To be considered a healthy workplace these days, a company needs to offer a whole lot more than insurance; it needs to set things up so that its employees never need to choose between work and wellness. By providing access, incentives, and subsidies, the employers on our list pretty much guarantee that their female employees exercise, eat right, and get the preventive care they need. But even free flu shots and swank office gyms won't keep women healthy if stress is their 9-to-5 companion, so we singled out companies that also provide strategies for making women's work/life balance more manageable. Ladies, start polishing those resumes.
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Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Watertown, MA
Prioritizing women's health is a no-brainer at this nationwide provider of child care and early childhood education, since a whopping 98% of its employees are women. It's no surprise that employees receive 50% discounts at the 600 centers the company operates, but the
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To be considered a healthy workplace these days, a company needs to offer a whole lot more than insurance; it needs to set things up so that its employees never need to choose between work and wellness. By providing access, incentives, and subsidies, the employers on our list pretty much guarantee that their female employees exercise, eat right, and get the preventive care they need. But even free flu shots and swank office gyms won't keep women healthy if stress is their 9-to-5 companion, so we singled out companies that also provide strategies for making women's work/life balance more manageable. Ladies, start polishing those resumes.Read More »from 8 Healthy places for women to work
What you need to know about 3-D mammograms and why you'll want one for your next visit.
On March 7 of this year, a woman in Boston got a mammogram. Yes, so have tons of others before her and, hopefully, since her. But you should care about this particular lady on this particular day because she was the first patient in the United States to use a three-dimensional mammography imaging machine-the only of its kind approved for use by the FDA and the one that Elizabeth Rafferty, MD, spent over a decade helping to create. "I wish we could prevent breast cancer, but we're not there yet," says Dr. Rafferty, director of breast imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital. "The best tool we have to save lives is early detection-and at its cornerstone, mammography. The hope is that this new 3-D technology will find more breast cancers and find them sooner."
Why is that superimportant? When the cancer is found early and it's still confined to theRead More »from Will your next mammogram be in 3-D?
Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you're probably aware October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You've probably seen more pink products than you can count and been part of (or at least witnessed) several walks or runs.
Besides the usual fundraisers, there are several groups that are getting creative in their ways to raise money for breast cancer. Below are some brilliant event ideas that will inspire you to increase awareness all year long.
This traveling film festival showcases short films by, for and about women that travels to over 150 cities throughout the year. Not only do these event benefit the Breast Cancer Fund, but they also raise funds for their local non-profits. You can either attend an event or host one! Get details at lunafest.org
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Cook up donations with this easy fundraiser. Just buy a plate, make a delicious recipe, and pass it along to a friend. That friend can then register
- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Mon, Oct 17, 2011 9:57 PM EDT
Eyebrow-raising new research from the British medical journal The Lancet showed that Weight Watchers is more effective for weight loss than standard treatment from your family doctor. But you don't need to belong to Weight Watchers-or any commercial program-to benefit from the secrets behind the plan's success, according to obesity expert and Prevention advisor David Katz, MD. Make these five things central to your own healthy lifestyle and you'll see the pounds come off, whether you join a formal program or not.Read More »from 5 Things Weight Watchers does better than your doctor
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1. Offers You A Community: Weight Watchers meetings, where members swap stories and support, are effective at maintaining motivation over the long haul, says Dr. Katz. Build your own network of like-minded friends and family, and check in once a week (online or in person) to trade tips and cheer each other on.
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2. Uses A System: "Weight Watchers Points are easy to use, but they aren't the only way to make good food
- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Mon, Oct 10, 2011 11:11 PM EDT
It's no wonder your friends aren't available to hang out on Sundays in the fall and winter-according to a 2005 Gallup Poll, 64% of Americans claim to be professional football fans, and as of 2010, women make up 44% of the NFL fan base.Read More »from 5 Surprising health benefits of being a sports fan
Being a sports fan doesn't mean you're expected to know all the players and stats of your hometown teams and destined for a beer gut-it's about coming together in the name of good times as part of a community.
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"Bonding over sports-the highs and lows of the game-strengthens ties, helps us feel supported, and makes it easier for you to open up about personal things," says Renee Clauselle, PsyD, who runs a private psychology practice in Long Island, NY.
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Rooting for the same team creates an immediate sense of family, says Daniel Wann, PhD, a Murray State University professor who has been studying the psychology of sports fans for over 20 years. "If you identify with a local team, you
You don't need an expensive gym membership to get fit. Choosing the right at-home workout equipment will maximize your exercise routine so you get the weight loss, strength training, and fat burning results you want.Read More »from 6 Must have tools for your home gym
Here are 6 simple tools to get you started, recommended by Prevention fitness expert Chris Freytag - choose the ones that appeal to you. "Resist the temptation to pick up a few random items on sale," Freytag says. "If the item is poorly constructed or doesn't really interest you, it's not a bargain." Stick with these basics and you'll have a home workout routine that gives you real results.
Your body's immune system is more powerful than you probably imagine. How powerful, you ask? Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania recently took immune cells from three patients with leukemia, then genetically altered them into "serial killer" cells, designed to attack one tumor cell, then another and another. The study was small and the treatment experimental, but the results were groundbreaking-two patients went into complete remission, and the other had a dramatic antitumor response. The modified immune system cells multiplied at least 1,000 times in the body, wiped out cancer cells, and stimulated a population of "memory" cells that may protect against recurrences. Could this treatment work for other types of cancer? Maybe. Much, much (much) more research is needed, but this study suggests that with the right kind of prodding, your immune system can fight ridiculously hard-to-battle top lady killers and keep you healthy. Granted, gene therapy is pretty serious prodding,Read More »from 7 Ways to Get an Iron-Clad Immune System
- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Fri, Sep 30, 2011 7:09 PM EDT
We know what you're thinking: I'm too young to have Alzheimer's. And you may very well be. But we'd also put money on the fact that Pat Summitt thought the same thing. She's the head coach of the University of Tennessee's women's basketball team-and has won more games than anyone-male or female-in college hoops history. Earlier this year at age 59, she was diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. Alzheimer's is a form of dementia where brain cells degenerate and die, causing problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. An estimated 5.4 million Americans are living with the disease-3.4 million are women. Most people get it after age 65; but up to 5% (or roughly 200,000 Americans) start suffering early, in their 40s and 50s. The symptoms sneak up slowly, but eventually become worse and start to interfere with your quality of life. That's what prompted Coach Summitt to get checked-she started forgetting when team meetings were scheduled and occasionally drew blanks whenRead More »from Would you recognize the early signs of Alzheimer's?
Each week, 200 million shoppers visit a Wal-Mart, and while these mega stores get a lot of flack for selling supersized, less-than-nutritious fare, the company is taking steps that may make it easier for you to get healthy and slim down.Read More »from 5 Ways to lose weight at Wal-Mart
"The tricky part about shopping at big grocery stores is that they can be overwhelming, and that can lead to purchasing goods you don't need," says Judy Caplan, RD, an American Dietetic Association (ADA) spokesperson. Still, with a little forethought and a strategy in place before you hit the store, you can walk away with smarter choices and even burn a few extra calories! Here are five ways to make a weekly Wal-Mart excursion as healthy as possible.
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1) Drive Past The Prime Spot
According to some reports, Wal-Mart parking lots can be three times the size of the stores-as large as 555,000 square feet. Every little bit of exercise counts, and if you park far away from the entrance, you could be sneaking in a
In the quest to shed unhealthy extra pounds, your environment can make or break your shot at success. "Community factors such as bike lanes, safe places to exercise, and regular farmer's markets can promote weight loss," says Robin Blackstone, MD, a founding member of the Obesity Action Coalition. These cities and towns all boast features that support slimming down-from recreation opportunities to access to healthy food to supportive communities-and have lean, healthy populations to show for it.Read More »from The 8 best US cities for weight loss
#1 Boulder, CO
Boulder owes its superlow obesity rate (12.9% versus the national average of 26.6%) to its obsessively active citizens. The natural beauty of the Rocky foothills compels residents to hike, bike, ski, run, and contort themselves into yoga poses all year long. An abundance of restaurants focused on green cuisine and local ingredients makes it easy to eat healthy. It seems like spending any more than a few days in Boulder would mean shedding a few pounds almost without trying.