Employers & Insurers Increasingly Track Our Health Behavior

An unsettling story is being played out in the field of tech. It touches the boundaries of privacy and personal freedom—a bonsai version of China’s plan by 2021 to assign a grade to all 1.3 billion citizens on their “social behavior.” More and more, tech AI companies are selling recruitment technology to both large employers and individuals (to choose a babysitter for example) that assess…

Study: Six to Eight Hours a Night the Sweet Spot for Healthy Sleep

A large, new study in the European Heart Journal (116,632 people across 21 countries) found that getting at least 6–8 hours of sleep a night is optimal, but getting more might not be. People who slept 8–9 hours had a 5 percent increased risk for cardiovascular disease or death; those who slept 9–10 hours had a 17 percent increased risk; and those sleeping more than…

Must-Reads from the Wellness World

New Office Hours Aim for Well Rested, More Productive Workers – The New York Times, December 26, 2018 A growing number of businesses are encouraging their employees to work when their bodies are most awake. The Loneliest Generation: Americans, More Than Ever, Are Aging Alone – The Wall Street Journal, December 12, 2018 Loneliness undermines health and is linked to early mortality—and Baby Boomers are…

Must-Reads from the Wellness World

Wellness Trends 2019 The wellness trends forecasts for 2019 are rolling in. And there’s much to be excited about in the New Year—from “The Rihanna Effect” and CBD legislation identified by Well+Good to wellness Lab Rats and fantasy IRL identified by TrendWatching to Xennial camping to empowering adolescence identified by JWT Intelligence—and still to come…the Global Wellness Summit Trends Report to be released January 28,…

Must-Reads from the Wellness World

From Gene Editing to AI – How Will Technology Transform Humanity? – The New York Times Magazine, November 18, 2018 The most fundamental questions…Will we engineer our children and ourselves? Will AI transform medicine? Will we know too much? Will we live longer and happier?…are addressed from a rich variety of perspectives. How Cities Can Fix Tourism Hell – TechCrunch, November 17, 2018 Cities are…