Show Me the Money

Perhaps unsurprisingly in our culture, “dollars spent” frequently tops the variables considered regarding the health consequences of human behavior. Despite that bottom-line mentality, data quantifying the effectiveness of “lifestyle change” programs is sparse at best. A report from NPR caught my ear earlier this week which reinforced suppositions I’ve held for some time: that ultimately the return-on-investment is paltry at best for many so-called workplace wellness programs. Digging a little deeper, I found strong evidence that…deep breath…I may be wrong about that. Triple return isn’t too shabby, don’t you think? As health care costs continue to spiral ever-upward, sifting through the numbers would serve us all, as long as we balance hours scouring Google Scholar with some brisk walks in the open air. 

Heart Love

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 out of 4 deaths in the United States is a direct consequence of heart disease. This tallies to over half a million fatalities annually. Many of the risk factors for heart disease are modifiable through what are colloquially referred to as “lifestyle” changes…meaning modifications to daily habits of food consumption and physical activity. In a nutshell? Move. Your. Body. Every day

A Favorite Fitness Activity

What activates all four abdominal muscle groups while giving your lungs a fantastic workout? What may cause you to cry tears of joy and often leaves you gasping for air? That’s right: laughter. Although scientific evidence for the health benefits of laughter is mixed, it causes no harm and therefore I encourage you to indulge yourself often. You can start right now by sacrificing 1 minute to this delightful video

http://www.groundhog.org/groundhog-day/history/

Warm Thoughts

Stay toasty while staying active this weekend, folks!