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Health pervades all facets of business. It is pivotal to business strategy and operations, and it is material to long-term profitability. Companies across all sectors make an imprint on health in four ways: through the safety and integrity of products and services; through workplace culture and its influence on employee... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Sustainability & Health
‘Limeade is a corporate wellness technology company that measurably improves employee health, well-being and performance, while building cultures that support well-being.’ When I read this tagline on Limeade’s website, I lit up immediately and couldn’t wait to learn more. As someone with an undying passion for improving the health and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Sustainability & Health
Welcome to Om Hop Yoga. Please find our schedule for August in the Boston area below. All classes taught by Karoline Barwinski. All yoga classes take place on Tuesdays 6-7 PM. Tuesday, August 2 : Boston Public Garden Tuesday, August 9 : Ramler Park near Fenway Tuesday, August 16 :... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at Om Hop Yoga
I’m in a meditation hall. The lights are dim. I sit comfortably on a meditation cushion. I close my eyes. A voice begins to speak and guides us to concentrate on the breath and sensations in the area right outside the nostrils above the upper lip. A simple ask, yet... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at Sustainability & Health
It’s a new year. Some of us still on vacation; others settling into the year peacefully at home. All the frenetic energy of the holidays - the shopping, the cooking, the traveling – has settled. The presents have been opened, the wonderful traditional holiday fare consumed, and we’re focused on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Sustainability & Health
Take a moment, right now, to reflect on your most recent workday. Pick an event in that day and reflect how you interpreted it, how it made you feel and how it affected your motivation. The event could be a team meeting, a conversation with the boss, a conversation with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at Sustainability & Health
A recent Gallup poll revealed that a measly 30% of employees are actually engaged at work. Yes, thirty percent. The implications of such a poor rate of engagement on the economy and the performance of companies are tremendous. Perhaps most importantly though, it reflects on the state of our well-being.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Sustainability & Health
I had the pleasure of coming into work with Aran this week and spending a day on Saltbox Farm. You step foot on the farm and you’re immediately drawn to the garden. Being in the midst of whispery asparagus (have you ever seen asparagus that isn’t cut down when it’s... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Sustainability & Health
True wellbeing in the workplace must include employee engagement. Here are a few quotes I've gathered about employee engagement and the importance of designing workplaces that allow humanns to thrive. “To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.” ~ Doug Conant, CEO of Campbell’s Soup “A... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Sustainability & Health
“A movement starts because of the social habits of friendships and the strong ties between close acquaintances. It grows because of the habits of a community, and the weak ties that hold neighborhoods and clans together. And it endures because a movement’s leaders give participants new habits that create a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Sustainability & Health
Here's a quote to make you ponder: "Live the full life of the mind, exhilirated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual. ~ Ernest Hemingway Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Sustainability & Health
Business travel typically takes us off the wagon of eating well and exercising, and often even when we’ve worked so hard to develop good habits at home. For some reason, our discipline falters and our focus on health falls by the wayside. Anyway you cut it, business travel creates stress.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Sustainability & Health
Evolution is in our nature. It is a primal and deliberate process. Without it we would not be where we are today intellectually, economically, technologically, spiritually, even environmentally. Yes, along our evolutionary path, we have been destructive and we have made mistakes. But, each time we make them we hopefully... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Sustainability & Health
I wake-up early everyday to step onto my mat and practice yoga. While I still struggle to show up the morning after a late night, it has become a habit and no longer takes the great mental effort it used to. It has also been transformative for my state of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at Sustainability & Health
I love to bike. I love the places my bike takes me, the speed with which I get to where I want to go, how energized I feel post a rigorous ride. Not even thinking about biking for almost 15 years, I picked it up again a few years ago... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Sustainability & Health
Sometimes you fall on a dessert so decadent your taste buds rejoice in a harmonious hurrah! This cacao-chia pudding did it for me. In fact, it’s a celebration. I began my sugar-free journey three years ago and I realized the other day that I no longer have cravings for sweets.... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Sustainability & Health
Listening to a TED talk by Shawn Achor, I was struck but the following sentence: “The absence of disease is not health.” What an incredibly poignant statement. How often do we think we’re healthy, until we get sick? It got me thinking about the brutal truth of that reality. Unless... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at Sustainability & Health
Our health is intimately connected to the health of our planet. Water and air pollution, water scarcity, destruction of natural habitats, GHG emissions all affect our health, the ease with which we breathe, diseases we are exposed to, even chronic conditions that may be brought on from toxic spills. We... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at Sustainability & Health
When it comes to employee health, mental well-being is just as important as physical well-being. In this blog entry mental well-being is defined as the capacity to be focused, engaged, and fully present when performing one’s work. As such, I was recently thinking about what motivates employees in an era... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Sustainability & Health
April 7th marks World Health Day and the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. Each year, the WHO picks a theme that highlights a priority area for global public health. This year's topic is vector-borne diseases. Here is how the WHO explains these diseases:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Sustainability & Health
Anyone who has ever worked with me knows I love snacks. If I don’t get nourishment throughout the day when my energy is low, I’m not as productive. So often we let ourselves go hungry for hours because we need to get something done, or we think we don’t have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Sustainability & Health
It's been a little while again. Lots going on. I read this quote this morning on Commitment and I think it's so dead on. Enjoy. "Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Om Hop Yoga
Karoline has shared their blog Sustainability & Health
Mar 19, 2014
Sometimes, all we want is a quick-fix, a situation to improve overnight. While possible and appropriate in some circumstances, the changes whose positive impact we feel most deeply are always worth waiting for. They're worth the pain, the agony, the breakdowns, the revelations, and the patience that we inevitably have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Om Hop Yoga
Have you ever struggled with developing a meditation routine? Do you feel strongly in your heart that a daily meditation practice could help your soul grow and in the least help you cope with daily stresses, but can never seem to make it a habit? Have you ever wondered what... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Om Hop Yoga