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Healthy Father's Day gadgets for dad

Posted by Alycia Sullivan

Fri, Jun 14, 2013 @ 10:41 AM

By Matt Sloane, CNN

Thinking about buying your dear old dad some argyle socks or monogrammed golf balls for Father's Day?

Think again. What he really wants is the high-tech stuff! And there are several gadgets that can actually make a difference in your father's health. Here's a look at five gift choices:

It's a heart monitor! It's an iPhone case!

It's an iPhone case and a portable EKG. Users can measure their heart rate by placing their fingers on the metal leads on the back of the case. The <a href='' target='_blank'>monitor</a> is cleared by the Food and Drug Administration for sale to doctors and patients with a prescription.

The AliveCor heart rate monitor phone case doubles as portable EKG monitor and an iPhone case. Users place their fingers over the two metal leads on the back of the case, and within seconds get a live look at the electrical signals in their heart.

Why is this important? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in America, taking more than 600,000 lives each year. If your dad or his doctor are concerned about his heart, this can help them keep track on the go, and for less than $200.

It's FDA-approved for purchase by physicians or by their patients with a prescription. Once dad takes a reading, he can e-mail the report directly to his doctor.

If your dad's hearing is slipping

The PAE-300 has four sound modes, according to its <a href=&squot;; target=&squot;_blank&squot;>website</a>: Watch, talk, listen and relax. They can be useful during "hard to hear" listening situations while watching television or listening to music.

If his heart is in the right place, but it's his ears you're worried about, check out the Personal Audio Enhancer PAE-300.

Dad may be too stubborn to get a hearing aid, but you can disguise this bad boy as a new, sleek gadget. The PAE-300 can be set up via a wireless connection to beam the TV audio directly to his ears, but it can also be used for everyday situations where it may be difficult to hear.

One thing you'll be able to hear quite well, however, is the "cha-ching" sound, as the PAE-300 will set you back $399.

Colored lights as safety device

Hue offers a variety of colorful options. Among them: users can turn their wireless lights on and off remotely when away from home, or set their lights to come on at a set time and avoid coming home to a dark house.From "let there be sound" to "let there be light," the next Father's Day gadget is the Philips Hue system.

This WiFi-connected set of light bulbs doesn't just turn on and off by way of an iPhone or iPad. It also lets the user change the light bulb's hue (get it?) to any color in the spectrum.

So what's the health benefit? There are several: everything from "setting the mood" for sex, which is known to improve your health and happiness, to being a visual alert system for hearing-impaired people. The company is also working on software allowing you to check in on elderly parents with Hue light bulbs -- the product can send you text alerts if they don't turn on their lights by a certain time each morning.

The Hue starter pack comes with a wireless access bridge and three bulbs and sells for $199 at Apple stores or online. The system can control up to 50 bulbs individually, and additional bulbs sell for $59.

Keep an eye on calories in beverages

If dad needs help shedding weight, but still likes his wine, then check out Wine Trax.Wine Trax offers an easy way to track your alcohol intake and keep an eye on calories. Its manufacturer, <a href='' target='_blank'>Elegant Portions</a>, also offers dinner plates to measure portions and a measuring cereal/snack bowl.

This modern-but-elegant set of wine glasses has lines etched in the glasses at 4, 6 and 8 ounces, so you know when to say when. A 4-ounce glass of vino will set you back 100 calories; double that for an 8-ounce glass. This set of two glasses is only $28 -- and of course you can use other beverages as well.

Elegant Portions, Wine Trax's parent company, was started by Gail Curtis, a Eugene, Oregon, interior designer who was laid off from her job designing luxury bus interiors.

"As a weight-watching person, it was my way to still enjoy wine and not have to pull out measuring cups," said Curtis.

Get dad moving

The <a href='' target='_blank'>FitBit Flex</a> is designed to be worn everywhere, and can track workouts, food and sleep. Dad can use online tools to set and manage his fitness goals and provide motivation.The FitBit Flex band is a multitasker: During the day, worn on the wrist, it tracks your father's steps, distance covered and calories burned. At night, it can track his sleep, measuring how long he sleeps and the number of times he wakes up. In the morning, it can vibrate to wake him silently.

The Flex automatically syncs with a PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android and more. Dad can use the free online tools and mobile app to set and reach goals and track his progress. He can also log his food and workouts.

The Flex is about $100 and can be purchased online.

Source: CNN

Topics: healthy, gifts, father's day

How Bayer Creates a Healthy Diversity Strategy

Posted by Alycia Sullivan

Mon, Jun 03, 2013 @ 10:02 AM

Diana Kamyk discusses the opportunities and challenges of her position as head of the U.S. diversity and inclusion program for Bayer Corp.

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Diana Kamyk has dedicated her career to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment. As the head of the U.S. diversity and inclusion program for Bayer Corp., she makes it her mission to foster and facilitate a spirit of understanding within the workplace. The company has been recognized multiple times by Working Mother as a top company for working mothers while under Kamyk’s leadership. She oversees the diversity program at Bayer, of which the Women’s Leadership Initiative is a part. The Initiative aims to increase the number of female employees in managerial positions within the company. In addition, Kamyk helped found Bayer's Diversity Advisory Council, which facilitates and promotes diversity through various conferences and workshops.

How does Bayer's diverse workforce drive and promote innovation?
Through our U.S. Bayer Diversity Advisory Council, we incorporate diversity and inclusion initiatives — such as the Diversity Conference, Women’s Leadership networks and mentoring/coaching programs — into our business strategies and daily operations as a means to foster professional growth and to help build upon our culture. These efforts collectively help support the company’s belief that the more diverse the workforce, the more creative and innovative the results.

What are the goals of Bayer's various diverse employee networks?
Each network has between 50 and 450 members. Some develop new initiatives for their work locations, others get involved in job-related issues in science or the pharmaceutical industry. Their priorities range from doing voluntary work in schools, to promoting women in leadership positions, to offering a safe and inclusive workplace for homosexual, bisexual and transgender employees.

How does Bayer facilitate a work-life balance for moms?
The ProMoms professional network is a forum that allows working moms to learn from and provide support to each other. It creates awareness and understanding among all Bayer employees of the diverse roles of working moms and the contributions they offer to the workplace.

Bayer HealthCare in Berkeley, Calif., opened a new child care center in 2012 with space for 150 children, ages newborn through kindergarten. The child care center serves both children at Bayer and within the West Berkeley community. Bayer recognizes the importance of early childhood development. Therefore, providing an environment where a child can learn and develop to his or her full potential is critical in the maturation process and something that Bayer highly values.

What's the biggest challenge you face in your diversity role, and how do you overcome it?
With operations touching all corners of the globe, working with employees from varying cultures presents a wide range of challenges. Beliefs and priorities as they relate to diversity vary from country to country, so there is certainly a learning curve that we have to take into account as we work to implement unique programs — ones that are impactful and meaningful to employees — that support the foundation of diversity and inclusion across the globe.

Educating myself about each unique culture and understanding our specific employees, basically learning what works and what doesn’t work, has been invaluable for the creation of such plans. For anyone working at a global company, being able to think outside of your own borders and to understand other cultures is imperative to success.

Source: Diversity Executive

Topics: healthy, workplace, Bayer, strategy, diversity

The Oz 100 Ultimate Weight Loss Quiz

Posted by Alycia Sullivan

Fri, May 17, 2013 @ 01:13 PM

Losing weight is never easy. Every pound you shed is the direct result of your dedication to healthy eating and regular exercise. To commemorate the 100th episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz welcomed 100 individuals who had lost over 100 lbs each – and each member of the “Oz 100” shared their #1 tip for weight loss. 

Whether you are trying to lose a few pounds or 100, there are some surprising secrets you may not know. Test your weight-loss know-how with The Oz 100 Ultimate Weight Loss Quiz.

Click here for The Oz 100 Ultimate Weight Loss Quiz

Source: Doctor Oz 

Topics: knowledge, Doctor Oz, weight loss, quiz, healthy

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