Studies show that a sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to overall health, decreasing blood flow and creating joint issues from posture. Though you can’t control how your employees take care of themselves off hours, you can instill a workplace culture that values their health through small but effective changes that encourage movement. Employee health and wellbeing is one of the 9 Pillars of Employee Engagement. The wellness benefits of encouraging employee movement are numerous.(more…)
Study after study shows that leading a sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to your health. This is often a result of sitting at a desk all day, rarely getting up to walk, and then lacking exercise during free time. In response, we’ve seen innovation start to tackle the issues associated with unhealthy office lifestyles, most notably the standing desk. However, prolonged standing (standing for more than 60% of your work day) for long periods of time comes with its own health risks, such as:
- lower back and leg pain
- cardiovascular problems
- varicose veins
Striking a balance between the two is key; and here’s how you can get started.(more…)
Resolutions are often a big part of promising opportunities and exciting potential for the new year, but we know that tumbling off the resolution bandwagon is all too easy. Let’s examine some ideas for avoiding the classic resolution traps, and how to transform these ideas into tips for lasting success. (more…)
Sometimes it can be easy to forget to take time for yourself. Weeks fly by in the blink of an eye. But even during the busiest days, it’s important to set aside a bit of time to recharge. Below are six ways that you can incorporate exercise and meditation into your daily routine to help you refresh your mind, body and soul. (more…)
While the holidays are a time to indulge in some sweet treats while surrounded by loved ones, it’s common for many people to gain unwanted weight throughout that time. So, how can you enjoy these salivating treats, while staying healthy during the holidays? The key is moderation. You do not have to say no to these temptations, but do indulge conservatively. Instead of waiting for the buffet lunch or dinner, keep eating normal, balanced meals throughout the day.(more…)
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), each year there are an estimated 19-21 million cases of norovirus disease, including 1.7-1.9 million outpatient visits, 400,000 emergency department visits, 56,000-71,000 hospitalizations, and 570-800 deaths, which result in approximately $777 million in health-care costs.
It is important to protect your business from a foodborne illness outbreak. The costs of foodborne illness to a business are loss of customers and sales, negative media exposure, loss of reputation, staff missing work, staff retraining, lawsuits and legal fees, and increased insurance premiums.(more…)
I recently worked with fellow team members developing and presenting a stretching webinar. We needed to get the word out on the benefits of stretching at work and in our personal lives. Stretching is good for all walks of life including restaurant, hotel, factory, and construction workers. I decided to “practice what I preach” and made a conscious effort to stretch throughout the day. It helped make snow shoveling more tolerable this winter. And it even improved my sleep. I stretch before going to sleep every night and find myself more relaxed and sleeping better. Try it for yourself; you’ll be surprised at the results!(more…)
Do you find yourself struggling to focus or making careless mistakes? Have you found yourself hungry or yawning throughout the day? These may be warning signs that it’s time to take a break and refresh your mind. Pay attention to how you feel throughout the day and how it impacts your work output. If you find your productivity waning, try one of the tactics below to increase work performance and boost your energy level.(more…)
We are often hesitant to turn to others for help, especially when it is a personal matter like health and wellness. Maybe it’s because we’re embarrassed or believe we are past help. We’re more likely to focus on the wellness of loved ones rather than our own. Over and over again, we are told that our health is paramount – but often that is not enough for us to make a long‐term change.
Health coaching participants have told me that the first session is always the hardest because they don’t know what to expect. Typically the first session allows me to get to know the participant a little better and find out what is important to them.
When I think back to one of my most memorable coaching sessions, the participant’s first words were: (more…)
Welcome 2018! Who has made a New Year’s Resolution? I know I have – and some are harder to keep than others.
Popular resolutions tend to focus on getting in shape, losing weight and eating healthier. While a promise to yourself to follow through on your resolution is important, use these tips to kick-start the new year with a plan to stay active during the chilly winter months: (more…)