Company focuses office redesign on culture, wellness | Teachers should focus on personal wellness to manage career challenges | Is feeling less fit than your friends bad for your health?
July 21, 2017
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Company focuses office redesign on culture, wellness
HR firm TriNet redesigned its Lakewood Ranch, Fla., office around productivity, culture and workplace wellness. Joe Bush, vice president of sales, said creating the right atmosphere for collaboration included gamification, a collaboration center and the TriNet fuel center that offers healthy snacks.
Bradenton Herald (Fla.) (7/20) 
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Teachers should focus on personal wellness to manage career challenges
Educators are better able to support themselves, their peers and their students if they focus on personal wellness, according to Alex Shevrin, a teacher at Center Point School in Winooski, Vt. This blog post shares her ideas for how educators can improve their own well-being, including through wellness groups and friendships.
SmartBrief/Education (7/20) 
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Are you personalizing or just creating noise?
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Is feeling less fit than your friends bad for your health?
Is feeling less fit than your friends bad for your health?
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A study in the journal Health Psychology found people who believed they exercised less than their peers had a higher risk of death over 21 years than those who felt they worked out more. Researchers suggested the placebo effect may be a factor or that social comparisons demotivate people to exercise.
National Public Radio (7/20) 
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Health News & Research
Healthy living adds years to life, study finds
Healthy living adds years to life, study finds
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Healthy lifestyle habits, such as not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight, could increase a person's lifespan by five to seven years, researchers reported in Health Affairs. The added longevity comprised years of good health without physical limitations, and they underscore the importance of prevention, the authors said.
United Press International (7/20) 
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Heart disease tops list of most costly chronic diseases
CDC figures show that cardiovascular disease is the most expensive chronic illness, at an annual cost of $317 billion -- $193.7 billion for direct care and $123.5 billion in lost productivity -- followed by smoking- and alcohol-related conditions, which account for more than $300 billion and $249 billion, respectively. Diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, obesity, arthritis, asthma and stroke round out the top 10.
Health Payer Intelligence (7/19) 
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Studies connect diet to cognitive health
Studies connect diet to cognitive health
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A study found both the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay, or MIND, diet and the Mediterranean diet may help protect cognition in older adults, researchers reported at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference. Another study found dietary patterns associated with the MIND diet were linked to a lower risk for probable dementia, and a third report said adherence to a Nordic diet was also associated with preserved cognitive function.
Medscape (free registration) (7/19) 
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Small risk of birth defects linked to certain antibiotics
Small risk of birth defects linked to certain antibiotics
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Taking clindamycin, doxycycline, quinolones, macrolides and phenoxymethylpenicillin during the first trimester of pregnancy might increase the risk of major congenital and organ-specific malformations in infants; but the association was not seen with amoxicillin, cephalosporins or nitrofurantoin, researchers reported in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. The researchers analyzed data on all pregnancies covered by Quebec Public Prescription Drug Insurance from 1998 to 2008, which involved about 140,000 infants, and found that the absolute risk associated with antibiotics was small but suggested that clinicians prescribe the safest antibiotics possible.
MedPage Today (free registration) (7/19) 
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Schools & Community
Texas program teaches children good nutrition
San Antonio's Viva Health campaign is teaching more than 800 children about good nutrition this summer. Registered dietitian Anne Heine talks with children about controlling food portions, choosing water over sugar-sweetened drinks and filling half their plates with fruits and vegetables.
Texas Public Radio (7/20) 
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Utah hospital phases out junk food sales
Intermountain Healthcare's Logan Regional Hospital in Utah is phasing out sales of candy and sugar-sweetened beverages from its vending machines, cafeteria and pharmacies. Communications specialist Lance Frazier said the hospital is making the change to help improve public health, including the burden of prediabetes and diabetes.
Utah Public Radio (7/20) 
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Wellness Industry Developments
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Health plan enlists pharma reps to bring down costs
Capital District Physicians' Health Plan in Albany, N.Y. has hired salespeople who used to work for pharma companies so they can educate doctors about cheaper alternatives to expensive medicines. And it's working. Watch the interview with CDPHP's CEO, Dr. John Bennett.
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