Statewide wellness initiative launched

first_img‘It is our goal to empower 1,000 Vermonters to be accountable with their lives,’ Salmon said, ‘by providing a system that one can enter by simply declaring individual goals linked to clear outcomes. I’m excited and eager to get the ball rolling.’Salmon joined John Kleinhans, chairman of the Vermont State Colleges Student Association, and Deputy Health Commissioner Barbara Cimaglio, to record a 30-minute program for local access television to help explain the concept and how people can join or learn more. ‘The Vermont Department of Health and our partners are always looking for new ways to improve health outcomes,’ Cimaglio said. ‘Although Vermont is known as the healthiest state, substance abuse, smoking and obesity are still public health challenges. We support this innovative project and look forward to seeing how Vermonters respond.’Accountable to You, Accountable to Me is based on four different goals that Vermonters can pledge to accomplish by the conclusion of 2012, or 12 months from personal enrollment through March 31, 2013: quit smoking, stop drinking, lose 25 pounds, or save $2,012 to donate to a local Vermont charity or an individual project choice. Individuals may modify their declaration of pounds lost or dollars committed. Entrants who stay on course toward their chosen goal will be entered in a monthly prize bowl drawing with a cash reward donated by participants or businesses. Each participant will be paired up with a mentor that will make weekly electronic or phone contact and provide support.Accountable to You, Accountable to Me will be led on a day-to-day basis by John Kleinhans, and is open to all Vermonters. The program will include a social media campaign and active grassroots campaign based through all 14 counties in the state. ‘I am really excited,’ Kleinhans said. ‘This is a morale boosting vehicle where Vermonters can stand up and make themselves better and their communities better after a difficult year. If we could find 1,000 Vermonters to save 2012 dollars for others, that is over 2 million dollarsâ ¦It blows my mind!’ State Auditor Tom Salmon CPA announced the creation of the Accountable to You, Accountable to Me statewide wellness initiative. This program will encourage Vermonters to take a proactive role in their own personal health and wellness by focusing on accountability to one’s self and others who are part of their lives. By signing up to be held accountable to one’s individual health and/or savings goals, Vermonters will employ a new strategy to achieve better personal and community results in the year ahead.Vermonters will have an opportunity to sign up for one of the following categories:·        No Use of Alcohol·        No Use of Tobacco or any illegal substances·        Lose 25 pounds·        Save 2,012 dollars to donate to a Vermont charity.last_img read more

4 ways to humanize company culture

first_img 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Organizations are made up of human beings. Now I know we all try to put on a good show, but let’s get real — underneath it all, we’re a hot mess. We’ve got more baggage than the Kardashians going on a ski trip. But through years of training ourselves, we’ve learned how to (most of the time) shove that humanness way down inside and present a more…*ahem*…”polished” version of ourselves.But who are we kidding — we’ve all had those life-handing-us-lemons  kinds of days, right? The days where the more chipper among us are talking us through how to make lemonade with the aforementioned lemons, all the while we’re contemplating precisely with how much velocity we’d need to throw one of those lemons to hit a particular colleague six cubicles down.We’re humans. We’re imperfect. And sometimes, that imperfection is on full display. Take this guy, for example… continue reading »last_img read more

The American Civil Liberties Union ACLU along w

first_imgThe American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), along with 51 other civil rights and social justice organizations, sent a letter to the principal deputy assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice expressing concerns over facial recognition technology and the inaccurate identification of African Americans.Higher Error Rates with Black FacesThe letter cites a study from in which several experts tested facial recognition technology used by law enforcement agencies to pinpoint suspects and add them into their databases.The study revealed facial recognition technology has higher error rates when used on younger people, females, and black peoples’ faces.These errors are likely to pose the biggest injustice to African Americans because of existing police biases, argues the ACLU. The result is that people of color are “likely to be overrepresented in the mugshot databases that many jurisdictions rely on for face recognition.”Egregious Misuse by Maryland and Arizona?The ACLU discovered an overrepresentation of African Americans specifically in the mugshot databases of both the Baltimore Police Department and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.Neither Maryland nor Arizona has restrictions on law enforcement’s use of facial recognition. Furthermore, the Maricopa Sheriff’s Office allows police to search an individual’s face against a facial-recognition database without the need for a reasonable cause that the person actually committed a crime.The ACLU also purports that this technology is being used at protests and rallies–a potential violation of the First Amendment. The ACLU of North Carolina, in collaboration with several other organizations, discovered that Baltimore police used facial recognition and social media monitoring tools to “locate, identify, and arrest certain protesters” after the death of Freddie Gray.The letter calls for the Department of Justice and FBI to investigate police practices involving facial recognition and whether the technology negatively impacts communities of color. What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videos be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 read more