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Want a Healthy Workforce? Shift Your Wellness Program Away From Diets.
A non-diet approach to weight management is more likely to produce results than the alternative. Workplaces that promote employee health in hopes of lowering premiums should look into "Eat for Life," a strategy that promotes mindfulness and healthy habits.
What's the Latest?
We've already covered how employers are fighting rising health premiums by encouraging (and sometimes coersing) employees into adopting healthier lifestyle habits. Wellness programs are on the rise and many have shown positive results both financially and with regard to employee health. Others, though, have produced "insignificant" results. What's the difference between a successful wellness program and one that gets brandished with terms such as "insignificant" or "limited?" It's all a matter of tactics and priorities.
What's the Big Idea?
Take, for example, this article in Lab Manager Magazine profiling a recent study from the University of Missouri. Researchers found workplaces that solely rely only on diets tend to produce results that are -- well -- insignificant. Alternatively, employers who dedicate themselves to promoting programs such as "Eat for Life" (which, not coincidentally, was developed by the same researcher who headed the study), enjoy more fruitful long term results.
From the Lab Manager Magazine article:
“Eat for Life offers a non-diet approach to weight management,” said Lynn Rossy, a health psychologist for the UM System. “Traditional wellness programs focus on weight challenges in which participants are repeatedly weighing themselves. These actions can help participants initially lose weight, but often, people gain the weight back when the challenge is gone and the program is over.”
Eat for Life promotes mindfulness and intuitive eating to help individuals get in tune with their body's eating impulses. It promotes responsible eating habits as well as a positive outlook with regard to body image. Dr. Rossy's research proved her system is superior in the long-term to weight competitions and other diet-based strategies pervasive in today's wellness programs. Employers looking for an approach that will bring long term results should look into giving Eat for Life a try.
Read more at Lab Manager Magazine
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"You dream about these kinds of moments when you're a kid," said lead paleontologist David Schmidt.
- The triceratops skull was first discovered in 2019, but was excavated over the summer of 2020.
- It was discovered in the South Dakota Badlands, an area where the Triceratops roamed some 66 million years ago.
- Studying dinosaurs helps scientists better understand the evolution of all life on Earth.
Credit: David Schmidt / Westminster College<p style="margin-left: 20px;">"We had to be really careful," Schmidt told St. Louis Public Radio. "We couldn't disturb anything at all, because at that point, it was under law enforcement investigation. They were telling us, 'Don't even make footprints,' and I was thinking, 'How are we supposed to do that?'"</p><p>Another difficulty was the mammoth size of the skull: about 7 feet long and more than 3,000 pounds. (For context, the largest triceratops skull ever unearthed was about <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02724634.2010.483632" target="_blank">8.2 feet long</a>.) The skull of Schmidt's dinosaur was likely a <em>Triceratops prorsus, </em>one of two species of triceratops that roamed what's now North America about 66 million years ago.</p>
Credit: David Schmidt / Westminster College<p>The triceratops was an herbivore, but it was also a favorite meal of the T<em>yrannosaurus rex</em>. That probably explains why the Dakotas contain many scattered triceratops bone fragments, and, less commonly, complete bones and skulls. In summer 2019, for example, a separate team on a dig in North Dakota made <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/26/science/triceratops-skull-65-million-years-old.html" target="_blank">headlines</a> after unearthing a complete triceratops skull that measured five feet in length.</p><p>Michael Kjelland, a biology professor who participated in that excavation, said digging up the dinosaur was like completing a "multi-piece, 3-D jigsaw puzzle" that required "engineering that rivaled SpaceX," he jokingly told the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/26/science/triceratops-skull-65-million-years-old.html" target="_blank">New York Times</a>.</p>
Morrison Formation in Colorado
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The world's 10 most affected countries are spending up to 59% of their GDP on the effects of violence.
- Conflict and violence cost the world more than $14 trillion a year.
- That's the equivalent of $5 a day for every person on the planet.
- Research shows that peace brings prosperity, lower inflation and more jobs.
- Just a 2% reduction in conflict would free up as much money as the global aid budget.
- Report urges governments to improve peacefulness, especially amid COVID-19.
The lush biodiversity of South America's rainforests is rooted in one of the most cataclysmic events that ever struck Earth.
- One especially mysterious thing about the asteroid impact, which killed the dinosaurs, is how it transformed Earth's tropical rainforests.
- A recent study analyzed ancient fossils collected in modern-day Colombia to determine how tropical rainforests changed after the bolide impact.
- The results highlight how nature is able to recover from cataclysmic events, though it may take millions of years.