WELLNESS

hiv

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More than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and 1 in 7 people don’t know they have it. The good news is you can help change this – spread the word about National HIV Testing Day on June 27!

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. Many people with HIV don’t have any symptoms. The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested.

eye strain

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Whether it’s a work computer, a home laptop or our ever-present smartphones, chances are you stare at some type of screen for hours each day. 


This can lead to vision problems. “Focusing on tiny type for hours on end can cause eyestrain, fatigue and headaches,” the American Academy of Ophthalmology cautions. “Staring at screens for long periods can also leave eyes parched, red and gritty-feeling.”


TIPS

  • Keep your screen at arm’s length. When working with a desktop computer, keep the screen about 25 inches from your face, or about an arm’s length away.


  • Mind the glare. Screen glare from lighting can irritate your eyes; try a matte filter for your screen to help diminish glare.


  • Give your eyes rest time. AAO notes that eyestrain occurs after long and continuous screen use, and recommends workers follow the “20-20-20 rule”: Take a break every 20 minutes by looking at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will allow your eyes time to relax.


  • Avoid dry eyes. Try using a personal humidifier at your desk to help keep your eyes moisturized. Additionally, keep eye drops handy to lubricate your eyes if they feel particularly dry.


  • Pay attention to lighting. If your screen is too bright, your eyes have to work harder. Adjust your screen’s brightness, as well as the lighting in your office or home, to reduce eyestrain.


Source: National Safety Council


HEARING

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HEARING LOSS FACTS


Approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population – 38 million Americans – have a significant hearing loss. 


32 million people affected by hearing loss are children under the age of 15.


Noise is the leading cause of hearing Loss 30 million Americans are exposed to dangerous noise levels everyday.


A 12-year study conducted by the neurology department at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that untreated hearing loss increased the risk for dementia.


TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR HEARING 


Use earplugs around loud noises Earplugs are convenient and easy to obtain. You can even have a pair custom fitted for your ears by your local hearing healthcare provider.


Turn the volume down listen with headphones at no more than 60% volume for no more than 60 minutes a day.


Keep your ears dry Excess moisture can allow bacteria to enter and attack the ear canal. This can cause swimmer's ear or other types of ear infections.


Get regular checkups Because hearing loss develops gradually, it’s also recommended that you have annual hearing consultations with a hearing healthcare professional.


get organized

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You might not think being organized has anything to do with wellness but in fact it does. Setting aside time to plan for the next day or organizing your desk will help you alleviate stress and anxiety.   


Many people experience stress and anxiety just as their day is beginning as they try to get kids up and ready, make lunches, try to figure out what they will wear, think about what lays ahead in their day and plan for things like dinner.


Some simple preparation the night before will help alleviate that stress. Here are a few tips:


  • Decide what you and kids will wear in advance and lay them out.
  • Prepare lunches the night before.
  • Do make ahead dinners you can just heat and serve. 


Some organization up front will help you ease into your day and prevent the stress that comes with not knowing what you are going to do.

STRESS

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Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. 

  

The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun – plus the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head on.


  

PREVENTION


•Keep a positive attitude. 

•Accept that there are events that you cannot control. 

•Be assertive instead of aggressive. Assert your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive. 

•Learn and practice relaxation techniques; try meditation, yoga, or tai-chi for stress management.

•Exercise regularly. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit. 

•Eat healthy, well-balanced meals. 

•Make time for hobbies, interests, and relaxation. 

•Get enough rest and sleep. 

•Seek out social support. Spend enough time with those you enjoy.  

HEALTHY AT WORK

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Being at work doesn’t mean that you have to forgo healthy habits. 

Here are some tips you can incorporate into your work day.

 

  • Take the stairs 
  •  Pack your lunch 
  •  Drink more water 
  •  Stretch it out 
  •  Work out 

meditation

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Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.


Meditation has been practiced since antiquity in numerous religious traditions and beliefs, often as part of the path towards enlightenment and self realization. Since the 19th century, it has spread from its origins to other cultures where it is commonly practiced in private and business life.

Meditation may be used with the aim of reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, and increasing peace, perception, self-concept, and well-being.


Meditation is under research to define its possible health (psychological, neurological, and cardiovascular) and other effects. Clearly list and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.


SOURCE: Wikipedia


COMMENTS

 

"Great advice as always. The involvement of the staff not only makes the work more satisfying, but is also convenient. A fully involved person identifies himself completely with the company, is motivated to protect his organization, is motivated to participate in the achievement of corporate goals, he is pleased with the successes of the company, as well as regretting his failures, he sees an attack to the organization as an attack on itself.


The workers' equal involvement is a tool created through organizational schemes that allow workers to be involved directly and actively in improving the quality of life and work and in the processes of innovation and improvement of company performance, with increases in efficiency and productivity." ~Aldo Delli Paoli

ergonomics

  

Working Americans spend about 2,000 hours per year in the workplace. All of these hours can take a toll on your eyes, back, arms, and neck.


While designing ergonomic hazards out of the workplace is ideal, other measures such as training, and changes to work practices are often more feasible initially.


The ultimate goal of ergonomics is to prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). 

  

Practice good working posture Sit with hands, wrists, and forearms that are straight, inline, and parallel to the floor. The head should be level, facing forward with no turn to the left or right, and generally be in line with the torso. 


Reduce repetitive movement Change tasks by doing something else and performing a different movement—even for a relatively short length of time—will reduce the potential for injury on the tissues under stress


Stand up and move around For office workers, this is perhaps the most important tip in the list—get up and move around. It is just that simple.


Look away from the computer To reduce the stress on the eyes, workers should systematically look away from the monitor every 10 to 20 minutes or so to focus on something more than 20 feet away.


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SLEEP

Create a bedtime routine. If you have trouble falling asleep at night you can help yourself by creating a routine that will let your mind and body know that bedtime is approaching and that it should get into sleep mode. After a few weeks of practice this should help you fall asleep when you need to.

WALKING

More than 145 million adults now include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle. More than 6 in 10 people walk for transportation or for fun, relaxation, or exercise, or for activities such as walking the dog. The percentage of people who report walking at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week rose from 56% (2005) to 62% (2010).If your not already doing so, move more.  Take the stairs, park a further away than normal. 


Source

HEARING HEALTH

By Anthony T. Eaton | February 2019


Hearing Loss Facts


  • Approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population – 38 million Americans – have a significant hearing loss. 
  • 32 million people affected by hearing loss are children under the age of 15. 
  • noise is the leading cause of hearing Loss 30 million Americans are exposed to dangerous noise levels everyday. 
  • A 12-year study conducted by the neurology department at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that untreated hearing loss increased the risk for dementia.  


Hearing Health

  

Use earplugs around loud noises Earplugs are convenient and easy to obtain. You can even have a pair custom fitted for your ears by your local hearing healthcare provider.


Turn the volume down listen with headphones at no more than 60% volume for no more than 60 minutes a day.


Keep your ears dry Excess moisture can allow bacteria to enter and attack the ear canal. This can cause swimmer's ear or other types of ear infections.


Get regular checkups Because hearing loss develops gradually, it’s also recommended that you have annual hearing consultations with a hearing healthcare professional.


 COMMENT 

WORKPLACE STRESS

By Anthony T. Eaton | January 2019


Demands and challenges in the workplace may result in high stress and high on-the-job demands and insufficient resources contribute to stress.


Some stress is reasonable, but it becomes an issue when it is excessive and ongoing. There are some strategies everyone can adopt to manage and reduce their own stress levels, as well as find a positive work-life balance.


Knowing what is contributing to your stress enables you look at the right strategies to manage it. You may have identified several things in the list above. It can be useful to track your mood to help identify what things are impacting on your stress levels. 


  • Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress. 
  • Caffeine is a stimulant found in coffee, tea, chocolate and energy drinks. High doses can increase anxiety 
  • Social support from friends and family can help you get through stressful times. 
  • Learn to Say No Not all stressors are within your control, but some are. 
  • Another way to take control of your stress is to stay on top of your priorities and stop procrastinating. 
  • Practice Mindfulness 
  • Mindfulness describes practices that anchor you to the present moment.  


 COMMENT 

LACK OF SLEEP

By Anthony T. Eaton | January 2019

  

To be effective we must have and maintain good physical and mental health and the basis of both is getting the right amount of sleep. Studies show that when people who don't get quality sleep or enough sleep and they are more likely to get sick. 


While children and young adults are most vulnerable to the  effects of sleep deprivation, when any of us don't get sufficient sleep, we accumulate a sleep debt. Although the amount of sleep required varies slightly from person to person, most adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to be at their best.


There are many symptoms associated with loss of sleep including;


  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Moodiness
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Depressed mood
  • Difficulty learning new concepts
  • Forgetfulness
  • Inability to concentrate or a "fuzzy" head
  • Lack of motivation
  • Clumsiness
  • Increased appetite and carbohydrate cravings


Here are some simple things that can be done to avoid lack of sleep and prevent the negative results;

  

  • Don't Consume Caffeine Late in the Day
  • Reduce Irregular or Long Daytime Naps
  • Try to Sleep and Wake at Consistent Times
  • Don't Eat Late in the Evening
  • Don't Drink Any Liquids Before Bed
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Set Your Bedroom Temperature Around 70 


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