Archive for the ‘Wellness’ Category

I’m a slave to my pedometer.  News flash – moving around helps.
Begin wellness lecture:
Found a public transit study from 2010 – people who opted to ditch their vehicle and commute on light rail transit to work were 81% less likely to become obese. Another study looking at the same stats calculated the average public transit taker walks 8.3 minutes more per day than non- transit users.
I offer as evidence my dad.  He’s over 80, and kicking.  He has a better BMI than I do, and is frequent user of public transportation.  Also, eats healthy and reasonable portions.
End of wellness lecture.

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So, stress and depression are in the running for most expensive health problems based on behavior, right there with heart conditions.

May I offer a simple answer?  A balanced beverage recipe.  A kale/spinach/apple/citrus smoothie over ice, with a vodka chaser.

I call it the “Detox/Retox.

Mix.  Drink.  Repeat.  The waiter just walked away, shaking his head.

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So, at a recent conference the Breakfast sandwiches were placed on the buffet, and the hordes descended.  Eating habits were clearly set, as measured by what people chose…

Clearly, the locals are carnivores.

Clearly, the locals are carnivores.

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I’m always on the lookout for tools or websites that can give me an advantage in life. Here is a new one that appeared in my inbox today.

www.sickweather.com is a self-reported site of illness and infections yuck that appears like a weather map. Using it, you can see what diseases are floating around your home town, and prepare yourself for a business trip to, say, New York or wherever. A good reminder to wash your hands in airports.

I noted that it had some interesting categories beyond the usual cold and flu. Whooping cough? Chicken Pox? Fine. But Stess? Depression? Interesting. To test the accuracy, I selected Stress. The only city in the Midwest that popped up was Chicago. Fair enough. Then, I selected Depression. The results are below:

Looks accurate to me…

So, Cleveland and Detroit came back positive for Depression.

Seems accurate. I’ll keep an eye on this one.

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Wow.  Denmark is becoming the most progressive Food Nation.

On Saturday, the Danes (remember Hamlet?) introduced a “fat tax” on foods like butter and oil, with the goal of a healthier nation with higher life expectancy.  With the significant issues facing American health plans, we should watch how this succeeds or fails. 

The Nordic country introduced the tax Saturday, of 16 kroner ($3.00) per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of saturated fat in a product.  The tax is relatively small – a spokesman for Denmark’s Confederation of Industries says the tax will increase the price of a burger by around $0.15 and raise the price of a small package of butter by around $0.40.  It is probably the world’s first fat tax.

"But, look, the morn, in russet mantle clad, walks o'er the dew of yon high eastward hill." - William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.1

They are taking this step to fight off obesity.  Their obesity rate is less than 10%, which is below the European average of 15%.  We Americans are 33.8%.  Hoosiers are slightly larger than that.

I am reminded of the effort in a state legislature a few years back that would have made it illegal to sell any “high fat junk food” from a “quick service restaurant” to anyone with a Body Mass Index over 30 – the threshold for obesity.  It didn’t pass the full legislature and died in committee…

Full article here: http://tinyurl.com/43pt46w


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Fixing health care comes back to personal accountability, and changing behavior requires marketing. Marketing expert Ford Saeks (not a typo- that is his last name) made a good point this morning that applies perfectly to our world.

We often focus on the “how”. How to lose weight. How to walk more. Ford reminds us to combine the message (why) with the market (who) with the how. Then, when you have the three legs of the marketing stool in balance, you will get traction.

That will make all the difference – you will then change behaviors and help others live a healthier life.


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Clever? Yes. Wrong? On several levels…

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