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Pay to Not Play

CVS Employee Wellness Screening: Fair or Foul?

Starting May 1st, reports the Boston Herald, CVS Caremark Corps will require all employees on its health insurance plan to submit to regular wellness screenings. Should they opt out of the screening, employees are subject to a fine of $50 per month, or $600 per year.

CVS' policy is just the latest in a series of increasinglly aggressive and controversial attempts by companies to reign in their health care costs. CVS aims to "incent our colleagues to improve their health care and manage health costs," but the move is seen by some as an invasive and punitive policy that could lead to discrimination against unhealthy or disabled workers. 


Personal Stories

Von Hottie On Physique 57, Pre-Natal Yoga, and Her Trainer's Girlfriend

Yesterday was an epic fitness day, in three parts. Get cozy, it's a big story...

I took a morning Physique 57 class with a lady friend. I've always been curious about just what kind of workout Kelly Ripa is doing! It was a pretty intense toning workout, lots of jiggling, squatting, and thrusting of things while on your tippy toes. I was in an intermediate class, so I felt like an impostor floppy fish floundering in a sea of lithe Lululemon dolphins.



How Choosing a Pedometer Gave Me an Existential Crisis

We all know that I'm a woman who believes in the transformative power of accessories.Would I have ever survived a three-hour spin class without my tutu? Nope! Would I have ever learned to climb the aerial silks without my butt sequins? Never! Would I even consider lifting big weights without the presence of my trainer, Buffin*? Heaven forbid! So, when I started wondering how I would count my daily 10,000 steps for the True North challenge, I suddenly felt like my choice of tracking device could be a defining moment in my life. Which activity tracker would best convey, "You are so badass, you can walk for miles while wearing hot pink lipstick, and success, my friend, will be yours forever?" I wanted it all - a device that would count my steps, boost my morale, cuddle with me at night, and match my outfit.


New York Companies Use Social Media and Corporate Rivalry to Lose Weight

Move over corporate softball league! New York City companies are using Social Workout to boost corporate wellness in the first-ever public, inter-company, virtual fitness challenge.


Wake Up Call

Jump In!

"To do anything truly worth doing, I must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in with gusto and scramble through as well as I can." ~ Og Mandino 

Image via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/azaraskin/2660666916">Flickr</a>


Social Workout-ers Are So Responsible And Yet So Daring

Success comes from the regular practice of good habits. Recently, Social Workout users wanted to trapeze occasionally, correspond the old-fashioned way, and make time for a classic constitutional. Such admirable aspirations!

Image via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/runneralan/3946438178/">Flickr</a>

adwardLL said "

Thanks and happy new year.

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Wake Up Call

Refresh Yourself

“Rest when you're weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.” ~ Ralph Marston

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tjc/2538062520/">Cooling Off</a>

Wake Up Call

On Progress

Sometimes you don't think you're progressing until you step back and see how high you've really gone. ~ Donny Osmond 

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/3814166985">Climbing Up From Water Canyon</a>

On Aspirations

"Our aspirations are our possibilities." ~ Samuel Johnson 

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/28096801@N05/4554317667/">Almost There, Day 308 of 365</a>

Wake Up Call

Beyond Wild

 Nobody succeeds beyond his or her wildest expectations unless he or she begins with some wild expectations. ~ Ralph Ch

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