Responding to increased healthcare costs and higher incidents of health issues among staff, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union in Wentzville, Mo., committed to improving its employee’s lives with a wellness program, says Robyn Whalen, president of human resources (HR) and administration for the $207 million asset credit union.1st Financial Federal’s program started with three basic components:An online wellness platform, which provided a fun place to play and track progress toward creating healthy habits;“Fruit My Cube,” an online service that delivers individual orders of fresh fruit and vegetables directly to the workplace once a week; andA subsidy for gym membership.In an exchange with Credit Union Magazine, Whalen shares more about the credit union’s wellness journey. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
IN his first match in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Corwin D’Anjou walked away with not only a win but with the respect of the MMA community in Trinidad and Tobago at the Caribbean Ultimate Face Fight (CUFF) Hometown Throwdown.For the 23-year- old judoka, the transition to MMA happened three years ago at the age of 20, after practicing Kana Jujitsu from the age of 12-20. According to D’Anjou, the reason for the transition was as a result of being able to test what he had been practicing for years. It was this reason that led him to the Rising Sun Judo Club and sensei Bruce Fraser.“It’s something that I was interested in due to the fact that a lot of time you would find persons in the other arts not getting to test what they learn so I thought that his would be a perfect opportunity to see if all the hours in the gym were applicable in a realistic setting,” he stated in an exclusive interview with Chronicle Sport.For D’Anjou, his opportunity to test his knowledge and ability came on the November 26 when he fought karateka Josiah Joseph from Elite Phantom in a lightweight matchup. According to D’Anjou,he was sitting at home when Coach Fraser called him to inform him of the fight.“He (Fraser) called me and said we organised a fight for you, you think you could make it;and I was like hell yeah and we started preparing for it and I went through a three-month training camp to get ready,” said D’Anjou.After the training camp it was time to head to Trinidad.However, before the day of departure, two of his teammates who were supposed to make the trip were unable to do so. Additionally, Coach Fraser was also unable to make it because his wife recently gave birth. However, D’Anjou was determined to make the trip.“I knew I had extended family in Trinidad and I thought that if I went and did well and put forth a good showing it would open opportunity for the entire team to travel.”Create opportunity it did since D’Anjou won the 10 minute 2 round fight despite only having one person in his corner.“I was lucky enough to have Kerry Grant who has his own MMA club in Southern Warriors in my corner and I also was psyching myself.”According to D’Anjou he executed his game plan and enjoyed the fight with his only frustrations coming when the fight ended early due to Josiah breaking the rules and kneeing him to his head three times.“Kneeing was against the rules and before the fight the promoter Ian Adam stressed on no knees to the head and I guess he (Josiah) got frustrated and kneed me twice after being warned by the referee for one kneeing before and he was disqualified.”D’Anjou dominated the fight up to that point,registering 6 takedowns in the match as well as trading blows with the Trinidadian. He is thankful for the sponsors who played a part in his travel to Trinidad.“If it wasn’t for Ricks and Sari, Fitness Express, Track Max and the Maison family I would not have been there.”The youngster also expressed appreciation to Electra Grahame and Ena Joseph who were responsible for him on the Trinidad front and who provided lodging for him.“I’m thankful for the experience and if I could do it over I definitely will,” D’Anjou added.
Lamar Odom has regained consciousness and is communicating–speaking and even giving a thumbs up from his hospital bed–just days after being found in extremely critical condition at a Nevada brothel, loved ones said.It’s the first significant update on Mr. Odom’s health since he was found unconscious and facedown at the Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, on Tuesday afternoon.Alvina Alston, publicist for JaNean Mercer, Mr, Odom’s maternal aunt and godmother, said Mr. Odom spoke a greeting and gave a thumbs-up Friday morning, his first communication since being hospitalized in Las Vegas.“He woke up and he spoke,” Ms. Alston said.A person who is close to his estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to release details of Mr. Odom’s condition to the press, also said he was able to say hi to Ms. Kardashian.His former coach Jim Harrick in Los Angeles, who said Mr. Odom sounded upbeat on a call just a few weeks ago, said Ms. Kardashian told him that Mr. Odom is off dialysis and he showed a response when she reached down to say, “Lamar, I love you.” “Khloe has promised me she’s going to stay by his bedside until she and him can walk out of the hospital together,” Mr. Harrick said.Authorities are retracing Mr. Odom’s $75,000, three-day visit to the brothel that started late afternoon Saturday, with blood test results to determine what caused his medical episode pending.The brothel’s owner and spokesman have said he chose two women to accompany him in a VIP suite on his first visit to the ranch. Mr. Odom had said he had done cocaine before his arrival, and people at the brothel said they saw him drink alcohol and take as many as 10 supplements sold as “herbal Viagra.” One brand that he took, Reload, was the subject of a 2013 warning from the Food and Drug Administration, which said the pill contained sildenafil, the active ingredient in prescription Viagra.The brothel also said he became upset Sunday after a phone call in which his ex’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” show was mentioned. But he was generally in a good mood, even suggesting that he stay an entire week at the brothel in the rural community. Mr. Odom was then found unconscious there Tuesday with white and reddish substances coming from his nose and mouth. He was breathing and taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas.The former NBA star had been a beloved member of the Los Angeles Lakers, winning two championships with the team and enjoying widespread fame as a reality-TV star before his recent downward spiral, which included leaving pro basketball, a pending divorce with Ms. Kardashian and a DUI arrest.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports