Does having a healthy partner increase your odds of being healthy, too? What if your spouse is sedentary, has high blood pressure, and anxiety... does that put you at risk?
The dynamics of health within couples — and how to use it to boost well-being — was addressed in a breakout session at HERO Forum16 in Atlanta by Ashlin Jones, MA, Sr. Informatics Analyst with Healthways, and Andrew Rundle, DrPH, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.
Do your employees, coworkers, and friends think they eat healthy? A lot of people do — and they’re often sorely mistaken. A representative poll of 3000 US adults conducted by NPR and Truven Analytics found 75% rank nutrition habits as good, very good, or excellent. Very perplexing results, considering that study after study shows Americans aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables while getting far too much sugar and not nearly enough fiber — among other poor nutrition habits. Worse yet, many suffer from food-related chronic conditions. What gives?
Since the dawn of time there have been shiftworkers. Someone needed to keep the cave fires burning and watch out for marauding tribes. Because of advances in technology, industrialization, and communication around the globe, increasing numbers work nontraditional shifts.
According to 2004 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost 15 million employees worked evenings, nights, rotations, or other irregular schedules. 2010 US National Health Interview data estimated about 19% of employees worked at least 48 hours/week and at least 7% worked 60 hours.
Carolyn Schur — sleep educator, author, and speaker specializing in shiftwork and insomnia — says working nights and nontraditional shift rotations is not without consequences. "We are day-functioning animals. Everything in our physiology serves to keep us awake during the daytime. Working through the night forces us to fight these natural circadian rhythms. Research shows on average shiftworkers get about 2 hours less sleep/sleep period than the general population, although this can certainly happen with a 9-5 worker who does not get adequate sleep for some reason."