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6 Ways to Encourage Employees to Focus on Their Mental Health

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, May 20, 2019

Life gets busy.

As a result, our mental health often gets put on the back burner as it’s an unseen and easily forgotten aspect of health.

May is Mental Health Month, a perfect time to check in on your employees’ mental health status. It’s not necessarily an easy topic to discuss, but starting the conversation can lessen the stigma while providing education.

Sadly, less than half of working adults feel employers support employee well-being, a recent American Psychological Association survey revealed.

That lack of support can be devastating to employees, especially when you consider 1 in 5 Americans are dealing with mental illness.

If you want your employees to feel supported, here are six ways to focus on employee mental health:

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Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Facts, Prevention Tips + More

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, May 13, 2019

With the warmer weather comes sunny skies and more outdoor activities.

It also means an increased chance of sunburn. 

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a perfect time to remind employees that this most widely-diagnosed cancer is also the most preventable. Most skin cancers are caused by ultraviolet (UV) exposure, which comes from the sun, tanning booths, and sunlamps.

One in 5 Americans will be diagnosed in their lifetime with skin cancer, and between 7,000-8,000 people die from melanoma every year.

Luckily, most skin cancers are curable when caught early.

Share with your employees the importance of annual dermatology skin scans along with wearing daily sunscreen. You can also spread the word on how to spot early skin cancer warning signs.   

Here’s a look at valuable information to share with your employees this month:

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How to Celebrate Global Employee Health & Fitness Month

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, May 02, 2019

May is the perfect month to develop your company’s wellness program if you haven’t already done so. 

If you have a wellness program, rev it up by celebrating Global Employee Health and Fitness Month (GEHFM). This month-long celebration is a national observance of fitness and health in the workplace. 

Join in with other workplaces around the country. Here’s a look at the numbers: 

  • 28,575 participants 
  • 38 states participating
  • 72 cities participating
  • 6,621 companies & organizations participating

Below, we share how you can get your employees involved with four different weekly activities, and a celebration at the end of the month to wrap it up. 

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Distracted Driving Awareness Month: Reduce Your Liability By Creating a Cell Policy

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Apr 11, 2019

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the ideal opportunity to address employee cell-phone usage while driving.

By the end of today, at least nine Americans will die in a distracted driving crash.

100 will be seriously injured.

Unfortunately, employers can (and have been) held liable for employees who crash due to distractions. For employees doing frequent off-site work trips, this increases the chances of an employer getting pulled into crash liability issues.

Now is the time to start with employee safety talks about cell phone use — on and off the clock — before an accident occurs.

Below, we share why and how your company should implement a cell-phone policy to protect both employees and the organization.

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National Public Health Week + 7 Daily Topics to Engage Employees

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Apr 04, 2019

National Public Health Week is here. 

The annual event focuses on creating “the healthiest nation” by supporting healthy communities and fair policies. 

This week is the perfect time to start conversations in your workplace and community about public health. Whether you want to follow along with this week’s agenda or save it for a later date, any time is a good time to consider public health. Plus, you can share public health facts year-round with employees.

In this post, we share public health points of discussion to engage employees.

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Should You Care How Much Sleep Your Employees Get?

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Mar 11, 2019

A good night’s sleep is a must.

When the body is in sleep mode, it repairs cells and supports healthy brain function. Hitting the sack and getting high-quality sleep maintains physical and emotional health levels, too.

Deprive yourself of sleep too long, and the results are disastrous.  

When the body is in a sleep deficit, it impacts everything from mood to physical reaction times.

It can also impact the quality of work as it changes parts of the brain, including problem solving. According to the World Sleep Society, 46% of individuals with regular sleep disturbances report missing work or making errors at work.

World Sleep Day is March 15, a perfect day to raise awareness about the importance of not compromising quality sleep.

Want to spread the word on why sleep isn’t just a luxury? Read on.

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6 Key Messages to Share During National Nutrition Month

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Mar 04, 2019

March is National Nutrition Month.

While it’s great to promote the message of healthy eating for at least 31 days, getting employees excited about a nutritious diet can be tough.

Not many people are jumping up and down with excitement to eat kale. 😜

Nevertheless, this awareness month presents a perfect opportunity to share key nutrition points with your employees.

Here’s a few National Nutrition Month ideas and messages that may encourage your employees to try a little more kale:

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7 Heart Health Facts to Share During American Heart Month

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Feb 11, 2019

In case you missed it, it's American Heart Month.

While you’re passing around candy hearts, you might also consider passing out heart health facts to your employees to spread the word about heart disease.

And while Valentine’s Day hearts might be cute, heart disease is not.

Cardiovascular disease impacts nearly half of American adults these days, according to one new study. Unfortunately, heart disease impacts much of the working population. Research found it’s also responsible for more healthcare costs than any other injuries or diseases.

Luckily, heart disease prevention is possible. Making healthier lifestyle choices — like quitting smoking — can reduce the chance of someone developing heart disease. Helping employees understand the risks of heart disease and the symptoms of a heart attack may ultimately save their life.

Need a good fact sheet to print off and distribute?

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5 Ways to Celebrate American Heart Month

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Feb 04, 2019

February is American Heart Month, which presents a great opportunity to spread awareness about heart disease throughout the workplace.

Every year, heart disease kills 1 in 4 people.

Heart disease is also known as coronary heart disease or coronary artery disease. Over time, “plaque” builds up in the arteries that take blood to the heart.

What causes plaque?

● Smoking
● High blood pressure
● Too much fat and cholesterol in the blood
● Too much sugar in the blood

The great news is this chronic, deadly disease can be avoided when people make healthy lifestyle choices while managing other health conditions. By spreading awareness like heart health facts and the major signs of a heart attack, employers give workers potentially life-saving tools.

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Kick Butts: How to Help Employees Quit Smoking This Month

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Nov 05, 2018

Believe it or not, nearly 38 million Americans still smoke cigarettes.

Quitting smoking can be a challenge for even the most motivated of people. That’s why the American Cancer Society dedicates Nov. 15 as the Great American Smokeout. The national event encourages smokers to start living a smoke-free life one day at a time.

It may be hard to quit smoking, but with a plan, it can be done.

 

 

Here’s a brief overview of how to address tobacco use with employees, plus easy-to-implement smoking cessation activities.

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