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Focus on Your Health: Should I be Counting Calories?

February 20, 2012

I think we can all agree that one’s wellness is a choice.  Whether it is eating healthier, exercising more, reducing one’s weight, kicking a smoking habit, or anything else related to improving an individual’s health, we all know that the choice is up to us; that nobody can make us do anything that we are not willing to do.  That is one of the many reasons that I feel fortunate to work for such a great company as Nelnet.  Many years ago, Nelnet made a conscious decision to create a healthier workforce by simply helping individuals help themselves.  What transpired was the implementation of a dynamic employee wellness program that has achieved the following results:

  • Healthier, happier employees
  • Increased productivity
  • Measurable weight loss success
  • Maintenance of low medical premiums for its employees
  • Reduced claims
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • and much more!

Nelnet partners with a company by the name of incentaHEALTH to help facilitate and manage its wellness program.  incentaHEALTH provides Nelnet with an Internet-based program that pays employees to lose weight and maintain good health through daily lifestyle coaching with consistent and ongoing support.

As a new feature to our blog, we would like to share excerpts from daily support messaging that participating employees receive.  Look for our Focus On Your Health feature that will include a wellness topic and a success strategy to help support any personal health-related goals that you may have for yourself.  Best of luck!

Ask the Coach

Should I be counting calories?

Calorie counting can be very useful, but it usually isn’t practical. In many situations, you will not have the calorie information available to do the counting. That is why we recommend the palm and fist approach to calorie counting. Palm-sized protein portions and fist-sized carb portions are very easy to measure! Then fill up the rest of your plate with veggies!

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Alan Ishida - Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions (AK, CO, HI, Guam, IA, WI, WV)

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