Too much employee engagement may be unhealthy, experts say | Mo. city makes "employee betterment" a core objective | Retired professional runner says "set the bar low"
August 19, 2016
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Too much employee engagement may be unhealthy, experts say
Employee engagement can have well-being, performance and retention benefits, but too much engagement can lead to burnout that can cause physical harms, experts wrote in the Harvard Business Review. High levels of employee engagement also can reduce motivation to do better and blunt the benefits of negative thinking, they said.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (8/16) 
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Mo. city makes "employee betterment" a core objective
City officials in Maryville, Mo., added wellness booths and screenings to the annual benefits fair held in August to encourage employees to improve their health. Human Resources Manager Amy Strough says the city has made "employee betterment" a core objective for the upcoming fiscal year.
Maryville Daily Forum (Mo.) (8/18) 
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Fitness
Retired professional runner says "set the bar low"
Former Olympic hopeful and professional runner Nnenna Lynch said she has scaled back her workout goals, finding an exercise routine that she can stick with that still keeps her fit. She says she now shares her message that it is OK to "set the bar low" and do less exercise but do it regularly.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers)/Well Blog (8/18) 
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Health News & Research
NIAID director: Soonest Zika vaccine will be 2018
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci and his NIH colleagues have been working with their counterparts in the pharmaceutical industry to develop vaccines and treatments for emerging diseases. The NIH recently initiated human clinical trials for a Zika virus vaccine, but the earliest it could be available is 2018, and a lack of funding has impeded efforts to quell the current outbreak.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/15) 
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Study finds gallstones may increase heart disease risk
People who have had gallstones may have a higher risk of heart disease, particularly women, according to a study in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. Researchers said changes in the gut microbiome and low-grade inflammation may be factors.
HealthDay News (8/18) 
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Earlier oral immunotherapy may help youths with peanut allergy, study says
Oral immunotherapy to counter peanut allergies in children may be more effective if done at a young age, even as early as 9 months, according to a study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Almost 80% of children who had the therapy were able to eat foods containing peanuts without having an allergic reaction, researchers said.
HealthDay News (8/18) 
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Obesity, high blood pressure rates similar in student-athletes, non-athletes
Twenty-four percent of student-athletes were obese, 20% were overweight and 14.8% had high blood pressure, rates similar to the general adolescent population, according to a study in The Journal of Pediatrics. The findings, based on more than 2,700 student-athletes in Philadelphia, also showed an association between body mass index and high blood pressure.
Healio (free registration)/O&P News (8/18) 
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Study links calcium supplements to dementia risk in some women
Swedish researchers reviewed data on 700 women ages 70 to 92 and found that those who took calcium supplements had twice the risk of developing dementia compared with those who did not. However, the findings, published in Neurology, showed the elevated risk was limited to those with a history of stroke or white matter lesions.
Reuters (8/17),  Medscape (free registration) (8/17) 
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Schools & Community
Lack of transportation keeps some Ill. students from summer meals
Community groups in Illinois have served about 2,100 meals to students in the Macomb area weekly over the summer. Officials say next year they plan to help students overcome transportation issues that kept them from the meal sites.
The McDonough County Voice (Macomb, Ill.) (8/18) 
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