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Are we not (up)worthy?

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

If you follow the healthcare market at all, you know that October 1 marks the beginning of open enrollment. What that really means, in our post-reform world, is that that millions of people who haven’t had health insurance will now…

A mother of a request

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Since the Great Depression, a couple dozen boulders nestled in the woods in Gloucester, MA have addressed passerby with inspirational sayings – phrases like “Stay out of debt,” “Study,” “Use your head,” and “Help Mother.”

A new online tool is…

Sleep more, become a dreamboat

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Most of us know it’s not cool to come into work talking about your weekend drinking binge. So why, in so many corporate cultures, is it still ok to accept, admire, and even brag about functioning on just three hours…

The picture of health

Monday, January 14th, 2013

You would think that the most effective anti-drinking campaign out there is the one Mother Nature invented – the hangover. That probably explains why so many public health messages use the graphic depiction of such consequences to dissuade excessive drinking.…

I heart New York

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

We are big fans of organ donation. It’s painless (in many cases), saves lives, and surely offers some kind of good karma if you believe in that kind of thing.

But despite all that, the stats we’ve seen suggest that…

Curing what ails you

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

For years, drug companies have been convincing us to buy their products by appealing to our often unrealistic aspirations, rooted deeply in our insecurities.  Which is why we were so tickled to see this Help remedy for headaches.

Laugh before you cough

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Chances are you’ve heard at least one joke in your life about the uncomfortable act of getting a prostate checkup. If you watch certain cable channels, you’ve probably heard a lot more than one. Yet try to find a good…

Vive la différence!

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Here we are on the cusp of the Summer Olympics, when some of the most amazing bodies from around the world meet in a glorious show of spandex. One marvels at how cultural barriers can all but disappear in…

Thinking religiously

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

What a treat to be invited to BJ Fogg’s Mobile Health event to talk about something that gets us fired up – forging healthier habits.

While BJ has practically made his own religion out of the concept of tiny…

Rise and shine

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Ah, the wake-up call!

From the reveille bugle call to a slobbering dog jumping on the bed to the birdies singing outside to…a pre-recorded message that says “thank you for calling our hotel; an operator will be with you shortly”?!?…