Mental Health Month and Beyond: The Business Case for Supporting Employee Mental Health

May is Mental Health Month, a good opportunity for employers to think about how they can promote workplace well-being.  Untreated employee mental illness can cost employers billions of dollars annually. An estimated 217 million workdays are lost every year due to reduced productivity related to mental illness and substance use disorders.

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May 18 Webinar: Farm to Fork, Food Prep Made Easy

fruits-and-veggies-263x300Do you know where your food comes from or what’s in it? Today’s conventional food system depends heavily on the use of toxic chemicals that can potentially pose threats to our health. When you eat whole foods, you’re getting the food in its natural state because you’re getting it intact along with all of the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are in the food. Basically, it’s the healthy whole food, rather than the bits that remain after refinement and processing.

 

Health Net is offering a telephone/webinar based class to individuals that will increase awareness on farm to fork – sometimes called farm to table or farm to market – to encourage people to swap over-processed, modified foods for local, natural and unaltered produce, dairy, and meats. Continue reading

You Can Quit for Life

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Are you ready to set a clear path to quitting? About 20 minutes after you quit tobacco, your body begins an amazing healing transformation that reduces your risk for cancer and many other health problems associated with tobacco. The Quit For Life® Program is here to help you every step of the way—beginning with a one-on-one phone conversation with a highly trained Quit Coach® staff member. Together, you’ll map out a personalized plan to help you overcome the triggers and barriers that make it hard to quit.

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Reminder: April 20 Webinar – Sensible Eating with Plant-Based Foods

Select healthy foods to help manage DiabetesEvidence suggests that a plant-based diet can help prevent and even reverse some of the top killer diseases in the Western world, and can be even more effective than medication and surgery. Many people switch to eating a plant-based diet because they want to lose weight, improve their heart health, stay healthy as they age, improve blood pressure or manage diabetes.

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Recognizing Addictive Behavior

Concerned about substance abuseApril is Alcohol Awareness Month – an opportunity for employers to increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism and decrease the stigma around the disease. Alcohol resulted in $77 billion in impaired productivity at work in 2010 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Including absenteeism and other factors, the total productivity toll from excess drinking neared $90 billion.1

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Help Your Children Steer Clear of Underage Drinking

Ask someone without kids what kind of parent he or she would be and you’ll hear everything from “dependable” to “understanding” to “the kind my parent wasn’t!” When kids enter the picture, however, those parenting proclamations don’t always hold up. Because, really, just how understanding will you be when you discover your 14 year old drinking with her friends behind the stadium bleachers?

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