Wellness Program

A simple start to Wellness at Work:

Worksite health promotion is an investment in your most important asset – your employees. While you may already be contributing to your employees’ health and wellness, offering healthy food choices for your employees at the workplace is a great addition to your initiative. Better nutrition is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, and healthier employees can mean increased productivity, reduced sick days and fewer on-the-job accidents. Serving unhealthy food at staff lunches or offering high-fat and sugar-filled choices in vending machines or your employee cafeteria is detrimental to your  employees’ health and wellness.

Healthy eating has proven to be an effective tool in slowing the growth of health care costs as well. Choosing healthier food options may reduce an employee’s chances of suffering from obesity-related diseases. While you can’t control what employees choose to eat, you can help steer them in the right direction by providing healthy options. 

Four Financial Decisions You Won’t Regret

Four Financial Decisions You Won’t Regret

Impulse purchases can feel good, but buyer’s remorse is never pleasurable. Situations around money can be stressful or exhilarating, feelings of joyful anticipation or fearful foreboding. Whether it’s planning to fund a vacation, saving for a rainy day or searching for a loan, below are four nancial decisions that would be hard to regret:

Get Your Rhythm Back

Get Your Rhythm Back

Late summer nights lead to sleeping later in the mornings and make it harder to get your sleep cycle back on track. You can re- tune your internal clock to get better rest. Try a few of these simple adjustments to your daily routine to help you take control of your sleep patterns:

The Questions We Ask Ourselves

The Questions We Ask Ourselves

Why bother? Is it worth it? Who have I become? What is the power of self-reflection? Life moves forward like the stills in a movie and time can seem to slow down or speed up depending on how boring or exciting the scene. What if you fall asleep in the movie, and wake up somewhere in the second half, confused as to what you missed?

Recipe of the Month: Lemony White Quinoa

Recipe of the Month: Lemony White Quinoa

Flavor Factor

Flavor Factor

Who wants to eat “healthy food”? Just say it out loud and feel the apprehension. Food should be delicious, crunchy, savory or sweet to be appealing. You can enjoy flavorful food and feel satis ed without overeating or even eating unhealthy foods.

Can

Can't Eat Another Bite

Would you like a box for that? It seems like such an easy question, but some people have a hard time stopping while there is still food on their plate. When you are full, the best thing to do is drop your fork, push your chair away from the table and don’t take another bite.

DON

DON'T Just Do It! ENJOY IT!

No one wants to be pushed all the time. Stand! Stretch! Walk! Jog! Faster! Life has enough demands. We all have enough “to-do’s” on our list to get through. Why not take a new perspective to enjoy and take the time for what makes you feel good and creates sensations and memories that fulfill you?

How To Accept Help

How To Accept Help

We all go through many challenges in our lifetime. Some we can see, most we can’t. It’s not obvious when someone’s dealing with a mental illness, caring for an aging parent, or having financial difficulty. It’s important that we all have a support system.

Breaking The Spell of Addiction

Breaking The Spell of Addiction

Things that taste good or feel good send signals to our brain that says, “we like this, do it again!” It’s this reward-based learning process that makes it so difficult to fight urges to smoke or eat something sweet.

Go Your Own Way

Go Your Own Way

Life can allow so many directions. There are many paths to choose from and every decision we make can lead us further down a path.

New Relationship With Food

New Relationship With Food

The foods you eat can be directly connected with your emotions. Macaroni and cheese may remind you of happy childhood memories, cookies can feel like a kind gesture from a loved one or ice cream may be associated with getting over a break up.

You CAN Do It!

You CAN Do It!

Taking the time to physically care for oneself is not an easy task. Walk into any tness club and you will see a vast array of people and levels of tness. Everyone at the gym is there for their own personal reasons and nd within themselves the motivation to come back again the next day and the next.

5 Reasons To Protect Yourself From The Flu

5 Reasons To Protect Yourself From The Flu

Get A Flu Shot!

Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from getting the flu.

To Floss OR Not To Floss?

To Floss OR Not To Floss?

If you’ve ever eaten corn on the cob, then you know the urge to floss. The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between your teeth once a day. Even if you can’t feel the leftover food in your mouth, it’s there and flossing may help prevent cavities and gum disease.

Breast Cancer Myths & Facts

Breast Cancer Myths & Facts

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide. Better screening, early detection and increased awareness can save lives. Here are some common breast cancer myths, and truths.

Coordinating Care For A Loved One

Coordinating Care For A Loved One

Becoming a caretaker for your parent or loved one can be a difficult adjustment and role reversal.

What Will You Have?

What Will You Have?

Cooking at home is always best because you can control how your food is being prepared. However, after a long week of cooking, it’s nice to unwind with friends or family at a restaurant.

Best Back Exercises

Best Back Exercises

Bed rest is what comes to mind when back pain attacks, but research suggests that activity is better to promote healing. Lack of activity can lead to muscle stiffness and weakness and soft tissue becomes more vulnerable to injury.

Activities and Programs

Activities and Programs

WALK FOR CHARITY:
Some people may be motivated to get fit by the thought of helping those in need. Select a good cause – or several – and encourage employees to participate in a charity walk/run. You could even sponsor one that starts at your workplace. 
Watch Your Heart Health

Watch Your Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States, 

The Benefits of Physical Activity

The Benefits of Physical Activity

Exercise can help control your blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight; help raise your “good” cholesterol; and prevent diseases such as colorectal cancer, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Becoming active can also:

The Risks of Sitting

The Risks of Sitting

Some doctors are saying that sitting is the new smoking. According to the Mayo Clinic, sitting, like smoking, is a pervasive problem that harms your health. Approximately 80 percent of Americans work a non-active job, making all-day sitting a common condition.

The Risks of Sitting

Some doctors are saying that sitting is the new smoking. According to the Mayo Clinic, sitting, like smoking, is a pervasive problem that harms your health. Approximately 80 percent of Americans work a non-active job, making all-day sitting a common condition.

Lengthy, non-interrupted sitting causes poor circulation and low calorie burn and is linked to various health problems, including obesity, hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as stiffness, headaches and sluggishness.

Your job may require you to spend a considerable amount of time at a desk, or maybe you’re fond of all-day movie marathons. Try these tips to sit less, move more and improve your health:

  • Stand while talking on the phone or watching television.
  • Try a walking or standing meeting at work.
  • Stand up and stretch at least every hour.
  • Wear a pedometer and find ways to add steps into your daily routine.
  • Take the stairs when possible.
  • Consider walking or biking when commuting to work or running errands

The benefits of physical activity

Exercise can help control your blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight; help raise your “good” cholesterol; and prevent diseases such as colorectal cancer, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Becoming active can also:
  • Help you look your best
  • Raise self-esteem
  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce falls and arthritis pain
  • Lower your chances of becoming depressed
  • Be fun!

Watch Your Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States, and cost the United States billions of dollars health care expenses, medications and lost productivity. Fortunately, heart disease can often be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle and properly managing health conditions. Here is some simple self-care and prevention strategies that will help decrease the risk of heart disease.

“Don’t be afraid of the doctor”

Visit your primary care physician regularly for wellness and preventative appointments.

“Kick the bad habits”

Refrain from smoking, limit your alcohol intake, and cut back on unhealthy eating routines.

“It’s all about maintenance”

By maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating a well-balanced and heathy diet, the risk of heart disease decreases. Not only does this lower the risk, you will feel better and be more energetic.

“Don’t stress the small stuff”

With many stressors out there, try to manage your stress levels. Stress can increase factors that cause heart disease such as high blood pressure. So take a deep breath and try to determine if something is really worth stressing over.

Activities and Programs

  • Walk for charity:
    Some people may be motivated to get fit by the thought of helping those in need. Select a good cause – or several – and encourage employees to participate in a charity walk/run. You could even sponsor one that starts at your workplace.
  • Walking buddy:
    People are more likely to stick with their exercise plan when they have a buddy or group for motivation. Encourage employees to team up or form walking groups. Also, hand out maps of walking routes that begin and end at the workplace.
  • Pre-shift stretching:
    If sprains, strains and back pain are common occurrences at your job site, group stretching before the start of each shift can help improve job performance and prevent injury. Even for those at desk jobs, a morning stretch or yoga class can get the blood flowing and increase energy levels for the rest of the day.
  • Company softball game:
    Turn your annual picnic into a fun and active day on the baseball diamond. Provide healthy drinks and lunch. Throwing, catching and running around the bases will build morale and improve fitness at the same time.
  • Bike racks:
    Offer convenient, safe and highly visible locations for employees to park their bicycles.
  • Flexible schedules:
    Offer flexible work hours to allow time for exercising during the day.
  • walking meetings:
    When feasible, suggest that employees engage in “walk and talk” meetings, rather than sitting in a conference room.
Dave Vozza is ready to work with you and help you navigate the program.
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