Here’s your weekly roundup of the latest health and wellness news! This week, our team shares stories about:
- The perfect amount of exercise. (It’s not as impossible as you might think.) Any amount of exercise is going to do wonders for your health, but it turns out the often-cited 150 minutes of activity per week is actually the minimum recommended amount. Recent research found that the exercise sweet spot is triple that amount–or a little more than an hour of moderate exercise per day. Pepper your week with more brisk, long walks and you will prolong your life.
- Improving your workplace wellness program evaluation skills. Flip to page 21 of the spring edition of Forward HR magazine for five tips on how to become a better evaluator. The article was written by HWM’s very own program manager, Theresa Islo.
- An apple a day can’t keep the doctor away, but a painting of one might. Garden, puzzle, paint, sculpt, garden, craft, join a book club. If you have an artistic or social hobby when you’re middle aged, you’ll lower your risk of getting dementia later in life by a whopping 50 percent.
- Starting with the lunch line. How do you get a wellness initiative going? Learn from this South Carolina company, which started with small, inexpensive changes such as removing fried food from the cafeteria menu and putting a salad bar full of colorful vegetables front and center.
Exercise has had a Goldilocks problem, with experts debating just how much exercise is too little, too much or just the right amount to improve health and longevity. Two new, impressively large-scale studies provide some clarity, suggesting that the ideal dose of exercise for a long life is a bit more than many of us currently believe we should get, but less than many of us might expect. The studies also found that prolonged or intense exercise is unlikely to be harmful and could add years to people’s lives. No one doubts, of course, that any amount of exercise is better than none. Like medicine, exercise is known to reduce risks for many diseases and premature death. Read more…
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Picture this: You are an HR professional charged with leading a wellness initiative but have no formal training in the field. You believe the initiative is successful based on feedback, but management wants specifics. Where do you start? It’s not easy to prove that your program is promoting health, improving the bottom line, and embraced by employees. Read more…
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It’s time to dust off that puzzle, finish that quilt, or join a book club, according to neurologists. New research suggests that artistic and social activities done from midlife on will protect your brain from memory and thinking problems even in very old age. As part of a long-term study of aging, researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota compiled 11 years of survey and health data from 256 individuals, aged 85 and older. “That’s the largest growing population of people in the United States, and we wanted to see what’s happening with those people,” says Rosebud Roberts, lead researcher on the study, published this month in the journal Neurology. Read more…
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Hubner Manufacturing was spending $50,000 a month on health insurance premiums for its 90 or so employees. Then last year, the Mount Pleasant company, which makes parts for trains, found out it faced a 17 percent health care cost spike. Management knew something needed to change. So human resources started with the lunch line. The company already provided free lunches for staff every weekday in their on-site cafeteria, but the salad bar used to be an afterthought. Now, it sits prominently out front, beckoning employees to load up on raw carrots, broccoli and tomatoes. Read more…
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A combo of whole wheat flour and omega-3 rich flax meal gives these muffins their tender crumb, while ripe bananas, almonds, and vanilla add just the right balance of crunch and sweetness. Mix the batter together in a blink, bake them in the oven for just 25 minutes, and pop one in your bag for a warm breakfast on-the-go.
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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!