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Lowdown On Essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids In Diet

February 5, 2016

The subject of scientific studies around the world, omega-3 fatty acids’ role in heart health is one of the most researched topics in nutrition. While that connection has long been established, omega-3 fatty acids, or omega-3s, also offer a long list of additional health benefits that warrant a closer look.

Because omega-3 essential fatty acids cannot be made in the body, they must come from food. There are three types: eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, and docosahexanoic acid, or DHA (found in marine sources); and alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA (found in plant sources).

Fatty fish, such as salmon, is one of the most concentrated sources of EPA and DHA. However, the amount of omega-3s varies in wild versus farm-raised and among varieties of fish, such as Chinook or sockeye salmon.

To limit long-term exposure to contaminants and to maintain healthy and sustainable fish populations, choose from a variety of fish. Bluefin and albacore tuna, bluefish, black cod, rainbow trout and mackerel all deliver omega-3 fatty acids. Although they are often overlooked, herring, sardines and anchovies are affordable and sustainably sourced options.

Grass-fed meat and dairy products also naturally deliver small doses of omega-3s. In fact, some cattle ranchers are increasing the amount of omega-3s in animals they raise by feeding them marine algae or flaxseed.

Although it is debated whether omega-3 needs can be met with ALA sources alone, including them in the diet is a good move.

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Use Of Fitness Trackers To Skyrocket In Corporate Wellness Programs

February 9, 2015

The number of companies expected to use fitness trackers—or wearables—for corporate wellness is expected to skyrocket. According to ABI Research, employers will integrate more than 13 million wearable health and fitness tracking devices into their employee wellness programs by 2018.

Corporate organizations are already integrating wearables as part of their corporate wellness strategy—and many more who are interested in incorporating the device integration feature with their platform. Wellness managers are asking questions to determine whether using these devices is right for their program.

Benefits of integrating wearables with your wellness program can include the following:

1.Increased data accuracy. According to Aon Hewitt’s 2014 Survey of 800 large and mid-size employers, 83 percent use incentives to inspire behavior change, with 79 percent of those employers positioning the incentive as a reward. Now, instead of exclusively relying on employees to self-report their progress–whether it is daily steps walked, cardio minutes or calories–data is automatically uploaded from wearables to their wellness technology platform, giving employers the confidence that the data is accurate.

2.Reinforces behavior change. Today’s wearable health and fitness devices makes it easy for employees to track changes in their health and monitor their progress.

3.Social connection boosts wellness. Wearables link participants to an online community of health—whether it is connecting with co-workers, friends or family. Those who connect online with others who also wear a device can be more active.

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