Occupational Health: Key Benefits of Workplace Health Management

Economic growth has been fundamental to the general improvement in health in the industrial world during the last century. Health gain was achieved within a process of building up social capital and also as a result of increasing investment in improving the working environment, housing, nutrition, education, and health care and by addressing the other needs of the whole population. Economic development has also recently been associated with increased investments to reduce or eliminate pollution of different environmental byproducts.

The average age of the work force is increasing very rapidly. With the current disability pension systems, a major proportion of the aged work force will leave working life, and this trend will inevitably bring higher rates of long-term unemployment amongst the elderly work force.

There is a need for a major reconsideration of the social policy and social insurance policy, with an investment in protecting and promoting the working ability of the economically active working population. The current trends will otherwise lead to considerable problems in financing social security systems and maintaining the important safety net that they provide. This will require changes to the social security systems which include systems of incentives that reward active participation in working life and early return to work following any period of illness or infirmity. The active participation of employers, and their occupational health services, will be required to achieve these goals. Occupational health advisors are well placed to initiate, support and evaluate interventions which can be used to promote early, safe and successful rehabilitation programs at the workplace. Investment in protection and promotion of health, may not only support the wellbeing of the individual, but can be justified on purely economic grounds.

The companies that comply with national policies in public health, health and safety, workplace health promotion and environmental health management, as part of a comprehensive workplace health management system can expect to reap some or all of the following benefits.

Economic benefits

  • Improves sustainable development at a national and area level
  • Helps to protect the economic independence of the working population
  • Improved integration of disabled people into the economically active workforce
  • Increased productivity, competitiveness and profitability
  • Increased probability of economic investment
  • Improved self-regulation and adjustment of insurance system to seek benefits of preventives activities
  • Increase probability of reduce social insurance premium
  • Increase probability of reduced costs of health care system
  • more efficient use of existing knowledge and skills
  • Improved economic stability

Health benefits

  • Increase life expectancy
  • Increase disability-free life expectancy
  • Increase working ability
  • Increased age of employees’ working potential
  • Increase proportion of employees free from occupational and work related diseases and injuries
  • Increase percentage of employees and pensioners free from serious disability due to chronic communicable diseases
  • Increased proportion of society with healthy lifestyle
  • Increased equity in health between different professions and economic sectors

Social and wellbeing benefits

  • Improved social image of company
  • Improved self-esteem of employees
  • Increased quality of working life
  • Improved compliance with existing legislation
  • Increased employment opportunities for people with slight work disability due to chronic diseases or injures
  • Increased participation of employees in organization of their own work
  • Increased awareness of society on social, environmental, occupational and lifestyle health and wellbeing factors
  • Increased knowledge on effective use on natural resources
  • Increased professional skills of employees
  • Increased managerial skills of employees
  • Increased ability of employees to cope with demands of working life
  • Increased knowledge of employees on legal requirements and their rationale concerning health and safety at work and environment management of the company.
  • Increased employability
  • Increased potential for social justice
  • Increased awareness of characteristics and social value of good management

Environmental benefits

  • Increased efficiency in using natural recourses
  • Increased number of companies with improved pollution prevention mechanisms and reduced wastes.
  • Increased number of companies managing environmental issue in compliance with legal requirements.
  • Increased number of companies managing environmental issue using principles and methods of such strategies as Cleaner Production, Eco-efficiency, Green Productivity, and Pollution Prevention.

Occupational health advisors, working independently or as part of a multi-professional occupational health service can make a significant contribution to the achievement of these goals. As occupational health advisors are the single largest group of healthcare professionals involved in delivering occupational health services, their active participation in and support of Workplace Health Management is essential if this national strategy is to succeed.

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Health Challenges and Organizing Yourself and Space

Mental, Emotional, Physical Wellness versus Mental, Emotional, Physical Illness is a positive way to talk about Mental Health Challenges. I also like to talk about the difference between mental health vs. emotional health vs. physical health because they all work together. Emotional Health is all about feelings, feeling balanced and whole, being happy and satisfied with life, and having a good mood. Mental Health is all about how your mind, thoughts and cognitive processes are working. Physical Health is all about how your body is operating and staying healthy and balanced.

The separation of Mental, Emotional illness vs. Physical illness has always confused me. Why are brain (mental health/emotional issues and physical health issues split into two categories? Psychiatry which started in the 1800’s stated that it was the “medical” treatment for “the mind”. Why didn’t medical treatment for the whole person, mind, body and spirit ensue? Isn’t your brain and your emotional self part of your body? I would think so.

At some point in the early 1800’s when Psychiatry, a new field started, anything to do with depression, psychosis, “odd or strange” behavior, personality traits, and communications started to fall under Psychiatry instead of going to the old family doctor. Many of these “odd or strange” behaviors may have been caused by Medical issues, childhood issues, trauma etc… but the person would be treated by a Mental Health Specialist or Psychiatrist versus a “regular doctor”. That may be when stigma increased and terms like “nervous breakdown”, “crazy”, “mental patient” and any other negative connotations about mental health challenges started growing and upsetting the actual care necessary for mental health. The other problem with the separation between medical and mental health care is that many mental and emotional health challenges have an organic and or medical cause, and that often was overlooked by Psychiatrists who wanted to find an emotional and or personal weakness as the cause. Many people die from having a Psychiatric diagnosis take over their treatment, when in fact the mental and emotional health issues were from a physical disorder. The ideal situation if one is having mental/emotional health issues is to have a Psychiatrist and a Physical Health Practitioner on one team. Often there is NO communication between the two disciplines causing lengthy and unsuccessful results.

Most people, though, who suffer from emotional, mental and or physical health challenges also may become disorganized, and have difficulty with motivation to clean and keep things organized. Emotional illness comes from having the mental state disrupted. Emotional illness can be from having the physical state disrupted. Sometimes emotional, mental and physical disruption is happening all at once, and then your self and space will be tremendously affected. Finding a team approach to help you get back to WELLNESS may be helpful, and put you back on track, so to speak, and on the fast train to recovery. Looking at old memories of hurt and pain, facing them and talking to a Licensed Therapist, examining your diet, exercise, addressing physical health issues, staying on a good medical/mental health regimen, and pulling all of your support and resources together is essential to recovery.

Finding out the source of why there is an emotional factor (negative and harsh feelings) would be the first step in addressing any self or space imbalance. Once you find out the source then the treatment can be organized so you can get organized and resume a balanced self and space.

If you are experiencing any mental, emotional and or physical issues, and you realize you want or require help, contact your insurance carrier and or any community resources in your area to address these issues immediately. You may want to contact a mental health consultant and or coach for guidance and resource coordination.

www.southocwellness.com can help you navigate yourself to to health management. Waiting to focus on your mental and medical health issues may only extend your suffering of your self and space.

Marla Stone is a Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Coach in Southern California serving Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties. Her businesses I-Deal-Lifestyle and South OC WEllness help people organize their selves and their space.

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What Is Health Now?

The question in the title is a very important one, and I think all of us should have this question in mind and search for a complete answer. The truth is though, that we only ask about health when we have a serious problem. A official definition of health is given by The World Health Organization who defined health in its broader sense in 1946 as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. For 1946 it was not a bad definition, but let’s face it, times have changed and life has evolved since then, so today we have 2 new aspects of health to consider: emotional health and spiritual health. If we take a step back and try to see the “big picture” we realize that each aspect of health influences the other aspects, for example if someone has an emotional problem it will cause physical problems, spiritual problems, mental problems and social problems too, so it’s very important to solve the problem when we first see it even if we don’t think that an emotional problem is important. In the incipient phase the emotional problem could be solved by simply talking to a friend, but if we let it develop it could need serious professional help. After this example I think you will want to know more about each aspect of health, so let’s see what they mean and how can we improve them.

Physical health – the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about perfect physical health are babies – they are the best example because they run all around the place and use their energy until they fall asleep. If we could do the same, I’m sure we would have a better physical health. A definition of physical health would be that it is a state in which all of the organs are functioning well 100% of the time, so in order for that to happen we have to give our body good nutrients, good exercise and enough rest. It may sound too simple, but it shouldn’t be more complicated than this.

Mental health – one good example for this is inventor Thomas Alva Edison, he tried and failed more thousand times to invent the light bulb, but he was strong enough mentally not to give up, and he eventually succeeded. Mental health is a state of well-being that allows you to reach your true potential and contribute to the community. It may seem strange for some of you, but actually helping others is the greatest thing that we can do and it keeps us happy and healthy, so in order to improve your mental health start by helping the people around you, I can tell you for sure that you will feel very good by doing so.

Emotional health – imagine a little girl on a Christmas evening opening her presents, that for me is an example of good emotional health, because gratitude and happiness are the healthiest emotions for us. I think emotional health is about feeling good, grateful, happy and not being afraid to share these emotions with all the people we interact with. A good way to improve our social health is by doing both physical and mental exercises that we like to do, for example if you like to play tennis and chess, please do so as often as you can.

Social health – the best indicator for social health is the ability to make friends. The social aspect of health is very important, because we are social beings and it’s scientifically proven that if someone is ill and their loved ones are with them, they recover faster than if they were to stay alone. A tip on how to improve your social health would be to understand the fact that “it’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice”.

Spiritual health – is the most important aspect of health from my perspective because it influences all aspects of our health and often it is neglected. We have to take care of our soul as well as we take care of our physical body and the best way to do this is by meditation. Please don’t be scared if you don’t know what meditation is or how you can do it, because it’s a lot easier than you think, in fact you don’t have to do anything, just stay still and silent. If you can remain still and silent for 15 minutes a day and gradually increase this interval to an hour a day, it will have a great influence on your spiritual health and on your overall health too.

By now I am confident that the question: What is health? is no longer a difficult one for you. Thank you for reading this article, and please try to improve each aspect of your health now that you know how to do it.

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How to Achieve Better Health

Now that we are in the 21st century, more people’s focus has shifted to improving their health. Health is important because ones health determines how long you will live and what type of quality your life will have. Health is determined by diet, physical fitness, happiness, stress levels, choices and genetics. Genetics is the only part of health that cannot be changed. The rest of the factors determine what type of health one will have. However, no matter what ones present health is, there is always a way you can improve upon it. Poor health is a result of ones lifestyle, it occurs overtime. It takes years of eating unhealthy food, breathing in unclean air, not exercising, stressful situations and unhappiness to acquire poor health. But you can get better health by changing these bad aspects of your life. Even the smallest step in the right direction can improve your health significantly. It’s your life; this is how you will achieve better health.

Healthy Eating- Food is a main part of everyone’s life, because it’s necessary to sustain life. As technology improved, so did the ability to make food quicker and cheaper. Although faster and less expensive to make food, doesn’t mean healthier to eat. Because the American lifestyle has sped up so has the need for quicker meal times, thus we have fast food. Highly processed foods are high in fat, calories and sugar, but the taste is good. The American diet is rich in saturated fat, high sugar content, and it has resulted in poor nutrition. The easiest way to change your diet is to add more fruits and vegetables into your meals. Fruits and vegetables are so important to the body because they supply vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients. Fiber is also an important component of ones diet which comes from fruits and vegetables, beans, seed, brown rice, and whole grains. By cutting out processed foods, and hydrogenated oils you can improve your diet significantly. Make healthier food choices. Buy fresh seasonal produce and make all your meals and snacks at home. Eliminated sugary foods from your diet as much as possible. Don’t deprive yourself of your favorite foods. However eat them in smaller quantities to satiate your cravings. Malnutrition is one of the leaders in disease and death totals each year, that’s why it’s important to make healthier choices when t comes to food.

Hydrate- The United States is a free country where people have access to clean drinking water and yet 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Our bodies are made up of 70% of water. When we are dehydrated it triggers fatigue and chronic dehydration can ultimately lead to death. Pure clean water is the best water to drink because all contaminants have been removed. Water purifiers remove such contaminants as chlorine, lead, heavy metals, parasites, and bacteria. It is recommended to drink between 5-8 glasses of pure clean water a day depending upon perspiration, respiration and urination. Replace soda, and juice with water to kick start your way to better health.

Exercise- Physical activity is needed to keep the muscles in the body from atrophying, the joints, tendons and ligaments flexible and elastic, and keep circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the body. Inactivity is a huge risk factor for many diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and obesity. Moderate exercise between 10-30 minutes a day helps to control weight loss, reduce stress, improves circulation, and lessen the risk for blood, heart and arterial diseases. Doing some exercise is better than dong none. Walking, running, house cleaning, gardening, dancing and stretching are just some examples of everyday exercise. If you have maintained a sedentary lifestyle it is necessary to start any exercise regiment slow and build up. Start with 10 minutes and work your way up to 30 minutes a day. Remember to switch up your daily exercise to avoid boredom and monotony. Thirty minutes of exercise, 7 days a week is an ideal way to better your health.

Clean Air- Breathing in clean air is just as important to ones health as nutrition, exercising, and drinking pure water. Our lungs are an integral part of the circulatory system, which without we would not be living. Pollution is just one way that our air supply can be contaminated. In some cases indoor air can be more hazardous than outdoor air. Indoor air pollution is thought to be the cause of many circulatory diseases such as allergies, asthma, and autoimmune disease. Using an air purifier can help to reduce indoor air hazards such as mold spores, viruses, bacteria, chemical gases, fumes, odors and pollen. Plus, when the weather permits open up the windows and let fresh air in. It’s important to get outside more often. Air pollution is more concentrated in cities, so air quality is better in the suburbs or country. Breathing cleaner air keeps your lungs pumping for a longer life.

Lower Stress- Stress is a major factor, which impacts our health. Stress impairs the immune system, leaving the body susceptible to diminished health. Stress can arise in any area of our lives, i.e. Job, money, relationship, economy, etc. Stress can cause feelings of hopelessness, depression, or negative thoughts, which ultimately deteriorate your mood and behavior. It is important to change negative thoughts and bad moods by shifting ones energy. By looking at a situation from a different perspective or letting go of things you can’t change you can circumvent stress. Talking to a close friend can lift your stress. Surrounding yourself with a supportive group of friends that accept you and understand you is vital to your social well being.

Job unhappiness is a major stressor taking place in society today. With the inability to find jobs, people are accepting positions without determining whether it would be a job they would enjoy or excel at. Because we spend most of our time at our jobs it’s important to like what you do rather than do a job you hate with people you don’t like. Job satisfaction plays an important role in our mental well being.

Expressing love freely also is a great stress reducer. Love reduces stress hormones in the in the body which strengthens the immune system. Showing love, appreciation, and gratitude to your spouse, partner, friends and family, will bring you closer and diminish stress in your life. When you love it makes you happy, and happy people live longer and healthier.

Ultimately achieving better health is about making better choices throughout your life. Every choice we make in our lives has as future outcome. Making bad choices or choices for the wrong reasons can result in an outcome we don’t expect, leaving us angry or blameful. That’s why it’s important to feel good about your decisions no matter what the outcome. Choose healthy foods, exercise, clean water and air, good friends and an enjoyable job to eventually improve your health and live a longer life.

Graduated with a BA in exercise science and have worked in the medical field since. My focus is alternative medicine however all aspects of health interest me. Check out my health website! http://www.universalhealthinfo.com

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Health Care Through A Health Magazine

How To Take Care Of Health With Health Magazine.

If you love yourself then you should keep watch on your health and fitness. You need to understand about your nutrition, fitness, health and food regularly. Health is important for both men and women. Everyone should take of their health to keep fit and healthy.

To be fit and health, you have to monitor your fitness regularly. Like you should keep watch on your weight, metabolism, regular blood tests and important things happening around the people you live. You can get updated with all new fitness methods and latest emerging diseases today.

Health magazine is the only reliable and good source to guide you on every issue on health. You can know about fitness, exercises, eating patterns and things to improve your overall health. These magazines also include tips for personal care, physical fitness, avoiding injuries, winter and summer wearing guide and how to protect from different viruses.

These magazines cover different issues related to mens health and women health. You can find safe sex tips, skin care, care for hair and latest drugs available in market for human health development. You can also find safe cooking methods and tips to make different recipes.

In the health magazine, you can find stories of real people and how to cure from deadly diseases. You can find celebrities interviews and their practices for personal development. You can get advices from professional doctors and health experts. It also include solutions with help of allopathy and homeopathy.

You need to be informed if you are suffering from any diseases. Like you are a patient of sugar and doctors have told you to keep watch on your sugar daily. You need to keep watch on sugar intake in your body on daily basis. You can get to know about latest techniques to control your sugar with the help of a health magazine. These magazines are proved very useful to be informed on latest technique used worldwide and your doctor might be able to tell you about these latest medical solutions. So a health magazine can turn your miserable life into happy living.

You can look for specific symptoms you have to get solutions for cure and fitness. You can get information on every topic of human health. Subscribing to these magazines is the best way to be updated with the latest happenings around the world in health care industry. For health and wellness, subscribe this growing health magazine today.

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