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5 Ways to Incorporate Healthy Changes into Your Back-to-School Routine

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Aug 27, 2015 11:00:00 AM


Parents across the country, the moment you’ve been waiting for is upon us. The kids are going back to school! 

While summers are fun and full of great activities for many, it’s nice to slip back into a familiar, predictable routine. Back-to-school is a popular time to make health-based resolutions, too. How many times have you heard yourself saying, “Once the kids are back in school I can (fill in the blank)”?


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Topics: Behavior Change, Stress Management

Step Out and Celebrate with the American Diabetes Association

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Aug 26, 2015 10:51:07 AM

Diabetes is a disease affecting millions of Americans. For 75 years, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has been taking on the challenging task of educating people across the country about diabetes. The ADA delivers services to those affected by diabetes, provides a voice to those who have been denied rights, and funds research to learn more about how diabetes works, what causes it, how to treat it, and how to prevent it.


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Topics: Weight Management, Physical Activity, Diabetes

Study: Tobacco Cravings Increased by E-Cigarette Advertising

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Aug 20, 2015 12:56:16 PM

When a person is trying to quit smoking tobacco, one common recommendation is to avoid triggers that spark urges to smoke. Those triggers can come in a number of forms, like taking breaks in certain places or being around certain people.


A study published in the March 2015 issue of the journal Health Communication found that one particular trigger might be coming from an unexpected place: e-cigarette advertising.


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Topics: Quit Smoking Treatment, Quit For Life, E-Cigarette Series

3 Things Your Bad Breath Might Be Trying to Tell You

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Aug 17, 2015 1:08:00 PM

Everyone gets bad breath from time to time. Often, it’s just a sign that you need to brush your teeth or you shouldn’t have eaten all that garlic bread last night.

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Topics: Smoking, Quit For Life, Diabetes, Tobacco Cessation

Metrics Help Companies Incorporate Human Capital Domains into Business Strategy

Posted by Bruce Sherman, MD on Aug 13, 2015 1:20:00 PM

Consultant Bruce Sherman, MD, Medical Director, Population Health Management, Exchange Solutions, Buck Consultants at Xerox, discusses the value of adopting a human capital business strategy in this third installment of our Employee Wellness Core Metrics Blog Series.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness, Thought Leadership, Best Practices, Core Metrics

5 Ways to Relax and Reduce Stress: National Relaxation Day

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Aug 10, 2015 12:45:21 PM


In today’s society, stress is a fact of life. Things to do, people to see, emails to send: we may even feel compelled to frame our complaints about our “busyness” as boasts and compare our stress levels with friends. “See how busy I am? My time is really valuable!”

But the fact is that the winners in the “whose life is more stressful” game are actually losinglosing productivity and negatively impacting their health.


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Topics: Workplace Wellness, Best Practices, Stress Management

3 Tips to Break Bad Habits

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Aug 6, 2015 12:52:03 PM

Do you have bad habits you’d like to break?

Just about everyone does. Whether the habit you’re hoping to change is something as minor as biting your nails or something as serious as smoking, you can use some of the same steps to change your actions.

According to the Society for Personality and Social Psychology®, about 40 percent of the activities we perform every day occur in very similar situations. These habits are developed through associative learning. Researcher Wendy Wood says, “When actions are repeated in a stable context, we form associations between cues and response.”[i]


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Topics: Tobacco Cessation, Best Practices, Behavior Change

FDA Announces 3-Year Plan to Remove Trans Fats from Processed Foods

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Aug 3, 2015 12:42:32 PM

The FDA has announced plans to nearly eliminate the use of partially hydrogenated oils, often referred to as either PHOs or “trans fats,” in manufactured foods in the U.S within the next three years. Food manufacturers will have the opportunity during this three-year period to either reformulate the packaged food to eliminate artificial PHOs or to petition for a special permit that will allow certain uses of trans fats.

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Topics: Weight Management, Obesity, Health News, Nutrition, Chronic Disease

Considering E-Cigs to Quit Smoking? US Task Force Says Not So Fast

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jul 30, 2015 1:01:00 PM

Anecdotally, many people claim that electronic cigarettes have helped them beat their tobacco habit once and for all. These e-cigarette and “vaping” proponents are often quite vocal about their success, and as a result, many others who want to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes have considered switching to e-cigs instead. On the surface, it makes sense. No tar or other carcinogens to clog up your lungs, and you can gradually taper down the nicotine.

Scientific studies, however, have not yet backed up the idea that e-cigarettes are helpful quit aids.


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Topics: Quit Smoking Treatment, Tobacco Cessation, E-Cigarette Series

3 Reasons Your Employees Haven’t Quit Smoking Yet

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

It might seem so obvious.

Smoking is well-known to be hazardous to your health. It’s incredibly expensive. It causes premature aging and makes both clothing and breath smell bad.

So why are some of your employees so resistant to quitting? It may feel like no amount of reasoning will ever reach these employees.

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Topics: Quit Smoking Treatment, Workplace Wellness, Tobacco Cessation

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