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Weekly Article Roundup | 03.23.12

March 23, 2012 / Employee Engagement / Virgin Pulse

All the news you need from this past week.

The lifecycle costs of obesity in health and financial terms: the true math
Health Populi
About 50% of women and men in the U.S. are projected to be obese by 2030. The majority of people in America concur that the nation has an obesity problem. What’s been unknown and underestimated is just how much the epidemic is costing the nation in both health and financial terms…

Population-Based Approaches Revolutionize Workplace Wellness
Corp! Magazine
Poor health cripples a workplace. It debilitates employees, as well as business profitability. Factor in rising health care costs and U.S. businesses are being forced to abandon the “same old, same old” approach to corporate wellness.

Benefits Professionals Name Top Five Priorities for 2012
The Top Five Total Rewards Priorities Survey series, sponsored by Deloitte, LLP, and the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS), is an annual barometer of talent and benefits management challenges facing organizations.

I was going to exercise but…
Chicago Tribune
Dozens of things can derail a workout. You’re too tired, too hungry or too stressed. You’re bored with your workout or progressing too slowly. Your favorite machine is occupied or the swimming pool is closed for repairs. Your throat is sore or your knee hurts. The American Council on Exercise calls these …

Survey: Successful Companies Have an Employee-Focused Culture
The report concentrates on three areas: the HR focus and landscape in 2012, the nature of assessment use in organizations, and the use of technology in HR processes. There’s a lot in this survey, but here are some of the highlights.

Really? Carrying a cold bottle aids exercise
New York Times
Studies of athletes have found that wearing cooling vests or similar items during exercise can help lower the rate at which the core temperature rises, delaying fatigue, improving performance and causing less perceived effort. Now, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have shown that the simple act of carrying a cold thermos can have the same effect in people who are overweight.

Obesity costly in more ways than one
The Chattanoogan
It’s known that obesity takes a toll on physical health, often leading to chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension and joint problems. What many don’t recognize is the financial burden associated with obesity — costs that go far beyond the obese individual.

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