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“The Workplace Is Killing People and Nobody Cares” - Insights by Stanford Business, March 15, 2018

This is an interview with Jeffrey Pfeffer, the author of “Dying for a Paycheck”: a new book that examines the massive health care toll that today’s work culture exacts on employees. Pfeffer argues that the current work culture is harming both company performance and individual wellbeing. Job engagement is low; distrust in management high; and job satisfaction in continual decline. His book focuses on the U.S., but the problem is global.

 

“In NAFTA Talks, U.S. Tries to Limit Junk Food Warning Labels” - The New York Times, March 20, 2018 

Urged on by big American food and soft-drink companies, the Trump administration is using the trade talks with Mexico and Canada to try to limit the ability of the pact’s three members (including the U.S.) to warn consumers about the dangers of junk food.

 

“The Nine Types of Startups Y Combinator Thinks the World Needs in 2018” (Several are wellness-focused) - Quartz, March 6, 2018

 This is a must-read to keep abreast of what’s going on in tech and innovation. Each year, Y Combinator reviews thousands of start-ups’ projects and funds a few hundred. One of its partners gives us a rundown of the nine ideas he’d choose to fund in the coming year – and some are squarely in the wellness space: (1) Bricks and mortar 2.0; (2) Carbon-removal technology; (3) Cellular agriculture and clean meat; (4) Cleaner commodities; (5) Improving memory; (6) Longevity and anti-ageing; (7) Safeguards against fake video; (8) Supporting creators; (9) Voice-apps.

 

“PWC's Millennial Employees Led a Rebellion—And Their Demands Are Being Met” (With the BeWell, Work Well corporate wellness program)  - Quartz at Work, March 20, 2018

PWC has launched a new corporate wellness program called Be Well, Work Well. Flexibility has proved that the firm could rethink the culture of long hours without taking a hit to its profits. 

 

“How to Build Muscle as Age Tears It Down” - CNN, March 6, 2018

Muscle loss and loss of strength can be slowed considerably in most cases and even reversed in some, regardless of age or fitness level.

 

A Striking Stat:

Nearly 40% of Americans are now obese, a staggering increase from just a decade ago.
Source: Report published in JAMA, March 23, 2018

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AuthorBeth McGroarty, Director of Research, GWI