Organic Foods Have More Antioxidants


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Tanya Taupier, executive director of human resources at Aetna in Hartford, Connecticut, has over 20 years of experience within her field. In her position at Aetna, Tanya Taupier specializes in leadership training, executive coaching, and talent development. In addition to her professional activities, Ms. Taupier is interested in the nutritional benefits of organic foods.

In a 2014 study conducted by Newcastle University, researchers found that fruits, vegetables, and grains grown with organic methods contain higher concentrations of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticide residue than their conventionally grown counterparts.

Antioxidants help to eliminate harmful free radicals that are released into the blood stream. These oxidative cells can potentially cause damage and are linked to numerous chronic diseases such as diabetes, macular degeneration, and heart disease. They can also improve the immune system’s function.

Foods grown in an organic environment have a 19-69 percent increase in antioxidants such as Vitamin A, Carotenoids, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, Flavonoids, Lycopene, and Lutein. By replacing conventionally grown foods with organic choices that are known to be high in antioxidants, anyone can further arm his or her body to fight harmful free radicals in the bloodstream.

New York Yankees Trade Catcher Brian McCann

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Brian McCann

Holding a bachelor’s degree in human resources and a master’s degree in project management, Tanya Taupier has served as executive director of human resources for Aetna in Hartford, Connecticut, since 2010. Away from her professional responsibilities, Tanya Taupier enjoys supporting the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.

In November, the Yankees completed their highest-profile trade yet of the 2016 offseason, dealing catcher Brian McCann, who waived his no-trade clause, to the Houston Astros for two right-handed minor-league pitchers, Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. The Yankees no longer needed McCann’s services as their other catcher, Gary Sanchez, proved himself as the runner-up in the American League Rookie of the Year voting.

McCann signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Yankees in 2013, but though the team had high hopes for him, his performance in New York had been rather mediocre. While the Yankees were able to unload most of his salary, they will still have to pay $11 million of the remaining $34 million contract.

History of Les Miserables

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Les Miserables

Consultant and human resource director Tanya Taupier enjoys musical theater, particularly Broadway shows. One of the musicals of which Tanya Taupier is most fond is Les Miserables, which is set during the French revolution and retells the story of a Victor Hugo novel with several songs.

Les Miserables was first performed in 1985 at the Barbican Theatre in London. The first performance, attended primarily by critics, led to many bad reviews, though some critics defended the piece. The public, however, embraced the new musical warmly, attending in droves despite the mediocre reviews. The response to the musical was so strong that it was able to run for 18 years at London’s Palace Theatre, before transferring to the Queen’s Theatre, where it has continued to run.

Its success has been bolstered many times through new performances and interpretations. The play crossed the ocean, moving to New York’s Broadway stages in 1987, and earned a film adaptation. A strong performance of a song from the musical on British television led to further renewed interest, and the play has become almost synonymous with musical theater in general.

Positive Brain Changes from Meditation

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An executive director at Aetna in Hartford, Connecticut, Tanya Taupier has developed and implemented organizational strategies designed to enhance productivity. Aside from her work obligations, Tanya Taupier enjoys regular meditation.

A 2015 article in Forbes’ Pharma & Healthcare section reports that meditation can change the brain in several ways. Researchers have studied the topic steadily for numerous years. A study completed by investigators with UCLA revealed that individuals who had engaged in meditation throughout their lives showed better-preserved brains, compared to those who didn’t meditate as they aged.

Additionally, meditation is known to reduce stress and anxiety. Jon Kabat-Zinn from the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness developed a sub-genre of meditation called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Its prime goal is to decrease stress levels. Studies have proved that Kabat-Zinn’s system does, in fact, lower stress levels, and a team at Stanford University found that mindfulness meditation helps individuals with social anxiety disorders.

Elements of Effective Talent Development

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Talent Development

Tanya Taupier holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources from Western New England University and a master’s degree in project management from George Washington University. Also a trained leadership coach, she draws on her coaching and talent development experience in her role as Aetna’s executive director for human resources.

In organizational human resource processes, there several integral elements for successful talent development plan, including:

1. Time – Investing in talent development is a continuous activity. Results from mentoring and training do not manifest overnight, which is why talent development needs to be a regular initiative.

2. Delegation – A successful talent development plan depends on proper delegation of responsibilities. The plan identifies expectations from the training team, as well as the employees.

3. Focus on talent – Building on an employee’s talent has long-term positive effects in an organization. It is important to separate talent, which comes naturally, from skills, which are developed. Focusing on talent also involves offering talented employees opportunities for training.

4. Network of mentors – A culture that promotes talent development is built on a network of mentors acting as role models. These mentors should also promote the values of an organization and work to encourage continuous learning in employees.

How to Keep Running in Winter Months

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Winter Running

Aetna’s executive director of human resources Tanya Taupier balances her demanding career, family life, and varied hobbies. When she finds time away from work, Tanya Taupier improves her body and mind through meditation, cross-training, and running.

For many people, running is rewarding all year long, but running can require a little extra motivation during cold winter months. As the weather begins to cool down once again, consider the following running tips to keep you going strong.

Try to run during the lightest and warmest parts of the day. Your body needs sunshine, and midday sun will help stave off the cold. Dressing appropriately can keep you warm as well. You will probably want to wear long sleeves and gloves, but do not overdress. Dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer outside than it really is.

Even if temperatures are pleasant, make sure you take extra time to warm up and cool down during the winter. Your muscles will be colder, and your circulation will need a little help to start moving faster. Toss your running clothes into a warm dryer for a few minutes before a run to warm you up quickly.

Most importantly, be extra careful as you run. Watch out for ice, and remember that hard surfaces will be even harder in cold weather. Shorten your stride, keep your feet low, and focus on form for an injury-free winter.