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Behavior Change: The Missing Ingredient in Disease Prevention Programs

In 2009, The World Health Organization announced that 63% of all annual deaths are due to noncommunicable diseases1. We often refer to noncommunicable diseases (NCD’s) as “chronic” diseases. They are non-infectious conditions that progress slowly, last a long time and include disorders of the heart and lungs, cancers and diabetes. In 2009, the WHO also …

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Personalized Gaming to Improve Health

Gamification as an engagement tool in the health and wellness industry has become a norm, however, personalization in gamification is truly more motivating for the user, and leads to better weight loss results. Within 15 years, the American Heart Association estimates that costs in the U.S. for cardiovascular disease will triple – approaching $800 billion …

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Why Instant Gratification Isn’t the Right Approach for Disease Prevention

Although a quick fix diet is desired by many, Personalized Health Programs provide long term, healthier solutions that prove to be more sustainable. In the 1960s, Stanford professor Walter Mischel conducted a series of studies investigating instant versus delayed gratification. Now known as the famous marshmallow study, the experiment involved children being left in a …

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Healthcare American Style: The Unhealthy Truth About Disease Prevention

When it comes to healthcare, the United States must face up to an unhealthy truth: Nearly half of Americans have, or are at risk for, some type of chronic illness. 1 Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is one of the most common illnesses. Even more alarming is the fact that nearly all of this chronic illness is preventable. Did …

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Genetic Testing in Disease Prevention Programs

Identifying genes related to weight loss motivates individuals to live a healthier lifestyle. Since the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2004, there has been growing interest in the use of genetic testing for diagnostics, therapeutics and now increasingly for genetic engagement toward a healthy lifestyle. Currently, a few select genes are being examined in some …

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Employers are Moving Back to Fundamentals with Workplace Health Programs that Work!

In the past century, medical advancements in the United States have been remarkable. The awareness and understanding of most diseases has excelled with more accurate screening and testing procedures, and pharmaceutical drugs are now available for nearly every condition. Life expectancy is increasing, but at what point did quality of life deteriorate? In 2012 half …

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Prevent Heart Disease with Corporate Health and Wellness

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for one in every four deaths.1 Many Americans are living with medical conditions that raise their risk for heart disease. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly half of all adults in the U.S. have high blood …

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Is Disease Prevention a Good Investment in the Workplace?

A good investment is one that creates a positive return – ideally both financially and socially. Workplace health and wellness programs, and disease prevention programs are one such positive investment. They promote healthy employees by making disease prevention a priority. In doing so, they also reduce employee healthcare costs. In the United States, chronic illnesses …

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