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157: Staywell’s Best Wellness Practices with Nicole Latimer, CEO of Staywell

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In the worksite wellness industry, there is a divide between thought leaders when it comes to the question – does wellness work? Although this is too simple of a question to ask, recent research has fanned the flames of negative media headlines and contributed to further disagreement. Too often, organizations, consultants and wellness pros read the headlines and are even more confused about what actually works in wellness.

Today’s guest, Nicole Latimer, believes this question is the biggest challenge we’re facing as an industry and she believes Staywell’s best practices work to move the needle on health. As chief executive officer of The StayWell Company, Nicole Latimer embodies the company’s mission to be the premier provider of lifestyle risk management programs for the entire healthcare ecosystem, leveraging the science of behavior change as the foundation for improving health outcomes.

In this interview, Nicole tells us about her background prior to Staywell and why she was drawn to Staywell’s mission. She explains Staywell’s wellness philosophy and gives her thoughts on how the wellness industry is evolving. We delve deeply into the topic of incentives, what we need to do differently with wellbeing and Nicole leaves us with her tangible tip.

This interview is one in which two people with different opinions have a civil conversation. If we’re ever going to evolve the wellness industry, we need more civil conversations about current and future wellness practices.

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Interview highlights (with timestamps):
  • [6:33] Nicole’s background in the healthcare industry and where she saw gaps.
  • [11:05] Staywell’s wellbeing philosophy.
  • [17:32] The ways the wellness industry is evolving.
  • [20:30] The wellness industry’s biggest challenge.
  • [22:55] Nicole’s thoughts on the most recent wellness research.
  • [28:08] Staywell’s best practices.
  • [33:20] Our discussion on incentives.
  • [41:40] What we need to differently with wellbeing.
  • [45:56] Nicole’s tangible tip
Mentioned in this episode:

My interview with David Anderson

Nicole’s LinkedIn profile

University of Illinois study

Harvard wellness study

www.Staywell.com

Full Bio:

As chief executive officer of The StayWell Company, Nicole Latimer embodies the company’s mission to be the premier provider of lifestyle risk management programs for the entire healthcare ecosystem, leveraging the science of behavior change as the foundation for improving health outcomes.

She has extensive experience in population health management, health system growth strategies, patient and employee education, and SaaS development and delivery – managing workflow and analytics applications designed for patients, analysts, clinicians and executives.

Prior to Staywell, she served in a number of executive leadership roles with the Advisory Board Company’s Crimson Clinical Advantage division and specialized in healthcare operations and turnarounds at Deloitte Consulting.  Nicole holds Masters’ Degrees in business administration and management, and health care management and policy from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Dartmouth College.

Nicole resides in the greater Washington D.C. area with her husband and two teenage sons. You can see more of her activity and involvement in programs and organizations here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicole-dupont-latimer-4097078/

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