Great Health is Not a Mystery…It’s a Puzzle

Malcolm Gladwell, the best-selling author, has written about the differences between a mystery and a puzzle.  Solving a mystery requires gathering clues that often are hard to come by and sometimes impossible to find.   Puzzles are totally different.  Think of a jigsaw puzzle.  Once you open the box and spill all the pieces on the table, you don’t need to find any clues…they are all right in front of you.  In order to solve the puzzle, you just need to figure out a way to put all of the … [Read more...]

Thinking Ahead…

It’s early October, and I’m Thinking Ahead. Those of you familiar with Holmes Murphy and our culture know that “Thinking Ahead” is one of our mantras and a core belief we work to practice every day. That said, my current forward thinking has to do with a rabbit. Not just any rabbit, mind you, but “Ra Ra,” the stuffed animal rabbit that’s quickly become an obsession for my 19-month-old daughter, Brooklyn. In just under one month, Brooklyn will experience her first full Halloween. While some of … [Read more...]

Don’t Die from Embarrassment!

Every now and then, if you’re really fortunate, you get to meet someone like Phil Lawler. Phil was special. He was one of those individuals that make you think, “Wow, how blessed I am to count this incredible man as my friend!” I met Phil in the early 2000s when I was hosting a nationally syndicated radio program that focused on health and fitness. He became a regular guest because of his contagious positive energy and passion. Even over the radio, you could tell he had been put on this earth … [Read more...]

Here Comes the Tsunami

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. Mark Twain often gets credit for that statement although it most likely originated in England in the late 1800s. Regardless, the takeaway is simple, statistics can often be manipulated to support or detract from just about any position or argument. A major exception to that would be diabetes. It’s impossible to ignore how quickly the numbers are climbing. February is always American Heart month. Each and every year, right around … [Read more...]

Speaking Out On Transgender Benefits

I recently came across this article, published by Business Insurance with the following headline "Few employers offer transgender benefits".  As a student in the industry, I admit to being a voracious reader when it comes to any topic around protecting a workforce, a company or improving health through employee benefits ... but I purposely try to stray from political content. In working with our clients, our job is not to politicize the healthcare system, but to explain and assist in meeting the … [Read more...]

The 2017 HSA Limits Are Here

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), has just released their annual limits for 2017.  Yes, this is the kind of thing that gets me all excited.  It must be hard for the IRS, whose sole purpose is to collect taxes, to furnish us the new limits allowing for greater tax savings for astute health plan participants who like to save money.  This does not mean we do not believe in paying our fair share … it only means we do not like to pay more than our fair share. The IRS got crazy this year and … [Read more...]

The Best Food Picked from Trees – A Pizza Farm PSA from Nick Offerman

Those who have completed ACAP Health's (Accountable Care Accountable Patients) metabolic risk reduction program, Naturally Slim, have learned that food is fuel.  Hippocrates quote, "let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food", is as true as ever today.  His advice then foreshadows now the importance food plays in stemming the obesity epidemic that is leading to diabetes and other chronic conditions. That's what makes sharing this Funny or Die video clip by Nick Offerman a favorite of … [Read more...]

Sweet Advice from Hippocrates

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates When the father of western medicine, Hippocrates, gave us this quote back in the times of Ancient Greece, he was providing one way of solving the public health crisis of our time.  I like what Dr. Albert Schweitzer said even better, "It's supposed to be a secret, but I'll tell you anyway. We doctors do nothing. We only help and encourage the doctor within." Marcia Upson, RN, MS, FNP-C, founder of Naturally Slim, has shared … [Read more...]

Holmes Murphy Launches Healthy Insurance Pool (HIP) in DFW

When we sit down with the leadership of our clients and their HR/Benefit departments, we usually get heads nodding when we share that 40-50% of Americans born after 2000 will have diabetes.  There are plenty of peer-reviewed case studies to show that leading companies who invest in establishing a culture of health and accountability in the right way experience returns that go far beyond the expense side of the ledger. What we typically find when visiting with employers is that there is not … [Read more...]

Just a Reminder

I have a friend, Kathy Duran-Thal, who is a dietician in Dallas. She loves to say that, “Your feet cannot outrun your mouth.” In other words, it takes a whole lot of exercise to burn all the calories you can eat in just a matter of minutes. I was reminded of that last weekend. For the past several years I have served at the host of the live television broadcast of the Dallas Marathon. This year’s race will be held on December 14th and because of all sorts of street construction the course has … [Read more...]