As a health promoter and educator, it’s important to keep up with the latest health and wellness news. That’s why each week, we scour the Web to bring you the best stories on health research, corporate wellness, fitness, nutrition, wearable tech, and more. Share these articles with colleagues and employees, or simply stay on the cutting edge yourself!
This week, we share five stories:
- What Seventh-day Adventists and citizens of Okinawa, Japan have in common. Both live in Blue Zones, regions with the world’s highest concentrations of centenarians. Researchers credit their long lives to plant-based diets, strong social ties, and other healthy behaviors.
- “Meaningful” being the operative word. Two things are key to selling the value of employee wellness programs: 1) More meaningful initiatives than just giving out gym membership reimbursements, and 2) understanding ROI.
- Unfortunate news for young women’s hearts. In women between ages 29 and 45, the incidence of heart disease is rising. A bunch of reasons account for it, but most of all stress. Women underestimate the dangers of heart disease, worrying about cancer when actually heart attacks and strokes are their number one killer.
- You can’t eat the whole buffet. That’s how you should think of life, researchers told a group of employees. Work can quickly overtake your life, so first, add absolute essentials to your plate. Then fill extra space with small, meaningful actions, like baking a cake for a friend or learning a new skill. This exercise helped employees find a work-life balance and greatly improved job performances.
- A student’s healthy passion and career. Meet Cynthia Okeleye. In just over a month, she will go from nutrition enthusiast to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness Management.
Want to live to be 100? It’s tempting to think that with enough omega-3s, kale and blueberries, you could eat your way there. But one of the key takeaways from a new book on how to eat and live like “the world’s healthiest people” is that longevity is not just about food. The people who live in the Blue Zones — five regions in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the U.S. researchers have identified as having the highest concentrations of centenarians in the world — move their bodies a lot. They have social circles that reinforce healthy behaviors. They take time to de-stress. They’re part of communities, often religious ones. And they’re committed to their families. Read more…
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Unfamiliar with Blue Zones? See National Geographic‘s 2005 spread about the healthiest regions on earth.
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The ever-escalating cost of providing health benefit programs is giving employers an incentive to seek ways of reining in this inflationary trend. In doing do, employers are seeking meaningful solutions other than simply reducing benefits and passing on more of the cost burden to their employees. Workplace wellness programs are gaining the attention of human resource managers and corporate financial officers as a means to help solve the health care cost dilemma, as these wellness programs can be a more organic way to get to the root of the problem. Read more…
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Although long thought of as a man’s disease, heart disease afflicts as many women, though women tend to develop and die from it about 10 years later. And while coronary mortality rates have declined over all, there are signs that the disease, its precursors and its potentially fatal consequences are increasing among young women. A 2007 study in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology referred to the rise in cardiovascular risk factors among young women as “the leading edge of a brewing storm.” Read more…
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Imagine you’re standing in front of a heaping buffet, featuring all of your favorite foods. What’s your plan of attack? Do you squeeze one tiny bite of everything onto your plate? Eat so much you make yourself sick? Become overwhelmed by the options and come away dissatisfied, no matter what you choose? Opportunities – both at work and in the rest of life – are like that overloaded sideboard. Everything looks delicious, but we can’t eat it all (though we might try). We have to be more intentional and deliberate. Just as food fuels your body, having a life outside of work fuels on-the-job performance. But while performance goals are always top of mind for managers, many overlook the role of employee work-life balance in driving that performance. Read more…
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When you see a burger or a slice of pie, which of these is your first thought: 1) Looks delicious; must eat now, 2) I probably shouldn’t *But you eat anyway, or 3) What’s in this food? If you chose number three, then you have something in common with Cynthia Okeleye. She enrolled in the UW Health and Wellness Management program a year and a half ago, but she has been fascinated with nutrition for much of her life. “I think it’s important to know the whole process food goes through before it ends up on our plates,” she says. This interest is one of the driving forces that set her on the path to become a health and wellness manager. Read more…
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