The Average Person Is Better Off without a Fitness Wearable, Weight Loss Study Finds - CBS, September 20, 2016

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, wearing fitness-tracking technology actually resulted in less weight loss than not wearing the technology.


The Health Benefits of Talking to Strangers - The Atlantic, August 25, 2016

No matter what your mother told you, the health benefits of talking to strangers is clear – with public-health research showing improved moods among commuters who chat on the subway and more happiness and creativity among people who talk to strangers.


If the Average Woman Is 'Plus-sized', Why Doesn't our Fashion Reflect That? - The Guardian, September 26, 2016

The disconnect between the clothes in store windows and the bodies of real women is greater than ever. It entails the desperation of drastic weight loss efforts, but a few brands are now starting to change the narrative.


How Do You Get a Job that Doesn't Exist Yet? - World Economic Forum, August 31, 2016

This is a short article that contains some interesting tips on how to prepare for the jobs of the future (with links to more in-depth WEF studies and reports). It’s hard, if not impossible, to know what the jobs of tomorrow will be, but they will certainly require the following attributes: empathy, creativity, leadership, intuition and social intelligence. (In other words, strong mental wellness will be a requirement of future jobs.)


Air Pollution is Making Office Workers Less Productive - Harvard Business Review, September 20, 2016

Several studies have demonstrated that pollution reduces the output of both farm and factory workers. When pollution levels — namely outdoor ozone and indoor particulate matter — increase, physical laborers can’t help but slow down.


A Striking Stat:

Ninety-two percent of the world's population now breathes air containing pollutants that exceed the World Health Organization’s limits.

The fallout: One out of every nine deaths is now the result of air pollution-related conditions.

Source: WHO, September 2016

AuthorBeth McGroarty, Director of Research, GWI