Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Health Benefits of Humor: Why laughter really is the best medicine


According to the American Psychological Association’s most recent Stress in America™ survey, people living with high stress face potential physical and emotional health challenges if they’re unable to manage it. Left untreated, consistently high stress could become a chronic condition, resulting in serious health problems—including anxiety, insomnia, muscle pain, high blood pressure and a weakened…

Changing the Candy Habit: Happy, Healthy Halloween!

Trick or treat? If you dread the health implications of a pillowcase full of sweets this year, you can get advice from grandparents, neighbors, pediatricians and you may have a few ideas of your own. Here are some fast facts…and a few proven behavior change strategies to help you alter the Halloween candy habit. Scary…

School Lunches and their Impact on Childhood Obesity


In my elementary school years I was a bring-your-lunch-to-school type of girl, weary of school lunches. The cafeteria smelled weird and in the early 90s they transitioned to pouches of milk that you stabbed with a straw versus cartons to drink from. Nutshell: Not a fan. Then came middle school, where school lunches were the…

Authenticity in Online Channels: 4 experts share tips plus a bonus how-to


At the apex of content marketing and contemporary communications is the idea of authenticity. No matter how digital, virtual or asynchronous communication becomes, humans always find ways to sniff out the inauthentic and separate it from the genuine, authentic behavior. It’s part of why humans are so good at communicating via social media and in…

Sit up straight! How changing your posture changes your behavior


Hasn’t your mother ever scolded you not to slouch? Well, maybe we should take the advice. The benefits of having good posture are abundant and can have a surprising impact on your overall behavior and wellness. Some advantages of a strong posture may even be surprising to you. I have a habit of excessive slouching….

Cyber security is less about technology . . . and more about behavior change.

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There are lots of things to be aware of in October, with 31 days of recognition for everything from breast cancer and dental hygiene to the equally weighty issue of squirrel awareness. In addition to these and many more observances, October also serves as Cyber Security Awareness Month. Cyber security is a major issue in…

Prescriptions drugs: Take as directed, or take a chance.


If you have a chronic condition like high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol, taking your prescriptions as directed is essential for living healthy. Yet, according to the World Health Organization, adherence to chronic therapy in the U.S. averages just 50%. There is also a correlation between emergency room visits and prescription drug non-adherence. In…

HIE’s: How sharing info on health information exchanges is changing health care.


What are HIEs & RHIOs ? Unless you’ve had your head stuck in the sand, you’ve likely heard about Obamacare, otherwise known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and details of the new changes that are being implemented throughout our health care systems. This overhaul of our health care system is driven by a…

Health Insurance Exchanges First Day. How’d it go?


Are you ready to shop and buy on health insurance exchanges? I’m writing this on Day One of the historic launch of a key component of the Affordable Care Act—health insurance exchanges—online marketplaces where individuals and small businesses can explore and enroll in insurance for 2014. Starting October 1st, uninsured individual consumers and small businesses…

Changing behavior online: LinkedIn group engages 43,000 in four months


Likes? One. Comments? None. That pretty much sums up the pathetic state of many discussion sections within today’s LinkedIn groups. As the total number of groups on LinkedIn recently hit 1.5 million, it appears quality has given way to quantity. So what better time to look back at a group that forever changed LinkedIn marketing…