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  • Getting the Flu Shot to Go Viral in Maine!

    By Brian Hackett, Pharm.D, Pharmacy Manager Sam’s Club

    Peyton Manning completed 34 of his 49 passes thrown in Super Bowl LXVIII for a completion percentage of 68.3%. The results were pretty disastrous as his team, the Denver Broncos, lost the game to the Seattle Seahawks in the second most lop-sided Super Bowl in history. Now imagine the outcome if he completed only 45% of his passes.

    The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that only 45% of the eligible population in the U.S. received a flu shot during the 2012-2013 flu season. Influenza is not something that should be taken lightly. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported influenza to be the seventh leading cause of death in our nation for 2008! The NIH also attributes more than 200,000 hospitalizations each year to influenza. Furthermore, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates annual healthcare expenditures of greater than $80 billion as a result of the flu. In other words, the same amount of money could purchase nearly 7 consecutive days of coveted Super Bowl commercial time!

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  • 5th Annual Workplace Wellness Leadership Symposium

    Please join us for our 5th Annual Workplace Wellness Leadership Symposium. This is our once per year opportunity to bring the leaders in wellness to Maine to share, educate, and network. Recharge your batteries and make new contacts to grow your organization's culture of wellness! This year's keynote presenter: Judd Allen. PhD.

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  • Planning to Lose Weight This Year? How Are You Doing?

    If you’re one of the 45% of Americans who made a New Year’s Resolution chances are by now despite your best intentions those resolutions have gone by the wayside. Weight loss resolutions seem to be on everyone’s list after the holidays. People I know go to elaborate lengths to prepare for their new dietary lifestyle in the upcoming year. They purge their house and office of all the foods the experts deem less than nutritionally ideal. They stock up on carrot sticks and celery and start drinking coconut water and eating chia seeds. Posted on their refrigerator is a bad food and good food list. The day before the “big day” they consume every food (usually in excess) that will soon be forbidden once the clock strikes midnight. The Fat Tuesday if you will of the New Year. What if you took a different approach this year? What if you didn’t change a thing and just ate a little bit less of everything that you put in your mouth?

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National Wellness Institute

Founded in 1977, the National Wellness Institute (NWI) was formed to realize the mission of providing health promotion and wellness professionals unparalleled resources and services that fuel professional and personal growth. NWI is well known and respected for its annual National Wellness Conference in Stevens Point, WI, and was one of the first in the country to encourage the wellness movement. They are committed to WLCME's mission and have the tools and resources to help drive good health among employees in Maine.

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