1. Limeade to be UnityPoint's employee wellness provider

Limeade Inc., a Bellevue, Wash., company that proudly boasts it will hire "no jerks," plans to develop a wellness program for UnityPoint Health's employees. Limeade's top priority is to "delight customers," according to a release. More to the point, Limeade will develop a program for employee health, well-being and performance challenges that emphasize preventive care with measurable improvement.

 

2. After flood cleanup, UI ready to recruit students

After devoting time and money to repair and reconstruct buildings damaged by the floods of 2008, the University of Iowa now plans an aggressive marketing campaign to increase its enrollment of Iowans. Among the recruiting venues for potential students are RAGBRAI - the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa - and at the Iowa State Fair.

 

3. Teens too plugged-in

The Partnership for a Drug Free Iowa is worried that social media, Internet games and television provide an intoxicating mix of electronics that can lead teenagers astray. During the school year, teens on average spend more than 55 hours a week on social media, Internet games and television, far more time than the 35 hours they spend in the classroom. Cutting the power can help, but so can media literacy.

 

4. Outside money takes a shine to ISU

The U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture provided Iowa State University a combined $91 million last fiscal year, boosting ISU's take from external funds nearly 13 percent. External funding comes from grants, contracts, gifts and cooperative agreements from federal, state and local governments, as well as from corporations, foundations and other universities. What might be called internal funds come from student tuition and ISU's state-approved budget.

 

5. These companies are just super

An insurance industry financial reference firm ranks American Equity Investment Life Holding Co., American Republic Insurance Co., Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co. and Homesteaders Life Co. among the 50 top-performing life-health companies out of more than 800 companies in the country. The four Greater Des Moines companies achieved superior performance over the last five years