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Why Every Employer Needs to Know (And Share) These Obesity Facts

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Oct, 18, 2021

Pandemic pounds are real.

Earlier this year, 42% of individuals surveyed by the American Psychological Association reported a weight gain of 29 pounds on average during the pandemic.

One-third of Americans are severely overweight, a stark obesity fact that can’t be ignored. Excessive pounds can lead to heart problems, stroke, diabetes, and other serious health conditions that can impact an employee’s productivity, energy, and overall health.

Other than the COVID pandemic, one of the most serious public health concerns today is obesity. It’s been proven that those with extra comorbidities like obesity are more likely to struggle harder with a case of COVID.  

Employers must find a way to bring these discussions to light for employees. This can help employees take steps to minimize associated healthcare costs later down the road and lead to an overall better quality of life. This post will share obesity facts to spread awareness along with some ideas on helping workers stay in their healthy, happy weight range.

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Topics: Wellness at Work

5 Essential Details For Anyone Who Needs a COVID-19 Booster Shot

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Oct, 07, 2021

Thinking you may need the COVID 19 booster shot?

Not everyone needs to get one. While there’s been a lot of back and forth about whether everyone needs a booster shot, health officials have confirmed it’s only necessary for certain populations.

This article will cover:

  • Who is eligible
  • Why someone may need a third dose
  • The timeline to wait between the second and third dose
  • Where to get the COVID-19 booster shot
  • What type of side effects to expect

Share this post with employees who are interested in learning more about the booster and if they need it for full protection.

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Topics: Wellness at Work

The Serious Signs and Symptoms of Depression Employers Can't Ignore

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Oct, 04, 2021

Do you know the signs and symptoms of depression?

Depression is a costly condition for businesses and for the individuals who leave it unchecked. The American Psychiatric Association estimates depression causes $44 billion annually in lost productivity and about half of employees with depression are untreated.

Even before COVID hit, our country saw an increase in mental illness. Between 2017-2018, 19% of adults experienced a mental illness, which is an increase of 1.5 million people over last year, according to Mental Health America’s report, The State of Mental Health in American 2021.

On top of that, the number of individuals seeking help for anxiety and depression has gone through the roof. Since the previous year’s screening, there was a 62% increase over 2019’s depression screens.

October 7 is National Depression Screening Day. You would want your employees to get their cholesterol, heart, and blood pressure screened — why not their mental health?

Below, learn more about the signs and symptoms of depression, free resources for mental health, and how to connect with an employee in a depressive state.

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Topics: Wellness at Work

Need-to-Know Guide For The 2021-22 Flu Season Months

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Sep, 30, 2021

‘Tis the season for sneezing, tissues, Tamiflu,  and...flu shots.

Yes, it’s already time to start thinking about the flu season months.

Flu season is here and paired with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this flu and cold season doesn’t sound like it’s going to be very forgiving. As cooler weather approaches, more people are likely to gather inside together — unmasked — making it easier for viruses and germs to spread.

Experts are forecasting a 20% increase in flu cases compared to normal seasons.

Despite seeing record-low numbers for flu cases last year — thanks to everyone who stayed home or masked up outdoors — this year with the reopening of workplaces, schools, and decreased protocols, it could turn out to be a mess of a flu season.

Here’s what you need to know about the flu, what’s new this season, advice from health experts, if you can have COVID and the flu at the same time, and the best time for employees — and yourself — to get the flu shot.

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Topics: Wellness at Work

31 Enticing Ideas for Employee Engagement Your Staff Will Love

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Sep, 23, 2021

Need some great ideas for employee engagement?

You’re in the right spot.

Sadly, only 36% of employees feel engaged in their work. That’s according to a July 2021 study released by Gallup that surveyed over 100,000 teams. Of those who are “actively disengaged,” 74 percent are also actively looking for work.

Employee engagement is one of those areas companies are struggling with on a regular basis these days. So, how can you keep employees engaged without overtime work parties, eye rolls, and sighs?

Don’t let your employees get disengaged to the point of leaving. Solicit feedback to see where your company can improve. This post is an excellent starting point for getting them reengaged.

Ready for some exciting employee engagement? Read on!

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Topics: Wellness at Work

17 Health Benefits of Exercise That May Surprise You

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Sep, 16, 2021

You have heard it for years — the health benefits of exercise can’t be denied.

Despite any dismay you feel toward sweating, research indicates regular sweat sessions are good for both your physical and mental health.

Other than looking good and feeling strong, the list of the benefits of regular exercise is quite long. Some of the perks may even surprise you — like delayed aging and reduced bodily inflammation.

If you’re looking for a reason to keep up your workout routine into the fall and holiday season, your list of exercise incentives is here.

Here are 17 surprising health benefits of exercise to get you excited to sweat — even if it’s just a little bit.

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Topics: Wellness at Work

17 Easy Ways to Slay Your Exercise Goals For the Rest of the Year

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Sep, 02, 2021

Is your desire to stick with your exercise goals fading as fast as summer?

It happens.

Summertime makes it easy to stay active. After all, we can be outdoors more and enjoy all nature has to offer, making it a naturally more active time. But as summer fades to fall, exercise routines often fall to the back burner, too.

If you’re feeling the lack of workout motivation hardcore, we’ve got you covered. Below, we share the perks of working out, along with simple ways to get yourself excited to hit your next sweat session.

Here’s to more intense and fulfilling workouts!

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Topics: Wellness at Work

5 Telltale Signs You Need to Take a Mental Health Day From Work

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Aug, 26, 2021

Not everyone is in tune with their emotions enough to know they need to take a mental health day from work.

Even if they are, new research shows that more than half of employed Americans would be nervous to take a day off for mental health reasons because they believe an employer will think less of them. Unfortunately, the consequences of employees going hard until they are on the verge of quitting or a mental breakdown is real. The cost is expensive to both employees and employers.

Research conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) found anxiety and depressive disorders cost the global economy a trillion dollars in lost productivity each year.

Unsure of the signs to look for that an employee needs a break?

Below, this post covers the tell-tale signs an employee needs to take a day or two for themselves. Read on to keep these signs in mind for the health of your employees and yourself.

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Topics: Wellness at Work

Why are Vitamins Essential to Good Health? What You Need to Know.

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Aug, 19, 2021

Just why are vitamins essential to good health?

Believe it or not, our bodies need 13 different types of vitamins daily in order to thrive and function properly. These vitamins work inside the body to help with cell development, growth, and overall function.

This is why doctors stress the importance of a healthy, well-balanced diet. It’s also another reason to keep up with your annual blood work; it can indicate where you’re severely lacking in necessary vitamins and minerals. As we go into the fall season, if you’re planning to see your doc for your flu shot, you might as well follow-up on your blood work needs, too.

If you need a refresher on the vitamins you need to stay well all year round, we’ve got you covered. Below, we dive into the 13 different vitamins your body needs, which food sources are the best to consume for each, and whether your daily multi-vitamin is necessary.

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Topics: Wellness at Work

These 35 Mental Health Quotes of The Day Are Worth Reading

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Aug, 16, 2021

In recent weeks, mental health discussions sprouted from the unlikeliest of places: the Tokyo Olympic Games.

After gymnast Simone Biles’ recent departure — and stunning return — to the Olympic stage after a brief mental health break, she tackled the subject head on during interviews.  The four-time Olympic gold medalist stepped away briefly from the Tokyo Olympics and withdrew from several competitions after realizing she wasn’t in the right mental headspace.

"We also have to focus on ourselves, because at the end of the day, we're human, too," said Biles, according to The Associated Press. "We have to protect our mind and our body, rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do."

As a nod of unity to the talented gymnast for talking about mental health, we decided to round up mental health quotes of the day for you to share. Quote them to your staff daily, send them in an email, or even put one on a sticky note placed on someone’s desk who you know needs it.

Ready to inspire your own mental health conversations at work? Read on.

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Topics: Healthy Workplaces, Wellness at Work

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