Ceridian Canada launches first-of-its-kind Wellness Coaching offering in Canada

    MARKHAM, ON, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - Ceridian Canada Ltd., a leading Human
Resources solutions provider, today announced it has launched a Wellness
Coaching solution to the marketplace, the first service of its kind in Canada.
Based on solid scientific research, and leveraging more than a decade of
experience delivering this program to Ceridian Employee Assistance Program
clients in the US, Ceridian Canada is now able to deliver the same effective
solution to Canadian employers.
    The iCan Wellness Coaching Program provides one-on-one, long-term
coaching support tailored to an individual's specific needs, helping
participants to achieve and sustain health-focused behavioural changes that
may not otherwise be achievable.
    "There are many expert sources of health and wellness information
available today - we are surrounded by messages telling us to quit smoking,
eat right and exercise. The real gap has always been not "what to do", but
rather "how to do it", and especially how to maintain those changes throughout
times when motivation wanes," said Estelle Morrison, Director of Health
Management with Ceridian's EAP and Organizational Wellness offering. "Ceridian
understands and respects that every person is an individual, and that sources
of motivation, learning styles and methods of support will differ from person
to person. Through individualized plans of action, Ceridian's certified
wellness coaches work collaboratively with each client to identify goals,
launch the change process, address any barriers to change, and provide
continued support to secure a lasting lifestyle improvement."
    The iCan program includes three specific modules: iCanRelax (Stress
Management), iCanQuit (Smoking Cessation) and iCanChange (Weight Management),
as well as a general health module for those with broader wellness goals.
Following an extensive assessment, each client is matched with a Certified
Wellness Coach - a professional not only with specific health-related
expertise, but with specialized training in motivation and behaviour change.
The coach works with the client for the duration of the program, resulting in
the development of a trusted relationship and a higher degree of goal
    Ceridian Wellness Coaching is proven effective and boasts exemplary
success rates. In a study of 40,000 participants over a 10-year period, 85% of
participants achieved weight loss or stabilization with 48% dropping at least
one BMI (Body Mass Index) unit; more than 70 percent of stress management
participants reported stress-related symptom improvements; and the smoking
cessation program resulted in quit rates that exceeded physician-assisted
programs by 2.5 times. Considering the rise in chronic illness, aging baby
boomers as well as public health shortages, such meaningful health programs
have become a critical component of a healthy workforce and business strategy.
    "Ceridian has always been committed to innovation, and to leveraging best
practices in the development and delivery of high-quality, effective wellness
solutions for our clients," said Dave MacKay, President, Ceridian Canada.
"From action-focused counselling available 24/7 through our Employee
Assistance Program to Productivity Management and Health Assessments, Wellness
Coaching complements Ceridian's existing workplace wellness solutions and
completes the picture for our clients' employees. Now more than ever,
employers need to look to providing valuable tools to their employees to
ensure productivity is maintained, and top performers are retained."

    About Ceridian

    Ceridian is an HR solutions provider that helps clients focus on their
core business, reduce costs and build organizational capabilities by finding,
paying, managing, developing and engaging their talent. A trusted partner to
40,000 Canadian customers, Ceridian offers a comprehensive range of HR
solutions from payroll services and recruitment and staffing, to EAP, learning
& development, and workforce management. Recognized repeatedly for best
practices, Ceridian is counted among the 50 Best Employers in Canada, the Top
100 Employers and the Best 50 Workplaces.

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For further information: Valery Vollenweider, Director, Communications,
Ceridian Canada Ltd., Tel. (905) 947-7251, E-mail:

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