Biggest Loser Winner Keeps Weight Off

When people ask Bill Germanakos, winner of Season 4 “Biggest Loser” about the fact that the types of weight loss numbers are unrealistic, and about the fact that it has been publicized that MOST of the Biggest Loser contestants gain their weight back, he responds with: “I am happy to report that I have lost and maintained more than 100 pounds since leaving the show more than four years ago. I continue to live a healthy lifestyle, am still off of all of my medications, feel great and much more active with my family, which were my only goals during my entire experience.
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Texas Hospitals Lead Workplace Wellness Effort

Business Wire reports that Medical City Dallas Hospital and Austin-based Seton Healthcare Family have received CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation, recognizing their commitment to reducing cancer risk by promoting healthy lifestyle choices, encouraging early detection through cancer screenings, and ensuring access to quality treatment for their own employees and their covered family members. They join with MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston as Texas-based hospitals providing leadership in workplace wellness efforts. Andy Core and Bill Germanakos-Biggest Loser, support workplace wellness efforts and we highly recommend that organizations consider them for upcoming events.
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Medicare Saves Money?

NY Times op-ed Columnist Paul Krugman reviews Senator Joseph Lieberman’s proposal, released last week, to raise the age for Medicare eligibility from 65 to 67. He goes on to say that every once in a while a politician comes up with an idea that’s so bad, so wrongheaded, that you’re almost grateful. For really bad ideas can help illustrate the extent to which policy discourse has gone off the rails. He continues with “as the health economists Austin Frakt and Aaron Carroll document, right now Americans in their early 60s without health insurance routinely delay needed care, only to become very expensive Medicare recipients once they reach 65.
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TV Show Premiering June 9th – “Handle with Care” Features Challenges and Solutions for Family Caregivers

The first TV program dedicated to showcasing the challenges and expert solutions for the nation’s 44 million family caregivers premieres this week reaching 14 million households via RLTV on Comcast as well as Verizon Fios subscribers. Sherri Snelling, CEO of the Caregiving Club, is creator, producer and host of this new “reality self-help” program. The 30-minute program presents the challenges facing family caregivers and introduces experts in the areas of health and wellness, technology and financial planning to showcase the solutions. “Handle with Care” weaves together elements of ‘reality TV’ showcasing real-life caregivers and families with the expert advice and self-help information to guide family caregivers through an often fragmented and unknown world of providing care.
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Employees Get FIT

Sprint was among 48 U.S. employers that received the 2011 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the National Business Group on Health’s Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being. Sprint launched its first-ever nationwide employee fitness challenge, the Sprint Get Fit Challenge, in early May. The response from employees has been overwhelming with more than 14,000 employees (representing over 35 percent of Sprint’s employee base) registering to participate in a friendly challenge among co-workers. Sprint places an emphasis on employee health and wellness throughout the year, which benefits both employees and the company. The personal benefits for employees are evident with healthier minds and bodies and 24/7 access to free wellness resources.
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June is National Employee Wellness Month

Created in 2009 by Virgin HealthMiles who also released a national survey on June 1st stating that while 76 percent of American businesses report healthcare cost increases of as much as 10 percent year-over-year, nearly 90 percent are now relying on employee health and wellness programs to lower costs. Seventy percent of employers now offer incentives to employees to participate in wellness initiatives. The approach is working: nearly 88 percent of employees said incentives were an extremely or somewhat important contributor to long-term participation in wellness programs.  Check out our wellness experts: Tracey Conway, Bill Germanakos, Jennie Nash, Eric Saperston,  and others.
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Q & A Caring For Aging Parents

How can I get my aging parents to fill out end-of-life documents that provide guidance to us kids about what they want such as Advance Directives? How do you make aging parents “happy?” My parents are beginning to forget certain things. I believe that some of this is normal for folks in their 80′s. How do you know if it’s Alzheimer’s, and at what point is some level of intervention or medical help needed? For answers to these and many more questions, check out Elaine Sanchez’ blog responses.  Caregiver Survivalist Author and Speaker, audiences appreciate the manner in which she deals with the grim reality of aging and illness, and proves that grace, humor and faith can transcend tragedy.
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