User-friendly website makes it easier for Canadians to quit smoking
TORONTO, Aug. 11, 2011 /CNW/ - Morneau Shepell Ltd., under the
Shepell-fgi brand, is announcing an upgrade to its Stop Smoking Centre
to help employees kick the smoking habit. This online component of its
Smoking Cessation services now provides users with a more interactive
experience and equips them with tips, tools and a support network of
health care professionals and peers, available 24/7/365. Smoking
Cessation services are offered as part of Shepell-fgi's Employee
Assistance Program (EAP).
"By delivering a robust program with more intuitive navigation and added
features, we're putting the user in control," said Rita Fridella,
Senior Vice-President and Chief Clinician, Operations at Shepell-fgi.
"Whether you've tried to quit smoking in the past or are a first-time
quitter, the program is customized to your unique requirements and
preferences, making it easier for you to receive the right type and
amount of support."
According to Statistics Canada, 5.7 million Canadians or 20.1 per cent
of those aged 12 and older smoked either daily or occasionally in 2009.
The figure was 22.6 per cent for males and 17.7 per cent for females.
The World Health Organization says smoking is a risk factor for lung
cancer, heart disease, stroke, chronic respiratory disease, and other
The Stop Smoking Centre offers a Nicotine Dependency Test and Quit Meter
that tracks one's quit date, the number of smoke-free days a person
achieves, money saved by not buying cigarettes, and access to an online
support group moderated by health care professionals. New enhancements
to the program empower users to:
quit on their own terms and their own schedule;
complete exercises that bring them closer to their goal;
get support from a "quit buddy" network; and
reach milestones, overcome hurdles and earn rewards.
With this new version of the Stop Smoking Centre, Shepell-fgi continues
to build on its position as a leader in digital innovation. In May,
Shepell-fgi launched My EAP, a mobile application for the Apple and RIM families of mobile devices.
The app, a first from an EAP provider, delivers interactive tools,
support resources and access to EAP services via mobile devices to
provide easy and effective access for people on-the-go.
Smoking dependency, like other health-related issues and addictions, has
a significant impact on workplace productivity, and organizations stand
to make significant gains by encouraging employees to quit. Morneau
Shepell has also targeted its other employee-focused programs for
enhancement including, Video Counselling, Stress Management, and Health
and Wellness Resources. Identifiable by the slogan, 'your support
line_online,' these upgrades demonstrate how the company is focused on
better supporting clients' needs, and making support more accessible.
Morneau Shepell is the largest Canadian-based firm offering
industry-leading benefits and pension consulting, outsourcing, as well
as health and productivity solutions. The company works with clients to
develop innovative solutions that integrate with their business
strategies to achieve results. Through Benefits and Health Solutions
Consulting, Pension Consulting, Health Management, Administration
Solutions and Shepell-fgi's Employee Assistance Program, Morneau
Shepell helps clients reduce costs, increase employee productivity, and
improve their competitive positions by supporting their employees'
financial security, health and well-being.
Established in 1962, Morneau Shepell has grown to serve over 13,000
clients, ranging from small businesses to some of the largest
corporations and associations in North America. Headquartered in
Toronto, Ontario, it has offices in the United States and over 95
locations across Canada.
Morneau Shepell Inc. is a publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock
Exchange (TSX). For more information, visit www.morneaushepell.com.
SOURCE Morneau Shepell Ltd.
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