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Laura Butler

Laura thrives on creating strategies, seeing employees’ lives impacted, and helping workplace cultures change for the better. As an Advisor, Laura provides clients with innovative, creative, and simple solutions to their business needs.
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Jump IN the Fight to End Childhood Obesity

April 13, 2015

Obesity rates in the U.S. continue to rise. Everywhere we look, meals, drinks, and snacks are supersized. It’s who we’ve become. When it comes to physical activity, we’re not fairing so well there either. According to an article by Jump IN, an organization that fights childhood obesity in Indiana, as of 2009 kids between the ages of 8 and 18 spent 7.5 hours per day looking at a screen—TV, computers, or mobile devices. That’s up more than an hour per day from the previous decade. I can’t imagine what those figures are now.

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Getting Started with On-Site Health Screenings

March 18, 2015

On-site health screenings are a popular component of worksite wellness programs. They allow you to educate employees on their health status, while providing you insight into the health of your population.

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Trends, Well-Being

5 Ways to Engage Mid-Level Leadership in Your Well-Being Program

March 13, 2015

Research suggests that a key component to the success of any program is support from senior leadership within your organization. In fact, WELCOA (Wellness Councils of America) has consistently communicated over the last 20 years the importance of CEO and Senior Executive support as the backbone of any healthy company1. Even the Wellness Council of Indiana requires top management support as an element to earn their AchieveWell Certification and includes it in their Seven Benchmarks of Successful Wellness Programming. And while they are absolutely correct about this trend, it seems one component might be missing: engaging our supervisors, managers, and key leaders.

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The Building Blocks of a Successful Wellness Program

December 9, 2014

Last week I found myself sitting in class. And while often that doesn’t sound exciting, I found myself really enjoying the insights, the discussions, and the opportunity to look at the world of well-being from all different angles.

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Worksite Wellness Certification Coming Soon to Indianapolis

October 21, 2014

When you chose your career, you probably thought you knew the path you were headed on. But a few years later, you may have found yourself in uncharted waters, leading or doing work that was unfamiliar—a time when the old “sink or swim” phenomenon might have come in to play. As I think back over my career, there are times I’ve had this very struggle—a struggle that can often be true for employers with health and well-being initiatives. Often the success of these investments rest on the shoulders of amazing HR leaders that haven’t had the time or training to focus on creating and maintaining such strategies. This is when it’s important to have the right tools in your toolbox.

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