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Homewood Human Solutions(TM) Goes Completely Mobile!

November 26, 2012

New app set to transform delivery of employee health and wellness

TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2012 /CNW/ – There’s a new app in town that makes
accessing a complete range of health and wellness services as easy as touching a screen.

Homewood Human Solutions, a recognized industry leader in organizational
health, employee wellness programs and Employee and Family Assistance
Programs, announced today the release of the industry’s most
comprehensive app — e-AP.

“Our clients have told us that they’re struggling with the increasing
demands of work and home and need our services — but they’re often too
busy to access them,” says Craig Thompson, CEO for Homewood Human
Solutions. “e-AP is designed for mobile searching for health information to help make
people’s lives a little less stressful. They can browse our library
while on the bus home or quickly request face-to-face services while
waiting for their lunch order.”

What Thompson is hearing from customers is reflected in a new study by
Linda Duxbury of Carleton University and Christopher Higgins of the
University of Western Ontario. The 2012 National Study on Balancing Work and Caregiving in Canada found that almost two-thirds of Canadians are working more than 45 hours
a week — 50 percent more than two decades ago. Work weeks are becoming
more rigid, with flex-time arrangements dropping by a third in the past
10 years. So it’s not surprising that about 60 percent of people are
using the convenience of the Internet to get their healthcare

“Persistently high levels of stress among such a large segment of the
workforce is problematic for both employers and our healthcare system,”
continues Thompson. “Increased stress means more mental health issues
such as depression and anxiety. These already cost employers about $20
billion annually and account for three-quarters of short-term
disability claims in Canada. Our new app is one approach to help
alleviate this challenge.” e-AP includes the following key features:

      1. An extensive collection of streaming videos and podcasts,
         specifically created for e-AP on such subjects as relaxation and
         reducing tension, visualization, caregiving and work-life balance,
         building self-confidence, working after retirement, anger
         management, and addiction.
      2. Expert written articles on parenting, nutrition, physical and
         emotional wellbeing, legal and financial issues, retirement,
         workplace issues, as well as information for people leaders.
      3. Interactive tools that help with decision-making for physical,
         mental and lifestyle improvement goals including quizzes,
         checklists, and action planners. (e.g. parenting skills
         assessment, nutrition quiz, childcare checklist and anxiety
      4. Mobile requests to access counselling, and pathways to Assistance
         Program e-services (e.g. e-Courses, health improvement planning
         tools, child and eldercare locators).
      5. Detailed Assistance Program information to help with workplace
         planning and decision-making.
      6. Mobile integration of social media sites with direct links to
         Homewood Human Solutions' Healthy Workplaces blog, Facebook,
         Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Making the app even more attractive is that it offers bilingual access.
A single download automatically displays the user’s preferred language
(English or French). Accessing health and wellness has never been

e-AP is free, and compatible with the latest release of iPhones and iPads.
It is available on ITunes, Google Play(TM) (formerly the Android(TM)
marketplace), and via the Homewood Human Solutions’ website.

Homewood Human Solutions(TM) is a leader in mental health strategies for
the workplace and provides Employee and Family Assistance Programs
(EFAPs / EAPs), workplace interventions, health promotions,
psychological assessments and disability management services. The
Company serves over 3,200 organizational clients and supports over one
million employees in managing their health and wellbeing.

SOURCE Homewood Human Solutions

Source: PR Newswire