The Heart of the Matter is Not a Valentine

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February is the perfect time to take a look at the heart and soul of well-being.

Stress and depression can impact heart health.  Feeling anxious, down or overwhelmed often leads to poor health choices.  These poor health choices can lead to heart problems. Downing a box of doughnuts when you have had a bad day, turning to alcohol for comfort, or not eating the good things your body needs are choices that can impact your health, especially your heart. Continue reading

How to Have the Difficult Conversation About Drugs at Work

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The workplace can be an important and effective place to address drug and alcohol abuse issues.  Many individuals and families face a variety of difficulties closely related to substance abuse, and these problems quite often spill over into the workplace. According to The National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence research reports that alcohol and drug treatment pays for itself in reduced healthcare costs that begin as soon as people begin recovery. By encouraging and supporting treatment, employers can assist in reducing the negative impact of drug/alcohol abuse in the workplace, while reducing their costs. Continue reading

How to Improve Workplace Practices to Decrease Stress

The American Psychological Association conducted the Work and Well-Being Survey in 2016. It was conducted online among 1,501 adults ages 18 and older who reside in the United States and are employed full-time, part-time or self-employed. This study found that 33% of people stated that they “typically feel tense or stressed out during the workday.” This was the first increase in 3 years of those reporting chronic job stress. The survey also found that only 41% said “their employer helps workers develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.” Continue reading