Well at Work
Employee wellness programs provide a greater ROI than previously reported, according to a new analysis from the American Journal of Health Promotion [HRMorning.com].
Well at Work
Onsite health centers continue to be popular among employers, according to the 2012 Onsite Health Center Survey by Towers Watson [TowersWatson.com].
Missy Franklin has taken an unconventional route to becoming an Olympic gold medalist at this summer’s Olympics in London. She’s remained in the same Colorado swim program since the age of 5 rather than joining an elite swim club in a warm-weather state, where she might have trained with more swimmers at her level. Todd Schmitz, the only coach she’s ever had, limits her to swimming two hours a day, five or six days a week. She swims between 4,000 and 5,000 yards a day, which is less than half the yardage logged by college swimmers, let alone those with Olympic aspirations. In the summer months, Schmitz does not even hold Saturday morning practices, which are typical for competitive child swimmers.
Well at Work
The next time you’re headed into a business meeting, make sure you’re sitting to the right of the person you want to impress. That’s because scientists at Wake Forest University concluded that the left side of a person’s face is more active than the right, showing more emotion and appearing more pleasant and aesthetically pleasing to others.
Well at Work
Employees who work the graveyard and other non-9-to-5 shifts are more likely to suffer from a heart attack, according to a new report published in the British Medical Journal [HuffingtonPost.com].
The Performance Life
A group of Starwood hotel executives are experiencing what it’s like to train like champion cyclists, and they’re doing it for a good cause. The team of Starwood executives will ride 354 miles along the Tour de France route this year to support UNICEF’s Early Childhood Care and Education program in Ethiopia. To prepare for the four-day ride, Core Performance founder Mark Verstegen is providing coaching, content, and an immersion experience for the group.
In the News
adidas has launched the latest addition to its miCoach family of products: the adidas miCoach video game on Kinect for Xbox 360 and PlayStation Move. As the coaches behind miCoach, Athletes’ Performance is proud to have helped shape the game with training plans, content, and coaching.
Physical inactivity is becoming a global epidemic that contributes to obesity and poor health overall, according to series of reports published online in The Lancet [NYTimes.com]. According to one report, 31.1 percent of adults worldwide, or roughly 1.5 billion people, don’t meet the minimum recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate activity per week (about 20 minutes a day).
Turns out your smart phone may be making you sleepy. When Swedish scientists conducted a series of studies on over 4,000 young adults, they found that those who were heavy users of mobile phones or computers were at a significantly greater risk of sleep disturbances, stress, and other mental health issues such as depression.
How is it some athletes are able to survive horrific accidents, defying doctors and conventional medical wisdom? Author Michael Vitez explores that question in his book The Road Back: A Journey of Grace and Grit, which tells the story of Matt Miller. In November 2008, Miller was a 20-year-old student and triathlete at the University of Virginia when he collided on his bike with an oncoming Porsche along the Blue Ridge Parkway, smashing into the vehicle with his face.
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