Workplace wellness programs — ones designed to help employees adopt healthier lifestyles and improve their health — do not appear to be effective, according to a major new study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study — a randomized controlled trial, which is considered the gold standard of research — found that after participating in workplace wellness programs for 18 months, employees reported that they were doing a better job at maintaining a healthy weight and exercising, but they did not score better on objective measures of health, such as lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar levels and a lower body mass index (BMI). Nor did the programs appear to have any effect on employee job performance or absenteeism. “Our findings show that health behaviors can respond to a workplace wellness program, but they also temper expectations of realizing large returns on investment in the short term,” said Dr. … [Read more...] about Workplace wellness programs: Study casts doubt on effectiveness
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Matthew Dolan and David Jesse Detroit Free Press Published 8:00 AM EDT Mar 20, 2019 The description of the proposed investment by the University of Michigan read like the fine print few people can fully comprehend. U-M's elected leaders voted in December 2017 to pour as much as $130 million into a new fund to target "mining, distressed opportunities, operating businesses, and commodities or production inputs that exhibit attractive upside potential due to valuation dislocations, transactional complexities, or supply and demand imbalances." Even with all those words, there may have been a surprising ingredient still missing: Bourbon. Records and interviews show the fund's managers at a Canadian private-equity firm are behind a new bourbon operation in Kentucky. Known as IJW Whiskey, the low-profile company has already erected large warehouses in Danville to store the corn-based, barrel-aged whiskey used to make bourbon and have … [Read more...] about University of Michigan investing in Kentucky bourbon?
By Marcy de Luna Published 8:14 am CST, Thursday, February 21, 2019 >>> Click through the photos above to see recently-opened Houston restaurants, along with some coming soon. >>> Click through the photos above to see recently-opened Houston restaurants, along with some coming soon. Photo: Courtesy Photo: Courtesy Image 1 of / 18 Caption Close Image 1 of 18 >>> Click through the photos above to see recently-opened Houston restaurants, along with some coming soon. >>> Click through the photos above to see recently-opened Houston restaurants, along with some coming soon. Photo: Courtesy Houston ranks among best U.S. cities to start a restaurant 1 / 18 Back … [Read more...] about Houston ranks among best U.S. cities to start a restaurant
THE SUN’S revelation yesterday of the threats to the safety of our gallant soldiers in their barrack rooms makes very depressing reading.appalling safety standards discovered by the Ministry of Defence’s own safety watchdog, but because we have been here before. Time and again senior officers have raised the issue of the standard of single-soldier and married-quarters accommodation, but the issue is never fully addressed. There have been several high-profile high-cost refurbishment programmes in a number of our garrisons — Catterick, Colchester, Aldershot and Tidworth/Bulford — but these only address a modest part of the overall defence estate. Admittedly the MoD is very keen to dispose of small single-unit camps and barrack areas as they are expensive to maintain But with 20,000 troops returning from Germany over the past five years, these small camps are still needed. If they are to be retained for a while longer, they must be safe, and … [Read more...] about Grenfell-style fire danger report on barracks shows why Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson must fight to look after our Armed Forces
Between a shifting landscape where insurers are morphing into more than payers and uncertainty of the midterm elections and the impact on health policy, there's a lot on Matt Eyles plate. Eyles leads America's Health Insurance Plans, the industry's largest trade group, and last week he sat down with Healthcare Dive to talk about the organization's legislative priorities and how AHIP is seeking to representing more than just insurers. HEALTHCARE DIVE: What do you see as the three biggest issues facing the industry this year? MATT EYLES: For the rest of the year, I think the legislative priorities are really focused on the health insurer tax that hits all different programs. [We are] Trying to get that suspended for 2020 because if we don't then either Medicare premiums or commercial premiums will go up or benefits have to be cut. It hits small businesses particularly to the tune of several hundred dollars of additional premiums, so that’s a big one. The second one is … [Read more...] about CEO Matt Eyles on why AHIP will probably have to change its name