Health & Wellness

After decades of using the “Food Pyramid” to show Americans what we should eat, the nutrition experts at the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) introduced “My Plate.”


-By Cindy Lau-Evans

GMSHRM held its first Benefits Conference and Expo in 2011, concentrating this year on Health and Wellness.  The Conference & Expo event was well-received as, increasingly, employers are considering the requirements related to health care reform, employee expectations, rising health care costs, benefit plan design and wellness program options.   As workplace challenges change, the GMSHRM Benefits Conference event will evolve with GMSHRM offering different Benefits tracks to address various business and benefit issues.

In addition to any conference, GMSHRM will continue to cover Wellness matters from time to time, providing information and/or resources to its members for personal and professional usage.  I am proud to announce that GMSHRM is now a Community Communicator of the USDA Nutrition Network (read more info). 

Wellness and Dietary Guidelines

On June 2, 2011, after decades of using the “Food Pyramid” to show Americans what we should eat, the nutrition experts at the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) introduced “My Plate.” 

“My Plate” is arguably a simpler guide.  The new graphic is shaped like a round plate that is divided into four sections: red for fruits, orange for grains, purple for protein and green for vegetables.  A separate blue section, placed to the right of the plate like a beverage glass, represents dairy foods.   My Plate also offers general dietary guidelines related to balancing calories, foods to increase and foods to reduce.

“With so many food options available to consumers, it is often difficult to determine the best foods to put on our plates when building a healthy meal,” said Secretary Vilsack. “My Plate is an uncomplicated symbol to help remind people to think about their food choices in order to lead healthier lifestyles. This effort is about more than just giving information; it is a matter of making people understand there are options and practical ways to apply them to their daily lives.”

Read the USDA June 2011 Dietary Guidelines Brochure  

To obtain more information and resources for yourself and your workplace, try visiting  

 First Inaugural GMSHRM Health & Wellness Conference & Exposition 2011

 Click on our Wellness logo for the information from the 2011 GMSHRM Health & Wellness Conference & Expo.

GMSHRM is a Community Sponsor of the Credit Wellness Assc.'s program on Nov. 10, 2011 
-Cindy J. Lau-Evans 

NBC6 Anchor Willard Shepard will serve as Panelist Moderator of a The Credit Wellness Association Panel that includes GMSHRM 2011 President Cindy J. Lau-Evans.  The Credit Wellness Association will host this program at the University of Miami Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education.

This Credit Wellness Association creates engaging environments through events that allow for public debate and discussion of all matters of financial wellness. This free workshop is open to the public. The workshop's panel will discuss financial topics including managing credit.  Registration is required and seating is limited.  For more information or to register, click here .

November is National Diabetes Month
-Cindy J. Lau-Evans    
In the US, human diabetes* is seen by many as a national epidemic affecting approximately 26 million people—more than eight percent of the population.
Diabetes increases risk for many serious health problems.  Complications from diabetes are believed to negatively eyesight, hearing, skin, oral health, feet, blood pressure …and more.  Complications from diabetes appear to affect different segments of the population disproportionately.
The National Diabetes Education Program of the US Dept. of Health & Human Services is one group that is trying to make us more aware of Diabetes and to provide education for the prevention and/or management of diabetes.
If you are interested for yourself and/or workplace, here is their link for campaign materials:
* Many pet owners do not realize it, but many animals can get diabetes and, apparently, incidents of diabetes is on the rise for cats and dogs.