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Study: Many Americans Say They Are More Likely to Participate in a Fitness Routine If Given Opportunity to Socialize, Earn Financial Incentives



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  • Third-annual UnitedHealthcare Wellness Checkup Survey provides
    insights into people’s knowledge and opinions about various health
    topics, including preferences about employer-sponsored well-being
  • People trying to improve their health prioritize a healthy diet,
    access to routine medical care, and stopping smoking or reducing
  • More than half of survey respondents said they expect to remain
    healthy enough to accomplish everyday activities until 80 or older,
    including 11 percent saying those tasks will “never” be an issue
  • Among employees with access to a well-being program, 57 percent
    said it has helped improve their health; of these, 27 percent said the
    program helped detect a disease or medical condition

MINNETONKA, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–More than two-thirds of Americans say an incentive of as little as $2
per day would motivate them to devote at least an hour each day toward
improving their health, while nearly 60 percent of people say they would
be more likely to participate in a fitness routine if the program
offered an opportunity to socialize or make friends, according to a new
nationwide survey.

These are some of the findings from the 2019 UnitedHealthcare Wellness
Checkup Survey
, which examines people’s opinions about health topics
and preferences, offering insights to help improve employer-sponsored
well-being or disease-management programs. The survey’s key findings

  • Opportunities to socialize, earn financial incentives appeal to
    More than half (57 percent) of survey respondents said they
    would be more likely to consistently participate in a fitness routine
    if the regimen provided a social component, either in-person or
    virtually. Among employees with access to a well-being program, 67
    percent said it was important that their significant other or family
    members have the opportunity to participate, too. Across all
    respondents, more than two-thirds (68 percent) said an incentive of as
    little as $2 per day would motivate them to devote at least an hour
    each day toward improving their health.
  • Many people are optimistic about remaining healthy as they age. More
    than half (53 percent) of survey respondents anticipate being able to
    accomplish everyday activities until 80 or older, including 11 percent
    saying those tasks will “never” be an issue. Gen Xers – defined as
    people between 39 and 54 years old – were the most optimistic, with
    nearly three-quarters (74 percent) expecting to maintain their health
    beyond 80, including 15 percent saying health issues will never
    prevent them from accomplishing everyday tasks. However, one
    concluded that 42 percent of Americans 80 or older have
    functional limitations, such as the inability to walk a flight of
  • Healthy diet, access to medical care and stopping smoking top
    Survey respondents considered a healthy diet, such as
    eating fruits and vegetables, as the top priority when trying to
    improve their health, with a mean score of 4.5 (5 being “extremely
    important”). That was followed by access to routine medical care, such
    as an annual physical (4.4); stopping smoking and/or reducing drinking
    (4.4); getting sufficient sleep (4.3); engaging in strength or
    cardiovascular training (4.3); increasing social activity (3.7); and
    improving mindfulness (3.6).
  • Most people underestimate the connection between lifestyle choices
    and chronic conditions.
    About one-fifth (22 percent) of survey
    respondents correctly recognized that 80
    percent or more of the incidence of premature chronic conditions
    such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes, are generally caused by
    modifiable lifestyle choices, such as risk factors like smoking or
    obesity, as opposed to being caused by genetic factors. More than
    one-third (38 percent) thought between 50 percent and 79 percent of
    premature chronic conditions were caused by lifestyle choices, while
    32 percent said genetics were to blame for more than half of these

“This year employers are expected to invest an average of more than $3.6
million1 on their respective well-being programs, and over 60
percent of employees2 are interested in engaging in these
initiatives. The UnitedHealthcare Wellness Checkup Survey
provides insights that we hope can be helpful to enhance the design and
implementation of well-being programs, which may help improve employees’
health, reduce absenteeism and curb care costs,” said Rebecca Madsen,
UnitedHealthcare chief consumer officer.

Many U.S. companies are investing in wellness programs, with more than
two-thirds (67 percent) of companies planning to expand these
initiatives during the next few years, according to a recent
by the National Business Group on Health. A separate
published in The American Journal of Cardiology concluded that
one employer’s well-being initiative generated a six-fold return on
investment and reduced health risks for people enrolled in the program.

Many Employees Say Well-being Programs Have Improved Their Health,

More than half (57 percent) of people with
access to wellness programs said the initiatives have made a positive
impact on their health. Of these, 82 percent said they were motivated to
pay more attention to their health; 63 percent said they increased
physical activity; 59 percent improved their diet; and 30 percent
reported improved sleep. More than one-quarter (27 percent) said the
program helped detect a disease or medical condition, while 8 percent
said they stopped smoking or using nicotine.

In regard to job performance among those who said the well-being program
made a positive impact on their health, 50 percent said the initiative
helped reduce stress; 49 percent reported improved productivity; and 35
percent said they took fewer sick days. About one-quarter (26 percent)
reported no impact on job performance.

Among employees without access to wellness programs, 70 percent of
respondents said they would be interested in such initiatives if
offered, including 43 percent who are “very interested.” More than
three-quarters (77 percent) of Gen Xers said they wanted access to a
well-being program, more so than any other age group.

About the Survey
The UnitedHealthcare Wellness Checkup
was conducted April 11-15, 2019, using the Engine Telephone
CARAVAN® survey among a landline and mobile phone probability sample of
1,000 adults ages 18 and older living in the continental United States.
The margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percent at the 95 percent
confidence level. For complete survey results, click

About UnitedHealthcare
is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the
health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care
experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining
trusted relationships with care providers. In the United States,
UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for
individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and
contracts directly with more than 1.3 million physicians and care
professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide.
The company also provides health benefits and delivers care to people
through owned and operated health care facilities in South America.
UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:
UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit
UnitedHealthcare at
or follow @UHC on Twitter.

1 National Business Group on Health, 2019

2 Rand Corporation, Incentives for Workplace Wellness
Programs, 2015

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Oppenheimer & Co. To Host 19th Annual Consumer Growth and E-Commerce Conference



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Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (“Oppenheimer”) – a leading investment bank, wealth manager, and a subsidiary of Oppenheimer Holdings (NYSE: OPY) – will host its 19th Annual Consumer Growth and E-Commerce Conference on June 18-19 in Boston, MA. This year’s event features companies from prominent consumer brands such as Autozone, Domino’s Pizza, Express, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Six Flags Theme Parks, Tiffany & Company, Ulta, Walmart, Weight Watchers, and Yum Brands.

Of particular note, Oppenheimer is pleased to host nine of the market-leading companies involved with emerging trends in the Cannabis space this year. The event will also feature seven panel discussions, moderated by Oppenheimer Consumer Research Analysts, addressing emerging and disruptive trends in the consumer marketplace as follows:

  • Evolving Role of Technology in the Consumer Sector with Cooler Screens and Lindsay Goldberg LLC, moderated by Brian Nagel
  • A Discussion with Emerging Restaurant Brands with Aurify and B. Good, moderated by Brian Bittner
  • A Discussion on the Evolving US Food & Beverage Landscape with Lifeway, New Age Beverage, and United Natural Foods, moderated by Rupesh Parikh
  • Next Gen Brands Re-Shaping Landscape for Women’s Fashion with CARAA and Rothy’s, moderated by Brian Nagel
  • Exciting New Brands Shaking Up Home Products Space with Burkelman, LoveSac and Resident/Nectar, moderated by Brian Nagel
  • A Discussion on the Emerging CBD Landscape with Curaleaf and CV Sciences, moderated by Rupesh Parikh
  • Leveraging the Power of Digital to Connect with Consumers with Eight and FlexShopper, moderated by Brian Nagel

The conference features Oppenheimer’s Consumer Senior Research Analysts:

  • Brian Bittner, Managing Director Senior Analyst covering Restaurants
  • Brian Nagel, Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering Retail and E-Commerce
  • Rupesh Parikh, Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering Food, Grocery and Consumer Products
  • Ian Zaffino, Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering event-driven Special Situations

“Long-established business models are being upended by disruptive brands and technology, affecting consumer preferences and buying behaviors throughout the consumer industry. This year’s event aims to showcase the mix of market-leading and emerging companies driving and navigating these changes,” said Erica L. Moffett, Managing Director and Associate Director of Research at Oppenheimer. “From effortless payment methods to accelerated delivery times and customized products, consumers want a seamless experience. In order to succeed, companies must stay current on the evolving consumer and we are pleased to host a conference to explore this new landscape.”

Oppenheimer’s next conference will be the Montauk Emerging Life Sciences Summit, which will be held on June 26-28in Montauk, NY. The 22nd Annual Technology, Internet & Communications Conference will follow on August 6-7 in Boston, MA, followed by the Midwest Corporate Access Day in Chicago on August 15.

Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.
Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (Oppenheimer), a principal subsidiary of Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. (OPY on the New York Stock Exchange), and its affiliates provide a full range of wealth management, securities brokerage and investment banking services to high-net-worth individuals, families, corporate executives, local governments, businesses and institutions.

SOURCE Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

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iCAN: Israel-Cannabis CEO and Founder Saul Kaye to Participate at the World Cannabis Congress in Saint John, New Brunswick



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iCAN: Israel Cannabis Founder and CEO Saul Kaye will participate at the World Cannabis Conference being held in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada from June 16-18, 2019.

Kaye, a leader in the global cannabis ecosystem will moderate a session entitled, “Innovative Methodologies and Emerging Topics in Global Cannabis Research.”  Panelists are Dr. Suzanne Sisley MD President and Principal Investigator, Scottsdale Research Institute and, Dr. Jerry King, R&D Consultant, CFS.  The session will take place at the Saint John Trade & Convention Centre on June 18.

The World Cannabis Congress (WCC) is an exclusive, invite-only event for international cannabis leaders, influencers and trend setters. The event will have hundreds of attendees from around the world from business, government and medicine.

In addition to his leadership of iCAN: Israel Cannabis, Kaye is an industry advisor to the Medical Cannabis Caucus of the Israeli Parliament, as well as an advisor to the Ministries of Economy and Health in Israel. He is a licensed pharmacist and a successful entrepreneur with both retail and e-commerce experience. Saul has founded multiple companies spanning six countries across the US, EuropeIsrael and Australia.

Canada has truly been a global trailblazer in the cannabis industry.  Canadian cannabis companies and its stock market are influential and forward looking and we in Israel, the R&D capital of cannabis, collaborate with our Canadian friends on many different levels.  I look forward to participating at the WCC as the medicine and business of cannabis develops at breathtaking speed both in Israel and beyond,” said Kaye.


SOURCE iCAN: Israel Cannabis

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Loyalist College to launch Canada’s first Technology Access Centre for natural products and cannabis



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Loyalist College is the recipient of a $1,750,000 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program grant over five years to launch Canada’s first Technology Access Centre (TAC) for natural products and cannabis. In addition, Loyalist received $1Mthrough the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) College-Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF) to add specialized equipment to the TAC.

Loyalist was one of 90 recipients at colleges, cégeps and polytechnics across the country to receive part of the $73M in funding, announced today by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. Through the CCI Program and the CIIF, this investment will help post-secondary institutions partner directly with local employers to facilitate commercialization and transform the results of research and development into new technologies to help businesses expand and grow.

The rapid growth of Canada’s cannabis, hops and natural products sectors positions Loyalist’s Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis (ARC) as a national innovation hub for small- to medium-sized enterprises. As a TAC, Loyalist will build on the ARC’s 15 years of natural product extraction expertise and analysis-based applied research. In transitioning to a TAC, Loyalist’s ARC will significantly increase the College’s capacity to lead applied research of commercially relevant natural products and cannabis, and to support innovation by enhancing industries’ access to sector-relevant expertise and technology.

The TAC initiative will cultivate an environment for College-industry partnerships to thrive while providing students with unparalleled opportunities for work-integrated learning; investigating extraction, isolation, and formulation; and product development. In partnership with the Quinte Economic Development Commission (QEDC), Loyalist will support the Bay of Quinte’s burgeoning natural products and cannabis sectors to generate regional socioeconomic benefits, and to provide opportunities for a new generation of innovators. Loyalist will also offer companies across Canada a supportive, community-oriented platform from which to enhance their productivity, expand their reach and augment their competitiveness in the global market.


“We are very grateful for NSERC’s continued support and proud to be Canada’s first TAC for natural products and cannabis. Loyalist currently has more than 25 companies interested in applied research, and as our ARC transitions into a TAC, we will be able to meet their requirements while significantly extending our network to help more companies to innovate. Our Biosciences and Cannabis Applied Science students will have the advantage of being involved in ground-breaking research that propels Canada forward as the world leader in cannabis and natural product developments.” – Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist College President & CEO

“It’s great to see this NSERC and CFI funding come through for Loyalist College’s launch of Canada’s first TAC for research in natural products and cannabis. Being able to conduct research in a state-of-the-art facility means that students working in the College’s ARC will be able to build up their expertise in product analysis; which can then be applied directly to commercial development. This is just the beginning of seeing a new series of natural products being designed, assessed, made and delivered from our region.” – Neil R. Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte

“I am so proud to see the innovation that is driving research and economic development in our rural community through Loyalist College’s ARC. Innovation is key to Rural Sustainability and this investment will ensure that we are training the next generation in the latest technological advances. I congratulate them on their NSERC and CFI grant, and wish them all the best of success.” – Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington

“The Quinte Economic Development Commission is proud to be a supporting partner with Loyalist College on this important initiative that is aligned with economic development opportunities and priorities in the region. The TAC will support industry research and innovation for companies in key industry sectors as well as helping students develop in-demand skills and experience. Congratulations to the team at Loyalist on launching this important project.” – Chris King, Chief Executive Officer, Quinte Economic Development Commission


SOURCE Loyalist College

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