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"We need to show people how to retrain their brains so that what they enjoy eating is good for their weight."

Welcome to another episode of “10 Words or Less,” in which I ask brief questions of interesting people and request brief answers in return. Today’s participant is a professor at Tufts University in the subjects of nutrition and psychiatry, and director of the university’s Energy Metabolism Laboratory.


Privacy? We surrendered on that a while ago

One of the complaints levied against wellness programs is that companies are asking for too much information, and via devices that track sleep, movement, and other data, are in a position to know even more.

It’s a violation of privacy, the faulters fume, and it is, at least, a loss of privacy. It’s only a violation if one is required to use such a device, or is coerced into “choosing” to.


The murky meaning of "No Diet Day"

Today, May 6, is "No Diet Day." Like so many such events, it makes a point we should value every day, but don't, so we give it a "day" so that we'll make the point at least once a year.

But this one is different: Unlike, say, Mothers Day (it's Sunday, don't forget!) or Fathers Day, there is confusion about just what "No Diet Day" is recognizing.


Ann Rhoades: Culture is everything

This week’s “Thrive Summit 2015” by Virgin Pulse had three great keynote speakers, the third of whom was Ann Rhoades, founder of People Ink and a former and present force at such people-focused enterprises as Southwest and JetBlue airlines.

She’s a pistol. One oft-offered piece of advice during her presentation was to send the resumes of employees who don’t fit the company culture to competitors, hoping they’ll get offers and go.


Insight into how change happens

“Behavior happens when…” That’s how B.J. Fogg advises how to express the left side of his formula, B=mat, which I will get to in a moment. But what I noted was that he shared that guidance, and I wanted to follow it.

I’d bet that that happens not seldomly with him. He’s clearly a winning individual.

So: the formula. M denotes motivation, A denotes ability, and T is for trigger. What it means: Behavior happens when sufficient motivation and ability combine with a trigger. All three have to coincide exactly, he said; just a few seconds’ separation will make a difference.


Awakening to sleep

Asleep on a trainOne of the ideas popping out during Tuesday’s Thrive Summit in Boston was that sleep is important.

Duh.

OK, I dumbed that down a little for effect, but two speakers chose to use sleep to illustrate wellness, which I do think is indicative of its growing focus.


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