Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What employee wellness means to Intel

I'm always fascinated by innovations in the field of community and collaboration. Tweetchats are a growing phenomenon that have enabled pe0ple who share an affinity to connect with one another online - in real time - to learn from one another. Just over a year ago, Fran Melmed and I started a tweetchat based on an area of passion for us: wellness in the workplace. We wanted to create a platform for people to come together and talk about how health and wellness could be best used by companies to advance their business strategies.
The result was CoHealth - a monthly tweet chat about workplace wellness that's hosted by Fran (@femelmed) and I (@chimoose). It’s open to anyone interested in the intersection of individual and company health and well-being. Current members include wellness managers, communication professionals, wellness providers, physicians, insurers and researchers, bringing a broad perspective to any topic up for discussion.

Chats are held every third Wednesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. (ET). After each episode, we post a transcript and wrap-up on The Employee Wellness Network. This week, we are introducing a new feature of the chat: a featured guest. Michelle James, the Health Communication Manager at Intel. After hearing Michelle speak at a recent conference, Fran knew that our community would love to hear about the work that Michelle has done - and is doing - at Intel to make wellness a reality inside the company. She is going to be answering the following questions - along with any other questions that the community poses for her:

1. how does your health strategy fit into your business strategy?
2. what are the goals of your health promotion strategy?
3. who are your target audiences?
4. what tactics do you use to reach them?
5. what data do you use to direct your health promotion efforts?
6. how do you measure the effectiveness of your strategy?
7. whom do you look to for guidance, information and advice?

If you're new to the concept of a tweetchat, this would be a great one to start with ... here are some simple instructions to get you up-and-running:

Logging in to a tweet chat is easy:
  1. Sign in to twitter
  2. Go to
  3. Enter the name of the chat you'd like to follow; in this case it's "co_health"
You'll then see the entire stream of relevant tweets, and whenever YOU send a tweet (which you can do from the same tweetchat page), the site will automatically append the appropriate tag (#co_health).

Click here to find more detailed instructions on How to Participate in a Tweetchat.

Join us on today, february 16 at noon ET. See you there!

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