Employers can help millennials deal with financial stress by offering retirement savings and other financial wellness products and educating their millennial employees about the importance of maximizing benefits, writes Manisha Thakor, vice president of financial education at Brighton Jones. Employers should encourage their millennial employees to live within their means and to learn about financial matters, Thakor writes.
Supermarket chain Hy-Vee is offering voluntary benefits -- including health, dental, vision, disability, life, accident, critical illness hospital indemnity, homeowners, renters and pet insurance as well as banking and investment services -- to its 65,000 part-time employees through a privately run exchange that includes guidance and a cost calculator. Offering voluntary benefits can be "icing on the cake" that differentiates one employer from another in a tight labor market, says retail industry consultant Paul Adams.
About a dozen fitness centers have entered Chicago-area retail centers in each of the past five years, a trend meant to attract health-conscious shoppers. Making shopping centers into "self-care precinct[s]" is helping to bring new types of shoppers to the properties.
Many people with chronic knee pain stop exercising, but inactivity and weak muscles around the knee can actually exacerbate the pain, experts say. They say small modifications can make squats, lunges, step-ups and lateral band walks less painful without reducing the exercises' effectiveness.
If 20% more Americans stuck to a healthy diet, the nation would save more than $20 billion in direct and indirect costs associated with heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, stroke, hip fracture, Alzheimer's disease and other conditions, according to a study scheduled to be presented at the American Society for Nutrition's annual meeting. The study indicates that educating Americans on how to improve their diet quality would be financially worthwhile, said lead author Carolyn Scrafford.
Consuming too much salt may increase the risk of disease by killing Lactobacillus in the digestive tract, according to a study presented at the British Cardiovascular Society Conference. The researchers said a high-salt diet may kill other beneficial bacteria as well and suggested that probiotics might be useful in treating hypertension, but that more research is needed.
The state of New York will award more than $43.8 million over the next five years to participants in the New York State Cancer Services Program for free screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer for uninsured, underinsured and low-income residents.
Students in an Alabama school district will receive free meal deliveries this summer on a retrofitted school bus. Officials say the Nutrition Ignition program began after they realized some students were walking several miles to get to a meal site over the summer.
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