What Are You Going to Eat Next Week?

If you were to ask your friends or co-workers if they’re planning to eat healthy next week, what do you think they would say? If they’re like most people, they will say yes, they are indeed planning to eat healthy. If you asked those same friends and co-workers if they wanted a homemade chocolate chip cookie right now, what do you think they would say? If they’re like most people, they will say “Of course. Thank you very much.” Why do we have the best intentions to eat healthy or drink less … [Read more...]

Here Comes the Tsunami!

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. Mark Twain often gets credit for that statement; although, it most likely originated in England in the late 1800s. Regardless, the takeaway is simple — statistics can often be manipulated to support or detract from just about any position or argument. A major exception to that would be diabetes. It’s impossible to ignore how quickly the numbers are climbing. This is American Heart month. I’m sure by now you once again have been … [Read more...]

That’s Just Nuts!

One of my favorite expressions is that “Food is Fuel.” Just like a car needs gasoline to run, humans need food to live — not just to breathe, but to flourish. The quantity of food is obviously important, but so is the quality. I believe many of us overlook the importance of the quality of our diet. In terms of quantity, we measure gasoline in gallons and we measure food in calories. We require a certain amount of calories every day just to satisfy our basic needs, such as keeping our … [Read more...]

That’s Just Nuts!

One of my favorite expressions is that “Food is Fuel.” Just like a car needs gasoline to run, humans need food to live — not just to breathe, but to flourish. The quantity of food is obviously important, but so is the quality. I believe many of us overlook the importance of the quality of our diet. In terms of quantity, we measure gasoline in gallons and we measure food in calories. We require a certain amount of calories every day just to satisfy our basic needs, such as keeping our … [Read more...]

That’s Just Nuts!

One of my favorite expressions is that “Food is Fuel.” Just like a car needs gasoline to run, humans need food to live — not just to breathe, but to flourish. The quantity of food is obviously important, but so is the quality. I believe many of us overlook the importance of the quality of our diet. In terms of quantity, we measure gasoline in gallons and we measure food in calories. We require a certain amount of calories every day just to satisfy our basic needs, such as keeping our … [Read more...]

What’s the Real Financial ROI on Wellness? I Don’t Know, and I Don’t Care!

I’ve been sitting on this topic for quite some time now, but not because I know it’s a heated and controversial topic (well, at least it is for some people). I’ve been sitting on this because I’m so incredibly passionate about what I’m going to say, that I wanted it to be just right. As a former financial officer for both a hospital system and an insurance company, I can talk all day about ROI …what’s real and what’s not. Here’s the thing — there’s a pattern by some in our industry for … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk About Habits

OK…time for some personal questions. Don’t worry … no one has to know the answers other than you. How many hours has it been since you last brushed your teeth? In the last 10 times you rode in a car, how many times did you wear your seatbelt? How many days has it been since you exercised for at least 30 minutes? I’m fairly confident your answer for No. 1 is somewhere less than 24 hours and for No. 2 you answered “10.” Now how about No. 3 — the dreaded “E” word? When was the last time you … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk About Habits

OK…time for some personal questions. Don’t worry … no one has to know the answers other than you. How many hours has it been since you last brushed your teeth? In the last 10 times you rode in a car, how many times did you wear your seatbelt? How many days has it been since you exercised for at least 30 minutes? I’m fairly confident your answer for No. 1 is somewhere less than 24 hours and for No. 2 you answered “10.” Now how about No. 3 — the dreaded “E” word? When was the last time you … [Read more...]

Chicken Little Was Right!

When it comes to the health of our country, Chicken Little was right…the sky IS falling! While healthcare and the Affordable Care Act have dominated the headlines over the last few years…and continue to do so…it seems that actual health gets very little attention. In June 2014, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) released statistics regarding the rate of diabetes in the United States. These same statistics can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) website as an … [Read more...]