It’s Time to Celebrate Healthy Workplace Month

October 30th, 2008

Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month is here. Upgraded from a one week event to four, it is meant to introduce workplace health to organizations and reward those who already have programs in operation.

Some of the contributors to healthcare costs seen in Canada include factors ranging from stress, poor nutrition, inactivity and long hours. It is things like these that cause heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes, among other maladies.

There’s one company in particular that saw the benefit of focusing on other companies’ employee health. Licious Living is focusing their efforts in such places as Vancouver and Toronto with nutritious meals with the added convenience of quick, fast-food style service—minus the bad stuff of course. Indeed, Licious Living takes this fast-food concept to a higher-quality level. “It’s all in the use of fresh ingredients, the care that goes into the meal preparation and balancing of the nutrients,” says Katie Rogers of Licious Living. “And then getting the foot to the consumer in a convenient way.”

People simply don’t have the time to prepare nutritious, time-conscious meals due to strict workplace environments and hectic lives in general. Licious Living ultimately aims to eliminate the harmful effects of traditional fast food products.

What You Need to Know About The Flu Shot

October 30th, 2008

If you’re considering getting a flu shot this year, the CDC agrees. About 5% to 20% of Americans get an annual flu. However, if average Americans would simply take the opportunity to take a flu shot or influenza vaccine, deaths and hospitalizations would decrease. Over 200,000 people are hospitalized and nearly 36,000 people die annually.

October through May is typically influenza season, so from the beginning of the season to November are the best times to get the influenza.

Two versions of flu shots are available for adults and children. There is the less frequent nasal influenza vaccine named FluMist (LAIV), which typically doesn’t cause any side effects but there are exceptions, of course. Then there is the traditional flu shot, which utilizes a live virus. It contains an inactive virus given intravenously.

Both versions spur antibody development in the body. These in turn creates protection against the virus, although it can cause muscle aches and general fatigue during antibody production.

The best candidates for flu vaccination are those 50 years or older, adults and children 6 months or older with lung conditions, diabetes, chronic kidney condition and asthma as well as women who will be pregnant during the flu season.