Wellness & Healthy Eating

Healthy eating habits begin by being educated about foods, reading labels, and making smart choices. Prudent nutrition recommendations include eating fresh fruits and vegetables (less processed), whole grains (dark colored grains are generally better than light colored), low-fat dairy products, and lean sources of protein (fish, turkey, and chicken). Alternate protein sources include things like beans, nuts and soy products. Additional smart choices include regular exercise, moderate alcohol consumption, and a limited amount of salt, sugar or oils. A healthy diet should be balanced, and  include a variety of foods and recommended servings from each food group. Additionally, it is important to understand what an appropriate portion size is for a food and to be familiar with examples from each food group. General serving recommendations [...]

2018-02-21T14:40:49+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Wellness|

Wellness and Fitness

Fitness includes both the physical and mental aspects of life needed to achieve overall well-being and quality of life. Developing a fitness program should incorporate physical activity as well as relaxation and stress management. Implementing such a program into a daily routine can improve energy level, mood, sleep, physical condition, health, and can also reduce the risk of disease. When starting a fitness program, it is important to seek advice from a knowledgeable healthcare professional, who can help develop a workable program tailored to a person’s health, ability, schedule, and goals. The American Heart Association recommends “at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week,” (i.e. brisk walking, riding a bike on level ground, cutting the grass) or “at least [...]

2018-02-21T14:32:41+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Wellness|

Wellness & Biometric Screening

Employers have incorporated biometric health screening into wellness programs with increasing frequency over the past several years to help promote a healthier and more productive workforce. Most screening programs include measurement of vital signs, blood testing, body mass index (BMI), and a screening questionnaire. These basic parameters aid in identifying potential risks, provide information for the employee, and help guide their physician to focus on certain areas or the need for a more detailed evaluation. Screenings target health risks such as obesity, smoking, predisposition to heart disease, or diabetes. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines biometric screening as “the measurement of physical characteristics such as height, weight, body mass index, blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood glucose, and aerobic fitness tests that can be [...]

2018-02-21T14:12:36+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Occupational Medicine, Wellness|