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Conclusions from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017

Each year in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum hosts their Annual Meeting. This year’s Annual Meeting had the theme of Responsive and Responsible Leadership. Following my return, I wanted to share my conclusions with you from the Annual Meeting and discuss their implications for business and health. There were two overarching conclusions related to...

Derek Yach | Jan 24, 2017
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Vitality Group Featured as Health Innovation Leader in New World Economic Forum Report

Vitality Group’s program has been featured as a leading innovator in health in a report by the World Economic Forum. Published in collaboration with Willis Towers Watson, the report was released today at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Leveraging principles of behavioral economics that were originally pioneered by Nobel prize-winning psychologist,...

Derek Yach | Jan 19, 2017
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Maintain, Don’t Gain During the Holidays

What influences the foods you throw into your grocery cart or what your shopping list looks like? Does it depend on how hungry you are at the time? Who you are shopping with? It is likely a combination of factors. According to newly released research, it also depends on the season. A study from RAND...

Cary Conway and Adriana Selwyn | Dec 15, 2016
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Redefining the unacceptable: Making prevention of disease and promotion of health priorities

Blog post is based on Derek Yach’s TEDx talk in Monte Carlo on November 26, 2016 Governments and businesses spend more than 95% of healthcare costs responding to the consequences of neglected disease prevention and underused health promotion. This is unacceptable. We must give disease prevention and health promotion higher priority in our lives. When...

Derek Yach | Nov 26, 2016
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Canadian Leadership: The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion After 30 Years

The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, which proposed an international effort to achieve better health for all by 2000, celebrates its 30th anniversary on November 21, 2016. The tactics espoused by the Ottawa Charter, largely dependent on government interventions, have advanced the health of Canadians over the past 30 years. Early and long-standing interactions between...

Gillian Christie | Nov 21, 2016
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Healthy Aging in Action: The Surgeon General’s National Prevention Strategy for Older Adults

The US Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, has released new recommendations to promote healthy aging in later life: “Healthy Aging in Action: Advancing the National Prevention Strategy”. The report highlights governmental policies and programs that reflect the National Prevention Strategy’s efforts to support an aging American population. While the recommendations address the need for a...

Derek Yach & Gillian Christie | Nov 17, 2016
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Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle to Avoid Diabetes

Today is World Diabetes Day, celebrated annually on November 14. World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. The theme of World Diabetes Day this year is ‘Eyes on diabetes’, with the following...

Cother Hajat | Nov 14, 2016
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Cranberries: Save them for the Thanksgiving Table

Cold season is arriving, and many people are stocking up on vitamin C, a widely used cure for the common cold. However, the Cochrane Review found that routine vitamin C supplementation failed to reduce the incidence of colds in the general population. What other supplements and foods are we taking with the assumption that they...

Elle Alexander | Nov 10, 2016
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Are Wearables Good For Your Health?

In a report to the United Kingdom’s House of Lord’s Select Committee on the Sustainability of the NHS, the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) proposed that “new technologies should be investigated to encourage healthier living to reduce demand for NHS services and create efficiencies in the healthcare system.” In healthcare, technology, such as wearables,...

Cother Hajat | Oct 31, 2016
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Today is World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day (October 10) calls attention to the continuing need for education, awareness, and advocacy on mental health. First celebrated in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health, World Mental Health Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to make strong mental health a reality for people worldwide. This year’s...

Cother Hajat & Cary Conway | Oct 10, 2016
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