Here’s your weekly roundup of the latest health and wellness news! This week, our team shares these stories:
More Companies Embrace Data-Drive Approach to Managing People
People analytics, the growing phenomenon.
Using wearable devices to monitor employees is a popular way for companies to cut down on healthcare costs. Fitbit, the Apple Watch, and other wearables track activity, stress levels, and sleep. These data points are used to predict and incentivize employee actions. It might sound a little Big Brother-like, but we might as well get comfortable with “people analytics.” It’s used in almost every industry–it makes sense that analytics is getting cozy in the workplace.
Last year insurance company USAA banned its employees from wearing Google Glass to work. The problem wasn’t the geeky look they gave their staff, but the potential privacy risk they posed on other colleagues and customers. USAA’s management was concerned that Glass wearers might surreptitiously record video or audio of the people around them while at work. Continue reading on forbes.com…
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Why Exercising With Your Partner May Not Be the Best Idea
“Working out together so rarely works out.”
Do you agree? As this article says, going to the gym with your partner, the person you most want to impress, can bring up all kinds of insecurities. Trainers who work with couples often say they see so much bickering and competitiveness come out in the gym that they feel like pseudo-marital therapists. Read these interesting, sad, and amusing stories about couples who decided exercising was actually straining their relationship–and how they resolved the problem.
Kara Snyder did gymnastics, played soccer and ran track growing up. When she met her now-husband, Craig Snyder, several years ago, she was training for a half-marathon and asked him if he liked to jog. His answer: “Sure, occasionally. ” Ms. Snyder invited him to go for a run in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park that Saturday morning. Mr. Snyder was determined to impress his new girlfriend. For the first 2 miles, he matched her pace and even sprinted a bit to show off. Then he told her to go on ahead. “You need to keep up your pace for training,” he said. They arranged to meet up when they were done. Ms. Snyder ran 6 more miles. Mr. Snyder vomited in the nearest bushes. Continue reading on wsj.com…
Why Do So Many of Us Ultimately Give Up on a Healthy Lifestyle?
Put down the brownie.
Actually, it shouldn’t be about putting down the brownie but rather, not even wanting one. We need to “rebrand” health, says Michelle Segar, a health and behavioral expert. But how do we set ourselves up for success and not failure? Michelle discusses motivation and how people can better sustain healthy behaviors in this paper by WELCOA. Below are the highlights. Continue reading on welcoa.org…
Brush or Floss First?
Finally, an answer to this burning question.
You probably guessed it: Doesn’t matter if you brush or floss first, though few studies address it directly. Here’s what the doctor says:
Based on existing evidence, flossing first isn’t necessarily better for oral health than the other way around. Still, dentists have opinions on the matter. Dr. Edmond R. Hewlett, a spokesman for the American Dental Association and a professor of restorative dentistry at the University of California, Los Angeles, recommends flossing first. His rationale? Get the unpleasant task out of the way to avoid the temptation to not do it. “Let’s face human nature, if you’re going to skip one, which one will you skip?” he said. Continue reading on nytimes.com…
Infographic of the Week
Do you have salad fatigue?
Lettuce, tomatoes, carrots.
Spinach, raisons, feta.
Or, if you’re really desperate, cereal with baby carrots thrown in (true story).
Whatever your go-to ingredients are, the same-old combinations get, well… old. This infographic will give you some fresh ideas on how to construct a perfect leafy meal–one that you’ll look forward to eating at lunchtime.
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