Smart Ways to Exercise on Bad Air Days

bad airUnfortunately, the air contains pollutants that can cause respiratory problems especially for people with allergies, asthma, and those who like to exercise outdoors. Understanding the pollution levels in your city or town can help you to reduce your exposure to high levels of irritating allergens. Follow the tips below to help you fit in your workout on particularly bad air days:

Check pollen.com – This website offers a four-day pollen allergy forecast by zip code.

Avoid pollen peak hours – Exercise in the early mornings or late evenings when pollen counts are lower.

Try low-moderate intensity – Avoid vigorous exercise to reduce exertion, which may exacerbate allergies, asthma and other respiratory conditions.

Avoid traffic – If possible, try to avoid running near high-traffic roads to reduce exposure to particles from the road and car fumes.
Sources:  www.health.com

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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS BUZZ: NEWS AND TRENDS FOR THE WEEK OF 8/17/2015

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Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Wellness News:

Employee Happiness Is Good, But It Doesn’t Ensure Employee Satisfaction

http://www.eremedia.com/tlnt/employee-happiness-is-good-but-it-doesnt-ensure-employee-satisfaction/

The Age of the Corporate Athlete

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-toomey/the-age-of-the-corporate-_b_7992668.html

The Transparency Advantage: Informed Employees Are Engaged Employees

http://www.eremedia.com/tlnt/the-transparency-advantage-informed-employees-are-engaged-employees/

Fitbit aiming for boost from corporate wellness programs

http://news.investors.com/technology-click/081415-766652-fitbit-stock-fit-up-on-morgan-stanley-report.htm

Hiring Wisdom: Why Recognition Is Key To Motivation AND Retention

http://www.eremedia.com/tlnt/hiring-wisdom-why-recognition-is-key-to-motivation-and-retention/

The 8 Ways That Great Leaders Keep Great People

http://www.eremedia.com/tlnt/the-8-ways-that-great-leaders-keep-great-people/

Broker/Sales News:


Towers Watson Profit, Revenue Top Expectations

http://www.wsj.com/articles/towers-watson-profit-revenue-top-expectations-1439289784

Are private exchanges really the next big thing?

http://www.benefitspro.com/2015/08/11/are-private-exchanges-really-the-next-big-thing

Does the DOL’s fiduciary rule favor fee-based brokers?

http://ebn.benefitnews.com/news/retirement/does-the-dols-fiduciary-rule-favor-fee-based-brokers-2747083-1.html

Smart Benefits: Is Your Package Competitive? What’s New in Employee Benefits

http://www.golocalprov.com/business/smart-benefits-is-your-package-competitive-whats-new-in-employee-benefits

An ‘unlimited’ parental leave policy sounds great, but will it work?

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-on-leadership-parental-leave-20150816-story.html

Work Life and Concierge News:

Millennials tend to pursue work/life balance

http://www.abqjournal.com/629375/biz/millennials-tend-to-pursue-worklife-balance.html

The Four Seasons of Work-Life Balance

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carson-tate/the-four-seasons-of-work-life-balance_b_7880574.html

Richard Branson’s 5 Tips for Work-Life Balance

http://tech.co/richard-bransons-5-tips-work-life-balance-2015-08

The Fraud of the New “Family-Friendly” Work

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/the-fraud-of-the-new-fami_b_7998734.html

The Key to Achieving Work-Life Balance for Parents? Accepting It’s a Myth.

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/249433

Student Assistance News

College Students in 36 States to Benefit from Extra $23.4 Million in Student Support Services Grants Focused on Success in Higher Education

http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/college-students-36-states-benefit-extra-234-million-student-support-services-grants-focused-success-higher-education

Is oversensitivity hurting higher education?

http://blogs.mprnews.org/todays-question/2015/08/is-oversensitivity-hurting-higher-education/

The end of single-sex higher education

http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/the-end-of-single-sex-higher-education/16653

A new way to pay for higher education?

http://wdtn.com/2015/08/17/a-new-way-to-pay-for-higher-education/

Everyone thinks the current state of higher education is awful. Who is to blame?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/08/14/everyone-thinks-the-current-state-of-higher-education-is-awful-who-is-to-blame/

A Student Loan in Every Pot

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-08-17/the-2016-candidates-flawed-student-loan-fixes

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Get Rid of Allergy-Causing Pests in Your Home

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Allergy-causing pests often hide in unexpected places in the home. Try the tips below to get rid of these allergens and reduce your allergic reactions!

Bust out the Vacuum – Dust mites and pet dander harbor in carpet and rugs. Vacuum weekly using a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to trap tiny particles.
Freshen Up Your Bedding – Wash bedding weekly or bi-weekly in hot water (about 130-degrees) to get rid of mites and mold.

Wipe Down the Bathroom – Mold often breeds on moist bathroom walls. Wipe them down with a chlorine-bleach solution (1 ounce of bleach to 1 quart of water) to prevent mold build-up.

Avoid Pollen Peak Hours – Try to keep windows shut between high-pollen-count hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and use the air conditioner instead.

Sources:  www.health.com

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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS BUZZ: NEWS AND TRENDS FOR THE WEEK OF 8/10/2015

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Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Wellness News:

Invisibility cloak shrouds workplace wellness programs

http://fleetowner.com/blog/invisibility-cloak-shrouds-workplace-wellness-programs

Why Is Pregnancy Such A Touchy Subject In Employee Wellness Health Assessments?

http://www.eremedia.com/tlnt/why-is-pregnancy-such-a-touchy-subject-in-employee-wellness-health-assessments/

People Quit Jobs For Careers, But That’s Also Why They Take Them

http://www.eremedia.com/tlnt/people-quit-jobs-for-careers-but-thats-also-why-they-take-them/

How Much Does Financial Stress Impact Your Employee’s Time At Work?

http://www.eremedia.com/tlnt/how-much-does-financial-stress-impact-your-employees-time-at-work/

Is Your Company’s Employee Wellness Program Right for You?

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2015/08/10/is-your-companys-employee-wellness-program-right-for-you

How Top Companies Are Engaging Employees in Their Wellness Program

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kirsi-paalanen/how-top-companies-are-engaging-employees-in-their-wellness-program_b_7957378.html

Communications ‘disconnect’ hinders workplace wellness programs, Brodeur survey suggests

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/communications-disconnect-hinders-workplace-wellness-programs-brodeur-survey-suggests-300124038.html

 

Broker/Sales News:

The New Mr. Mom: A new survey finds more than half of young new fathers are taking advantage of their employers’ parental-leave policies

http://www.hreonline.com/HRE/view/story.jhtml?id=534359117

Here’s the kind of pay raise you can expect next year

http://money.cnn.com/2015/08/10/pf/pay-raise/

Towers Watson launches employee benefits insurance agency in Japan

http://www.employeebenefits.co.uk/home/towers-watson-launches-employee-benefits-insurance-agency-in-japan/107313.article

Brokers played essential role with 2015 ACA open enrollment

http://ebn.benefitnews.com/news/health-care-reform/brokers-played-essential-role-with-2015-aca-open-enrollment-2747055-1.html

Netflix gives parents up to a year of paid leave

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2015/08/05/netflix-giving-new-parents-year-paid-leave/53Ff9RXak8dy3MsgFEUWRL/story.html

 

Work/Life and Concierge News:

For Passionate People Sick of Being Told About Work-Life Balance

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-probert-mpt/for-passionate-people-sick-of-being-told-about-work-life-balance_b_7956938.html

Slack Is Great, But Will It Destroy Any Semblance of Work/Life Balance We Have Left?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-probert-mpt/for-passionate-people-sick-of-being-told-about-work-life-balance_b_7956938.html

8 Things Employees Want Managers to Do for a Healthy Work-Life Balance

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julie-zack-yaste/8-things-employees-want-m_b_7950508.html

Paid parental leave should be U.S. law — not just a company perk

http://fortune.com/2015/08/10/paid-parental-leave-netflix-microsoft/

Pet-Grooming at Work, and Other Trendy Perks

http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-america/workforce/pet-grooming-at-work-and-other-trendy-perks-20150810

9 company perks every millennial wants (and expects)

http://www.reviewjournal.com/business/money/9-company-perks-every-millennial-wants-and-expects

INSIDE THE CREATIVE OFFICE CULTURES AT FACEBOOK, IDEO, AND VIRGIN AIRLINES

http://www.fastcompany.com/3049282/lessons-learned/inside-the-creative-office-culture-at-facebook-ideo-and-virgin-airlines

Student Assistance News

DOJ Launches Website To Advise Colleges On Sexual Assault

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/doj-campus-sexual-assault-website_55c37144e4b0f1cbf1e3dbb9?utm_hp_ref=college&kvcommref=mostpopular

Increasing demand for international students calls for career services improvements

http://www.educationdive.com/news/increasing-demand-for-international-students-calls-for-career-services-impr/403655/

These Groups Are Hoping To Help First-Generation College Students Make It To Graduation

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/first-generation-college-students-problems-dont-end-when-they-enroll-heres-what-can-be-done_55c3d75ce4b0d9b743db9913

Student mental health concerns prompt districts to hire social workers

http://www.oregonlive.com/beaverton/index.ssf/2015/08/student_mental_health_concerns.html

Tusculum College Student Support Services programs receive more than $2.5 million in grant funding

http://www.heraldcourier.com/workittricities/business_news/tusculum-college-student-support-services-programs-receive-more-than-million/article_a732068a-3d0d-11e5-b21c-a70f20cac839.html

Clinton Courts Silicon Valley With Higher Education Overhaul Plan

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gregoryferenstein/2015/08/10/clinton-courts-silicon-valley-with-higher-education-overhaul-plan/

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Tips to Keep Your Lungs Healthy

Lung Health ApplenyteBreathing is a subconscious activity that is often taken for granted. Its main function is to provide an essential nutrient to each cell in the body – oxygen. However, only 50 percent of the lungs’ capacity is used while at rest and during most daily activities. Similar to the rest of the body, like muscles and bones, the lungs can increase in endurance and capacity with increased movement and intensity of activities. Practice some of the following breathing techniques to unlock the potential of your lungs!

  • Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing – Slowly inhale while expanding the belly and lowering the diaphragm and lifting the upper chest. Then slowly exhale by letting the chest fall and lifting the diaphragm to completely expel the air.
  • Stay Hydrated – Staying well hydrated helps the lungs function better by keeping the mucosal linings in the lungs thin.
  • Be active – Regular moderate-intensity activity helps the lungs to build endurance and deliver maximum oxygen to the body.
  • Laughing therapy – Laughing strengthens abdominal muscles, increase lung capacity and improves mood.

Sources:  www.rush.edu
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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS BUZZ: NEWS AND TRENDS FOR THE WEEK OF 8/3/2015

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Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Wellness News:

Opportunity Cost, Or What I Learned About Employee Satisfaction From SNL

http://www.eremedia.com/tlnt/opportunity-cost-or-what-i-learned-about-employee-satisfaction-from-snl/

The average worker loses 11 days of productivity each year due to insomnia, and companies are taking notice

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-leadership/wp/2015/07/30/the-average-worker-loses-11-days-of-productivity-each-year-due-to-insomnia-and-companies-are-taking-notice/

Why Are 85% Of German Employees Disengaged At Work?

http://www.eremedia.com/tlnt/why-are-85-of-german-employees-disengaged-at-work/

The 4 Biggest Complaints Candidates Have About Recruiters

http://www.eremedia.com/tlnt/the-4-biggest-complaints-candidates-have-about-recruiters/

The Four Big Reasons Why 99% Of People Quit Their Jobs

http://www.eremedia.com/tlnt/the-four-big-reasons-why-99-of-people-quit-their-jobs/

Hearing health should be a workplace wellness priority

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/lifestyles/health/hearing-health-should-be-a-workplace-wellness-prio/nm4FN/

Why financial education should be a pillar of any wellness program

http://ebn.benefitnews.com/news/practice-management/why-financial-education-should-be-a-pillar-of-any-wellness-program-2747008-1.html

Broker/Sales News:

The brokers strike back, launch HR site to take on Zenefits

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/2015/07/flock-online-human-resource-insurance-adp-zenefits.html

Buyouts increasingly the goal, Aon Hewitt finds

http://www.pionline.com/article/20150803/ONLINE/150809989/buyouts-increasingly-the-goal-aon-hewitt-finds

Shares of Towers Watson & Co. (NASDAQ:TW) Sees Large Inflow of Net Money Flow

http://www.moneyflowindex.org/shares-of-towers-watson-co-nasdaqtw-sees-large-inflow-of-net-money-flow-2/384418/

Has the role of benefit broker diminished?

http://ebn.benefitnews.com/news/practice-management/has-the-role-of-benefit-broker-diminished-2746945-1.html

Work/Life and Concierge News:

9 Thought-Provoking Quotes About Work-Life Balance

http://www.forbes.com/sites/salesforce/2015/07/31/9-thought-provoking-quotes-about-work-life-balance/

9 Company Perks Every Millennial Wants (and Expects)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gobankingrates/9-company-perks-every-mil_b_7897404.html

Paid Leave This Week: Millennial Dads Discover That Work-Life Balance is Hard

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/122442/paid-leave-millennial-dads-discover-work-life-balance-hard

Startups Ramp Up the Fun in Fierce Contest To Retain Talent

http://www.toptechnews.com/article/index.php?story_id=0030003DMQX6

We’re Making Life Too Hard for Millennials

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/opinion/sunday/were-making-life-too-hard-for-millennials.html

 

Student Assistance News:

College Students Are Paying More, But Many Schools Are Spending Less On Them

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jillcastellano/2015/08/03/college-students-are-paying-more-but-many-schools-are-spending-less-on-them/

Rise in college food banks linked to the economy and campus demographics

http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-higher-learning-food-20150803-story.html

The new millennial mystery: why young people with jobs are still living at home

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/07/31/this-new-millennial-mystery-is-terrible-news-for-ikea/

Five Reasons Why College Students Can Benefit From Legal Insurance

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/five-reasons-why-college-students-can-benefit-from-legal-insurance-300120810.html

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Best Foods for Lung Health

Best food for lungThe respiratory system consists of the mouth, nose, trachea, throat and lung. This system has direct contact with the environment and exposure to harmful substances such as tobacco smoke and bacteria, which can cause damage to airways and reduce oxygen uptake. Besides quitting smoking and reducing exposure to harmful pollutants, a healthy diet containing the following can help to improve respiratory health!

Green Tea – Tobacco smoke or exposure to pollutants can increase the risk of lung inflammation. A study found that green tea drastically decreased inflammation and promoted healing in rats with damaged lungs.

Vitamin A helps the body to defend against bacteria and other pathogens, which can cause infections, including lung infection. Foods with an abundance of vitamin A include carrots, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, lettuce, apricots, cantaloupe and bell peppers.

Omega-3 fatty acid rich foods such as tuna, mackerel, salmon, sardines, flaxseed oil, almonds and peanuts have been shown to reduce asthma severity and incidence in children and adults.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects the lungs and body from free radicals that cause infection and chronic disease. Foods high in vitamin C include blueberries , tomatoes, mangoes, limes, and strawberries.

Source: www.livestrong.com

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