Apr 09 2015
The CDC estimates that 29.1 million people (9.3% of the U.S. population) have diabetes. We’ve been hearing for years about the obesity epidemic in our country, and with that comes a host of other related health problems such as this. But of those people who have diabetes, 27.8% of them are undiagnosed.

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes…

·         You can expect to pay about 2.3 times more in healthcare expenses than if you didn’t have the disease.

·         Your average yearly medical cost will be about $13,700; $7,900 of which is attributed specifically to diabetes.

·         You will spend more time in doctors’ offices, picking up prescriptions and testing supplies, and monitoring your health.

Diabetes costs us nationally $245 billion; 1 in 5 healthcare dollars in the US.

·         $176 billion in direct medical costs

·         $69 billion in reduced productivity. To break this down further:

o   increased absenteeism ($5 billion)

o   reduced productivity while at work ($20.8 billion)

o   reduced productivity for those not in the labor force ($2.7 billion)

o   inability to work as a result of disease-related disability ($21.6 billion)

o   lost productive capacity due to early mortality ($18.5 billion)

Doesn’t it make sense to invest in preventing this epidemic? Simple measures can reduce the risk of diabetes (and heart disease), including:

·         Maintaining a healthy weight

·         Eating well

·         Increasing physical activity

Easier said than done? Consulting with a professional (exercise specialist, registered dietitian, or your physician) is your best bet, along with being surrounded by like-minded individuals. I think it’s easier to stay away from the donuts when the people I’m hanging out with are eating greek yogurt and almonds…don’t you?  For more helpful hints on decreasing your risk for diabetes check out our previous blog on nutrition misconceptions.




Mar 18 2015
Spring Break is upon us.  How many of you are guilty of aimlessly dieting the few months leading up to swimsuit season?  Or how many of you are guilty of looking up “quick fixes” online for weight loss?  Hundreds of results will appear on the internet now-a-days:  ranging from “don’t eat carbs,” to “cut out dairy,” to “eat more protein to build muscle,” or “take xyz weight loss pill.”  The problem with these so called “quick fixes” is that they are not only unrealistic, but they are also unhealthy in the long term. 
Mar 09 2015
It’s March! You know what that means… St. Patrick’s Day? The start of Lent? The highly anticipated arrival of Spring? Well, yes…but, it’s also National Nutrition Month! Yes, there is a whole month to simply celebrate nutrition. And, for good reason. Fueling your body with the essential nutrients will provide vitality and energy, help you stay at a healthy weight, prevent chronic diseases and conditions, enhance cognitive well being, and help you achieve your full potential.
Feb 25 2015
I found this great article from @HoustonChronicle on how co-workers are influenced by their peers. http://work.chron.com/coworkers-affect-employee-behavior-4245.html

Essentially, the article by says that all employees are strongly influenced by their co-workers. Some of the key areas where behavior is swayed are “bullying, complaining, productivity, and entrepreneurship”. One of the areas that I have a heightened awareness to that I noticed was missing from the article was wellness.
Feb 12 2015
Chances are high that you're sitting at your desk while you are reading this.  Are you sitting up straight or slouching?  Honestly :)

Take a moment and move your bottom to the back of your chair, tighten your abs, and move your shoulders back, adjust your head...now, that's better, isn't it?