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3 Steps Business Leaders & HR Professionals Can Take To Avoid The Cobra Effect

According to a popular anecdote, the British government during its rule of colonial India was deeply concerned about the number of deadly poisonous cobras in Delhi. In an effort to solve the problem, they offered a reward for every dead cobra. Initially this was a successful strategy as large numbers of snakes were killed for […]

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For a Thriving Workplace Culture, These 3 Interview Questions Can Make All the Difference

When you are dedicated to creating a thriving culture at work, it’s essential that you hire employees who will contribute to your overall organizational wellbeing. To ensure a good cultural fit, look for candidates who embody your company core values, are intrinsically motivated, and who are interested in contributing to something larger than themselves. Successful organizations […]

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Weight Loss “Success”: ShapeUp versus The National Institutes of Health – Not Exactly the Fight of the Century

I have written previously about the chicanery that abounds in weight-loss research. The underlying problem is that because no study over the past 30 years has demonstrated the ability of any of the programs tested to result in sustained weight loss for all but a small minority of the folks involved, researchers have to either […]

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Is your wellness program killing employee morale?

Thousands of organizations across the country have adopted corporate wellness programs with the hope of improving employee morale and the promise of saving on insurance premiums. However, many wellness programs are not only failing to improve employee wellbeing (and costing you more money), they may actually be eroding employee engagement at work. We’re not anti-wellness […]

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Ushering Motivation and Behavior Change into the 21st Century

Let’s face it… change is hard — for both organizations and individuals alike. We have learned a great deal about motivation and human behavior over the last 50 years. Yet, in spite of the burgeoning evidence, people remain stuck on outdated, flawed approaches to fostering change. In this eBook, we explore motivation and behavior change […]

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Weight at the Workplace

In part 1 of “Weight at the Workplace, Shifting the Paradigm,” we introduced Health At Every Size®, a holistic, evidence-based approach that helps people of all sizes come to peace with their bodies and their food by focusing on health not weight. We also introduced Health for Every Body® – a unique, onsite, workplace program […]

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Building Thriving Workplace Cultures: What’s Love Got to Do with It?

“I don’t think there is anything higher than love… Love is so expansive… the way I define love is the selfless promotion of the other.” “Human beings need love. Without it they die. Love is about responding, about delicate, intuitive sensing. Love is always two-way. When it is not it cannot live up to the […]

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Employee Weight Loss – Numbers You CAN Believe!

In what at first appeared likely to go down as a milestone in the history of health and medicine — right up there perhaps with Jonas Salk (polio vaccine) and James Lind (citrus for scurvy) — a study published this month in the journal “Obesity” reported on not just one but two successful employee weight-loss […]

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Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic: Can You Have The Best of Both Worlds?

“There’s a time to admire the grace and persuasive power of an influential idea and there’s a time to fear its hold over us. The time to worry is when the idea is so widely shared that we no longer even notice it. When objections are not even raised we are not in control. We […]

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Double the Insanity, Double the Fun!

A bill currently pending in Puerto Rico would require tracking and reporting of children’s body mass index, along with the requirement for placing obese children on diets, or possibly fining and/or referring their parents to case workers if the children do not lose weight. This bill eloquently combines two approaches (weight-loss programs and incentives) that have been consistently […]

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