health and wellness
Quality of Lifehacks
Three Quality of Lifehacks to Incorporate More Superfoods in Your Diet
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

Are superfoods like kale, acai berry and pomegranate the answer to a healthy diet?  Popularly defined as a food rich in nutrients that offers health benefits, you may be surprised to learn that there is no official list or scientific criteria for the term superfood.  And while most are very healthy, it is unrealistic to expect one or two foods to significantly improve health or prevent disease, especially when eaten as part of an already poor diet. (more…)

Quality of Lifehacks
Three Quality of Lifehacks for a Healthier & More Productive Workspace
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

If you work in an office building, how do you feel about your workspace? Do you find your workspace, whether it’s a cubicle, open workspace, or private office, to be cramped, dark or stuffy? If so, research shows that this can impact your happiness, health and productivity.

With this in mind, here are three hacks to help improve your workspace:

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Schools
Kids in the Kitchen
Steve Dunmore
Steve Dunmore
CEO, K-12 Schools
Sodexo North America

Did you know that what your children eat today can have a lasting impact on their health and well-being for a lifetime? Eating healthy, nutritious food is not only important for a child’s normal growth and development, but can also help them maintain a healthy weight and lead to a better quality of life. (more…)

Government
Military Dining and Quality of Life
Elena Victoria
Elena Victoria
Vice President, Marketing
Sodexo Government

Napoleon has been credited with the saying, “An army marches on its stomach.” An infantryman himself, Napoleon understood first-hand the importance of supplying an army on the move in which it was common practice for each soldier to procure his own food from villages along the campaign trail. (Apparently “locally sourced” and “farm to table” had an entirely different connotation in the early 19th century!)  So dire was the need to feed the troops, food-related innovations, such as boiling and canning, were inspired during Napoleon’s infamous campaign to Moscow (Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier, Jakob Walter, 1991). (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Three Quality of Lifehacks to Manage Holiday Season Stress
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

Do you find the holidays stressful? It may be dealing with last minute holiday shopping, meeting end-of-year work obligations, or putting up with zany in-laws. It’s no surprise that December has been named National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month. Stress can impact concentration, motivation and productivity. It can also impact health and wellbeing.

With this in mind, here are three Quality of Lifehacks to help manage holiday season stress. (more…)

Schools Health & Wellbeing
A Healthier America Starts with Healthier Kids
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone
CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide
President, Sodexo North America

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) fulfills a critical mission: ending the childhood obesity crisis. After increasing steadily for decades, the national childhood obesity rate has leveled off, but it is still alarmingly high compared to a generation ago. The CDC reports that childhood obesity has more than doubled in children (defined as those under 10 years of age) and quadrupled in adolescents (10 to 19 years of age) in the past 30 years. Among young children 2 to 5, rates more than doubled between the mid-1970s and 2000s before beginning a decline.  If we don’t address this epidemic now, we are sending millions of children down a perilous path towards a lifetime of chronic diseases. PHA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to work with the private sector to help end this crisis. (more…)

Corporate Services Health & Wellbeing
Three Quality of LifeHacks to Help Employees Quit Smoking
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

The Great American Smoke Out is this week. The American Cancer Society leads this yearly event on the third Thursday of each November to encourage smokers across the country to make a plan to quit or to plan in advance to quit smoking on this day. Over 480,000 Americans die from tobacco-related illnesses each year.  Research also shows that smokers cost their employers close to $6,000 per year more than non-smokers.

 

With this in mind, it behooves employers to help their employees quit smoking. Here are three Quality of Lifehacks to help. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
Three Quality of LifeHacks to Help You Go Vegetarian for a Month
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

October can be the scariest month of the year—not because of Halloween, but because it’s Vegetarian Awareness Month, and, for some of us, eating a vegetarian diet seems too fearsome a task to even attempt. But—just like when you visit the haunted house in your neighbor’s garage—the fear of going veg is all in your head. With just a few easy techniques, becoming a vegetarian is easy as meat-free pie. (more…)

Universities
Bring on the Artisan Pickles: How Generation Z’s Preferences are Changing Campus Dining
Barry Telford
Barry Telford
CEO, Universities West,
Sodexo North America
President, Sodexo Canada

This is the third blog in an ongoing series examining how colleges and universities can understand and address the expectations of Generation Z college students. We’ll explore some of the most significant issues, including academic interests, housing expectations, ideological tendencies, dining preferences, and spending habits. The goal is to provide valuable insights that can help guide campus decision-makers in creating an environment that supports student success, well-being, satisfaction, and achievement. 

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Seniors Health & Wellbeing
Aligning Needs and Expectations: Best Practices for Acute Care and Senior Care Collaboration
Joe Cuticelli
Joe Cuticelli
CEO, Seniors
Sodexo North America

The desire and necessity to improve seniors’ healthcare experience presents both opportunity and motivation for improved collaboration between acute and senior care providers. Recently a roundtable brought together stakeholders from strategic and geographic aligned acute care and senior living organizations to work collaboratively together to answer the question “How can hospitals and senior living providers work better together?” (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
5 Things People are Doing Right Now That Can Lead to Diabetes
Jackie Sharp
Jackie Sharp
Senior Manager,
Health & Well-Being
Sodexo North America

 

A recent JAMA study found that half of adults in the U.S. have diabetes or pre-diabetes. But what many people may not realize is that their everyday behaviors could lead to diabetes. Sodexo, as the nation’s largest employer of Registered Dietitians (RDs), is passionate about working with our clients to help prevent diabetes.  There are several habits that people are engaging in right now that could lead to diabetes. A few of these habits include:

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Seniors Health & Wellbeing
Creating a Health and Well-Being Culture: What Hospitals and Senior Communities Can Do
Joe Cuticelli
Joe Cuticelli
CEO, Seniors
Sodexo North America

Recently stakeholders from strategic and geographic aligned acute care and senior living organizations came together to work collaboratively to answer the question “How can hospitals and senior living providers work better together?” Attendees of The Role of Acute Care and Senior Living in an Integrated Healthcare Delivery System Roundtable, were eager to collaborate, knowing the results could be significant. As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, acute care hospitals and senior living providers are grappling with new realities: our elders are living longer and want to live healthier, while the government is challenging providers to do more with less. Acute and senior living providers can make a difference in quality of life when we collaborate to create a health and well-being culture in our communities, one that reduces the need for hospital admissions. For example:

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Seniors Health & Wellbeing
Aligning Needs and Expectations: Best Practices for Acute Care and Senior Care Collaboration
Joe Cuticelli
Joe Cuticelli
CEO, Seniors
Sodexo North America

The desire and necessity to improve seniors’ healthcare experience presents both opportunity and motivation for improved collaboration between acute and senior care providers. Recently a roundtable brought together stakeholders from strategic and geographic aligned acute care and senior living organizations to work collaboratively together to answer the question “How can hospitals and senior living providers work better together?”

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Workforce & Workplace
Jobs, Education and Health Lead to Better Quality of Life
Jennifer Williamson
Jennifer Williamson
Senior Vice President,
Corporate Communications
Sodexo North America

The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being and quality of life of people around the world. The OECD works with governments, labor and business to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems.

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Seniors Health & Wellbeing
Redefining the Patient and Resident Experience
Joe Cuticelli
Joe Cuticelli
CEO, Seniors
Sodexo North America

The patient experience doesn’t end at the hospital door. What happens next often defines the long-term outcome for the patient, especially for seniors—and the hospital’s financial outcome as well. Acute care hospitals and senior living providers are grappling with new realities: our elders are living longer and want to live healthier, while the government is challenging providers to do more with less.

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Health & Wellbeing
Health in the Workplace
Dr. John Armstrong
Dr. John Armstrong

As we survey the health landscape, the top challenge we face in Florida is the challenge of weight. Only 36 percent of Floridians are at healthy weight; one quarter are obese and the rest are overweight. Over the next 20 years in Florida, obesity is expected to contribute to millions of cases of preventable chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer, costing an estimated $34 billion.

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Health & Wellbeing
Workplace Wellness: Healthy Employees Cost Companies Less
Deborah Hecker
Deborah Hecker

Chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and chronic pulmonary conditions are becoming a huge economic burden in the U.S. Earlier onset of chronic disease and its development in more working-aged adults has caused a decline in the overall health and quality of life of employees, resulting in days away from work and subpar job performance. Adding to the burden is the cost of treating chronic disease—estimated to account for about 75% of national healthcare expenditures.

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Health & Wellbeing
Build a Healthier Future One Decision at a Time
Nebeyou Abebe
Nebeyou Abebe
Senior Director,
Health & Well-Being
Sodexo North America

PHA SummitToday, I had the privilege of participating in the 2015 Building a Healthier Future Summit hosted by the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA). The summit offers a unique opportunity for public, private and non-profit leaders to come together to address one of the single biggest issues facing our children, our families, our communities and the future of our country – childhood obesity.

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