Wellness Wednesday 3/25: Exercise! Even if you "don't have time!"

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 9:00:00 AM by Ali Desjardin

Wednesday has arrived! Here are some great articles from all over the web. This week I cover everything from myth's about high-protein diets to new ideas for delicious, healthy smoothies!

“Maybe you’ve noticed the starting lines at races are a little more crowded. Or the sign-ups have become a bit more competitive. (As one would-be NYC marathoner tweeted, “I’ve never refreshed a page more in my entire life.”) And with reason: We’re in the middle of a boom in terms of runners and races. According to Running USA’s annual 2014 “State of the Sport” report, the number of road race finishers in America has increased nearly 300 percent since 1990. That’s 19,025,000 runners crossing finish lines in 2013—a record number of participants in organized races around the nation. And with the New York City Marathon's record-breaking 50,530 finishers in 2014, it's safe to say the numbers are only going to grow.”

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Weekly Wrap: How #BlackLivesMatter matters to healthcare

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 11:43:00 AM by Ali Desjardin

Welcome to the Weekly Wrap! Hey! It’s finally Friday! And as an added bonus, Happy Happiness Day! This weekend you can get your read on with these great articles from all around the web in the world of healthcare and insurance!

“This week brought new revelations about a cyber attack on Premera Blue Cross. The health insurance company based outside Seattle says hackers may have compromised 11 million customer accounts. Attacks like that are prompting some companies to buy cyber insurance, and that business is growing quickly, as we learn from reporter Kaomi Goetz.”

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Wellness Wednesday: Mining for bitcoins, exercising with tech!

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 8:50:46 AM by Ali Desjardin

Wellness Wednesday, what a day! Back at it with all of the fun news and tips about health and wellness. This week I cover everything from incentivizing exercise through tech to fun exercises to do at work (maybe even at your desk!).

“Our emotional world has a remarkable power to determine not only our mental health, but also how our physical well-being. ’Positive characteristics, such as optimism, vitality, meaning, and subjective life satisfaction are immensely important in their own right,’ psychologist Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman wrote in a recent Scientific American blog on optimism and heart health. ‘The related fields of positive psychology and health psychology focus on rigorous scientific investigations of how people adapt to life’s inevitable challenges, and how that is related (or even leads to) a better quality of life.’ And a growing body of research in psychology, medicine and public health is demonstrating the health benefit of positive emotions and their effect on physical health. When past studies have looked at the effect of emotions on physical health, it has tended to focus on the deleterious effect of negative emotions like anger and mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.”

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