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I'm about to pop!

I’m About to Pop!

MJ Shaar : June 10, 2015 9:30 am : Blog| Media

As I write these lines, Baby James is perfecting his many breakdancing moves in my belly before he finally pops his head out to say hi to the world. I’m at 38 weeks, and he’s remarkably active, so he could come any day now.

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Starting with the solution in health promotion

Unexpected Way Mood Can Boost Exercise

MJ Shaar : May 5, 2015 6:34 pm : Blog| Exercise and Fitness| Mood and Positive Psychology| Wellness Leadership| Worksite Wellness

If something is your problem, than it’s not your solution!

Sounds obvious in theory, yet I rarely see this very basic idea used in health promotion. Still today, the majority of wellness programs – whether we’re talking about worksite wellness or wellness coaching – only address food and exercise. Since they are what most people struggle most with, why is it where we spend most of our energy? It’s really time we help wellness evolve a little, and this oxytocin-fear-suppression-exercise connection may help us do that.

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What can the arts contribute to health promotion?

Can The Arts Contribute to Health Promotion?

MJ Shaar : April 15, 2015 8:57 am : Blog| Stress Reduction| Wellness Culture| Worksite Wellness

Think of the emotions you still feel when you hear the song you associate with your first kiss, when you remember the play that made you laugh to tears, or when you picture the most impressive photograph or oil painting you’ve ever seen. The arts add much richness to life. Yet they are practically absent from worksite wellness.

Let’s explore what the arts can contribute to how we work. Then let’s think outside of the box and explore what the arts can contribute to health promotion.

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Seeing with New Eyes Can Bring New Wellness Solutions

Future Trends in Health Promotion

MJ Shaar : March 24, 2015 8:55 am : Blog| Wellness Culture| Wellness Leadership| Worksite Wellness

If “what got us here won’t get us there,” where should we turn to generate wellness that are more engaging and effective? Today, I’d like to share 5 potential sources of inspiration which I believe to be fruitful avenues for health promotion exploration and creativity.

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SaS Health Promotion Model

5 Ways to Learn About Our Health Promotion Model This Month

MJ Shaar : March 10, 2015 9:00 am : Blog| Media| Wellness Leadership| Worksite Wellness

The SaS Health Promotion Model is attracting a lot of media attention this month, and for good reasons. According to the NY Department of Health, “risk factors usually occur together. Even a small increase in one risk factor becomes more important when combined with others.” Fortunately, we can help, because our method helps address those cases where multiple risk factors happening togehter.

I’m excited to report that there are 5 ways that are open to the public to help you learn more about it this month.

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Not all of worksite wellness should be focused around metrics

Business Practices that Undermine Worksite Wellness

MJ Shaar : February 24, 2015 8:35 am : Blog| Wellness Culture| Wellness Leadership| Worksite Wellness

More than ever, organizations need the insight and leadership of its wellness peeps. Left to their own devices, businesses will resort to what they know best, and those practices often undermine any worksite wellness initiative.

Today, we’d like to identify 6 traditional business practices that are popular in our field, but which undermine our progress. For example, the most important things in our lives and in society can’t be captured in rows and columns of data.

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MJ Shaar – in 20 seconds

MJ is one of the most sought-after experts blending positive psychology and health promotion. She spent over 15 years coaching, teaching, speaking, researching and testing smart health habits. Marie-Josée Shaar received her undergrad at McGill University in Organizational Behavior, followed by a Master of Applied Positive Psychology at University of Pennsylvania. She's certified as a Wellness Culture Coach, a Personal Trainer, and a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant.

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