Entrepreneur Richard Branson says succeeding in business "is all about making connections" and at the Virgin Group it is "implicit that almost everyone on staff has these skills." "It's all about personal contact. No matter how heavy your workload is, do not allow yourself to work in your cubicle or office all day, every day," he says.
Dietitians who act as weight-loss coaches instead of counselors may help their clients become more invested in reaching their goals and in following through on their diet, writes registered dietitian Laurie Beebe, who is a trained personal coach. Beebe writes that coaching creates trust, encourages accountability and is more client-focused.
Television host Chris Hardwick shares his tips for using time more wisely and staying focused. For example, he says he uses a timer to track how long it takes him to perform tasks such as checking e-mail. "If I know I spend three hours essentially going down a wiki rabbit hole or being on YouTube, I can change that," he says.
The Children's Museum of Manhattan is working with the NIH to encourage in preschool children a love of fruits and vegetables in hopes that learning about them will lead to eating more of them. The curriculum, "Eat Play Grow," which has been tested in early-childhood programs, offers lesson plans on topics such as portion control, healthy drinks and exercise.
A small study of 18 patients with eating disorders found that transcranial magnetic stimulation helped half of the patients reduce their binge-eating episodes by at least 50%. University of Toronto researchers, presenting at the Society for Neuroscience meeting, said brain scans of patients who responded to TMS showed poor connectivity between the frontal lobe and centers related to reward, craving and emotional processing.