Adults Can Drop Bad Habits Now, Prevent Heart Disease Later

Adults Can Drop Bad Habits Now, Prevent Heart Disease Later

Some people balk at the suggestion of changing their lifestyles as they approach middle age. After all, the argument goes, if they’ve been sedentary and overweight for years, the damage to their bodies is probably done and it’s too late to make up for decades of unhealthy choices. But a new Northwestern Medicine study by scientists at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine shows that attitude is a myth — and a potentially dangerous one — especially when it comes to heart disease. It turns out that when adults in their 30s and 40s give up unhealthy habits and begin to live a healthier lifestyle they not only can reduce their risk of heart attack, but the Northwestern Medicine research shows they can control and potentially even reverse the natural progression of coronary artery disease. In their paper, recently published in the journal Circulation, the scientists note that the …

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Wearable Technology: Expectations and Concerns

Wearable Technology: Expectations and Concerns

Wearable technology, ranging from Google glasses to smartphones merged with computers to create cuff-like devices, was once only the stuff of science fiction. That’s no longer the case and these and other innovative gizmos are expected to move quickly into acceptance as part of everyday 21 st century life. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which provides assurance, tax and advisory services to companies around the world, has just released an extensive report on wearable technology. It reveals user expectations and predicted advantages of the devices for business and consumers, as well as concerns over the potential privacy issues and other challenges companies may face as wearable technology moves into the workplace. The Wearable Future For the PwC’s report, 1,000 consumers, wearable technology experts and business executives were queried about their use of wearable technology and their perceptions of the devices’ impact on both individuals and the business arena. Social media chatter was also …

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Can Discouraging Soft Drinks Encourage Happier Workers?

Can Discouraging Soft Drinks Encourage Happier Workers?

HR leaders actively promoting healthy lifestyles among workers may have a new challenge to face – convincing employees to consider giving up their daily soft drinks. When compared to health risks such as smoking, a sedentary lifestyle or inability to manage stress effectively, simply drinking colas and similar popular drinks regularly could sound harmless. However, mounting evidence shows regular consumption of both the sugar containing and diet varieties of these drinks are linked to significant health problems, raising the possibility that employees should be educated about this connection and encouraged to break the daily soft drink habit. For example, Harvard scientists published research in the journal Diabetes Care in 2010 involving over 300,000 participants that revealed drinking one to two sugar-containing soft drinks a day raised the risk of type 2 diabetes by 26%. They also found these drinks boosted the risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome, which, according to …

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5 Common Mistakes Employers Make in Designing Wellness Programs – And how to Avoid Them

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More employers are turning to workplace wellness programs to help control employee benefits costs and as an additional benefit to help attract and retain top employees. Industry research suggests that such investments can pay off handsomely for employers, but only if organizations are smart about how they execute their wellness initiatives. Here are 5 common mistakes that employers make when establishing and managing their wellness programs and offers expert advice on creating and implementing programs that work. 1. Starting Without a Plan You can’t expect to accomplish much with any major initiative if you start without first laying out a plan of action. “One of the biggest mistakes we’ve seen in corporate wellness initiatives (and one reason that many of them fail) is that not enough time is spent in planning,” says Carol Nave, a certified fitness trainer with and owner-operator at X Factor Fitness Solutions. “In the name of urgency, …

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