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The Healthy Workplace by Leigh Stringer

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Health and the “Bottom” Line

IT WAS A HOT DAY in Orlando, Florida, and I was in my swimsuit. But instead of lounging by the pool, I was sitting, somewhat self-consciously, in an instrument called the BOD POD®. This large, white, egg-shaped machine bears a strong resemblance to Robin Williams’s spaceship in the sitcom Mork & Mindy. The physiologist operating the machine asked me to sit as still as possible and breathe normally, which was a little difficult to do because I’m slightly claustrophobic and the egg didn’t have a lot of wiggle room on the inside. But sitting still, I learned later, was important for the machine to work. As I sat there ...

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