Tag Archives: health care prevention

Pick Up Your Feet and Walk!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported good news with regard to walking-more Americans are doing it! The percentage of adults who went on a 10 minute walk once a week increased from 56% in 2005 to … Continue reading

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One More Reason to Eat a Balanced Healthy Diet!

As though there aren’t enough reasons to eat a healthy balanced diet, researchers have come up with one more-Vitamin B6.  A study just published in the Journal of Nutrition shows a strong association between chronic inflammation and Vitamin B6; those … Continue reading

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Wellness Programs and Social Media

Social media is proving to be an important tool for employers trying to encourage their employees to participate in Wellness Programs or to achieve weight/health goals. With much of the population looking at text messages, Facebook and Twitter each day, … Continue reading

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Family History and Your Heart

Coronary heart disease is the result of plaque buildup in the arteries, which blocks blood flow and heightens the risk for heart attack and stroke. It accounts for 1 in 6 deaths in the United States. Currently, the Framingham Risk … Continue reading

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Testing Your Sleepiness

Do you really know when you are sleep? too sleepy to drive or perform an activity? This question is front and center as people are getting fewer hours of sleep each night than ever before. Studies show that consistently getting … Continue reading

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Imagine a Hamster with Jet Lag?

Jet lag and shift work have a lot in common. Learning and memory problems exist and can continue for up to a month after returning to a normal schedule. Continue reading

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It’s Important to Talk with your Doctor about Working Shift Work

Doctors apply standard care to patients without considering individual patients situation or lifestyles. Shift workers should make sure their doctors know they work shift work and have this unique lifestyle factored into considerations about health prevention and treatment. Continue reading

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Employee Health and Shift Work Lifestyle Training Leads to a Happier and Healthier Workforce….and to Increased Company Profits!

Shift workers are especially at risk for cardiovascular disease. CSX Transportation and its employees focused in on this issue and dramatically reduced their employees risk of heart disease. And, this had a positive impact on reducing the company’s health insurance costs. Employee health and shift work lifestyle training does help employees improve their health and improve company profits. Continue reading

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Seeking a Real Quick Route to Better Health? Eat More Red!

Red grapes, sweet potatoes, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes and red wine are all great foods and drinks for shift workers looking to lower their risk of heart disease and diabetes. Continue reading

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2010 Sleep in America Poll Released!

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) has just released the 1st poll to examine sleep among four ethnic groups in the United States: Asians, Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics and Whites-the 2010 Sleep in America Poll. Although significant differences in the sleep habits … Continue reading

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Per World Health Organization – 40% of Cancers are Preventable

40% of cancer is preventable – shift workers take notice! Continue reading

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WSJ Covers Heart Risk at Work and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Two articles in today’s Wall Street Journal are significant to shift workers. One story is about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and the other’s about a new study reporting that men who didn’t confront colleagues or bosses who treated them unfairly doubled their risk of heart attack.
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Are We Breaking the Health Care Bank for Shift Workers?- Controlling the Rising Cost of Health Care

According to a report by U.S. PIRG, health care spending rose 56 percent from 2000 to 2006, versus an inflation rate of just 18 percent and wage increases of 20 percent. This forced employers to choose between reducing benefits, limiting pay increases, and hiring fewer employees. Furthermore, shift workers represent 10 percent of the working population but they account for 17 percent of the health care costs. Zeroing in on this group of workers will provide an employer more bang for their health care buck.
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