors such as heart disease, depression, elevated cholesterol levels, and obesity, among others. It can also lead to costly employee burnout, productivity loss, and turnover. One study found that 72 percent of employees lose productive time (from 15 minutes to more than an hour) each day due to stress, and that more than four in 10 employees miss work three days or more per year because of stress.

Click here to learn more the about the 16th Annual Employee Healthcare Conference. eMindful will present at the conference beginning at 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, March 17. The Forum takes place at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, CA.

About eMindful

eMindful provides rigorously researched mindfulness programs to improve employee well-being and reduce modifiable health cost drivers, including stress, metabolic syndrome, smoking, diabetes, cancer, and chronic pain. It is the only company providing these programs globally and on a scalable basis through live, online classrooms.

The company’s evidence-based programs have been adopted by leading employers and insurers, such as Florida Power & Light, Aetna, State of Arizona employees and Humana Inc. The company’s Mindfulness at Work® program was recognized by the National Business Group on Health, which awarded Aetna a distinction for the Best Stress Management Intervention program.

To learn more about eMindful or how to participate in a mindfulness program, visit http://www.emindful.com

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