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Health Watch: 3 counterintuitive health tips – Dansville

TIP OF THE WEEK
3 counterintuitive health tips
Get 8 hours of sleep, don’t smoke, and eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away. Some health advice we all know by heart, while other recommendations still surprise. Do you know these tips from Health.com?
– Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after you eat. Even though brushing may seem like the obvious thing to do after a meal, doing so can actually hurt your teeth. Acidic foods weaken tooth enamel, leaving them vulnerable to damage when brushing.
– Avoid energy drinks when you’re tired. The immediate pick-me-up is tempting, but energy drinks are nothing but caffeine — and when they wear off, you’ll be more tired than before.
– Drink water when you feel bloated. In many cases the bloated feeling you experience is caused by dehydration; to relieve this uncomfortable feeling, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.

HEALTH STUDY
Scented candles could be unhealthy, studies say
Scented candles have become a popular way to add ambiance, warmth and pleasant associations to one’s home. But recent research indicates some scented varieties, when lit, may emit chemicals such as benzene and toluene, which are associated with developmental difficulties as well as damage to the brain, lungs and central nervous system.

The National Candle Association refutes such claims, pointing to decades of safety research, and no definitive studies have confirmed the long-term effect of candle exposure. But consumers might instead opt for vegetable-based, nonpigmented, nonscented candles that are free of dyes, says an ABC report.

If you prefer the scented variety, keep a window open to promote airflow.

TOBACCO
3 percent of adult American males still chewing snuff
While studies confirm the negative health repercussions of chewing tobacco, recent figures from the CDC show 3 percent of adult males in the U.S. still indulge.

The American Cancer Society links snuff widely distributed in the U.S. to very high levels of cancer-causing carcinogens that have caused lung cancer in animals, noting such products may play a role in heart disease and high blood pressure.

When studied in 2010, snuff reportedly caused 204,309 deaths from heart disease and 62,283 deaths from cancers of the mouth, pharynx and esophagus.

“Smokeless tobacco results in considerable, potentially preventable, global morbidity and mortality from cancer,” the study concludes.

GETTING HEALTHY
3 tips to create a healthy lifestyle
Creating a new, healthier you doesn’t happen overnight, and it takes more than a simple resolution to inspire change. With time, hard work, dedication and a little help from the tips below, courtesy of Oxygen Magazine, you’ll be on your way.
– Breakfast first. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and the perfect place to start your healthy lifestyle. A balanced, nutritious breakfast will set you up for a full day of success.
– Fantastic fiber. Increasing your fiber intake stabilizes your blood sugar and reduces your hunger cravings.
– Take time for yourself. Whether it’s running, weightlifting or yoga, you’ll be a healthier, happier person if you indulge in the wellness activities you most enjoy.
– Brandpoint

Article source: http://www.dansvilleonline.com/lifestyle/20170428/health-watch-3-counterintuitive-health-tips

Girl who lost 92kg in transformation shares health tips | Daily Mail …

  • Simone Anderson shed 92kgs in her own incredible weightloss transformation 
  • She is now sharing tips on how she maintains results with her healthy lifestyle
  • The 26-year-old says a key trick is to spend the start of each week preparing 
  • Her helpful pointers also include to make time for food shopping and planning  

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She’s known for her incredible body-transformation and now Simone Anderson is sharing tips on how she maintains a healthy lifestyle after shedding a massive 92 kilograms.

The 26-year-old emerged as an inspiration for others after she turned her life around by devoting herself to a new regime that made her well-being her number one priority.

The next challenge has been to make sure the weight stays off. Ms Anderson told Daily Mail Australia that planning exercise into her calendar is a key to her success.

‘I view it like any other important event and don’t more or change it for anything,’ she said.

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Simone Anderson (pictured) shed 92kgs in her own incredible weightloss transformation

Simone Anderson (pictured) shed 92kgs in her own incredible weightloss transformation

The 26-year-old mad international headlines for losing over half her body weight, emerging as an inspiration for others around the world 

The 26-year-old mad international headlines for losing over half her body weight, emerging as an inspiration for others around the world 

With over half a million followers on social media, the New Zealand woman has continued to work hard to stay fit, healty and looking great.

Her top tips include being organised and prepared for the week ahead.

‘I like to spend a couple of hours each Sunday planning what meals I want for the week, then going food shopping and finally prepping meals and snacks,’ Ms Anderson said.

 Ms Anderson told Daily Mail Australia her helpful pointers also include to make time for food shopping and planning

 Ms Anderson told Daily Mail Australia her helpful pointers also include to make time for food shopping and planning

 She told Daily Mail she has always been confident however she now feels more comfortable in different outfits - including a bikini

 She told Daily Mail she has always been confident however she now feels more comfortable in different outfits – including a bikini

In 2014 (pictured left) the now 26-year-old decided she needed to change her lifestyle for the sake of her health kick-starting a journey which has moved others to do the same

In 2014 (pictured left) the now 26-year-old decided she needed to change her lifestyle for the sake of her health kick-starting a journey which has moved others to do the same

Auckland-born Simone also likes to ensure she always is carrying a water bottle.

‘I find if I am well hydrated then it also makes a huge difference in my energy levels.’ 

With an ever-growing sense of motivation to inspire others Ms Anderson still has challenges citing her biggest weakness as snacking. She said the key is to be prepared with something nutritious.

‘Ensuring I have good healthy and easy snacks on hand means it helps choose a healthy option over something that is unhealthy or more convenient.’ 

Following her incredible transformation Ms Anderson has accumulated a small army of fans 

Following her incredible transformation Ms Anderson has accumulated a small army of fans 

She now boasts over half a million followers across social media and regularly makes updates with her progress, news and healthy pointers for others

She now boasts over half a million followers across social media and regularly makes updates with her progress, news and healthy pointers for others

With an ever-growing sense of motivation to inspire others Ms Anderson still faces challenges throughout her journey 

With an ever-growing sense of motivation to inspire others Ms Anderson still faces challenges throughout her journey 

Simone’s typical meal plan:  

Breakfast: A protein shake with a banana and milk

Morning Tea: A small handful of mixed nuts for and a piece of fruit

Lunch: An omelette with veges

Dinner: Brown rice, salmon, avocado and a hard boiled egg. 

Tip: I like to have a tea after dinner which stops my craving for anything sweet!

‘Some of my biggest challenges when trying to stick to a routine and being health conscious is still trying to maintain a social lifestyle,’ she reveals. 

‘It was a huge change during the first few months learning to switch a glass of wine with friends and dinner for a morning walk and smoothie. But these small daily changes add up long term and mean it just becomes your new lifestyle.’ 

In a normal day Ms Anderson will kick things off with 45 minutes to an hour of either weight training or a gym class that is weights based. 

She currently works out daily, if not twice a day. 

As a result of the mass-interest accumulated around her transformation Ms Anderson also dedicates a portion of her routine to communicate with her followers who leave messages and comments for her when she is not working as a professional make-up artist. 

The make-up-artist believes in switching up her diet each day or week so she doesn’t get sick of eating the same foods but on an average day will eat a variation of her typical healthy meal plan.  

Ms Anderson will start her day 45 minutes to an hour of either weight training or a gym class that is weights based

Ms Anderson will start her day 45 minutes to an hour of either weight training or a gym class that is weights based

The Auckland-born social media sensation currently works out daily, if not twice a day

The Auckland-born social media sensation currently works out daily, if not twice a day

Determined: Simone believes in switching up her diet each day or week to avoid getting sick of the same meal 

Determined: Simone believes in switching up her diet each day or week to avoid getting sick of the same meal 

Currently, Ms Anderson has many goals but her main two focuses are to run a half marathon this year, and to travel and see as much of the world as possible. 

She is also continuing to use her transformation experience to help and motivate others, although she confesses initially sharing her story was a ‘selfish’ decision to keep herself accountable to help achieve her goals.  

‘Now seeing how many people it has affected and how many people have decided to change their own lives because of me is something I am so proud of.

Staying strong: Ms Anderson revealed it was a huge change transitioning to healthier options in the first few months however over time accustomed to the switches 

Staying strong: Ms Anderson revealed it was a huge change transitioning to healthier options in the first few months however over time accustomed to the switches 

Her goals short-term are to run a half marathon this year and to travel

Her goals short-term are to run a half marathon this year and to travel

‘I will continue to post and create new and exciting recipes for as long as others find some sort of benefit from it,’ she said. 

That includes offering advice to those looking to change themselves for the better. Her biggest piece of advice is for anyone looking to make a change to include their friends and family in their decision. 

‘Tell as many people around you including your friends and family, the more people you tell the more accountable you feel and the more driven you feel to achieve and stick to your goals.’ 

'Try not to focus on the big end goal, set yourself lots of small short term achievable goals along the way' Ms Anderson says

‘Try not to focus on the big end goal, set yourself lots of small short term achievable goals along the way’ Ms Anderson says

She added it is a key factor to attempt to maintain balance: ‘For me, I never cut out any food group as then it would feel like a fad diet and I wanted it to feel like a long term lifestyle change.

‘Try not to focus on the big end goal, set yourself lots of small short term achievable goals along the way. These help keep you motivated and on track the entire journey.’      
  


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All-natural tips to improve your sex life – Harvard Health

Exercise, diet changes may help reverse ED

If erectile dysfunction has you down, and you don’t want to rely on drugs, these five natural solutions, as found in the Harvard Special Health Report Erectile Dysfunction: How medication, lifestyle changes, and other therapies can help you conquer this vexing problem, may reverse your ED and improve your sex life. They are easy to adopt and enrich your health in other ways, too.

1. Begin walking. Just 30 minutes of walking a day was linked with a 41% drop in risk for ED, according to one Harvard study, while a separate trial reported that moderate exercise can help restore sexual performance in obese, middle-aged men with ED.

2. Eat right. Go bullish on fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and fish—a diet that lessened the likelihood of ED in the Massachusetts Male Aging Study—while downplaying red and processed meat and refined grains.

Another tip: chronic deficiencies in vitamin B12—found in clams, salmon, trout, beef, fortified cereals, and yogurt—may harm the spinal cord, potentially short-circuiting nerves responsible for sensation as well as for relaying messages to arteries in the penis.

Multivitamins and fortified foods are the best bets for those who absorb B12 poorly, including many older adults and anyone with atrophic gastritis, a condition that may affect nearly one in three people ages 50 and older.

Also, make sure you get enough vitamin D, which is found in fortified milk or yogurt, eggs, cheese, and canned tuna. A 2016 study in the journal Atherosclerosis found that men with vitamin D deficiency have a 30% greater risk for ED.

3. Slim down. Obesity raises risks for vascular disease and diabetes, two major causes of ED. And excess fat tinkers with several hormones that may feed into the problem, too. The smaller your waist, the better—a man with a 42-inch waist is 50% more likely to have ED than one with a 32-inch waist.

4. Check your vascular health. Signs that put you on the road to poor vascular health include soaring blood pressure, blood sugar, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and triglycerides; and low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. Check with your doctor to find out whether your vascular system—and thus your heart, brain, and penis—is in good shape or needs a tune-up through lifestyle changes and, if necessary, medications.

5. See your dentist. A 2013 study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine found an association between gum disease and risk for ED. Gum disease causes chronic inflammation, which is believed to damage the endothelial cells that line blood vessels, including those in your penis.

By Matthew Solan
Executive Editor, Harvard Men’s Health Watch

Article source: http://www.health.harvard.edu/mens-health/all-natural-tips-to-improve-your-sex-life

Counterintuitive health tips


Woman Stretching on Mountain Rocks

Get 8 hours of sleep, don’t smoke, and eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away. Some health advice we all know by heart, while other recommendations still surprise. Do you know these tips from Health.com?
Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after you eat. Even though brushing may seem like the obvious thing to do after a meal, doing so can actually hurt your teeth. Acidic foods weaken tooth enamel, leaving them vulnerable to damage when brushing.
Avoid energy drinks when you’re tired. The immediate pick-me-up is tempting, but energy drinks are nothing but caffeine — and when they wear off, you’ll be more tired than before. Drink water when you feel bloated. In many cases the bloated feeling you experience is caused by dehydration; to relieve this uncomfortable feeling, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.
Scented candles have become a popular way to add ambiance, warmth and pleasant associations to one’s home. But recent research indicates some scented varieties, when lit, may emit chemicals such as benzene and toluene, which are associated with developmental difficulties as well as damage to the brain, lungs and central nervous system.
The National Candle Association refutes such claims, pointing to decades of safety research, and no definitive studies have confirmed the long-term effect of candle exposure. But consumers might instead opt for vegetable-based, nonpigmented, nonscented candles that are free of dyes, says an ABC report. If you prefer the scented variety, keep a window open to promote airflow. Eastern Guilford state champion sprinter Taylor Henderson on season-ending injury
While studies confirm the negative health repercussions of chewing tobacco, recent figures from the CDC show 3 percent of adult males in the U.S. still indulge.
The American Cancer Society links snuff widely distributed in the U.S. to very high levels of cancer-causing carcinogens that have caused lung cancer in animals, noting such products may play a role in heart disease and high blood pressure. When studied in 2010, snuff reportedly caused 204,309 deaths from heart disease and 62,283 deaths from cancers of the mouth, pharynx and esophagus. “Smokeless tobacco results in considerable, potentially preventable, global morbidity and mortality from cancer,” the study concludes.

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Article source: http://pakobserver.net/counterintuitive-health-tips/

Handbook offers prevention and heart health tips – WXYZ.com

(WXYZ) – Did you know drinking coffee might protect your heart? Or that getting the flu increases cardiovascular risk? And shorter people are more likely to develop heart disease?

These facts and other prevention and heart health tips and information are packed inside “The Heart-Healthy Handbook,” featuring 140-plus essays written by more than 60 Beaumont Health experts. 

All proceeds from the book will benefit the hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program.

Learn more by visiting https://www.beaumont.org/health-wellness/news/heart-healthy-handbook-provides-inspiration-and-information-for-preventing-and-managing-heart-disease

Article source: http://www.wxyz.com/about-us/as-seen-on/handbook-offers-prevention-and-heart-health-tips

All-natural tips to improve your sex life »

Exercise, diet changes may help reverse ED

If erectile dysfunction has you down, and you don’t want to rely on drugs, these five natural solutions, as found in the Harvard Special Health Report Erectile Dysfunction: How medication, lifestyle changes, and other therapies can help you conquer this vexing problem, may reverse your ED and improve your sex life. They are easy to adopt and enrich your health in other ways, too.

1. Begin walking. Just 30 minutes of walking a day was linked with a 41% drop in risk for ED, according to one Harvard study, while a separate trial reported that moderate exercise can help restore sexual performance in obese, middle-aged men with ED.

2. Eat right. Go bullish on fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and fish—a diet that lessened the likelihood of ED in the Massachusetts Male Aging Study—while downplaying red and processed meat and refined grains.

Another tip: chronic deficiencies in vitamin B12—found in clams, salmon, trout, beef, fortified cereals, and yogurt—may harm the spinal cord, potentially short-circuiting nerves responsible for sensation as well as for relaying messages to arteries in the penis.

Multivitamins and fortified foods are the best bets for those who absorb B12 poorly, including many older adults and anyone with atrophic gastritis, a condition that may affect nearly one in three people ages 50 and older.

Also, make sure you get enough vitamin D, which is found in fortified milk or yogurt, eggs, cheese, and canned tuna. A 2016 study in the journal Atherosclerosis found that men with vitamin D deficiency have a 30% greater risk for ED.

3. Slim down. Obesity raises risks for vascular disease and diabetes, two major causes of ED. And excess fat tinkers with several hormones that may feed into the problem, too. The smaller your waist, the better—a man with a 42-inch waist is 50% more likely to have ED than one with a 32-inch waist.

4. Check your vascular health. Signs that put you on the road to poor vascular health include soaring blood pressure, blood sugar, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and triglycerides; and low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. Check with your doctor to find out whether your vascular system—and thus your heart, brain, and penis—is in good shape or needs a tune-up through lifestyle changes and, if necessary, medications.

5. See your dentist. A 2013 study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine found an association between gum disease and risk for ED. Gum disease causes chronic inflammation, which is believed to damage the endothelial cells that line blood vessels, including those in your penis.

By Matthew Solan
Executive Editor, Harvard Men’s Health Watch

Article source: http://www.health.harvard.edu/mens-health/all-natural-tips-to-improve-your-sex-life

Health Watch: 3 counterintuitive health tips

TIP OF THE WEEK
3 counterintuitive health tips
Get 8 hours of sleep, dont smoke, and eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away. Some health advice we all know by heart, while other recommendations still surprise. Do you know these tips from Health.com?
– Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after you eat. Even though brushing may seem like the obvious thing to do after a meal, doing so can actually hurt your teeth. Acidic foods weaken tooth enamel, leaving them vulnerable to damage when brushing.
– Avoid energy drinks when youre tired. The immediate pick-me-up is tempting, but energy drinks are nothing but caffeine — and when they wear off, youll be more tired than before.
– Drink water when you feel bloated. In many cases the bloated feeling you experience is caused by dehydration; to relieve this uncomfortable feeling, make sure youre drinking plenty of water.

HEALTH STUDY
Scented candles could be unhealthy, studies say
Scented candles have become a popular way to add ambiance, warmth and pleasant associations to ones home. But recent research indicates some scented varieties, when lit, may emit chemicals such as benzene and toluene, which are associated with developmental difficulties as well as damage to the brain, lungs and central nervous system.

The National Candle Association refutes such claims, pointing to decades of safety research, and no definitive studies have confirmed the long-term effect of candle exposure. But consumers might instead opt for vegetable-based, nonpigmented, nonscented candles that are free of dyes, says an ABC report.

If you prefer the scented variety, keep a window open to promote airflow.

TOBACCO
3 percent of adult American males still chewing snuff
While studies confirm the negative health repercussions of chewing tobacco, recent figures from the CDC show 3 percent of adult males in the U.S. still indulge.

The American Cancer Society links snuff widely distributed in the U.S. to very high levels of cancer-causing carcinogens that have caused lung cancer in animals, noting such products may play a role in heart disease and high blood pressure.

When studied in 2010, snuff reportedly caused 204,309 deaths from heart disease and 62,283 deaths from cancers of the mouth, pharynx and esophagus.

Smokeless tobacco results in considerable, potentially preventable, global morbidity and mortality from cancer, the study concludes.

GETTING HEALTHY
3 tips to create a healthy lifestyle
Creating a new, healthier you doesnt happen overnight, and it takes more than a simple resolution to inspire change. With time, hard work, dedication and a little help from the tips below, courtesy of Oxygen Magazine, youll be on your way.
– Breakfast first. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and the perfect place to start your healthy lifestyle. A balanced, nutritious breakfast will set you up for a full day of success.
– Fantastic fiber. Increasing your fiber intake stabilizes your blood sugar and reduces your hunger cravings.
– Take time for yourself. Whether its running, weightlifting or yoga, youll be a healthier, happier person if you indulge in the wellness activities you most enjoy.
– Brandpoint

Article source: http://www.pratttribune.com/lifestyle/20170428/health-watch-3-counterintuitive-health-tips

6 Easy and Time-saving Health Tips for Men

It all appears so easy when you make a health resolution. Remember the promise of going to the gym every day, controlling the urge for fried food, and climbing stairs to reach office? Don’t facepalm in embarrassment, we understand that the bigger strains of life and responsibilities often take precedence over your resolutions, and as a result, health gets pushed to the back seat.

Often, the lag develops from the misconceptions that come with becoming health conscious. The delusions of mandatory workouts for hours every day, eating bland food, and bringing a drastic change in the regular routine are dispiriting for many. Leading a healthy life is possible with even a few constructive changes in your daily routine.

Here are 6 easy tips to help improve men’s health without overhauling your lifestyle.

1. Avoid These 3 Things as Much as Possible

The easiest way to ensure that your daily food assists in building a healthy body is to avoid white food, alcohol, and trans fats. Although trans-fats make food taste better and increases its shelf life, it also makes the food hazardous to your heart’s health.

White foods are food items that are white in color, and are processed and refined such as pasta, sugar, sucrose, bread, crackers etc. Research shows that overeating of such foods results in obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Alcohol does no good to anyone, but is still always a part of get-togethers or parties. Avoiding alcohol and switching it with a glass of fruit juice will add a dash of healthy happiness to your enjoyment. Alcohol is known to create hormonal imbalances in your body, leading to several ailments.

2. Keep Your Diet Interesting

Adding new taste to your meals keeps food interesting. Having diet food does not mean eating boring or less food. Doing so can lead to the deficiency of important minerals and vitamins in your body. In fact, a healthy diet must comprise a healthy food range. Eating a good amount keeps you full and energetic. For example, if you are already eating a high-protein diet, try experimenting with exotic fruits or low-fat dairy staples for a change.

Who says you can only have boring cereals to start your day? Sprucing up delicious salads with new seasonings can add a distinct flavor to your food and bring excitement to your dietary intake.

3. Fall in Love with Healthy Liquids

By this, we are not saying that you should replace food with water or liquids. Going on a liquid diet or replacing any of the three important meals of the day with liquids can leave you famished. Your body needs important nutrients and calories to function throughout the day.  But, nutritious liquids are great in quenching thirst and keep hunger pangs at bay. They help you avoid adding extra calories that come through snacking and keep you refreshed and energized.

The cheapest and the healthiest liquid to drink is water. It’s a known fact that drinking plenty of water helps in lubricating and cushioning the joints, along with protecting your sensitive tissues and the spinal cord. When the water intake is increased, the body is hydrated and your fluid needs are met, thereby keeping the body healthy.

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4. Develop an Active Hobby

Having an active hobby such as playing outdoor sports, running, swimming, skipping, yoga, and more help you stay in great shape. A 30-minute cardio every day is proven to enhance your overall cardiovascular health, and lose excess weight. Simple cardio exercises, such as taking your dog for a brisk walk, help in boosting your mood, enhancing your sleep pattern and increasing your speed and endurance. When cardio exercise comes in the form of a hobby, it doesn’t get boring or tiresome. Having an active hobby clears the mind, improves creativity, and serves as a great stress reliever, while burning extra fat.

5. Prioritize Sleep

The lack of proper sleep is directly linked to weight gain. Irrespective of your concentrated efforts towards losing weight, good sleep of at least 7 to 8 hours is absolutely crucial to obtain positive results. A good night’s sleep results in better productivity and improved concentration. Poor sleep quality increases chances of heart stroke and adversely affects the glucose metabolism, thereby reducing insulin sensitivity in the body. Although the significance of having a good quality sleep is highly underrated in the modern-day lifestyle, it plays a defining role in maintaining our overall health.

6. Keep Your Sex Life Active

Having an active sex life has several benefits. Sex helps burn a lot many calories. It not only improves mood and relieves tension, but also enhances your immune system and convalescence the brain function. Research proves that an active sex life lowers the risk of developing prostate cancer in men. Sex is also a great way of performing a full body workout as it uses 657 muscles of the human body. It also promotes better sleep and makes one look younger.

Conclusion

It is important for all men to be increasingly aware of their health, irrespective of their age. Being proactive about fitness not only keeps diseases at bay, but also promotes positive attitudes. The rewards of incorporating these simple tips for a better lifestyle will surely be worth the efforts.


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3 tips to get started on the corporate health journey

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Cara Ang, group chief human resources officer, AIA, shares how wellness programmes can help organisations acquire and retain top talent.

In a recent survey commissioned by specialised recruitment company Robert Half, it was found that talent management will top the agenda for 47% of Singapore businesses in 2020.

But when every other business is focusing its attention on talent management and is after the same crème de la crème of our talent pool, how can organisations stay ahead of the curve to acquire, retain and develop a strong workforce for continuous growth?

The increasing dominance of the health and well-balanced lifestyle conscious Millennial generation in the work force today is spurring a shift towards more companies to incorporate corporate wellness programmes into their human resource strategy. This win-win initiative for both companies and employees has given rise to much debate on a right formula for a sustainable successful corporate wellness programmes.

To start off, employees should be encouraged to take charge of their own health. This empowers them to create positive change in their everyday lives. Employees who lead an active, well-balanced lifestyle will find that they are more productive at work than their peers. Studies have shown that a healthy physical regimen is directly linked to prolonged mental stamina, improved concentration, and sharper memory, amongst other things. This also translates into increased productivity, decreased healthcare costs and increased profitability for businesses.

Secondly, wellness programmes are becoming increasingly important today with more employees attracted to work arrangements that help them strike a better work-life balance for themselves. In fact, wellness programmes offered by companies is one of the top three work-life design elements that professionals value, according to a recent survey.

Here is a simple practical guide to help organisations get started on the corporate health journey:

1. Know your health

“I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.” – Billie Jean King, former world-leading professional tennis player.

The first step is understanding where you are, and where you want to go. In the realm of corporate health, businesses need to assess the state of their employees’ health, which can be done through simple health surveys.

For example, the established “Britain’s Healthiest Workplace” survey has helped over 400 organisations gain a deeper understanding of the health risks affecting their employees and their impact on other factors such as job and life satisfaction. Nomura International took the crown as “healthiest large workplace” in 2016, with offerings such as personal training in the company gym.

Closer to home, the inaugural “Singapore’s Healthiest Workplace by AIA Vitality” survey provides participating employers with an in-depth report of their organisation’s overall state of health and benchmarking information.

2. C-suite leadership and engagement

The next step is to ensure that your management team is on board with implementing a wellness programme. One in three attendees at the AIA Vitality Summit 2016 identified C-suite leadership and engagement as a critical driver for an effective workplace health programme.

Beyond signatory approvals and internal circulars, this entails the leadership team walking the talk, themselves engaging in the programme to emphasise the high priority of health in the organisation.

For example, when introducing regular company or department runs, senior management should not only join in, but also motivate the team to remain committed and remind employees of the importance of carving out time to strike a balance between work and wellness.

Real change begins with you.

3. Reward employees’ healthy behaviours 

Finally, incentivising employees for their healthy behaviours is particularly effective in encouraging them to lead healthy lifestyles.

Rewards tied to wellness programmes have been proven to increase activity level, improve food choices, and decrease healthcare costs, based on data from an established wellness programme that incentivises and rewards members for making healthy choices. For example, participants in one study nearly doubled their amount of physical activities from 6.9 to 13.4 activities per month.

Besides the usual fruits days or gym membership subsidies, consider setting health as a key performance indicator (KPI) and offering more direct financial rewards, which are more effective than other rewards for encouraging healthy behaviour change.

An unconventional approach, but making health a KPI was precisely what started the wave of wellness at United Test and Assembly Center (UTAC) in Singapore.

On noticing unhealthy weight gain within his team, UTAC’s chief human resources officer suggested setting ‘weight reduction’ as a KPI for his corporate HR team. This elevated ‘wellness programme’ to a greater priority within the team. It took shape quickly with several initiatives such as appointing a coach to make dietary recommendations and lead the team in cycling sessions, having weekly weight measurements, tracking health KPIs with scoring charts and taking before and after photos to document progress. Employees who achieve a successful health milestone are treated to special dinners.

The corporate HR team cycles 40km to 50km at least three times a week now, making tangible health improvements that have led them to be more productive at work. The team constantly encourages one another to make healthier lifestyle choices every day.

One team member, Alexander Yap who is the UTAC rewards director lost 16kg weight during the first five months of the cycling activity, similar weight loss results experienced by the other HR cycling team members became apparent with associates from other departments expressing interest in joining the group.

We are often pulled into a sedentary lifestyle when we join the workforce. Wellness programmes help individuals make personal health goals and meet them at their own pace with a little motivation from peers and employers. This way, they are able to make healthy lifestyle changes to lead better lives and bring more value to the organisation at the same time.

Some companies have also chosen to work with corporate health programme providers with proven track records, who have the expertise and experience to develop customised programmes that are effective and sustainable.

Creating change is never easy but it is a worthy investment because bringing health to your workplace will boost your company’s productivity and profitability in addition to helping you attract and retain the best talent.

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Public Health officials offer tips for keeping mosquitoes at bay …

Public-health workers in Columbus and Franklin County have started treating standing water to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs and spreading disease.

Mosquitoes are considered the world’s deadliest animals, spreading such diseases as the Zika, West Nile and Chikungunya viruses, plus dengue and malaria in various parts of the world.

“Anything that holds even a small amount of water for a few days is a perfect place for mosquitoes to breed,” Joe Mazzola, Franklin County’s health commissioner, said in a statement. “Once eggs are laid, a new crop of mosquitoes can hatch, grow and emerge from the water as adults in as little as one week.”

Franklin County and Columbus public-health agencies offer these tips for keeping the bugs at bay:

• Empty, remove, cover or turn over containers that can hold water.

• Treat rain barrels with mosquito dunks every month.

• Change the water in wading pools weekly; store indoors when not in use.

• Dispose of old tires.

• Empty planters and bird baths often.

• Empty and refill pets’ watering dishes daily.

• Use sand to plug holes in trees where water can collect.

• Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets.

• Make sure that gutters and downspouts are free of leaves and debris and are properly draining.

• Drain or fill low areas on your property that hold water for more than five days.

• Use insect repellent containing DEET.

• Wear protective clothing at dawn or dusk.

• Repair window screens.

It’s important to take measures now, said Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Teresa Long.

“Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as Zika and West Nile, so it’s important to eliminate standing water as soon as possible to reduce their growth,” Long said in a statement. “What residents do today will be critical to the number of mosquitoes in our community this summer.”

 

For more information, go to www.columbus.gov/publichealth/ or www.myfcph.org/mosquito.

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