Welcome to HealthQuest by Cypress Associates! Our goal is to meet you where you are in your wellness journey and help you make gradual improvements that last beyond the latest fad diet or your New Yearâs Resolution.
We have designed a program can be tailored to match each individualâs current fitness level with our comprehensive health assessment, including our non-invasive scanning device, Sudoscan. The scan can identify risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes in under 3 minutes. We also take BMI, waist to height ratio, and blood pressure at enrollment to get a complete health picture.
We believe that wellness is not only physical, but also encompasses emotional and financial health. That's why we have created the first fully insured wellness product. On top of additional insurance coverage, the entire program is provided with no decrease to your net pay. All you have to do is log into the game once every 30 days to trigger your claim payment and learn healthier habits.
Enjoy the journey to a better you!
Cypress has developed a unique wellness program designed to assess and recognize health risk factors of each client and provide an effective behavioral based wellness program. By utilizing available tax savings, Cypress is able to fill in gaps in traditional major medical plans and reduce financial risks for employees.
Overall, Cypress is able to save employers real tax dollars and facilitate a healthier, more present and less absent workforce. In addition, employees save money that they can use to buy necessary insurance products while focusing on a wellness program that can improve their financial, emotional and physical fitness.
Our insurance broker and carrier partners see this program as a win win for their clients and are able to increase sales and penetration in their markets which results in financial success for everyone involved.
Our mission is to help you move forward continually on your journey to better physical, financial, and psychological health.
Our mission is to provide unique and affordable insurance benefits and benefit solutions to every working person through innovative and collaborative strategies, effective communication and uncompromising service to our clients and strategic partners. Our future plans include the development of a world-class behavioral insurance wellness program to improve overall health, reduce health insurance usage and high-risk health factors for our clients across the country.
Our core values are:
If you do not remember your ID, select the Forgot My ID link on the login page and follow the directions to retrieve your ID.
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The FAQ section provides details for how to take your HRA and play the game â see FAQ.
Based upon your participation in the game, you are rewarded with claim payments that go to you directly via check or direct deposit. Double check your My Profile / Personal section in the HealthQuest game to validate your personal data.
If you don't log into the game once every 30 days, you will receive an email reminding you to log in the first month. After 60 days of no log in, a coach will give you a call to work with you to help get over any hurdles you are experiencing. If you do not log in for 90 consecutive days, you will receive a final email and be removed from the game. We do not want to take your premium if you are not enrolled in the game; rather, you will be removed from the game and your benefits simultaneously. You have the option to continue to pay for your benefits out of pocket at this time.
You can definitely create custom goals. Just send your goal idea to email@example.com to submit. We will review the goal, write it up and add it to our database so not only you get to use your custom goal but you have the chance to help others in the game as well.
We want to give you any and all opportunities to earn rewards for taking control of your health. Cypress will be providing periodic lotteries for all employees enrolled in the game, for things like trips, electronics, and tickets to events. Your employer will also have the chance to offer incentives specific to your company, like an additional paid day off or catered lunch or spa day to the division with the greatest participation. For everyone in the HealthQuest system, you receive points for each log in, goal accomplished and level improved. These points can be redeemed for anything from movie tickets to a trip to Hawaii.
No one will see any of your information unless you share it with them. Your results are completely anonymous you create an alias upon your first log in. At enrollment, you receive an employee ID number that will serve as your log in ID, and that will be what is shown when a health coach looks at your information. No personal information is shared with employers, aside from who is participating and who needs to be removed from the game.
Your claim payment will arrive at the same time as your paycheck from your employer, in the same way that your employer's check arrives. If it's a direct deposit, you will see a separate deposit from Cypress' payroll services, but if you receive a paper check, you will receive a separate paper check. All you have to do is get scanned once a year to receive your claim payment each month for Tier 1, and for Tier 2, you only need to log in once every 30 days to retain your benefits and receive your payment. While you only need to log in once a month, our hope is that you will want to log in much more often to track your progress!
We encourage as many family members as possible to play our wellness game. Partnering with your employer, we will have wellness fairs where your family can get scanned, learn about wellness, and have fun in the process! The stronger your support network both in and out of the office the more likely you are to achieve your wellness goals.
The program is completely voluntary, but with additional insurance with no out of pocket cost and a wellness game that is tailored to your current level of fitness, there's no downside!
We're happy to answer any and all questions about getting started with HealthQuest, your benefit plan, coaching, or your HealthQuest profile.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Aaron Lemma receives a flu shot by Dr. Sassan Naderi at the Premier Care walk-in health clinic on January 10, 2013 in New York City. According to the CDC, 22,048 flu cases have been reported from September 30 through the end of 2012.
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With widespread outbreaks and no cure in sight, thereâs no denying itâs going to be a particularly nasty cold and flu season.
While over-the-counter treatments can bring some relief or help shorten the duration of symptoms, your best bet is to take a preventative approach to try to ward off bugs before they take hold.
Below are a few immunity-boosting tips to help stave off sickness this season:
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Jennifer Hellickson, an ACE-certified personal trainer and former writer for Windy City Sports and MetroSports New York magazines, attempts to balance her fondness for sweets with otherwise-healthy diet and exercise habits. An avid runner who recently caught the triathlon bug, she is a self...
Remember, if you do get the flu, try to stay away from work and other public places for a few days until the worst of it passes. Otherwise your coworkers and friends may blame you for getting them sick, and working while under the weather has been shown to be less productive and contribute to sustaining the cold or flu
Pulled From: Medical News Today Original Source: Press Release, Cornell Food & Brand Lab
How much chocolate would you need to eat to be satisfied? Less than half as much as you think, according to this recently published Cornell University snacking study. Using chocolate chips, apple pie, and potato chips, researchers Ellen van Kleef, Mitsuru Shimizu, and Brian Wansink designed a study to determine if people who were given smaller portions of snack foods would feel hungrier or satisfied fifteen minutes after eating.
Two groups with different portion sizes were tested. The larger portion size group was given 100g of chocolate, 200g of apple pie, and 80g of potato chips, all slightly larger than the recommended portion sizes. This equaled 1370 calories in snack foods. The other group was given 10g, 40g, and 10g of these same foods respectively, for a total of 195 calories. The two groups were given as much time to eat as needed, and were asked to fill out surveys to rate the liking, familiarity, and boredom with the food. They were also asked to rate their hunger and craving before the food was presented and fifteen minutes after the taste tests ended.
The results remarkably showed that smaller portion sizes are capable of providing similar feelings of satisfaction as larger ones. Those given larger portions consumed 77% more food, amounting to 103 calories more, but they did not feel any appetite enhancing or stronger feelings of satiety than the group with the smaller portions. Overall these findings reflect the importance of portion size. While larger portions result in increased food intake, smaller portions may make you feel equally satisfied. The smaller portions can lead to a decline in hunger and desire that would help people limit their food intake. So, next time you are craving a snack food, remember that you can feel similarly satisfied with one handful as you would with two!
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Dr. Toni Yancey, professor of health services at U.C.L.A., gets work done while riding a recumbent bicycle at home. She also uses a treadmill desk at the office.
By Steve Lohr Published: December 1, 2012
The health studies that conclude that people should sit less, and get up and move around more, have always struck me as fitting into the "well, duh" category.
But a closer look at the accumulating research on sitting reveals something more intriguing, and disturbing: the health hazards of sitting for long stretches are significant even for people who are quite active when theyâre not sitting down. That point was reiterated recently in two studies, published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine and in Diabetologia, a journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.
Suppose you stick to a five-times-a-week gym regimen, as I do, and have put in a lifetime of hard cardio exercise, and have a resting heart rate thatâs a significant fraction below the norm. That doesnât inoculate you, apparently, from the perils of sitting.
The research comes more from observing the health results of peopleâs behavior than from discovering the biological and genetic triggers that may be associated with extended sitting. Still, scientists have determined that after an hour or more of sitting, the production of enzymes that burn fat in the body declines by as much as 90 percent. Extended sitting, they add, slows the bodyâs metabolism of glucose and lowers the levels of good (HDL) cholesterol in the blood. Those are risk factors toward developing heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
"The science is still evolving, but we believe that sitting is harmful in itself," says Dr. Toni Yancey, a professor of health services at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Yet many of us still spend long hours each day sitting in front of a computer.
The good news is that when creative capitalism is working as it should, problems open the door to opportunity. New knowledge spreads, attitudes shift, consumer demand emerges and companies and entrepreneurs develop new products. That process is under way, addressing what might be called the sitting crisis. The results have been workstations that allow modern information workers to stand, even walk, while toiling at a keyboard.
Dr. Yancey goes further. She has a treadmill desk in the office and works on her recumbent bike at home.
If there is a movement toward ergonomic diversity and upright work in the information age, it will also be a return to the past. Today, the diligent worker tends to be defined as a person who puts in long hours crouched in front of a screen. But in the 19th and early 20th centuries, office workers, like clerks, accountants and managers, mostly stood. Sitting was slacking. And if you stand at work today, you join a distinguished lineage â Leonardo da Vinci, Ben Franklin, Winston Churchill, Vladimir Nabokov and, according to a recent profile in The New York Times, Philip Roth.
DR. JAMES A. LEVINE of the Mayo Clinic is a leading researcher in the field of inactivity studies. When he began his research 15 years ago, he says, it was seen as a novelty.
"But it's totally mainstream now," he says. "There's been an explosion of research in this area, because the health care cost implications are so enormous."
Steelcase, the big maker of office furniture, has seen a similar trend in the emerging marketplace for adjustable workstations, which allow workers to sit or stand during the day, and for workstations with a treadmill underneath for walking. (Its treadmill model was inspired by Dr. Levine, who built his own and shared his research with Steelcase.)
The company offered its first models of height-adjustable desks in 2004. In the last five years, sales of its lines of adjustable desks and the treadmill desk have surged fivefold, to more than $40 million. Its models for stand-up work range from about $1,600 to more than $4,000 for a desk that includes an actual treadmill. Corporate customers include Chevron, Intel, Allstate, Boeing, Apple and Google.
"It started out very small, but it's not a niche market anymore," says Allan Smith, vice president for product marketing at Steelcase.
The Steelcase offerings are the Mercedes-Benzes and Cadillacs of upright workstations, but there are plenty of Chevys as well, especially from small, entrepreneurial companies.
In 2009, Daniel Sharkey was laid off as a plant manager of a tool-and-die factory, after nearly 30 years with the company. A garage tinkerer, Mr. Sharkey had designed his own adjustable desk for standing. On a whim, he called it the kangaroo desk, because âit holds things, and goes up and down.â He says that when he lost his job, his wife, Kathy, told him, âPeople think that kangaroo thing is pretty neat.â
Today, Mr. Sharkey's company, Ergo Desktop, employs 16 people at its 8,000-square-foot assembly factory in Celina, Ohio. Sales of its several models, priced from $260 to $600, have quadrupled in the last year, and it now ships tens of thousands of workstations a year.
Steve Bordley of Scottsdale, Ariz., also designed a solution for himself that became a full-time business. After a leg injury left him unable to run, he gained weight. So he fixed up a desktop that could be mounted on a treadmill he already owned. He walked slowly on the treadmill while making phone calls and working on a computer. In six weeks, Mr. Bordley says, he lost 25 pounds and his nagging back pain vanished.
He quit the commercial real estate business and founded TrekDesk in 2007. He began shipping his desk the next year. (The user must supply the treadmill.) Sales have grown tenfold from 2008, with several thousand of the desks, priced at $479, now sold annually.
"Itâs gone from being treated as a laughingstock to a product that many people find genuinely interesting," Mr. Bordley says.
There is also a growing collection of do-it-yourself solutions for stand-up work. Many are posted on Web sites like howtogeek.com, and freely shared like recipes. For example, Colin Nederkoorn, chief executive of an e-mail marketing start-up Customer.io, has posted one such design on his blog. Such setups can cost as little as $30 or even less, if cobbled together with available materials.
UPRIGHT workstations were hailed recently by no less a trend spotter of modern work habits and gadgetry than Wired magazine. In its October issue, it chose âGet a standing deskâ as one of its â18 Data-Driven Ways to Be Happier, Healthier and Even a Little Smarter.â
The magazine has kept tabs on the evolving standing-desk research and marketplace, and several staff members have become converts themselves in the last few months.
"And we're all universally happy about it," Thomas Goetz, Wiredâs executive editor, wrote in an e-mail â sent from his new standing desk.
By Amanda McGrory-Dixon
January 11, 2013
As employers are continuing to look for ways to control health care costs, wellness programs are expected to remain a popular benefit offering in 2013. Wellness programs aren't new to the benefits industry, but employers are taking steps to get more out of these programs this year.
Focusing on retention and sustainability
So much attention is given to engaging employees in wellness programs, which is projected to remain a key focus, but it shouldn't stop there, says Stephanie Pronk, senior vice president at Aon Hewitt, a human resources consulting firm in Chicago. Employers must also be concerned with retention. For a wellness program to work effectively, it should create a lifestyle change with sustainable results, and more employers are accomplishing this through workplace practices, such as walking meetings and standing work stations.
"When you think about why safety programs are so successful in organizations, it's because they're engrained in the culture," Pronk says. "It's part of the way they do their work every day, so we need to work at health and wellness in the same way. We need culture changes to support healthy behaviors in the long term."
Involve employees' families
Pronk expects to see more employers target not only employees but family members, as well. Employers can do this by sending a family kit that includes games involving the entire family and healthful recipes and shopping lists. This teaches everyone who might be on the employerâs health plan to choose the right types of food and portion sizes, which reinforces those healthful habits.
"It's pretty easy to get the employee engaged, but it's a little harder to get the spouses and dependents engaged, too," Pronk says. "We're finding that unit is really important in terms of changing behavior and sustaining that behavior."
In an effort to increase personal accountability, employers are looking to create a wellness environment that embraces transparency, Pronk says. Employers can promote transparency by celebrating major milestones regarding the health of the employees in the organization and distributing a quarterly health report.
"It is helpful when employers share what is happening with the health of the organization to ensure individuals understand how they make an impact," Pronk says. "Keeping that transparency and those lines of communication is important."
Practicing community involvement
While employers have been pushing healthy living among employees, Pronk also expects to see more employers encourage wellness in the community. An employee might want to become more active, but if there are few places to safely walk or run, it makes it more difficult. Considering the power employers have on their communities, more employers are taking this opportunity to push for better amenities, such as safe walking and running paths.
"Employers have a lot of influence on the communities they live in and they provide jobs in, so we see that aspect as a sphere of influence that will make a healthy and high-performing work force," Pronk says. "Thatâs going to be a big push in 2013."
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These license terms are in addition to all other terms of the Limited Software Warranty; License Agreement, and Information Use Disclosures.
Owners of this Software may use it to create their own tracks by arranging the content and/or adding new content to create their own compositions ("User Tracks"). Cypress Associates grants owners a worldwide and royalty-free license to use, distribute and non-commercially exploit. This license is non-exclusive and all Software owners are licensed to use the same content to create. All User Created Content terms herein shall apply to upload to any website or on-line service related to the Software or shared with other players using in-game features. Additional terms and restrictions may apply to any supplemental music, sounds, loops, or “stems” purchased or downloaded for use with the Software.
The sounds and loops connected to the Software may NOT be reformatted, mixed, filtered, re-synthesized, or otherwise edited or altered for use in any kind of sampling product/package or software, regardless of whether such use is commercial or non-commercial. All users of this Software is prohibited from using it for any purpose that: (a) infringes the copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, right of publicity or any other right of a third party, (b) is or may be libelous, defamatory or slanderous, or (c) any other use that is illegal in nature. All users of this Software hereby waive all claims against Cypress Associates, its parent, subsidiaries and affiliates, or any third-party based upon the Content.
Except as indicated above, all other terms and conditions of the EULA apply to your use.
Cypress Associates, Inc. is aware of the trust you place in us and our responsibility to protect your privacy. As part of this responsibility, we let you know what information we collect when you use our products and services, and why we collect it.
What We Collect and Where Do We Collect It
All users of www.cypresshq.com are free to explore most of the site while providing some personal information. If you want to access member-only areas, and participate in the wellness insurance product you will be asked to provide some personal information and information related to the SudoScan.
How Cypress Associates, Inc. Uses This Information
a) Navigational: Our system automatically gathers information about the areas visited by users. To do this, Cypress Associates, Inc. logs IP addresses (in other words, the location of your computer on the Internet) for system administration, troubleshooting and to examine overall traffic trends. We do not use any of this navigational data on an individual basis. Nor do we share any of this data with outside companies. We do use navigational information in the aggregate to understand how our users travel around the site as a group to use the services that we offer. We collect that information so that we can constantly improve the site. We may also share this statistical information with our partners or other outside companies, but in doing so, we do not disclose individual names or personal navigational information.
b) Personal: When you agree to participate in the wellness game and utilize the benefits provided, we will ask you for your name, address, phone, and email, along with information generated from your individual scan. We may ask for additional information. We might, from time to time, use the information provided to send you alerts about special offers and to create general customer profiles. You can "opt-out" of receiving such communication at any time, by unsubscribing to the email.
We Do Not Sell, Trade or Disclose Your Personal Information
Cypress Associates, Inc. does not disclose, share, sell or trade any personal or individual information that it collects to third parties other than in the course of completing a transaction that you have requested or in response to an investigation involving legal matters. While we may provide information regarding site usage to third parties, such as traffic reports and sale information, this information will not include any of your personal information.
Cypress Associates, Inc. Protects Customer Information
Cypress Associates, Inc. uses a secure server for any information you provide. The servers use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), an advanced encryption technology that safeguards your personal information and guarantees privacy. Our check-out process is certified secure.
Disclaimer: The information provided on this site is for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.