Exercising Just Twice A Month from Childhood ‘Improves Brain Function’
This new video from Telegraph.co.uk addresses the subject of the effect of exercise on brain function. A study was done on over 9,000 individuals beginning at the age of 11, and included monitoring at regular age intervals to monitor their levels of exercise. According to the results, participants that exercised two to three times per month or more, scored higher in tests than those who had not.
Trying to Encourage Employees to Give Up Smoking?
If you’ve ever been a smoker or know someone who has, quitting can be a very difficult process. While smoking cessation programs have proven to be very successful, sometimes additional efforts may be needed. The FDA has recently said that smokers can safely use over-the counter gum, patches, and lozenges for a longer period of time than was originally recommended. Via New York Times.
Wellness in the Workplace: Rewards & Penalties the Way to Go?
Most employers are in agreement that incentive-based wellness programs work. However, some critics believe that while wellness programs may lower participants’ healthcare costs, it will cause an increase in premiums for those who choose not to participate. This article shows two sides of the spectrum including the benefits of rewarding participants with incentives, as well as why making at-risk employees pay more will not pay off. Read on to find out more. Via Wall Street Journal.
Staggeringly High Calories in Restaurant Kids’ Meals
While many large chain restaurants have begun adding healthier options for kids’ meals, it may not be enough. In fact, some kids’ meals contain over 1,000 calories and include high amounts of sodium and fat. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) analyzed over 3,400 kids’ meals from 41 of the top chain restaurants and found some very interesting results.
- 9 of the top chain restaurants’ meals do not meet Kids LiveWell standards
- 50% or more had over 600 calories
- 83% serve fried chicken entrees for children
- 735 offer fried potatoes
One chain restaurant that did meet nutrition standards was Subway whose meals include apple slices, water, apple juice, or 1% low-fat milk. Via USA Today.
Time to Weigh In: What other factors (if any) do you believe contributed to the improved brain function of the nearly 9,000 participants tested from age 11? If you have quit smoking or helped someone else quit, what did you find to be the most effective means of sticking with a smoking cessation program? Do you believe that penalizing employees that choose not to participate in workplace wellness programs should be penalized?