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Severe COVID-19 Symptoms: Inflammation’s Role

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/inflammation-key-factor-explains-vulnerability-134314638.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=ma Back in April 2020, when COVID-19 cases were soaring and the world was in full panic mode, I was researching how COVID-19 attacked the body and who was at highest risk of suffering from severe symptoms. I started to see some consistencies behind chronic diseases and the impact that COVID-19 could have on people …

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Work-From-Home Leadership

https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2020/08/3-tips-leading-wfh-environment As I talk to industry colleagues, consult and advise companies on business opportunities and interview with a range of companies seeking to fill leadership positions, it is clear there is not one way companies are dealing with the virtual work environment. During this pandemic, work-from-home (WFH) has transitioned from a "nice-to-have" aspect of a …

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Researching the Link Between Leptin & COVID-19

https://rdcu.be/b54LD As we learn more about patients with COVID-19, and which conditions tend to cause either more severe symptoms or contribute to fatality, obesity continues to be one of the most direct contributors to both. I covered this in some detail in a previous blog, which provides a bit of foundation. A new research paper …

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Agility in Grocery Innovation

https://progressivegrocer.com/what-food-retail-innovation-means-now?utm_source=omeda&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NL_PG+Daily+5&utm_keyword=&oly_enc_id=5012I1567089B5Y Recently the world's 50 most innovative companies were ranked. Not surprisingly, the list includes a mix of technology, e-commerce, pharmaceutical & consumer products stalwarts. Of note, there are also some retailers: Wal*Mart, Target & Costco. Defining Innovative Is McDonald's truly innovative? What about an energy conglomerate like Royal Dutch Shell? One focuses on speed, …

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Diet’s Role in Creating & Reversing a Fatty Liver

https://www.berkeleywellness.com/self-care/preventive-care/article/fatty-liver-disease-growing-threat?s=EFA_200707_AA1&st=email&ap=ed&utm_source=Berkeley+Wellness&utm_campaign=c2baa501b5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_16_11_46&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3ddd6463e7-c2baa501b5-87978065 When most hear the term "fatty liver", what immediately comes to mind is a condition driven by excessive alcohol consumption. While excess fat in/around the liver can be caused by consistent and excessive alcohol consumption, more frequent instances of fatty liver are being observed in people who are not consuming excessive alcohol. A fatty …

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Obesity’s Role in COVID-19: Seeking A Root Cause

https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/06/01/david-kass-obesity-covid-19/ Have you ever noticed the first question, asked multiple times during a doctor visit, is "are you in any pain?" Doctors are trained to minimize pain and treat the symptoms. If you have not figured it out yet, the U.S. medical system is built upon a "treat the symptoms, not the root cause" philosophy. …

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Vitamin D’s Role In Fighting COVID-19

https://www-dailymail-co-uk.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8432321/amp/Government-orders-review-vitamin-D-role-Covid-19.html One of the most frustrating aspects of tracking and attempting to decipher the risk factors concerning COVID-19 is the lack of consistency and solid "root cause" data being shared by recognized experts. The World Health Organization (WHO) lost tremendous credibility with their blatant "follow the leader" approach to regurgitating what China was telling them, …

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CVS Expands Health & Wellness

https://retailleader.com/cvs-health-expands-live-better-store-brand?utm_source=omeda&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NL_Retail+Leader+Essentials&utm_keyword=&oly_enc_id=5012I1567089B5Y If you have been reading my blog, you know health & wellness is finding a rhythm behind generational interest in functionally beneficial solutions, the latest COVID-19 scare & associated health concerns, and the alarming increase in chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease & obesity. https://business-fit.org/2020/05/15/functional-beverage-power/ https://business-fit.org/2020/05/05/more-evidence-of-obesity-linked-to-covid-19-complications/ The Continued Evolution of CVS https://business-fit.org/2020/02/14/the-health-wellness-transformation-of-cvs/ CVS …

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Changing Consumer Behavior Post COVID-19

https://progressivegrocer.com/whats-next-cpg-brands-unprecedented-times?utm_source=omeda&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NL_PG+Daily+5&utm_keyword=&oly_enc_id=5012I1567089B5Y The CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) industry has experienced an enormous change in the last 4 - 5 months due to COVID-19, but this is likely only the beginning. Leading CPG executives have talked about revamping supply chains, applying 80/20 simplification to ensure adequate supply of high demand items, and brands that were forgotten have …

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COVID-19 Impact on the Fitness Industry

https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/24-hour-fitness-bankruptcy-coronavirus-closed-gyms The fitness industry has suffered tremendously from the ravages of COVID-19. First, Gold's Gym filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection only a month ago, and now 24-hour fitness has also filed for bankruptcy while closing 130 gym locations. Executives from both fitness companies indicated the COVID-19 quarantines and lock-downs were devastating to the financials …

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The Entrepreneurial Leader Conundrum

https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2020/06/why-entrepreneurs-become-bad-managers-and-how-be-better-one In the attached article, Rizwan Virk writes about a classic conundrum all entrepreneurs must deal with as their company grows; how to convert from a "doer" to a "leader." Virk talks about how entrepreneurs can quickly fall into bad management behavior by getting trapped in one of two scenarios: MicromanagementAbsentee Management Obviously these are …

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Applying 80/20 In A Pandemic

https://www.supplychaindive.com/news/coronavirus-supply-chains-SKUs-pandemic-Mondelez-Procter-Gamble-Coca-Cola/579017/ The attached article from Emma Cosgrove highlights the urgency of simplification and focus when faced with significant demand fluctuations like we have seen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the biggest, best and most admired consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies like Mondelez, P&G and Coca-Cola found out how important the 80/20 principle is during …

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Leadership Agility & Empathy

https://www.bcg.com/en-us/publications/2020/leadership-post-covid-19.aspx Boston Consulting Group (BCG) recently published an article describing the characteristics and behaviors necessary for leaders in the post-pandemic world. "Leadership in the New Now" rightly looks at how leaders will be successful as economies begin to re-emerge, but uncertainty still remains. More than ever, agility and empathy are going to be paramount for …

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Keep the Brand Light On

https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2020/05/protect-and-prepare-your-brand-post-coronavirus-world In times of economic slowdown it is common to see companies make expense cuts to try and protect earnings. Some of the first expenses cut are marketing expenses that are seen as a "nice to have" by old school thinkers. Certainly in the world of the COVID-19 pandemic where economic survival is taking center …

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Functional Beverage Power

https://www.foodbusinessnews.net/articles/15350-theres-a-beverage-for-that Functional beverages are just one of many segments driving the fast growing health and wellness category. What do we mean by "functional beverages?" Beverages with some type of added benefit other than hydration, and could include: additional protein (collagen or plant-based proteins); vitamins & minerals; natural energy from caffeine, yerba mate, guava or other …

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More Evidence of Obesity Linked to COVID-19 Complications

https://www.healio.com/endocrinology/obesity/news/online/%7B73a6d4bb-2dbf-453d-9b05-ca7775cdd18d%7D/obesity-should-not-be-dismissed-excess-weight-drives-inflammation-hypoventilation-behind-covid-19-complications People with a very high BMI (body mass index), considered obese and morbidly obese, also typically suffer from high levels of inflammation and hypoventilation. Given these chronic ailments, when COVID-19 attacks the system, the body can over-react based on the already damaging level of inflammation that has caused a weakened immune system. In the …

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Book Review: The Hundred-Year Marathon

As a student of history and World War II (WWII) enthusiast, I have spent two decades traveling all across European WWII sites, and have also spent time in countries that toiled for 50 years behind the Iron Curtain of the former Soviet Union.  In fact, last year I spent the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in …

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IRI Provides Additional Insights During COVID-19

https://retailleader.com/iri-offers-closer-view-cpg-pandemic-trends?utm_source=omeda&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NL_Retail+Leader+Essentials&utm_keyword=&oly_enc_id=5012I1567089B5Y IRI is helping provide more clarity on consumer shopping and consumption trends during the COVID-19 pandemic, creating the IRI CPG Demand Index, which tracks weekly changes in consumer purchases vs. previous year periods. The data includes various departments, categories, retail formats and regions, and looks to be a great tool for brand leaders. Some …

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Diversification in the Supply Chain

As investors, we are taught early on that a diversified portfolio is a smart, lower-risk approach to managing finances, whether it be our personal investments or those of an organization. As Steven Banker appropriately asks in his article, https://logisticsviewpoints.com/2020/04/27/if-multi-sourcing-is-a-best-practice-why-are-so-few-companies-doing-it/, why aren't more companies using diversification, or multi-sourcing, as a means to ensure supply continuity & …

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Blood Sugar Rising: A PBS Documentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pBVbAHkC7M If you've been studying some of the reports during the Chinese Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, and following my blog, you know how much more at risk people are who have pre-existing conditions. Two of the biggest contributing conditions to placing people at higher risk of severe symptoms and possible death from COVID-19 are obesity (high …

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A Link Between COVID-19 and Obesity

https://www.zdnet.com/article/nyu-scientists-largest-u-s-study-of-covid-19-finds-obesity-the-single-biggest-factor-in-new-york-critical-cases/ As we're learning more about COVID-19 and why it affects people in different ways, some factors are emerging that reinforce the need to take our holistic health much more seriously. First, in the above article, in addition to age, the research has found obesity of patients was the single largest factor in whether those …

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Good Leadership Is Not Situation Dependent

In the article https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/is-good-leadership-different-during-a-crisis, the question is asked by the author, Duc V. Trang: "Is good leadership in fact different in a crisis situation than that in periods of no crisis? Or is it simply a matter of degree?" Think about it. If we were to outline what an effective leader does in "non-crisis" times, what would …

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Carb Loaded

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=carb+loaded+documentary I recently watched a documentary on amazon.com/amazonprime called Carb-Loaded, and would encourage anyone who is interested in health & wellness, either for themselves or for their organization, to watch it. It follows a similar theme to other health & wellness documentaries - that what we are eating is hurting us, making us sick, driving …

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2020’s Best Diets

https://health.usnews.com/best-diet If you have been following my blog, you know I am a disciple of the ketogenic way of eating. Interestingly, U.S. News & World Report has many short articles on their blog about the benefits of keto as well: https://health.usnews.com/wellness/food. But, I'm also pragmatic enough to understand "keto" is a huge variance from how …

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Create the Foundation for Content Marketing

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/5-content-marketing-trends-to-help-you-through-the-coronavirus-chaos-infog/574620/ Grazitti Interactive shared their top content marketing trends for 2020, and the big five are: Video contentInteractive contentHyper-dynamic contentSEO-centric contentVoice search tailored content Now, before you run out and ask are you doing these and how well are they working, take a breath. Remember, you can have the most outstanding content or digital graphics …

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When Demand Strains the Supply Chain

https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/georgia-pacific-working-to-keep-up-with-toilet-paper-demand I'm sure you've seen it. Grocery store shelves, 20 - 30 feet long and three levels high, completely sold out of...toilet paper? There's an interesting behavioral phenomenon occurring right now, as panic buying is driving people to purchase 5X more toilet paper than they would ever use. Interviews with grocery executives from Kroger, Wal*Mart …

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The Relationship Between Leadership & Culture

https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2020/03/are-you-leading-culture-your-organization-or-culture-leading-you Which comes first, the leader shaping the culture or the culture affecting and shaping the leadership? In this article by Janet Szumal, it's not as much a question of which comes first, but recognizing there is a fluid and constantly influencing relationship between the leadership and culture. Think about a sample of the most …

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Ketone Brain Power

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/mar/06/low-carb-diet-may-reverse-age-related-brain-deterioration-study-finds?fbclid=IwAR0fuHMrOrV-oWL0neYcwiLPXR7P80dqfs8uUmC6ZXFQOaeQGnuWvXSP5F4 Food as fuel is one my favorite phrases. There is so much power in such a short phrase, and now another study may provide clues of how food can also be brain fuel. Researchers set out to understand how diet effects brain aging, and found a combination of bad news & good news. Bad …

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Will Ford’s Problems Be Solved with Car Guy Jim Farley as CEO? — Latest Content – Car and Driver

In a one-on-one conversation with Autoweek, Ford's soon-to-be-CEO talks about what he has planned, including making more Fords people can afford.Will Ford's Problems Be Solved with Car Guy Jim Farley as CEO? — Latest Content - Car and Driver There's something satisfying knowing the incoming CEO of a fabled car company is in one of his …

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Understanding Respiratory Symptoms

https://www.berkeleywellness.com/self-care/preventive-care/article/it-allergies-or-something-else?s=EFA_200730_AA1&st=email&ap=ed&utm_source=Berkeley+Wellness&utm_campaign=c2baa501b5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_16_11_46&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3ddd6463e7-c2baa501b5-87978065 You know the feeling. You start to sniffle, feel a scratchy throat, experience sinus pressure or even have a slight fever. Under normal circumstances you might have ignored these symptoms, but with COVID-19, the alarm bell rings. Might I have "the virus?" Berkeley Wellness has put together a helpful table to compare seasonal allergies …

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Virtual Meeting Fundamentals

I read the below article on virtual meetings from Julie Winkle Giulioni with a smile on my face. https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2020/07/how-run-effective-virtual-meeting-stop-blaming-zoom Prior to COVID-19, most of us used some method of virtual meeting technology and application, but it was the exception, not the norm. What certainly was the norm? Meetings. Lots of Meetings. More than we want …

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More Expansion of Plant Based Options

Purple Carrot is partnering with Whole Foods to bring a line of frozen plant-based meal solutions to consumers. Prior to COVID-19, ready-to-serve and meal bar preparation options were in growth mode, but will likely change as concerns about food handling persist. Frozen meals present a proven way to keep most of the key nutrient benefits …

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More Young Adults Becoming Pre-Diabetic

https://www.wellness.com/blog/13300162/one-in-four-young-adults-are-prediabetic/wellness-editor?utm_source=wc&utm_placement=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=WDCnewsletter Another short article talking about the incidence of insulin resistance and pre-diabetic conditions of young adults and adolescents. 1 in 4 young adults are pre-diabetic 1 in 5 adolescents are pre-diabetic If trends continue, fully 50% of the population will be either pre-diabetic or diabetic in the next 5 years. This destructive path has …

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