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Why you may want to rethink your commute to work - TotalCare Wellness. How do you get to work?

Why you may want to rethink your commute to work - TotalCare Wellness

If you commute by any method other than a car, you are ahead of the game, health-wise. A recent study by British researchers found that people who drove to work weighed more and had a higher percentage of body fat than those who got to work by walking, biking or public transportation. The study involved data from 157,000 middle-aged British adults, collected between 2006 and 2010. Body fat was assessed in two ways: body mass index (BMI), which is a ratio of weight to height, and body fat percentage. “Even after accounting for a wide range of characteristics and lifestyle information about the participants, active commuting methods were linked to lower body weight and body fat.The biggest difference was seen between cyclists and drivers.

While biking yielded the highest benefits, men and women who used any other means of commuting — such as walking or taking public transportation – had lower body fat percentage and BMI compared to adults who commuted by car. Dr. Don't take balance for granted: Add balance exercises to your fitness regime - TotalCare Wellness. Here’s an aspect of health that many of us take for granted: good balance.

Don't take balance for granted: Add balance exercises to your fitness regime - TotalCare Wellness

Yet a lot of your body’s resources go into keeping you on your feet, as this article in Healthbeat explains: “How do we keep our balance? The inner ear, which senses head motions, is an important part of the intricate system of balance. So is the body’s somatosensory system, which relays the feeling of the ground beneath your feet. And, of course, vision tips you off to obstacles around you. When we are young, most of us have relatively good balance – we don’t ave to work at it, it comes naturally.

But maintaining good balance, strength and mobility should not just be important when we age: The National Institute of Health says that to get all of the benefits of physical activity, we should include all four types of exercise — endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Whatever your age, it’s never too early or too late to start strengthening your balance. March is National Nutrition Month - TotalCare Wellness. We’re midway into National Nutrition Month, a nutrition education and information campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.It’s not too late to spice up your employee communications with some good tips and colorful artwork highlighting the importance of good nutrition!

March is National Nutrition Month - TotalCare Wellness

This annual March campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme is “Savor the flavor of eating right.” The Academy’s website has a variety of resources that you can use in your wellness program and employee communications – both for this month and beyond. We’ll highlight a few that we particularly like.

Plus, many are available in both English and Spanish. Smoking and the movies - TotalCare Wellness. If you are a smoker, if you are a parent or even if you are just interested in public health, you may find this report on smoking in movies interesting.

Smoking and the movies - TotalCare Wellness

Most smokers start young – the CDC says that 9 out of 10 smokers start by the time they are 19. But with all the knowledge about the health risks, why do kids start? The Addiction Blog lists several reasons, among them: family attitudes, peer pressure and copycatting what is cool in popular culture. How's your kidney health? Take the "rate your risk" quiz - TotalCare Wellness. Your kidneys are some of the hardest working organs in your body, filtering toxins from about 200 liters of blood a day … but they get none of the glory or attention that the heart or the brain get.

How's your kidney health? Take the "rate your risk" quiz - TotalCare Wellness

Unless something goes wrong, we don’t think about kidneys much at all… but National Kidney Month hopes to change that. One in three Americans are at risk of kidney disease, and one in nine have kidney disease but don’t know it. The early stages of kidney disease often have few symptoms so knowing risk factors and maintaining good kidney health is important.

High blood pressure, diabetes, a family history of kidney failure and being over 60 are major risk factors for developing kidney disease. The National Kidney Foundation is calling on all Americans to take five healthy steps for their kidneys. 1. Strokes are a growing risk for younger people - TotalCare Wellness. NPR features a profile of Troy Hodge, a 43-year-old resident of Carroll County, Md.

Strokes are a growing risk for younger people - TotalCare Wellness

Troy’s story is remarkable because he is one example of a troubling trend: Strokes are a growing risk for younger people. Nutritious, delicious & healthy one-bowl meals - TotalCare Wellness. Looking for some delicious, nutritious new recipes?

Nutritious, delicious & healthy one-bowl meals - TotalCare Wellness

You can’t do better than this colorful selection of healthy one-bowl meals. Vanessa Perrone is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and one of our favorite healthy living RDNs that we discovered via Twitter. Among her nutritional beliefs: “getting back to basics in the kitchen with a real food approach that embraces nutrient-packed, minimally processed, whole foods.” Heart Health: The best Valentine's Day Gift of All - Total Care Wellness. Which came first – Valentine’s Day or American Heart Month?

Heart Health: The best Valentine's Day Gift of All - Total Care Wellness

It doesn’t really matter, they really go hand in hand. The single best thing you can do for a loved one this Valentine’s Day is to look after your own heart health – and to encourage them to look after theirs. This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Million Hearts – a national effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. by 2017 – are encouraging Americans to know their blood pressure, and if it’s high, to make control their goal. New Dietary Guidelines focus on "healthy eating patterns" - Total Care Wellness. Fresh for the new year, the U.S.

New Dietary Guidelines focus on "healthy eating patterns" - Total Care Wellness

Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released new 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The new Guidelines put a heavy emphasis on developing healthy eating patterns, suggesting that a daily diet include a variety and mix of nutrient-dense foods from the food groups and subgroups within an appropriate calorie level. Here are a few key points: Limit sugar, saturated fats, and salt. Winter Running Tips from a Marathon Winner - Total Care Wellness. EEOC legal challenge: A win for wellness - Total Care Wellness. Last spring, the U.S.

EEOC legal challenge: A win for wellness - Total Care Wellness

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) gave a preliminary nod to limited incentives to promote participation in wellness programs, promising future guidance, which is still in process. The motivation factor: Keeping your 2016 health & wellness resolutions - Total Care Wellness. Workplace Wellness Incentives: A Game-changing Strategy. High healthcare cost prompted organizations to offer health and wellness programs to their employees. Health issues such as diabetes, obesity, stress, and heart diseases are steadily increasing and playing havoc with business results. TotalCare Wellness addresses these concerns of increased cost of healthcare and rise in severe medical conditions. They offer various workplace wellness programs to help employees remain fit and healthy. TotalCare Wellness, with its workplace wellness programs, addresses the emotional, mental, and physical concerns of the workforce. Their range of applications includes an employee wellness portal, Health Risk Appraisals (HRA), wellness coaching, wellness apps, and workplace wellness incentives, among others.

Healthy Holiday Recipes from Lauren K - ESI TotalCare Wellness. To celebrate the holiday season, we have some great holiday recipes courtesy of one of our nutrition colleagues, Lauren K. Although suitable for holidays, these dishes sound great for anytime! Lauren hosts a Cooking with Lauren K on WTAJ’s Central PA Live Show and she has a new cookbook featuring healthy meals that won’t break your budget. She’s also worked with our TotalCare Wellness Nutrition Coaches on several projects. Lauren was gracious enough to let us feature a few of her recipes here on our blog. We’ll give you the intro to each, then click “more” at the end of the post for full recipes and nutrition information. Italian Chicken Roll-Ups with Christmas Pasta The holiday season is my favorite time to have a few friends over for some festive food and cheer. How Health Risk Appraisal is Redefining Workplace Wellness Programs by SheriJohnson. Many organizations offer health and wellness programs to their employees.

Driving the high cost of providing health benefits are issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart diseases that are steadily increasing among the working population. Explore Workplace Wellness Incentive Models - ESI TotalCare Wellness. Diet supplements and weight loss products can be dangerous - ESI TotalCare Wellness. As a society, we tend to be a little pill happy.

There’s a pill for everything, from aches and pains and mental disorders to diet, sleep and nutrition. But when it comes to diets and nutrition, there are no magic pills that will fix things – in fact, some pills may be dangerous. One area of particular concern are dietary supplements, herbal supplements and weight loss products. Many people think that herbal pills must be safe because they are natural and because Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has oversight, but neither of those things is necessarily true. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that 23,000 Americans visit the emergency department every year for dietary supplements, with about 25% of those visits involving adults who were using herbal weight loss products, and another 10% related to “energy products.” Family physician Stephen Kamelgarn talks about this study in his article Natural drugs aren’t necessary safe.

Dr. 10 tips for healthy holiday dining - ESI TotalCare Wellness. It starts with Thanksgiving and continues on through New Year’s: the season of temptations to overindulge. Here are ten tips for healthy holiday dining to help you navigate those big family food extravaganzas. 1. Go into the dinner with a plan. If you are eating a traditional family meal, you know your favorites.

Think in advance about what you’ll eat and how much. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. The wellworks for you fitness and nutrition program by Sheri Johnson.