So it’s almost the end of the year, and we all deserve a break, right? From thanksgiving until early January, it’s a blitz of eating and drinking. Everywhere we turn there are home-made cookies, cake, breads, candies and desserts. We may try to resist, but it’s like keeping up with the weeds in our gardens – by late July or early August, they’re getting the better of us, and we learn to live with them.
The problem, of course, is that living with decadent desserts, alcohol-based drinks, sweet … [Read More...]
Autumn and winter bring special breathing challenges for many Americans. Dry heat from central heating systems aggravates respiratory issues, and the air becomes even drier when homeowners use wood-burning stoves, space heaters, and fireplaces. When you add to this potent mix the negative effects of smoking tobacco products, breathing becomes more intense for smokers and nonsmokers alike, especially when driven indoors where windows in houses, offices and vehicles are closed up.
November is … [Read More...]
It’s getting cold out there, and we know what that means: Dress in layers, dig into closets and drawers for our gloves and hats, and welcome back chapped lips, dry, itchy skin, hang nails, rashes and a worsening of skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. Beyond plunging thermometers, the main culprit we’re fighting is lack of moisture. In late fall and winter, the humidity in the outside air drops, and -- thanks to indoor heating -- we’re dried out by warm air in our house, office, school or … [Read More...]
The final weeks of 2015 are coming at us like a runaway freight train. In addition to the stress of year-end results, deadlines, 2016 planning and never-ending customer demands, we know we’re going be competing to keep our employees focused as the holidays loom. It may be early November, but advertisers are already amping up, parties are being booked, Thanksgiving-themed foods are lining the supermarket shelves and we’re all steeling ourselves for the chaos to come.
This is an unhealthy time … [Read More...]
Hiking in the autumn is a perfect outdoor wellness and recreation activity for individuals or the entire family. It’s not too hot, and not too cold. The fall colors are magnificent, it’s great exercise, and walking is physically and emotionally reinvigorating. Connecticut features dozens of state parks, well-kept and popular hiking trails, nature preserves and public-access reservoirs and protected green spaces – there’s no shortage of locations and great views for every skill level!
Whether … [Read More...]
Even with amazing medical progress, promising research and new treatment advances, thousands of American women and men are diagnosed with breast cancer annually. Early detection and treatment are keys to treating and containing this disease. When detected early before it can spread to other parts of the body, breast cancer can be treated successfully through radiation, drug therapy and surgery, and many cancer survivors live long, healthy lives.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness … [Read More...]
The fall harvest offers a bounty of delicious and hearty native fruit and vegetables. With only a few weeks left before the first frost, apples, pears, broccoli and Brussels sprouts are fresh at the farm, in the market or in our gardens. Not only are these domestic treats tasty, but they can help us feel better, become healthier and may protect against heart disease and stroke.
Colorful fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals that have different … [Read More...]
The best managers lead by example, whether it’s related to productivity and quality, service, cost savings, teamwork or championing improved health and wellness. When it comes to employee wellness, small companies across Connecticut and throughout the country are taking simple, measurable steps, setting achievable goals, supporting employee engagement, creating incentives and offering proactive, ongoing support.
With healthcare costs rising every year, more employers turn toward wellness … [Read More...]
Okay, like it or not, we have to work. And that can mean sitting, standing, bending and reaching for hours at a time, looking at a computer screen or monitor, using a keyboard or variety of tools repetitively, and other common factors that can strain our eyes, backs, wrists and other joints over time.
Musculoskeletal, vision, and hearing problems are common in the workplace. Our musculoskeletal system is made up of the structures that support us and help us move, such as bones, joints, … [Read More...]
Science has made tremendous progress battling certain cancers and other potentially deadly diseases. But one of the best advances, arguably, is how much more informed we are today about chronic and life-threatening illnesses, and our willingness to learn the factors -- such as family history, nutrition and life-style choices -- that can help reduce or prolong our lives.
One insidious disease that continues to plague women is ovarian cancer, and September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. … [Read More...]