Welcome to another episode of “10 Words or Less,” in which I ask brief questions of interesting people and request brief answers in return. I’m Michael Prager, an author, professional speaker, and lifestyle and wellbeing coach. I began this interview series in 2002 while working at the Boston Globe, so today’s guest joins a long and distinguished list. He’s an outspoken leader on corporate wellness programs who holds undergrad and law degrees from Harvard, and in 2013, Forbes Magazine named him one of “13 To Watch” in health care.
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I’m fond of Al Lewis, but we don’t always agree. In this HuffPost column, which I’m just catching up on, he equates all efforts to address obesity within wellness programs as fat-shaming. And that’s just overstatement born of inadequate understanding.
It’s OK, Al, I’m here to help, in the spirit of sharing.
I’ve been very tardy in writing about this development, but today was the day, I guess.
Longtime readers will know that I pledged some time ago not to link to the Center for Consumer Freedom, a liar-ly named Rick Berman site. When I did insert a link, it was to this explanation of why I wouldn’t link to it.
This story at BeverageDaily.com begins this way:
"Sweetened drinks shouldn’t even be subject to excise duty, never mind an elevated sugar tax, according to the Indonesian drinks industry." It goes on to say, of course, that up to X number of workers will lose their jobs if... (In this case, X=120,000.)
Jeff Clark, writing on TechCrunch.com, talks about "The Real Reason We Should Be Thinking About Sustainability," and we clearly speak each other's language.
I did an interview with Business Innovators Magazine a while back, and they recently posted it. Good questions, I thought, and I am pleased with the result. I hope you'll check it out to render your opinion.
This version of "10 Words" veers a bit from the typical, in that it became more of a conversation than an interview. That helps explain why it runs longer than usual. But I'd put it up with practically any of its siblings for interest and illumination. Enjoy!
I have another piece in Corporate Wellness Magazine, this time a reported piece despite its having been labeled a column.
Headlined "The Future of Wellness," it asks wellness leaders at Southwest Airlines, L.L.Bean, and other companies what they're trying to achieve, and what's working for them. The story posted a while ago, but I realized this morning that I never shared it here.
It's good. You should read it.