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Novartis Foundation and Partners Launch Initiative to Tackle Hypertension and Its Root Causes in Low-Income Urban Communities

Better Hearts Better Cities is an initiative to improve cardiovascular health in low-income urban communities by addressing the prevention, management and control of hypertension
Press Release
  • Better Hearts Better Cities is a Novartis Foundation initiative to improve cardiovascular health in low-income urban communities by addressing the prevention, management and control of hypertension.
  • Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular disease, are a growing health crisis with 75% of NCD deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries; this is compounded by rapid urbanization.
  • The innovative approach is being tested on three continents: in Mongolia, Senegal, and Brazil.

Workplace Workouts: Stepping Off the Corporate Treadmill, and Onto a Real One

by Adam Bonislawski

At outdoor gear company Patagonia, employees have been known to cut out of work to go surfing. Another very well-known tech giant scatters its campus with athletics fields to keep people moving. And at health care provider Kaiser Permanente, workers can use a bike-share program to move about the company’s campus or clear their heads with a trail ride.

LIVESTRONG Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Launch of Honor 5K/10K

Family-friendly walk or run pays tribute to cancer survivors
Press Release

AUSTIN, Texas, April 27, 2017 /3BL Media/ – In celebration of its 20th Anniversary, the LIVESTRONG Foundation – a global leader and pioneer in cancer patient survivorship – announced today the launch of The LIVESTRONG Honor 5k/10k, which will take place on September 17 in downtown Austin. Participants are encouraged to wear commemorative bibs featuring the name of a “Cancer Warrior” in honor of the brave, inspiring survivors of the life-threatening disease.

De Beers Scores with Local Football Squads

Bright new soccer kits have been handed over to local football associations by De Beers’ Venetia mine in South Africa.

The company handed over kits to 32 teams in Blouberg and Musina in the Limpopo Province, as part of the De Beers Community Fair in February.

To celebrate, a friendly match was played by a team from each area, with Lebash Football Club from Blouberg running out 5-4 winners after a penalty shoot-out.

Josephine Pieters, Corporate Affairs Manager for De Beers Consolidated Mines, said: “Sports development is an important element of engaging and developing our youth. It therefore gives us great pleasure to provide our young people with soccer kits and equipment.”

De Beers Employees Do Battle to Highlight Teamwork

Namdeb, De Beers’ partnership venture with the Government of the Republic of Namibia, has highlighted the value of teamwork among its employees

The company has hosted its Interdepartmental Games in March with the main aim of promoting employee wellbeing and morale.

Namdeb employees and contractors formed teams to compete against each other in sporting activities such as seven-a-side soccer, netball, volleyball, cricket and a tug of war plus fun races including rope skipping, potato-on-spoon and three-legged races.

Medtronic Seeks Runners from Around the World Benefitting from Medical Technology for 2017 Global Champions Team

Press Release
  • Applications now open: www.medtronic.com/globalchampions
  • Selected runners receive entry and travel to the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon or Medtronic TC 10 Mile in October 2017
  • Up to 20 people will be selected for the 2017 Global Champions team

Las Vegas Sands Team Members in Las Vegas Participate in Spring Walking Challenge


During the month of April, Team Members at The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas have the opportunity to participate in the Sands ECO360 “Spring Step Up Challenge” to promote more daily walking, as well as to raise awareness about energy conservation and carbon footprint reduction. The voluntary, 4-week walking challenge is open to everyone at the Las Vegas properties and is being led by property President and COO, George Markantonis, who impressively logged over 76,000 steps during the first week of the challenge.


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