The Corporate Wellness Blog

When Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that “Life is a journey, not a destination,” one assumes he meant it in a philosophical sense. Emerson was likely indicating that happiness and contentment are not tied to life’s many benchmarks, but instead are found in the appreciation of life’s day-to-day pleasures. However, when it comes to the many benefits of walking – whether it’s a work commute, a walk-and-talk meeting with a colleague or a way to avoid splurging on an Uber after an evening work event – that famous quote can also be interpreted literally.

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For many companies, health care spending is an expensive fact of life, and for most, these costs rank second only to wages. In 2008, Price Waterhouse Cooper found that more than half of the $2.2 trillion spent on health care in the United States, or $1.2 trillion, was considered “wasteful spending.” This category includes unnecessary tests, procedures and prescriptions as well as money spent treating preventable conditions like obesity, musculoskeletal conditions and some mental health conditions.

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You can’t refresh your LinkedIn feed without seeing yet another listicle claiming to be the final and definitive list of the best places to work. Whether they’re breaking it down by country or on a global scale, it seems every media outlet wants to give you 10, 15, 25, or 100 of the best places to work, ranked for your convenience. At best, it’s an oversimplification; at worst, a popularity contest.

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