Welcome back to Active Life Health Clinic's September newsletter.
Happy Back-to-School Days!
Even though I'm not in school any
longer, I still feel, as I'm sure many others do, that this time of
year brings a sense that it's time to resume our regular schedules.
Time to get back on track with many of our routines.
For me, it's time to encourage people
to return to their health routines that may have slid a bit with summer
BBQs (too much food and maybe more "beveraging"), out-of-town holidays
(meaning you can't make your health maintenance appointments and aren't
getting your regular exercise), and later nights out (so tempting
with the longer days).
last reminder that if you'd like to sponsor my fundraising efforts for
Easter Seals Drop Zone, that has to happen soon as I do the rappel down
the side of the 999 West Hastings building on September 16th. It's a
truly wonderful charity to help disabled children do things like attend
camps. The link to sponsor is here. Or you can contact me to arrange to send a cheque or drop off cash. Any amount is greatly appreciated!
Reward yourself! Are
you running yourself off your feet, getting the kids to school and
various activities, meeting work deadlines, attending meetings, and so
on and so on? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win this month's free reflexology treatment, courtesy of Helene Decarie, certified reflexologist.
Helping you help yourself!
To work in partnership with you to bring you to
your optimal health.
Ongoing health, not just temporary relief.
This is active health.
Presenteeism: A Modern Workplace Problem
--by Adam Hart
Invasion of the Workplace Cold & Flu
My day started off just like so many others. I got up, brushed my
teeth, jumped in the shower, made a quick cup of joe and headed out the
door for work. But what made this day different from most others was
how I had spent the previous 12 hours. Usually sound asleep by 11pm,
this night I found myself tossing and turning while coughing and
sneezing until dawn. My fever of 101 had me shivering for most of the
full moon and into the sunrise. After spending much of the night filled
up with a heavy dose of over-the-counter cold and flu remedies, I
started this day a little slower than usual.
For a split second I contemplated staying in bed all day, but a few
thoughts entered into my drowsy, foggy mind. What would my co-workers
think? I have too many deadlines and my Visa bill just showed up.
Despite having come down with the flu, I decided to force myself out of
bed, slowly put one leg at a time into a pair pants and headed off to
Do you remember the last time you took your cold or flu for a trip to the office?
This sharing of your illness in the
workplace is not a new phenomenon and is known as presenteeism. This
cold and flu season presenteeism will once again creep its ugly germs
and bad bacteria into almost every workplace across North America.
Choosing to go to work in spite of illness is considered one of the
leading barriers to workplace wellness. A report recently commissioned
by Desjardins Financial Security showed that 83% of surveyed Canadians
admitted to showing up for work while sick or exhausted an average of
six times in the past year.
With employee wellness just starting to hit the radar in North America,
many employers are seeking out wellness resources in order to maintain
a healthy workplace. As many employers begin to play catch up on their
employee’s health, much of the responsibility comes down to
taking your health into your own hands. To increase your ability of
avoiding the dreaded cold or flu this season here are my top 3 Cold
& Flu Busting Action Steps.
1. Eat Whole Foods
- Whole foods are foods that have not been broken down, altered or
transformed in any way and offer your body superior nutrition. The six
main whole foods are nuts and seeds, grains and legumes and fruits and
vegetables. Try and include a variety of these foods in your brown bag
for every lunch.
2. Take Probiotics
- Store a jar of Udo’s Choice probiotics in your fridge at work.
This will ensure that next time there is a sick co-worker running
around the office you can replenish your good bacteria and strengthen
your chances of avoiding their cold or flu.
3. Get sufficient sleep
- To ensure you body is well rested, try and get at least 8 hours of
sleep every night. Your immune system relies on quality rest so do your
best to avoid late nights and reenergize with quality down time.
Adam Hart is a speaker,
trainer, author and coach. As founder of Power of Food, Adam
specializes in providing employee wellbeing solutions for creating an
energized and healthy workplace.
Visit www.poweroffood.com to find out more or call 1-877-222-2950
A Bit of Humour
For those who didn't make
it to the Olympics, here's something that we can appreciate...and
cringe at. Some of these people are going to need some acupuncture
after these stunts!
See YouTube link: here.
Active Life Health Clinic
Dr. Melissa Carr, B.Sc., Dr.TCM, R.Ac.
Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Regent Medical Building
#410-2184 West Broadway
Vancouver, B.C., V6K 2E1
In appreciation of each of your referrals, Dr. Melissa Carr will offer you 10% off of
your health product purchase, so don't forget to tell your friends,
family, colleagues, and acquaintances to give us your name when they
book an appointment.