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“Move for Health” – Physical Activity and Diabetes Prevention

Diabetes is a disorder that causes blood glucose levels to rise higher than normal. The most common form of diabetes is Type 2, or non-insulin dependent diabetes. With this disease, your body does not use insulin properly, causing insulin resistance. Over time, insulin resistance decreases your body’s ability to keep its blood glucose (sugar) at...

Kristie Willenborg | Apr 5, 2016
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More steps, more life

It is well-known that being physically active is linked to living a longer and healthier life. A recent study from Australian researchers confirmed this, showing that taking more steps each day led to a lower risk of death. Over a period of five years the scientists studied objectively measured physical activity—with a device, and not...

Adriana Selwyn and Jonathan Dugas | Mar 23, 2016
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Breaking Down the New Dietary Guidelines

Last month, the long awaited 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released. Updated every five years, these guidelines outline what Americans should be eating to stay healthy based on the latest scientific research. Right in time for National Nutrition Month, here’s what you need to know:    What’s new in these guidelines? A greater emphasis on...

Adriana Selwyn | Mar 17, 2016
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Celebrating International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day - on March 8 every year - honors the incredible social, economic, cultural, and political accomplishments by women around the world. Starting in 1909, the UN declared the first Women’s Day to recognize the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where for the first time, women laborers protested against inhumane working conditions. The UN...

Gabriela Seplovich and Shahnaz Radjy | Mar 7, 2016
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Release of Guidelines for Personalized Health Technology: Final Report

Do you know whether your employer can access and analyze data from your wearable device? Will your insurer use your smartwatch data to price your premium? Will your data from your mobile health application be protected and secured from malevolent cybercriminals? These deal-breaking questions may result in a failure to deliver widespread health benefits if...

Gillian Christie | Mar 2, 2016
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Today is Data Privacy Day!

On January 26, the health insurer Centene disclosed the misplacement of six hard drives containing personal information on 950,000 people. On January 27, Buzzfeed reported that fraudsters were trading data on Fitbit users for a mere 50 cents. On January 28 – today – the world celebrates Data Privacy Day! Led by the non-profit National...

Gillian Christie | Jan 28, 2016
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Companies reporting on employee health: gamble or good risk management?

Fifteen years ago, companies would never have believed it would become common practice for them to track and publicly report on their water use, energy efficiency, and carbon footprint. It did. Today, with sessions at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos on “Health is the Bottom Line” and recognition that human capital is...

Shahnaz Radjy and Derek Yach | Jan 21, 2016
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Longevity in the Workplace: 60 is the new 40

By Dominic Lee, Derek Yach, and Meghan Fitzgerald The ageing of the world’s population has significant implications for the workplace. For the first time in history, there will soon be more people over age 60 than under age 15 in the world. This means that existing attitudes surrounding our global workforce and efforts to attract and...

Dominic Lee, Derek Yach, and Meghan Fitzgerald | Jan 18, 2016
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Workplace Health Programs Linked to Improved Stock Performance

New research has just been published demonstrating that companies with best in class workplace health programs tend to outperform their peers in terms of stock performance. The key take-away is that investing in evidence-based employee health programs is a proxy for other highly effective business practices and great governance. Three studies published by Ray Fabius,...

Shahnaz Radjy and Derek Yach | Jan 8, 2016
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