Loneliness kills. Just like cigarettes. Social isolation is such a problem that it is shortening lives and US health officials have declared it to be an epidemic.
Earlier this month, the US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy said: “It is associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, dementia, stroke, depression, anxiety, and premature death.
We’re publishing this interview on memorial Day in the US – a public holiday which for many people is a day of socialization, family gatherings and fun events away from work. But what if you’re alone today? What are you thinking?
Laura Putnam is the founder of Motion Infusion – a company with a mission to bring movement to the workplace. She’s also an advocate for measures to combat the loneliness and isolation that many people feel through a lack of social connections.
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