Mental health days. Meeting-free times. Companies are adding new benefits to help workers cope

A few months into working remotely, Jamie Coakley noticed a worrisome trend at her company: 70% of employees had not taken more than two days off since the beginning of the year.

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“We were going to run into a brick wall pretty soon,” said Coakley, vice president of people at IT solutions company Electric.


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The company changed to a flexible vacation policy, but that still wasn’t enough. Employees were working longer hours, having a hard time disconnecting from work and felt perpetually behind.

So Electric announced over the summer that the entire company would close on the first Friday of every month for a mental health and wellness day.

Giving everybody the day off means the work doesn’t pile up while you’re off and it eliminates the fear of missing out on something.

With everything going on this year, mental health has become a major

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The Health 202: Trump tests positive for coronavirus, throwing into chaos final days of campaign

Trump tweeted this shortly before 1 a.m.:

First lady Melania Trump chimed in:

“Trump’s early morning announcement was an extraordinary turn for the first family, coming little more than a month before Election Day and as Trump has escalated his campaign pace in an effort to catch Democratic nominee Joe Biden,” my colleagues Josh Dawsey and Colby Itkowitz write. “He trails largely, aides and voters say, due to his handling of the virus, which has dominated voters’ attention along with the economic collapse caused by pandemic shutdowns.

“Even as the virus exploded around the nation, Trump has continued to hold large events featuring mostly maskless crowds of people who squeezed together to greet the president,” they add. “Trump has regularly appeared in public and in private without a mask, and has mocked Biden for wearing one and for curbing his campaign events. Many of Trump’s aides also have eschewed masks,

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Mask mandate extended in Jacksonville 30 days

Curry’s emergency executive proclamations last one month at a time so the mandate would have ended Sunday if not for the extension.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — Mayor Lenny Curry extended a mask mandate for another 30 days to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, his office said Monday.

Curry’s emergency executive proclamations last one month at a time so the mandate would have ended Sunday if not for the extension. The requirement applies to wearing masks in indoor spaces that are open to the public when it’s not possible to practice social distancing.

When Gov. Ron DeSantis moved the state Friday into the next phase of reopening, he suspended the ability of local governments to collect fines for violations of their mask mandates. But DeSantis’s executive order does not prevent emergency local governments from requiring masks.

In Jacksonville’s case, it does not impose any penalties in connection with the mask

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The Athletic Breakthrough in Less Than 21 Days

Do we truly want to take our physical fitness to the next level? Are we authentically committed to do whatever it takes to change our habits of not working out at all to becoming perfectly fit in the next 21 days? Do we want to take our athletic performance to the highest possible level that we can? Are we committed to become pro-athlete at the sport that we love the most? What it would take for us to be HUMBLED and follow-through on a daily regular routine exercise program?

What is your short-term athletic goal that you have? What is holding you back from being exercising everyday after knowing the benefits on your personal well-being? What are the beliefs that you have about yourself and your personal fitness? What are your top athletic goals? Do you want to become a professional athlete? Which team do you want to play for? … Read More

Days Gone By – Adapting to a New Reality in Health and Wellness

Success: A Challenge to Change.

Western medicine systems based around hospitals, highly trained professionals and high-tech equipment with little role for patients and care-givers has been remarkably successful. Indeed, science and technology are continuing to revolutionize healthcare: who would argue many infectious diseases have been controlled, maternal health (mother/newborn mortality) improved and that vaccine development has curtailed large-scale viral epidemic.

However, as our populations grow older and they suffer more from long-term conditions such as diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer treatment/care and coronary disease — they can’t simply be treated with a system of diagnosis and control set up to fight the diseases of a half century ago.

The basic problem in all wealthy countries is diseases have changed but health services haven’t really. The health problems of the early 21st century are not the same as those of the middle of the 20th century — when current western healthcare systems were … Read More