Entries by davidmays

Learning how to cook – the healthy way.

Changing the way we eat is hard…really hard. The foods we eat have an important impact on health, and meals often become the center of our social and family lives.  Making major changes in diet requires more than willpower, it requires new knowledge and skills. Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with Jon Alberts and Ken […]

Every Step Counts – Hadassah’s Walking Program

by Jack Rubinger Randy and Brooke are quite an item. The 63-year-old suburban Chicago real estate attorney and her miniature poodle walk outside pretty much every day as long as the weather cooperates. In addition to being an active Hadassah leader in the Midwest, Randy is an avid walker who became even more keen on […]


It’s that time of year. Many of us resolve to change some lingering bad behavior and set Jan 1 as the date we’ll do it….cold turkey. As of today, 35% of us have already broken the promise we made to ourselves. Of course, this statistic doesn’t even consider the other half, who never bother to […]

10 Essential Elements of a Company Walking Program

Okay, youʼre in charge of your organization’s wellness initiative and the first thing that comes to mind is starting up a walking challenge. So, whatʼs the best way to get started? At Walker Tracker, we’ve worked with just about every type of organization. Some have launched incredibly successful programs with enthusiastic, long-term participation and a […]

Activity Challenges and Incentives

We ran a team challenge this winter, partly to test a new way to drive participation, and partly because, well, that’s just what we do around here. Previous internal challenges had varying levels of participation and success – some were outstanding from start to finish, while others started slower and fizzled even more near the end. Winter weather, […]


What to tell your boss (about wellness)

“Wellness program success depends on executive sponsorship”. It’s probably the most common refrain uttered by corporate wellness consultants, (including Walker Tracker). Clearly, this isn’t news to anyone. Yet, in the hundreds of programs we run each year, organizations where the leadership team truly advocates healthy living in both words and deeds are more exception than […]

The Eyes Have It

Last week I had a chance to attend the Reservation Economic Summit, a trade show put on by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. While the central theme of the show was to promote business activity and Native American owned companies, there were also a number of presentations aimed at health and wellness. […]

Measuring Results of Your Activity Program

As a wellness program vendor, we often find ourselves talking to clients about the positive ROI that activity-based programs can have. Program benefits include reduced absenteeism and presenteeism, fewer hospital visits, and reduction in the number of major medical procedures. This all sounds great and it seems intuitive that all these benefits accrue. But, in […]

How to Manage Your Wellness Program

Like any other company initiative, the Wellness Program can take on a life of its own, requiring a significant portion of your time to administer.   At Walker Tracker, we’ve found that the most successful programs involve detailed planning, ample budget, and relentless follow through to make sure things get done.   Many HR professionals simply don’t […]

To Employers – Healthcare reform is up to you

No matter your view on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, or “ObamaCare”), there’s no denying that it’s here to stay.   The November election and Supreme Court decision this past summer solidified the Act – it’s now a matter of implementation.     While specific provisions of the act (and the efficacy of government involvement) […]