If there is one thing I took away from the recent NeoCon East Conference & Expo in Baltimore, held October 29–31, 2014, it’s that workplaces are getting healthier! Joan Blumenfeld, the firm-wide Design Director for Interiors and Principle at Perkins+Will says, “It’s because people recognize that healthy workplaces make people more productive. It’s not revolutionary…it's evolutionary. Being conscious is half of the issue.”

Our mental health is something that many of us easily take for granted. When things are going well, we don’t even think about it. But about 10% of us will struggle with major depression at some point in our lives (1). In addition, situational depression based on life events (the loss of a job or loved one, etc.) is common. Many people are reluctant to try prescribed medications due to stigma, side effects or cost. Some feel they do not need to be on medication long term—that they can just tough it out.

My marketing communications firm has been successfully advocating healthy lifestyles for nearly 30 years.   Believe it or not, this was my first time at the Food & Nutrition Show.  The event took place in Atlanta from October 18 -21.  What I can’t believe myself is how the obesity issue continues to expand. We still have a lot of work to do in three main categories – 1) Portion Control 2) Snacking and 3) Sourcing.

Finding new customers is at the core of growing your business. You’re always going to be searching for the next hot product, the next big acquisition, or the next novel business idea. But the headlong drive towards everything new can easily cause you to forget what makes up the bedrock of your business: long term customer loyalty. Customers are 6-7 times more expensive to acquire than to maintain, meaning that a strong base of loyal customers is at the heart of every great business.

Like many women, as well as men, I actively seek ways to support bone health. So when a new ingredient comes along that shows some promise, I want to know more.

I love shopping my local drug store. In New York, there are three on every block making them the most convenient.  They also, in reality, have everything you really need.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and as a breast cancer survivor, I want to share a few more ways to potentially improve breast health and detect breast cancer earlier. Yes, monthly exams are important and no there is no guarantee that you’ll never get breast cancer if you do the following. I was in great health and had no family history. However, taking a holistic view of breast health would have been even more helpful. Here are some tips that I’ve discovered along the way from oncologists, breast surgeons, gynecologists and naturopaths.

I am still energized and enthused by all the “newness” on the show floor at the recent Natural Product Expo in Baltimore, September 18-20.  Only recently, my excitement is not about new trends developing, since there wasn’t much of that. My excitement is rather about the new developments and movement in some of my favorite things currently trending. 

Here are some of the significant issues that could adversely affect our access to quality nutritional products.