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  • Afternoon Energy Slump? Choose Stairs over Caffeine!by

    Posted on: May 11, 2017Categories: LiveWell 24/7

    A new study published in Physiology and Behavior showed that 10 minutes of stair walking is better for energy levels and work motivation than the caffeine in a can of soda. The University of Georgia  researchers enrolled 18 female college students who reported chronic sleep deprivation and completed three workplace simulations on three separate days. On two of the three days, participants were given a pill (placebo or caffeine pill) and on the third day they walked up and down stairs for ...

  • Music, Art, Food, and Family Activities: Rosewood Crawfish Festivalby

    Posted on: May 5, 2017Categories: News & Events

    Support community improvement projects while enjoying food from over a dozen vendors, four stages of live music, and many other activities at the Rosewood Crawfish Festival on May 6th. This annual festival includes a Crawdaddy Dash 5K,  more than 25 artist exhibits, and a Li'l Crawdaddy Festival complete with inflatables, rides, and face painting for children and families. When: Saturday, May 6 11am-8pm Where: 2700 Rosewood Drive Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the gate More inform ...

  • May is National Physical Fitness And Sports Month!by

    Posted on: May 4, 2017Categories: LiveWell 24/7

      The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, kids in school are entering Summer Break, and because it is National Physical Fitness And Sports Month, it is the perfect time to make a four-week commitment to yourself and/or your family to get active. Here are some ways that you can incorporate activity time into family time: Host Backyard Games: make and run an obstacle course, play a game of soccer, Frisbee, or football, create and complete a scavenger hunt. Lend ...

  • Fact or Fiction?by

    Posted on: March 14, 2017Categories: LiveWell 24/7

    "Snacking is bad" ... Snacking is GOOD. Eating smaller meals throughout the day is beneficial for your digestive system and prevents binge eating later on. "Avoid cards"... Not ALL carbs are bad. For instance, whole grains are a great source of fiber and will provide plenty of energy before exercising. "Avoid fats"... We've been over this... Eat that fat! Of course, stay away from saturated fats, but your body loves those healthy fats! "Eat low fat"... Many low fat foods are loaded ...

  • 3rd Annual Cream of the Crop Beer Festivalby

    Posted on: March 14, 2017Categories: News & Events

    Come out to the 3rd annual Cream of the Crop Beer Festival at your local City Roots farm! This event includes local craft brews as well as catered food from Bourbon, The Oak Table, and The Wurst Wagon. There will also be live music making this an event you do not want to miss! When: March 25, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM Where: 1005 Airport Boulevard, Columbia, SC 29205 Price: $45 per person cityroots.org 828-301-2328     ...

  • HR Assistance – ThinkHRby

    Posted on: February 7, 2017Categories: HR & ComplianceNews & Events

    This week our compliance series is  highlighting HR & management assistance for those tough issues that you would like a second opinion on. Instead of googling, calling an attorney (costly), or calling another HR professional (time consuming), why not send the questions to our team? The certified HR experts answer questions, render advice and follow up and provided research to resolve issues. Accessible 9am-8 pm each day, our HR advisor support team are 28 professional HR professional back ...

  • Upcoming Webinar: Working & 65 – What are my Options?by

    Posted on: February 2, 2017Categories: News & Events

    Joel Lourie, Lourie Life & Health, and Norman Clarke, Clarke & Company Benefits, will discuss the options available to individuals turning 65 who continue to work. Whether it is staying on your group health plan or moving over to Medicare, Joel and Norman will help you figure out the right plan for you. When: Thursday, March 2 @ 10:00 AM Where: Click here to register for the webinar!  ...

  • Start 2017 Compliant – Take the Compliance Audit!by

    Posted on: February 2, 2017Categories: HR & ComplianceNews & Events

    Clarke & Company Benefits is kicking off 2017 with a human resource email series. We will send an email out every Tuesday over the next 4 weeks focusing on different areas of HR and how to utilize some of the tools we provide to our clients to help you streamline HR duties and maintain compliance. This week we are focused on general compliance and identifying your compliance risks via our HR Audit Checklist from our partner ThinkHR.  Today, staying compliant with all of the gover ...

  • Why Collagen?by

    Posted on: January 26, 2017Categories: LiveWell 24/7

    Collagen protein has recently swept the health and fitness world. This product has been featured on Dr. Oz and is also promoted by Dr. Axe. These doctors specialize in promoting healthy living. Collagen provides several benefits and is recommended as an additive in smoothies. Listed below are reasons why you should add this your diet! Improves skin and hair: Ever feel like your hair is brittle and your skin is dull and dry? Collagen protein will help! Repairs joints: Collagen protein is ...

  • Essential Oils for the Common Coldby

    Posted on: January 18, 2017Categories: LiveWell 24/7

    Looking for more natural remedies to cure the common cold? With colds being so prominent around this time of year, it is hard to stay away from loading up on over-the-counter medications. However, essential oils have not only been shown to lighten symptoms of the common cold, but also have several additional benefits. Listed below are a few of the essential oils that will help you get through these winter months and overcome those pesky colds and allergies! Cedarwood: Breaks up chest congesti ...

  • Benefits of Bell Peppersby

    Posted on: January 11, 2017Categories: LiveWell 24/7

    If you are trying to improve your health and wellness after the new year, you may want to add bell peppers to your diet! This vegetable will help you reach your weight goals with only 37 calories per serving along with a high water content! This is just one perk among several other benefits. Immune Support: The vitamin A and C in bell peppers will support your immunity, preventing short-term and even long-term illnesses! Mood Booster: Vitamin B6 increases serotonin and norepinephri ...

  • Sleep or Get Sick!by

    Posted on: January 4, 2017Categories: LiveWell 24/7

    Are you experiencing a lack of sleep? Some people may have trouble sleeping without being diagnosed with insomnia. Many people are more prone to sicknesses in the winter, however, lack of sleep can make one more likely to get sick. There are several ways to combat this issue naturally without taking sleep medications! Limit Caffeine Consumption - Avoid drinking caffeine 6 hours before bedtime. Eliminate Unhealthy Foods - Greasy, fat-filled foods, and sweets skew sleep patterns. ...

  • Food Fictionby

    Posted on: December 7, 2016Categories: LiveWell 24/7

    "Snacking is bad" ... Snacking is GOOD. Eating smaller meals throughout the day is beneficial for your digestive system and prevents binge eating later on. "Avoid cards"... Not ALL carbs are bad. For instance, whole grains are a great source of fiber and will provide plenty of energy before exercising. "Avoid fats"... We've been over this... Eat that fat! Of course, stay away from saturated fats, but your body loves those healthy fats! "Eat low fat"... Many low fat foods are l ...

  • EEOC Issues Sample ADA Notice for Wellness Plansby

    Posted on: December 6, 2016Categories: HR & Compliance

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued a sample notice to help employers comply with new rules on workplace wellness programs. On May 16, 2016, the EEOC issued a final rule that describes how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to employer-sponsored wellness programs that ask questions about employees’ health or include medical examinations. The final rule includes a notice requirement for employers offering wellness programs that collect employee h ...

  • Bye Bye Bloatby

    Posted on: November 30, 2016Categories: LiveWell 24/7

    It may come to your surprise that some of the healthiest foods are causing you to feel bloated. It is said that certain vegetables may be causing inflammation in your body if not eaten in moderation. These vegetables contain a sugar that remains undigested until it is fermented by bacteria, which causes a build up of gas in the gut. Other foods contain sugar and fiber that are tough for the body to absorb. Listed below are the best and worst foods for bloating. The items under the "worst" se ...

  • Sneaky Sugarby

    Posted on: November 17, 2016Categories: LiveWell 24/7

    According to the AHA, children are eating three times as much added sugar as they should be. To combat this problem, only six teaspoons of added sugar and one eight ounce beverage with added sugar should be consumed daily. You may ask, what does six teaspoons of added sugar entail? This equals 100 calories, or 25 grams of sugar. Children under 2 years old should not have any added sugars, as this affects development. This is an important concept, as it is important to break the sugar cra ...

  • Election 2016 – Impact on Compliance Issuesby

    Posted on: November 16, 2016Categories: HR & Compliance

    After hard-fought campaigns by both candidates, Republican candidate Donald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States. Trump’s victory in the election, along with Republican majorities retained in both the Senate and House of Representatives, will likely have a significant impact on a number of compliance issues over the next four years. During his campaign, Trump called for a repeal of President Barack Obama’s hallmark health care reform legislation, the Affordable C ...

  • Are Omega-3s All That They’re Cracked Out To Be?by

    Posted on: November 10, 2016Categories: LiveWell 24/7

    They sure are! If you're trying to enhance your overall physical and mental health, increase your fat consumption! While it is important to cut back on foods containing saturated and trans fat, eliminating all fats from your diet can deprive you of important health benefits. Foods containing polyunsaturated fats, such as fish, nuts, and seeds, and omega-3 dietary supplements will help your body function and boost your overall health. Mental Health Benefits Individuals with bip ...

  • Health Over Habitsby

    Posted on: November 3, 2016Categories: LiveWell 24/7

      Do you find yourself consistently repeating bad eating habits? It's difficult not to make these mistakes with our busy schedules and on-the-go tendencies. Listed below are the most common mistakes made that may be affecting your health and wellness. Try addressing these common mistakes now so you can be happy and healthy later! Mindless Eating - Portion out your meals on smaller dishes. Try not to eat straight out of the bag or container! Nighttime Eating - Try and co ...

  • ThinkHR Webinar-Recordingby

    Posted on: November 2, 2016Categories: HR & ComplianceNews & Events

    Clarke & Company Benefits is now partnering with ThinkHR, a comprehensive online platform that can meet all of your Human Resource needs.  ThinkHR provides forms, checklists, and tools to maintain compliance, while ensuring employee engagement. This online platform also offers advice and answer any questions you may have. Click here to view the recording of the ThinkHR webinar.  For questions or more information,  click here to email Sully DaSilva.       ...

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