July 1st, 2016

“I Almost Died of Melanoma”: 3 Stories of Recovery and Lessons Learned

By Meghan Rabbitt

With summer fun in full swing, the last thing likely on your mind as you’re planning a weekend at the beach or a BBQ pool party is the serious side of spending more time in the sun: an increased risk of developing skin cancer.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime. And the most deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma, is on the rise.

In fact, rates in the U.S. have doubled since 1982, and invasive melanoma is projected to be the fifth most common cancer for men and the seventh most common for women this year.

What makes melanoma so dangerous is its ability to spread throughout the body, says Steven Q. Wang, M.D., director of dermatologic surgery and dermatology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center at Basking Ridge, New Jersey. While melanoma originates in the melanocytes—the cells that produce melanin, a protective, skin-darkening pigment—it can spread to internal organs quickly if it’s not detected early.

RELATED: The ABCs and 123s of Smart Summer Skin Care

But the good news is, “about 70% of melanomas are picked up by patients themselves or family members and friends,” Wang says.

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June 27th, 2016

It’s a Team Effort: 5 Unique Ways to Get Your Fitness Game on at Work

By Molly Triffin

Yes, we know. Between work and family obligations, finding the time to get in regular exercise can be tough.

Sometimes you just need a little added motivation—like a group of coworkers who are counting on you to show up for practice for your company sports team.

But while you may have heard of coworkers banding together to train for charity races or meeting up at the end of the workday to get in some adult kickball, have you ever met a captain of a company … dragon boat team?

You heard right.

In honor of Employee Wellbeing Month, which celebrates the role the workplace can play in helping to keep employees healthy, we’re spotlighting five outside-the-box employee sports teams at Johnson & Johnson that foster fitness, camaraderie and a dash of fun.

So lace up your ice skates, dip your oars into the river—and come along for the ride. Who knows, you may even get inspired to get in the game yourself.


Members of the Johnson & Johnson Rowing Club participate in the 2016 Dad Vail Corporate Challenge in Philadelphia

Members of the Johnson & Johnson Rowing Club participate in the 2016 Dad Vail Corporate Challenge in Philadelphia

Row, Row, Row Your Company Boat

What were you doing at 6 A.M. today? We’re going to place our bets on hitting your alarm clock’s snooze button, pouring your first cup of coffee or catching up on your social feeds.

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June 23rd, 2016

From Cancer Patient to Triathlete: How My Job Saved My Life

By Elizabeth Shelley, as told to Nanette Varian

“Will you have people around you?” the Johnson & Johnson Health Services doctor asked me. “Because this could be a really long weekend.”

It was a Friday afternoon in April 2015, and I was just two months into my new job at Johnson & Johnson, when I was told that a suspicious lump in my breast needed to be biopsied—fast.

“We are here for you, if you want to talk,” the doctor added. “Or even if you just want a hug in the cafeteria.”

Seven days later, I was told I had cancer.


Shelley (holding her baby niece) with her many supporters and champions

A New Job—and Cancer Diagnosis—at 30

Prior to that fateful Friday afternoon, I had been focused on getting acclimated to my new job at Johnson & Johnson. I’d just joined the company that February to work in talent acquisition, recruiting MBA students for several of our leadership-development programs. I quickly recognized that there’s a special culture at the company—every time you turn around there’s some fun initiative or program designed to help keep you active and healthy.

In fact, within a month of starting my new job, I’d already scheduled an appointment for an in-house biometric screening, which helps keep my insurance costs down, and will allow me to compare my screenings year-by-year to see if things I’ve done with my diet and physical activity have moved the dial on my cholesterol.

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June 20th, 2016

A Dad’s Story: How Adopting My Daughter from China Changed My Life

Michael Sneed and Karis

Sneed and his daughter, Karis

A whirlwind of emotions. That’s what Michael Sneed felt when he brought his daughter, Karis, home from an adoption center in China.

“That first night, [I remember] having it all hit me and going, ‘Wow, this is our child,’ ” he recalls.

Sneed, the Worldwide Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs at Johnson & Johnson, adopted then 15-month-old Karis from a Hong Kong orphanage in 2002. At the time, he had been traveling to China quite frequently for work when he proposed the idea of adopting a baby from the country to his wife, Ann Sneed.

The couple already had two children—a daughter named Taylor and a son, Logan—and as Sneed recalls, “We felt it was right. It felt good for us as a family.”

Johnson & Johnson has a long history of caring for employees—and their families. Recently, the company announced enhancements to its family benefits in the U.S., including surrogacy assistance and adoption assistance, so employees like Sneed can fulfill their dreams of building a family.

“It’s industry-leading in terms of the vision and the impact of the support that we provide for the people of Johnson & Johnson,” Sneed says.

As you will see in this video chronicling Sneed’s journey as an adoptive parent, a loving and nurturing family can take all shapes and forms.

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June 17th, 2016

What It Means to Be a Dad Today: 5 Modern Fathers Share Their Work/Family Balance Secrets

By Iris Grossman

Taking conference calls during a daughter’s swim lessons. Working unconventional hours to be available for after-school events. Moving closer to a job in order to be home earlier for quality time with the kids.

For many dads today, making the commitment to be an involved parent isn’t just about helping out with the kids on the weekends—it’s about making the choice to revolve their careers around their roles as fathers 24/7.

Case in point: According to the newly-issued State of America’s Fathers report, U.S. dads have increased the time they spend with their children on workdays by 65% over the past 30 years. The report was unveiled on June 14 at the State of America’s Fathers Summit in New York, which was hosted by Fatherly and Promundo, with support from Johnson & Johnson.

Another eye-opening finding from the report: The percentage of working men who believe it is better for all involved if “the man earns the money, and the woman takes care of the home and children” dropped from 74% in 1977 to 40% in 2008.

Of course, every father has different ways of achieving work-family balance. So as we head into Father’s Day weekend, we asked five Johnson & Johnson dads from around the globe to share just how they’ve managed to integrate their commitment to their children with their busy careers.

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June 16th, 2016

How Johnson & Johnson Is Leading the Way with Sustainable Innovation

By Al Iannuzzi, Senior Director of Worldwide Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability

Champion for Change

Johnson & Johnson has long been a champion of environmentally friendly business practices, incorporating them into Our Credo as far back as 1943.

And with our recently announced Citizenship & Sustainability 2020 Goals, we’re going further than ever before to integrate sustainability into our day-to-day work, while reducing our impact on the Earth.

So each year, we enjoy the opportunity to meet and learn from other leaders focused on environmental sustainability at CleanMed, the premier conference on the topic in the healthcare sector. Presented by the non-profits Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm, the conference is a great opportunity for a variety of different organizations to discuss innovative ways to implement sustainability solutions across the healthcare industry.

At this year’s conference, Johnson & Johnson received Practice Greenhealth’s Champion for Change award for the eighth consecutive year.

The award recognizes companies that have not only taken steps to improve their own organization’s environmental footprint, but that have also gone the extra mile to help their customers expand their sustainability practices. The judges took note of our work to reduce carbon emissions, source renewable energy and promote recyclability of packaging, among other accomplishments.

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June 15th, 2016

The ABCs and 123s of Smart Summer Skin Care

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will get skin cancer in their lifetimes—that’s more than 350 people per hour. But while those stats may sound scary, if you’re well-informed and equipped with some key know-how, you can help reduce your chances of becoming a statistic.

 And part of that education means learning about the importance of sunscreen.

“When used appropriately, sunscreen can help prevent skin cancer and photoaging,” says Steven Wang, M.D., director of dermatologic surgery and dermatology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Basking Ridge, NJ. 

But not enough of us actually use sunscreen appropriately, whether we apply too little or don’t reapply frequently enough. Plus, all the terms on those labels can certainly add confusion to the equation.

 So we created this infographic to help serve as your sun-smarts primer. It’s packed with info on how to use sunscreen effectively—along with other facts and tips that can help safeguard your skin this sunny summer season.

RELATED: The Psychology of Skincare: A Behavioral Scientist Shares His Sun Protection Secrets

Smart Summer Skin Care

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June 14th, 2016

In Support of Moms & Dads: Johnson & Johnson to Attend Women’s and Father’s Summits

By Patrick Schumaker

White House

At Johnson & Johnson, we believe family comes first. Whether it’s the customers we serve, or those who work for us, our commitment to families is embedded in our Credo that we strive to live by every day.  We’re pleased to be attending two upcoming summits that celebrate our legacy of caring for families.

On June 14th, Johnson & Johnson is pleased to join President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House to attend the first-ever United State of Women summit and join the discussion on crucial topics such as economic empowerment, gender equality, health and wellness and educational opportunities for women.

Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky will speak about recent enhancements J&J has made to the benefits it offers employees and their families, including our newly enhanced fertility, adoption and surrogacy assistance benefits, global breast milk shipping program, paid leave policy and more. J&J employee Dr. Seina Lee, will share her first-person experiences of the benefits that the Johnson & Johnson policies have provided her as she became a new mom. As a company, we are proud to stand with the President and support the advancement and empowerment of women across the world.

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June 8th, 2016

Johnson & Johnson Is Named First-Ever Fortune Most Powerful Women Global Partner

By Sandi Peterson, Group Worldwide Chairman, Johnson & Johnson

Sandi Peterson at last year’s Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington, D.C.

Peterson at last year’s Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington, D.C.

It’s extremely important to us at Johnson & Johnson to nurture the careers of the women who work here. Not only is it simply the right thing to do, but we’ve actually found that it’s been an important business advantage in bringing the very best to our patients and consumers.

To accelerate the development of women’s careers at the company, we look to partner with like-minded organizations whose values align with ours—and that can expand the resources available to our employees.

We’ve partnered with Fortune in several capacities over the years in support of the robust leadership community they’ve created amongst the world’s most powerful women. In 2014, we were a partner of the Fortune Most Powerful Women: Next Gen Summit. In 2015, we joined forces to bring principles of health and wellness to the most powerful women community through sponsorship of the Fortune MPW Summit in Washington, D.C.

And this year, we are thrilled to take our partnership to the next level as the first-ever Fortune MPW Global Partner, with Fortune MPW U.S., Europe, Asia and Next Gen.

In fact, a number of our very own most powerful women at Johnson & Johnson are gearing up for next week’s Fortune MPW International Summit in London.

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June 8th, 2016

The Psychology of Skincare: A Behavioral Scientist Shares His Sun Protection Secrets

Summer Skin Safety

Ah, summer.

The sand, the surf, the sun … and the sunburns.

The fact of the matter is that while we all know it’s important to wear sunscreen to avoid getting sunburns (and skin cancer and wrinkles), even the well-intentioned among us can slip up and forget to reapply sunscreen—or even put it on at all when heading outdoors.

You may think: I put some on this morning. What’s another hour? Or: I’m young. My chances of getting skin cancer are slim.

It’s this very thinking that can lead to burns—the after-effects of which can lead to skin cancer.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. With a little mindset reboot, you can learn to stick to healthy summer skincare habits.

That’s why we sat down with Matthew Miller, Manager of Behavior Science for Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions, for some insight
on how research-backed behavioral strategies can help you consistently get your SPF on.

Proper sunscreen use is more ingrained in our culture today than it was in past generations. Despite this, it seems that there’s still confusion about how to use sunscreen. Why do you think this is?

Matthew Miller: Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) instituted new labeling requirements in 2011 to make information clearer to consumers, many people still struggle to accurately translate sunscreen labels—particularly regarding a sunscreen’s ability to prevent cancer, sunburn and skin aging.

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