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Four Tips for Falling Into Fall!

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 10:08:40 AM by Ali Desjardin

It is really here. It is getting down to 46 degrees on Friday…

Yes, compared to the balmy days of summer, that is cold. But that doesn’t mean that you need to start living like a bear about to go into hibernation. At Maxwell Health we try to stay healthy all year, and have some tips for maintaining that health this Fall.

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Walking and Meetings: A Match Made in Heaven

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 10:41:03 AM by Ali Desjardin

Have you found yourself forgetting what fresh-air smells like? As Fall rolls around, the smell of the crisp air and dry leaves will be waiting out there for you! Walking meetings are a wonderful way to get outside and still get business taken care of! Some of the most influential thinkers have taken advantage of the practice, just another reason to walk and talk!

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Crazy Tech Wearables That You Have Got to Check Out

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 4:09:47 PM by Ali Desjardin

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Man! I wish my sweatshirt could like that Facebook status!” or “Gee, I feel so calm. I’m glad that my clothing is glowing blue.” Well, now you can!

As a followup to some of the best fitness trackers blog that I wrote a little while ago, here are some of the craziest, most innovative, and just downright baffling wearables on the market.

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Maxwell Health-y: What We Do to Stay Healthful

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 11:14:32 AM by Ali Desjardin

Here at Maxwell Health there are amazing incentives and support behind our team's efforts to get healthy. We wear fitness wearables, like Fitbit, that track our steps, and help us to earn gift cards following a met step goal! Talk about awesome. We also have a kitchen stocked with some healthy snacks and meals. And to top it all off, we are reimbursed for monthly gym memberships or fitness classes.

It is not only our standing desks that allow us to stay active, but a whole range of lifestyle choices that help us reach our health goals!

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Summertime Snacking: Sweet and Savory

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 3:51:00 PM by Ali Desjardin

As a followup to our Summer Food blog by Pranav, I wanted to provide some awesome summertime snack options! Our Maxwell Health kitchen is filled with delicious snacks, so these are some to try at home!

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6 End-of-the-Summer Mash-Up Recipes That'll Blow Your Taste Buds Away

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 1:21:00 PM by Pranav Tadikonda

Maxwell Health is all about helping you lead a healthier lifestyle, and in that spirit, we've decided to compile a list of six amazing end-of-the-summer mash-up recipes that'll make your get-togethers and family meals a hit! 

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Dump and Donate: The Ice Bucket Challenge and ALS

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 12:57:38 PM by Ali Desjardin

If you have been on the Internet at all, specifically Facebook, over the past month, you’ve most likely been bombarded by videos of people pouring buckets of ice water over their heads. A few of our own Maxwell Health team members have taken the challenge!  

Like any other viral marketing campaign, there has been some opposition and critical questioning of the benefit and importance of the act. However, it’s difficult to dispute that the challenge has brought some serious attention and a big spike in donations to the ALS Foundation. This is undoubtedly great, but are the people performing the act aware of what ALS is? Are they actually donating or just dumping water on their heads?

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Workplace Style Shouldn't Be Defined by a Brand

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 9:40:56 AM by Ali Desjardin

In July, Banana Republic, a clothing store, created a line of clothing called “Startup Guy.” The line was apparently loosely modeled after Refinery29’s list of “7 of Tech’s Coolest Dudes.

Banana Republic has since taken down the collection on their site. Apparently they didn’t account for the amount of time people at startups spend on their computers, googling things like startups, startup culture, etc. Also, where is the “Startup Gal” page? How will I ever know how to look too dressed up for work if Banana Republic doesn’t tell me how??

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Ebola and the Global Health Community

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 9:37:00 AM by Ali Desjardin

In the past few weeks, the media has been all over the coverage of two Americans who contracted the Ebola virus being brought back to the US for treatment. While it is horrible and scary that the virus has impacted Americans, African people need support in their fight against the virus that has been ravaging the continent. Twitter, for instance, is illustrative of the extent to which Americans, in particular, are uneducated about the virus and its impacts. A recent New York Times article speaks to the trending of misinformation around the virus. 

The situation is not pretty. Truthfully, though, it’s not just the African continent that has to recognize and deal with the situation. On August 9th, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak an international health emergency. Importantly, though, the likelihood of a global pandemic is not imminent. Bloomberg Businessweek writes, “Even in the West African countries where the disease has spread, it’s still far down the list of killers. Over the past few months, infections such as malaria and tuberculosis have caused far more deaths in the region.”

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Disruption in Health: Déjà vu?-- Part 2

Posted on Aug 9, 2014 11:00:00 AM by Taylor Pechacek

Read part 1 of this post to understand what I mean by: “We just saw the same cat go by twice.”

Let’s look at health through a similar lens. Historically, and still today, almost all health technology and knowledge are found at doctors offices or hospitals. It makes sense, as the technology is often expensive, big, and requires large capital investments. Again, the barrier to entry is high and inertia leaves health tech and services companies locked into their capital investment strategies. This model requires that people to pay patronage to the meccas, or hospitals, so that the cost is laughable, and only bearable by spreading it out among a population.

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