office building Someday wewill talk about a very good article on the absurdity of open-planoffices. (Photo: Bloomberg)

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Editors often collect articles and press releases that catch theeye. The ones I save are usually related to the employee benefitsand retirement industry, naturally – health, wellness, retirementsaving, insurance. Here are some I re-discovered as I siftedthrough my bookmarks:

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Have stairwell, will climb: The stairwell inyour office building could become your cold-weather (orhot-weather) fitness center. Researchers at McMasterUniversity studied people who did short bouts of “intensestair-climbing,”  according to Newswise. Their stairwell routine took no morethan 10 minutes (including a warm-up, a cool down, and a recoveryperiod). Participants did this three times a week for 6weeks, and, perhaps not surprisingly, improved their cardiovascularfitness.

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Busyness as status symbol: Researchers at theColumbia Business School studied how Americans rated the socialstatus of a person who had a full schedule versus one who had a lotof leisure time. They determined that the people who were busy hadthe higher social status, says Harvard Business Review. Why? Because beingbusy implies people are seeking out your services or abilities –you are needed, relevant, sought after. Whether being busy is goodfor the body and soul is another matter.

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Opioids and caregivers: A friend's girlfriendcame home after hip surgery, went to sleep that night andnever woke up. The autopsy said opioid overdose. Her sister wascaring for her and may have gotten mixed up about the opioidmedication doses and times. About that time, I saw a press releasefrom TimerCaps.In essence, their product is a pill bottle cap with a timer thatstarts counting from when the bottle was last closed until it'sreopened. I never would have noticed that press release if it hadcome some other month. Timing is everything, isn't it.

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No time for wellness: If only employers wouldlet workers take an hour a day, paid, to exercise as they choose. Iknow, it's not practical. When I worked as an advertising writerfor a catalog company, no one was allowed to stay at their desk atlunch and break times. You either had to go to the massivecompany lunchroom or leave the building. A group of us would go forwalks on the prairie rather than sit with thesmell of 6 microwaves heating dozens of lunches. Back then, I could have used this trainer's advice forlawyers (and brokers, advisors, and managers) for fitness on thego, courtesy of our sister site, Law.com. Though walking is always a viableoption too.

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A “plan B” for retirement: I knowpeople who engage in “pension bragging,” where theyenumerate all the benefits waiting for them someday when theyretire.  They look condescendingly at my waif of a 401(k),and laugh at my half-serious “I will workforever.” Knowing that not all public pensions arehealthy, I think it's useful for even the DB-fortunate to have aplan B for retirement. At BenefitsPRO, we focused on the financials, but I also liked the simple stepsCBS News MoneyWatch listed. Hey, it takeseffort to sharpen your professional skills, nurture your health,create and maintain a financial plan. Especially after you retire,I guess. I wouldn't know.

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What if you won the lottery? I stumbled on thisarticle we published years ago. I could have used it when I wasgiven a small sum of money (but large to me) out of the blue. Youthink it will never happen to you, but everyone should know what todo if they came into some money, even if it's not anywherenear lottery sums. We plan for the worst, so why not also plan forthe best?

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