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You want your workforce to bring their best selves to work each day. Unfortunately, even the most engaged employee falls victim to poor health and stress. Even worse, your wellness program isn’t helping them recover, let alone thrive.
Enter wellbeing. As more organizations engross themselves in the movement toward improving wellbeing, it becomes clear that wellness simply isn’t cutting it. Limited in scope and unable to drive positive results, wellness initiatives are taking a backseat to holistic solutions proven to ignite behavioral change and transport organizations into a new stratosphere.
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Healthy Lombard was selected to receive a 2014-2015 grant from the State Health Improvement Program’s (SHIP). The Foundation is used these funds along with its Triple A Approach (Awareness, Activities, and Achievement) to enhance the Workplace Wellness options available to employees at the Westin Hotel in Lombard.
Under the second “A” (Activities) the staff was surveyed to determine what Health needs could be addressed. STRESS topped the list! Therefore, several activities have been introduced for employees. Some of these included:
A workshop presentation on holistic ways to reduce and manage chronic stress and fatigue in the workplace because chronic stress costs U.S. Companies over 300 billion dollars each year between healthcare, lost productivity, employee turnover, absenteeism, work comp claims and more.
The reestablishment of the hotel’s Wellness Committee
Information on supporting a tobacco-free campus initiative that includes a free workshop provided by the DuPage County Health Department
Sample Yoga and Zumba classes
Short instructional videos were created on the proper way to use the equipment in the hotel’s workout center
A video demonstrating how to create simple, easy, healthy meals to reduce the stress caused by having to figure out what to cook after a hectic day at work.
The final A (Achievement) was evaluated through a post-survey of employees and written comments from participants.Healthy Lombard received a very positive rating for the efforts this small grant was able to provide from those who participated in the survey.
Healthy Lombard is honored to participate in this project because it dovetails with its mission to address the epidemic of childhood obesity and encourage everyone to follow a healthy lifestyle – even in the workplace.
Helping to coordinate the program is Healthy Lombard Partner Jennifer McGrath, Licensed and National Board Certified Acupuncturist Jennifer is owner of Points To Wellness Inc. on 1S132 Summit Ave Suite 105c Oakbrook Terrace, IL. 630.442.0232. http://www.PointsToWellnessInc.com (630) 202-3161
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Addiction is a chronic brain disease that induces compulsive activity, despite health, social and legal consequences. A person may seem to make a voluntary choice to try a drug or begin a type of behavior, but a variety of genetic and environmental factors influence those decisions. Those factors increase or decrease the likelihood of an individual becoming addicted to that substance or behavior.
The disease of addiction can occur after ingesting drugs or alcohol or engaging in activities that stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain. It is exemplified by continued compulsive behavior that compromises a person’s health, career and relationships.
The brain of an addict physically changes when he or she continues the behavior driving their addiction, especially when the addiction involves drugs or alcohol. However, any stimulating behavior can cause changes that lead to addiction.
Addiction, whether in the form of substance use or other behavior, usually begins with a positive experience. However, the high that drugs give a drug user or the thrill that compulsive behavior gives an addict eventually result in negative long-term consequences that outweigh any short-term benefit.
Dr. Glen Hanson, director of the Utah Addiction Center, asserts, “Most drugs start off being rewarding. That gets the person interested in them… As the addiction proceeds, then some of that shifts. It goes from the reward being the attraction to a compulsive behavior. Compulsive behaviors aren’t necessarily rewarding behaviors.”