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Setting Your Quit Date: World No Tobacco Day

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on May 28, 2015 12:59:00 PM

As a part of its Tobacco Free Initiative, the World Health Organization© (WHO) has declared May 31, 2015, World No Tobacco Day.


Each year since the inception of World No Tobacco Day in 1988, the WHO has focused on a different tobacco-related issue. Previous years’ campaigns focused on topics such as:

  • Raising taxes on tobacco (2014)

  • Tobacco-free youth (2008)

  • Health professionals against tobacco (2005)

  • Tobacco costs more than you think (1995)

  • Tobacco-free workplaces (1992)


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Topics: Smoking, Quit Smoking Treatment, Quit For Life

5 Myths About Smoking (and the Reality)

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on May 26, 2015 3:31:34 PM

Addiction is a tricky thing. Regardless of the reasons why someone may have started smoking, it’s easy to find reasons not to quit. Even when these justifications aren’t necessarily true, many people buy into them and use them as excuses to keep smoking.

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Topics: Smoking, Quit Smoking Treatment, Quit For Life

Study Suggests Link between Lack of Sleep, Obesity, and Diabetes

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on May 21, 2015 12:53:21 PM

The findings of a study presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society (ENDO 2015) showed that a chronic lack of sleep may increase the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. This study follows in the footprints of previously published studies that have also linked reduced sleep and a disruption in circadian rhythms to a higher risk of metabolic syndrome.[i]

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Topics: Obesity, Diabetes

How to Build a Culture of Health for Your Business

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on May 18, 2015 1:01:34 PM

You’ve probably been hearing over and over that if you want to build a healthy workforce, you must create a culture of health in your organization.


There’s a reason for this: you can’t expect your employees to participate in your programs if your culture does not reflect the values of a healthier lifestyle (like continuing to serve donuts at morning meetings and junk food in your vending machines).


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Topics: Nutrition, Physical Activity, Workplace Wellness

Coaches Corner: Grandma, You Stink! The Real Reasons People Quit Smoking

Posted by Anne Herman on May 15, 2015 1:01:06 PM

Sometimes people ask what I do as a coach. Often they assume that my job is to persuade our participants to quit smoking, to educate them about the health effects of smoking and “get them” to set a quit date. Actually, I almost never start there. Most of our callers already know how smoking can hurt their health. But surprisingly, that isn’t usually the main motivator.

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Topics: Quit For Life, Quit Coaches, Coaching

Which Screening Exams Do You Need: National Women's Health Week

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on May 11, 2015 1:00:52 PM

The Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has designated the week of May 10 (Mother’s Day) through May 16 as National Women's Health Week.


Women tend to be the caregivers in their families, regardless of whether they are employed outside the house or not.[i] But in the effort to do it all, many women may wind up neglecting their own health and missing out on important screenings.


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Topics: Chronic Disease, Best Practices

How to Safely Start Biking to Work

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on May 7, 2015 12:45:00 PM

Biking to work is a great way to increase your level of activity and reduce your sedentary time each day. Have you considered dusting off your bike and finding a new way to commute?


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Topics: Physical Activity, Workplace Wellness

The Latest in Cancer Research

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on May 4, 2015 3:01:27 PM

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) acknowledges May as National Cancer Research Month. 


As a society, we’ve made remarkable strides in our quest to prevent and cure cancer. Through research, we’ve learned a great deal about this formidable foe. Over time, research has provided important information about cancer, including findings that cancer is comprised of many diseases. As the AACR points out on their website, although we may tend to think of cancer as a single disease, it’s actually more than 200 diseases, each with its own unique mechanisms and markers for us to discover.


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Topics: Health News, Chronic Disease, Cancer

The Role of the Public Health Worker

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Apr 6, 2015 1:01:21 PM

April 6 through 12, 2015, has been set aside to honor those who choose to devote their lives to improving public health. National Public Health Week was created by the American Public Health Association (which publishes the American Journal of Public Health) to highlight the role of public health workers in the U.S., the challenges they face, and the important work they do.


So what do public health workers do, exactly?


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Topics: Workplace Wellness

Study: Weight Loss Helps Relieve Symptoms in Obese Patients With Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Apr 2, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a common condition in people with obesity. In fact, as many as two in three obese people may develop osteoarthritis of the knee during their lifetime.[i] 

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Topics: Obesity, Health News, Weight loss

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