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Productivity from Physiological Homeostasis

Productivity: A Product of Physiological Homeostatic Processes

Improving employee productivity demands science, not just words of encouragement from the boss.

First let’s discuss our body’s aspired state…. – physiological homeostasis.

Employee productivity at the cellular level BestInCorporateHealthThe body’s continual attempt to maintain a constant internal environment, what I call our inner ecosystem. Maintaining this stable ecosystem requires constant monitoring and adjustments as conditions change. Our environment, food choices, physical activity, sleep, exposure to physiological stressors, oxidative stressors all impact the body’s ability to achieve physiological homeostasis.

2012 Brigham Young University, 20,000 Employees.

  • Employees with unhealthy diets were 66 percent more likely to report having a loss in productivity
  • Employees who had difficulty exercising during the day were 96 percent more likely to have increased productivity loss
  • Employees who rarely eat fruits, vegetables and other low-fat foods at work were 93 percent more likely to have a higher loss in productivity
  • Smokers were 28 percent more likely to report suffering from a drop in productivity
  • Those who didn’t believe their workplace would support them in becoming healthier were more likely to have a drop in productivity.

The first 4 were of no surprise to me – As a proud science geek, my specialty is working with employees on the reduction of oxidative stress.  These first 4 are all productivity zappers as they all contribute to oxidative stress (OS) and chronic inflammation. Not only are they productivity zappers, inflammation is the root of all of our chronic illnesses, most notably: cancer, heart disease, depression, frailty………OS is also the #1 reason for premature aging.

But the 5th point – those who didn’t believe their workplace would support them in becoming healthier were more likely to have a drop in productivity – there is a call to action for effective wellness programs.

A brief explanation of oxidative stress:

Productivity with Physiological health reducing oxidative stress BestInCorporateHealthOxidative Stress: The imbalance between the production of free radicals in the body and the ability of the body to neutralize / detoxify their harmful effects with antioxidants. ….In other words – the body’s inability to achieve physiological homeostasis.

Free Radicals: A molecule that has a single unpaired electron in an outer shell ….ROS

Reactive Oxygen Species Productivity at a physiological level Best In Corporate Health wellness programs

Antioxidants:  neutralize free radicals either by providing the extra electron needed to make the pair, or by breaking down the free radical molecule to render it harmless. Making good food choices is an excellent source of antioxidants.

It is really ironic that oxygen, an element indispensable for life can under certain situations have several harmful and damaging effects on the human body. Oxygen is vital, yet it has a dark side. Oxygen free radicals occur just by breathing but excessive amounts of these free radicals occur when we are exposed to oxidative stress.

Our body is constantly bombarded with oxidative stressors…endocrine disruptors, microbial imbalance, hormonal causes including impact of body fat, smoking, alcohol……

Employee Productivity through reduction of oxidative stressAnd unfortunately – the antidote to OS, well, we just don’t provide this quite as regularly to our body as we should.

Physiological stress is the cause of “stress”. Its not running late with the report you were supposed to get to the boss. Its the effect on your body from stressing over that report, that matters. The better equipped our body is to handle stress, from a physiological standpoint, the better off we are to weather the daily storms that inevitably cross our paths. The more adept we are at handling physiological stress, the better we are at focusing, being productive to weather the storm.

Another way to look at this is acute stress vs. chronic stress.

Acute stress – yes – getting that report in on time. However, continuous acute stressors, combined with a compromised biology to handle stress can lead to chronic stress.

Chronic stress happens when the body cannot achieve homeostasis from the many OS, and can leave our body’s stress response continually in overdrive, and can continue to erode our function right down to our DNA.

Productivity Suffers – Oxidative Stress on the Brain:
  • Stress accumulates in an area of the brain called the amygdala. As this worsens, we enter a cycle of fear and anxiety
  • Potentially diminish our production of fresh brain cells
  • Reduce levels of our neurotransmitters which can lead to depression
  • Effect our breathing pattern
  • Effect our hippocampus responsible for memory
  • Prefrontal cortex responsible for decision making and impulsive behavior
  • Makes the blood brain barrier more permeable, allowing toxins in
  • Reduces the size of our telomeres
  • Cause brain inflammation

This is just the effects on the brain. Can we see why productivity is a physiological issue? As much as an employee is told to step up a notch – we have to take a look inside, examine how productivity is being compromised by a struggling physiology.

Best In Corporate Health: Optimizing our inner ecosystem with targeted, effective wellness programs, the real key to employee productivity

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Now BioZen, is included with every wearable device to dramatically reduce the deadly effects of exposure to EMR, OS.

Corporate health programs…what a wonderful way to affordably  make the world a happier, healthier place. 

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack – The Corporate Happy Place medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist

Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),Myeloma Canada, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer, Sirius XM Doctor Radio


Lunch N Learn – Improve the Wellness Quick Fix

Lunch N Learn – How Can we Improve on this Wellness Quick Fix?
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That wellness Lunch N Learn – have someone come in, splat out some information and leave. Unfortunately the wellness Lunch N Learn paradigm is still frequently the “GOTo” for many organizations, and it has also given wellness programs a bad rap.

 

 

 

When we talk about ROI – the “I” is for Investment…correct? Investment is not just about dollars, its about thought and focusing on a positive outcome for the employees – which which in turn will make a positive impact on the company.

7 Flaws in the Lunch N Learn Program:
  1. Heads are often not there – Understandably employees are thinking about: food, gotta get more food, free food at the Lunch N Learn,  I gotta catch that phone call, what I have to do after lunch…..Oh no another one of these…..
  2. Privacy – We all cherish privacy – in a room with colleagues is not conducive for feeling safe to really focus and ask questions.
  3. Usually a list of Shoulds and Should Nots, Do this, Don’t DO That – Nobody is interested
  4. There is no follow through – helping the employee implement the newly learned ideas, without be over whelmed therefore dismissing them
  5. They are expensive. Because of their many flaws, success is short lived, if lived at all, showing a very poor ROI
  6. Does it show thought, respect, diligence for health?
  7. Short term to long term memory. Learning is a PROCESS. ……so our wellness programs need to be a process as well. The 4 stages of Learning are:
Attention            Encoding                        Storage                          Retrieval

Our wellness processes need to address all 4 stages of learning.

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Best In Corporate Health – The Evolution of the Lunch N Learn

To quote the late, great David Bowie…..Wham – Bam – Thank You Ma’am…….not quite the attitude to entrust our employee health and corporate wealth upon.

Our Best In Corporate Health live and interactive webinars provide all the conveniences of the traditional Lunch N Learn, but address these flaws, and are far more affordable. Learn how evolution is good – leading to greater health, employee engagement, employee productivity and focus…all imperative for the corporate bottom line. Measure your ROI.

 

 

Shira@BestInCorporateHealth.com

We look forward to customizing your employee wellness programs!

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist, Corporate health designer and coach, Health and fitness educator

Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

Employee Wellness Toronto, Ontario – But offered worldwide!

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),

Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Work Life Balance – Finding the Fit

Work Life Balance – Finding the Fit on Both Sides

Work Life Balance Employee Health Webinars Best In Corporate HealthWork life balance is the social challenge. It can be a great form of stress and anxiety, employee presenteeism, absenteeism….its a juggling act worthy of mastering. Current stats in North America, within 2 parent families, over 70% of families are dual income earning homes.

Work life balance goes far beyond a to do list and time management. Its emotional. Our families are always on our mind. Frequently there is guilt, a feeling of being divided – the mind is elsewhere.

Employee surveys show the definition of success in the workplace is evolving. Its not just about money and power….now the ability to find a positive work life balance is ranking at the top of the list for employee satisfaction.

The intent of technology is to make our lives easier, however,  it has annihilated the separation of work and home, companies now run 24/7. We now take the office home, no more leaving work at the office. We are permanently on call….taking work calls and emails while trying to manage our families.
A 2015 study by Ernst & Young polled 1200 employees from 8 countries around the world. 1/3 participants said work life balance is becoming more difficult. A study a few months earlier found that there was a large disconnect between human resources and employees.
67% of HR professionals said their employees had a good work life balance, where only 45% of the employees agreed with that, reporting that they had little time for a personal life.

The 2012 National Study on Balancing Work and Caregiving in Canada, which polled over 25,000 employees:

  • 2/3 of Canadians work over 45 hours/week
  • Represents a 50% increase in hours over the last 2 decades
  • Only 23% of Canadians are satisfied with life

 

We all know that a key part of employee productivity is …..happiness.
What goes into workplace happiness? Some common denominators….

  • health and fitness
  • reduced stress…a more relaxed work environment, laughter
  • social aspects…neuroscience shows us bonding at work to be an important variable to employee loyalty and dedication
  • a feeling of influence, contribution is appreciated
  • a sense of future stability and security
  • work life balance
  • workplace flexibility
  • providing benefits that will help them accomplish their goals

Work life balance is not just an issue between work and employee, there are a number of factors that can affect achieving this balance. Multi tasking can become overwhelming and people settle for “I am doing the best I can”. They might feel “who has time for health and fitness”….but we know factually it is a critical component. There will not be a perceived sense of balance while in the reactionary mode.

In achieving a work life balance it is the workplace culture AND the home culture that need to be honed. Single income families are becoming the major force, and 2 partnered families very often must have 2 working partners. Yes, the corporate culture needs to build in flexibility as a standard in employment, however, helping the employee to create a home culture that allows them to efficiently accomplish their life side of the equation is frequently missing. In analyzing the home culture, that can be further subdivided into 2 cultures…..

Work life balance requires a meeting of 3 cultures – the workplace culture, the culture within the employee, and the culture within their personal community

 

The 2 levels of the employee culture are necessary to assure satisfaction, balance and fit in the personal life…..and this is the aspect of work life balance that is far too often ignored. Personal happiness, allowing a symbiotic fit with the corporate culture.

As part of the Work Life Balance webinars and coaching we at Best In Corporate Health take employees through a process – helping them position themselves from a more empowered stance for that fit:

 •Evaluating the current personal situation: inventory of needs and challenges
Identify unknown happiness factors…….what do we need to balance that we might   not  be aware of
• Identifying destination and goals
• Strategizing ways to achieve balance based on the discovery and work place culture
• Identifying Support and flexible plans in both cultures

We are social beings. Very often our lives become robotic, which has deleterious effects on health, happiness, productivity and stress. A work life balance requires contribution from both work and personal lives. …Corporate symbiosis for the Corporate Happy Place!

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……

Shira@BestInCorporateHealth.com

We look forward to customizing your employee wellness programs!

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist, Corporate health designer and coach

Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

Employee Wellness Toronto, Ontario…offered internationally

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),

Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Sexual Health and Employee Wellness

Sexual Health as Part of an Employee Wellness Program??? Yes

Sexual health – A very important member of the Corporate Happy Place – but absurdly “shushed” up!

Sexual health Best in Corporate health employee wellness programsSex is a fabulous way to reduce physiological stress

  • Happy people, perform better at work
    • A July 2015 study from the University of Warwick concluded “”We find that human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity. Positive emotions appear to invigorate human beings.” Happy employees average a 12% spike in productivity while unhappy employees tend to be 10% less productive.
    • We all can also agree that a good sex life is a critical aspect of a relationship. I will quote Dr. Phil here: “When sex is good it’s about 10% of the marriage. When it is not, it is about 90% of the marriage”. It might see obvious, but there are numerous studies that demonstrate the importance of “happy coupling” to employee productivity.  This is why here at Best in Corporate Health we strongly encourage the participation of spouses in all of our wellness programs – at no extra cost.

Yes. Providing physiological facts about building sexual health should be a part of employee health programs. A 2014 study (University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy)  concluded over half of men with erectile dysfunction do not discuss it with their physician and have a decreased HRQoL (health related quality of life) and a significantly higher impairment on work productivity.

Amongst the mayhem stress causes in the body is its detrimental impact on the hippocampus in the brain. Stress interferes with neurogenesis – the building of fresh nervous tissue – which ultimately leads to anxiety and mood disorders. Sex can reduce the negative effects of stress on hippocampal function, reducing anxiety.

Studies show sex can lower blood pressure, can be a cardio respiratory workout, the body releases endorphins, and most of all – we feel better.

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Stress can interfere with sexual function, so in a wellness process – we have to break the vicious circle: We all should be aware that sexual dysfunction in both men and women can be a symptom of other health issues and chronic illnesses.

  • endocrine disorders, including diabetes
  • Certain medications – including SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors – antidepressants – a bit of a double edge sword again as we know erectile dysfunction can lead to depression, diuretics, beta blockers….a long list of potential culprits
  • Neurological disorders
  • heart issues such as high blood pressure and clogged arteries compromising circulation
  • PELVIC PAIN; – a huge issue for both men and women – and most definitely be a symptom of other illnesses
  • Obesity: To quote my very favourite urological surgeon, Dr. Andrew Siegel, “fatal
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    Desk Job syndrome……obesity…fatal retraction?

    retraction”  With every 10 pounds of excess body fat the penis “hides” more and more. We know fat cells are metabolically active, and the hormones they secrete disrupt healthy hormonal activity.

One must always seek the advice of a physician – it is irresponsible to accept sexual dysfunction is just that – a thorough assessment must be performed.

The great news is there is much we can do to better our sexual function, and this is the first line response to resolving sexual problems. With all the wonderful health benefits of a healthy sex life – of course sexual wellness should be included in employee health programs. Addressing these issues in a non threatening program aka fun), we can give a great deal of insight, “normalcy” to the sensitive issue, supporting  confidence to address the issue with the health care provider.

Sexual function is widely accepted as a very important part of our health. Sexual dysfunction is strongly linked to depression and anxiety, low self esteem, sometimes other medical disorders, lower perceived quality of life, and a substantial loss in productivity. Our sexual health webinar discusses lifestyle techniques, specific exercises, food, stress release……and yes how to talk to the physician. A physician will always instruct a patient to improve lifestyle to improve sexual health. These practices can  dramatically improve the health and productivity, and most certainly   the HRQoL and self esteem for individual and workplace! The Corporate Happy Place!

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……

Shira@BestInCorporateHealth.com

We look forward to customizing your employee wellness programs!

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist, Corporate health designer and coach

Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),

Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

 

Brain Fog..A Reversible Saboteur to Productivity

Delete Brain Fog …..Optimize Employee Engagement

Brain fog has a powerful hand in employee productivity

Brain fog can best be described as mental confusion – we just can’t focus, harness enough mental energy to push through and accomplish what we need to get done. We make comments of having a senior moment, that very tacky expression a “brain fart”, we’re stressed….yes as common as it is…..it doesn’t make it right. Besides being very frustrating, it can be another symptom of a state of oxidative stress and inflammation in the body.

When we dissect our concerns  over employee productivity and employee engagement………..brain fog. 

Brain fog is yet another symptom of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress underlies all of our chronic diseases and major health concerns in our world, including heart disease,neurodegenerative disease,diabetes,  metabolic syndrome, depression, Alzheimer’s, anxiety……..and yes, oxidative stress is a major cause of cancer.

The trouble with many health programs is the emphasis on the superficial, the exterior – what we all immediately see. Yes, this is what many companies ask for in a employee wellness program. However, it is our job as employee health providers to take a look at each unique company, the dynamics, the individual employees, assess the situation, and come up with wellness program that addresses oxidative stressors. So not only are we minimizing brain fog, we are minimizing those components of oxidative stress that cause serious illnesses.

We have an endless list of oxidative stressors, which eventually can lead to chronic inflammation. The frustrating part – many people follow regiments which they believe to be healthy, however, the truth is they are creating more oxidative stress to the body, causing cellular damage. A few examples:

  • Diet: When focusing on a typical weight loss diet, unfortunately for a number of reasons we could be creating more oxidative stress on the body. Sure, we all get excited over weight loss, but there could be much better ways. Choosing the right foods is extremely important to fight brain fog and protect our cellular health
  • Exercise and physical activity: Just as with diet, the wrong exercise, or thinking sporadic exercise is physical activity, can be damaging
  • Chemical exposures: we need to look at the daily bombardment of chemical offenders
  • Poor sleep: I don’t just mean hours of sleep – its quality sleep that is truly restorative
  • Other lifestyle exposures to mutagens, carcinogens, toxins, viruses & bacteria that alter the performance of our DNA

Brain Fog and employee productivity Best In Corporate HealthThe hypothalamus in the center of our brain is the body’s thermostat so to speak for a number of reasons. There are numerous ongoing studies looking at the intricacies of hypothalamic function in the presence of oxidative stress. The mitochondria of our cells need to harmonize with the hypothalamus and this metabolic dynamic duo  is crippled, interfering with hormones and neurotransmitters production and regulation.

Multitasking vs. Time Management: Any new habits, lifestyle modifications, change, are close to useless to introduce if not providing a phase in process. Again, nobody is looking for another miserable task in their life and very few of us have time to burn. Just providing a list of “Do”s and “Don’ts” or “should”s and “should not”s is a job less than half done. Everybody is stressed multitasking work, family and a number of other pressing “To Do”s.

In order to build a cohesive, workplace environment, we need our team members to be physically, mentally and energetically optimized. We need to build their mental muscle.

Our challenge here – there is no test for brain fog, other than questionnaires, its not like we have a definitive blood test to say “You have brain fog!”. However, what we can do is work on the bigger picture, the oxidative stress.

At Best in Corporate Health, measuring for oxidative stress we consider to be a critical focal point of all of our corporate health programs. From lunch n learns, our live interactive webinars right up to speaking and retreats, getting control of oxidative stress is paramount. Oxidative stressors are cumulative, and our exposures are from known, identifiable sources, but there are many we are unaware of. Therefore, our approach must be to faithfully eradicate the ones we can. From brain fog to chronic disease, let’s dig deeper!

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……

Shira@BestInCorporateHealth.com

We look forward to customizing your employee wellness programs!

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist, Corporate health designer and coach

Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),

Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Wellness Coaching with Lunch N Learns

Wellness Coaching with the Affordability of Lunch N Learns

We at Best In Corporate Health have been providing wellness coaching, employee wellness processes for 20 years. We have been reluctant to offer traditional lunch N Learns, as traditional lunch n learns tend to have little lasting value, aka employee adherence, than other modes of wellness coaching.

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Wellness Coaching with lunch n learns -live interactive webinars

We at Best In Corporate Health are now convinced we have honed the lunch n learn protocol into a process that truly works. Our process provides:

  • Health employees, with our unique health from the cell programs
  • Affordability
  • A successful employee wellness program increasing employee engagement and employee productivity and a corporate health culture infused with energy, camaraderie and active participation
  • A process for Integration
  • Customization
  • Timing that works
  • An ROI to boost corporate profit

 

Our Special Mix……The Best In Corporate Health Lunch N Learn Process

Yes a lunch N Learn process sounds like an oxymoron….here it is one of our many health processes.

A 1 hour Live, Interactive Lunch N Learn webinar  (up to 50 participants)

+  1 hour of live, interactive health coaching ….answering questions, further customizing and mastering the integration of new concepts……

+ Fall 2016 special offer………1 more hour of follow up coaching. 

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3 hours of live, interactive webinar health coaching for the price of 1 lunch n learn!

  • Maximize learning and health
  • Minimize cost
  • Maximize the ROI
  • Employees have the benefits of a health coach for the price of a lunch n learn
  • Now, corporate wellness / employee benefits /health coaching are affordable to all

 

Contact us to orchestrate your lunch n learn/wellness coaching processes.

Shira@BestInCorporateHealth.com

we look forward to customizing your employee wellness programs!

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist, Corporate health designer and coach

 

Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),

Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Getting Active in a Sedentary Lifestyle

Getting Active in a Sedentary Lifestyle

Sounds like a complete oxymoron….getting active in a sedentary lifestyle. Truth is – sedentary behaviour is the #1 lifestyle killer.

Getting Active in a Sedentary lifestyle
Physical Activity every waking hour is a critical aspect of cell health

A sedentary lifestyle is a guilty culprit in all of our chronic illnesses plaguing our world: depression, heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, weakened immune system,  chronic fatigue….As the WHO states, at least 75% of our chronic illnesses are preventable.

 

 

Getting active in a sedentary lifestyle is the most forgotten aspect of health and wellness programs. Consider the facts on sedentary behaviour:

  • Circulation dramatically slows when sitting
  • Poor posture – poor curvature of the spine
  • breathing compromised – less oxygen intake
  • Poor circulation & oxygenation – compromised health, immunity, focus, cognitive function
  • shortens our telomeres….a chromosomal “measure” for health and aging
  • dramatically increased risk of metabolic syndrome

Mayo Clinic study compared adults who spent less than two hours a day of  screen-based activity with those who logged more than four hours a day of  screen time. Those with greater screen time had:

  • A nearly 50 percent increased risk of death from any cause
  • About a 125 percent increased risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease, such as chest pain (angina) or heart attack
    The increased risk was separate from other traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as smoking or high blood pressure.

Any extended sitting — such as behind a desk at work or behind the wheel — can be harmful.

Spending a few hours a week at the gym or otherwise engaged in moderate or vigorous activity does NOT seem to significantly offset the risk.

A complete corporate wellness program defines and integrates regular physical activity into the program, while still maintaining the decorum of the workplace. Many workplace environments are sedentary, desk job. Now combine that with travelling time, screen time at home, television, exhaustion at the end of a day…..getting active in a sedentary lifestyle demands respect and vigilance for workplace health and employee productivity.

Taking a 5 minute nature walk – albeit sounds really fun – is not reality. A few suggestions from our Corporate Desk Olympics Program:

  • Deskercise……Serious muscle pumping, heart health exercises…tuned to your day!
  • Breathing exercises
  • Postural Pull ups
  • Pumping the Power pump muscles
  • Immune pumpers

Exercise and physical activity are very different, and both extremely important components to our overall health, and employee performance.  Physical activity works the majority of its magic at the cellular level.

Cellular health  minimizes  those saboteurs which lead to poorly optimized health, enabling happiness, strength, empowerment, productivity  – and yes – prevent illness.

Getting active in a sedentary lifestyle with Best in Corporate Health
Shira Litwack: BSc Psychology & Chemistry, medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , holistic nutritionist, medical exercise specialist

Shira Litwack calls herself the “CHE – Chief Health Enthusiast” of Best in Corporate Health. Shira has assembled over  30 health and fitness professionals to bring you unique corporate wellness programs designed around your employees. No more one size fits none corporate health programs, no long guilt lists of shoulds and should nots – fun, engaging programs where “installation” is an integral part of all programs. The health coaches cover a wide range of specialties from nutrition, exercise, balancing lifestyle, family harmony, addiction recovery, disease prevention and recovery…..contact us to plan your corporate wellness solutions.

Webinars         Speaking         Retreats              Health Coaching

Remember, BICH processes include partners at no extra charge and are measurable!

Shira has been interviewed on: City TV, CTV, National Public Radio, Sirius XM Dr. Rehab Dr. Jonathan Whiteson & The Sports Medicine Show, Living Cancer Free, Web Talk Radio, Voice America, Obesity Control Center, Investment Executive

Gut Health – Our Second Brain

Gut Health – Nourishing our Second Brain Our Belly Brain

Gut Health? Really conjures up some not so corporate images.

Gut Instincts? That’s Your Belly Brain Calling You!

The gastrointestinal system is probably the most taken advantage of and under appreciated part of the body.  It merits respect – it is the 2nd brain, and Hippocrates said “all disease begins in the gut”.

The digestive tract is the ultimate mirror of  lifestyle habits – our personal sewage system. Not a very glamorous topic, but the truth is it holds the answer to  many of our undiscovered medical ailments.

Gut Health for optimizing health in all Best In Corporate Health ProgramsOur belly brain – more scientifically respected as the enteric nervous system is the reason why we get emotionally “sick to our stomach” or have a “gut feel” or “gut instinct”. Serotonin, is our “happy hormone” (key to our focus as well), and thanks to the incredible research of Dr. Michael Gershon, we now know 90% of the body’s serotonin is produced in the stomach, not the brain as assumed. The enteric nervous system can send and receive impulses & secretes neurotransmitters just like our central nervous system. Our belly brain needs care, but more often gets abuse.  It needs great nutrition – especially loads of fiber, micro and macro nutrients to strengthen. -And exercise, to promote peristalsis – the passage of all we have ingested through the digestive tract, keeping proper blood flow and nutrient supply, digestion and absorption. When our GI tract is not optimized, nor are we. It means we are not absorbing the nutrition from our food properly & just passing out the internal sewage to the external sewage system. ….yeah you get it. We can have numerous unexplained symptoms and we just can’t seem to find the cause…..the answer is probably lurking in the stomach, somewhere through to the intricate coils of the colon.

Still skeptical about the belly brain? Gastric bypass surgery, where a large percentage of

Gut Health optimized as prescribed by Hippocrates in all Best In Corporate Health Programs
Gut Health optimized as prescribed by Hippocrates in all Best In Corporate Health Programs

the stomach is removed for weight loss purposes. There, unfortunately, is a very common side effect of these surgeries of psychiatric issues – from depression, alcoholism – because of the loss of production of serotonin. It is commonly accepted people after gastric bypass surgery need careful vitamin supplementation, not just with any vitamins – with those that have a very high bioavailability – the body is now seriously compromised for absorption. Included in this is the amino acid tryptophan – which is key to serotonin production. The stomach is not just the garbage bin at the bottom of the chute – it is a vital organ, to every organ system, not just digestion.

In our world of poor food choices, lack of physical activity, GMOs, toxins and bacteria entering our compromised guts – popping antacids recklessly destroying our precious HCl, constant stress released hormones, no wonder disease is rampant.

Optimizing gut health must be a central part to a corporate health program. Our gut health is our physiological and psychological well-being.

I feel compelled to mention some great sources of fiber – that are also nutritionally gifted: celery, oatmeal, brown rice, avocados, raspberries, beans, onions….. and please be acutely aware of those fiber impostors. Many breakfast cereals claim to be “good sources of fiber” when they are not. If a cereal does not have a minimum of 5g of fiber – Yes, drink water – in between meals is best. Too much water with meals dilutes those precious digestive enzymes, HCl that are critical to digestion & absorption.

Colon cancer is our #2 killer cancer & the most preventable form of cancer. IBS, Leaky Gut are rampant, and unfortunately the majority of medical doctors are lacking in the many lifestyle, naturopathic methods of dealing with these common issues. It is thought that 80% of the population have some form of leaky gut.

Health coaching, corporate coaching, Optimizing digestive health, building our belly brain – goes hand in hand with our cell-being.

Cell-Being   Well-Being   Corporate Being, Employee wellness programs based on your group – Your company is the template!

I had the pleasure of Interviewing Dr. Gershon back in 2011 – please listen, learn enjoy!

Our corporate wellness programs: email Shira@BestinCorporateHealth.com to enrich your people’s lives with health, wellness, happiness, prosperity and Joie de vivre!

Cost of Smoking Employees Micah Berman

Cost of Smoking Employees A Quantitative Study by Micah Berman

Costs of smokingThe cost of smoking – very few actually crunch the numbers so Micah Berman has done it for you. You will say – time to implement an quit smoking program.

A June 2013 study by our guest Professor Micah Berman of Ohio State U reveals the costs of employees who smoke is far greater than estimated by the CDC years ago. The average cost burden of a smoker to the employer is approaching $6,000/year greater than a never smoked employee. Professor Berman’s data is crucial to companies considering implementing a smoking cessation program. Professor Berman will be delving into the data with us, and discussing the legalities & intricacies of encouraging smoking cessation programs, or choosing to not hire employees that smoke.

Beginning this summer, Micah Berman is joining the faculty of Ohio State University as an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the College of Public Health and Moritz College of Law. Prior to joining Ohio State, Micah taught law school at New England Law | Boston, where he founded the Center for Public Health and Tobacco Policy. The Center provides legal and policy support to state and local public health programs in New York State and Vermont. Previously, Micah established and directed the Tobacco Public Policy Center at Capital University Law School, which worked with Ohio’s tobacco control program. In addition to working with state and local governments, Micah has served as a senior advisor to the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products and as a member of the NIH Director’s Council of Public Representatives. Micah received a J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School and a B.A. in Public Policy from Brandeis University

cost of smoking Micah BermanBottom line:
Companies Pay Almost $6,000 Extra Per Year for Each Employee Who Smokes

Ouch
SO I know this could start a brawl – but it does beg the question – why would companies hire smokers? – yes it is an addiction – but it is still a voluntary behavior. Businesses are increasingly adopting smoking related policies, everyone of us knows the challenge of meeting budgets….so I think we can all understand why this is such an important study with profound impact.

Best In Corporate Health….quit smoking part of our corporate wellness programs. Let us look after employee wellness!

 

Coupling: Importance of Supportive Spouses

Coupling at Home:  Cell-Being to Corporate-Being

Coupling is a skill that affects workplace wellness just as a functioning family.

Family life, roles have changed drastically over the last couple of generations.

The two most significant work trends affecting American businesses and families in recent years:

The exponential growth of two-income families

and

increasing levels of job stress

The #1 failure of a corporate health process is not including spouses in the process

Having  one stressed-out spouse can harm couple’s work and home lives — but what about when it’s both?…and then there is coming home and dividing up in home chores, children wanting attention…..Our roles as spouses have flipped and flopped, leaving most people stunned, confused, often resentful bickering over what’s fair,  and stressed beyond manageable limits.

According to statistics, most people are not happy at home:

  • we know the divorce rate is over 50%
  • A 2013 study found over 60% of individuals are stuck in an unhappy marriage but will not walk away for fear of financial or emotional hardship

There are going to be health  consequences for both the individual, and the workplace.

The corporate happy place, needs its roots at home with functional coupling.

As always – let’s listen to the data

Coupling Spouses are included in health and wellness programs for the Best in Corporate healthThe 2015  UK study of “changing together”  published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA):

Behaviour -Change programs are more successful if they were aimed at couples rather than individuals.Couples who work together to change their unhealthy habits appear to have more successful outcomes.

At Best in Corporate Health we encourage full participation of spouses in our health processes at the same cost..the truth is for long term sustainability….health is a family affair. 

If marital discord is an employee issue – we have relationship coaches to help.

We all agree how important employee health is to performance, productivity….but spousal support can  be the great determinator of success or failure of a health process.

The Web of influence of the  supportive partner for effective coupling:

The state of the marriage…how it affects personal performance in the workplace

Supporting each other in a healthy lifestyle..the reality of embracing healthier choices

A  2012 study conducted by Florida State University professor Wayne Hochwarter concluded:

Effective Coupling for Corporate health and wellness for Best in Corporate Health

 

 

Those who reported high levels of stress but strong spousal support — as compared to stressed-out employees without such support — experienced the following positive benefits:

 

•50 percent higher rates of satisfaction with their marriage;

•33 percent greater likelihood of having positive relationships with co-workers;

•30 percent lower likelihood of experiencing guilt associated with home/family neglect;

•30 percent lower likelihood of being critical of others (spouse, children) at home;

•25 percent higher rates of concentration levels at work;

•25 percent lower likelihood of experiencing fatigue at home after work;

•25 percent higher rates of satisfaction with the amount of time spent with their children;

•20 percent higher views that their careers were heading in the right direction; and

•20 percent higher level of job satisfaction.

Effective Coupling is a vital part of our Cell-Being …..

Cell-Being All the way to the Corporate – Being.

 

 

 

About Us The Best In Corporate Health

About Us – The Best In Corporate Health for your Employees

Our coaches vary drastically  – between us covering over 50 health specializations, but all very talented at helping people reach their health goals. No two employee wellness programs are the same. No templates – you are the model for your program. Corporate retreats, public seminars, public speaking available, health coaching:

CIRCLE INFOGRAPHICExercise and Physical Activity

Nutrition

Lifestyle Habits

Avoiding Oxidative Stressors…the magic of Cell-Being

Managing Stress and Depression

Your Corporate Happy Place….Down to the Cell!

Processes are Measurable and Spouses encouraged

 

Proud Creators of Thousands of Corporate Health Cultures Worldwide

 

About Us – Our Creation:

Shira Litwack medical fitness professional Creator Cell-Being.com Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist,  Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutrition

Industry Expert Cancer Exercise
Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

BSc Psychology & Chemistry
Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery
Total of 18 exercise designations
Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

 

Disease prevention and recovery is all about orchestrating the inner cacophony into a beautiful symphony. Exercise, Nutrition & Lifestyle habits construct our inner ecosystem, a major determinant of our ability to fend off illness, and build our health from the cell……our Cell-Being.

According to the CDC 75% of Illness is lifestyle, not genetic Genetics is thought to be only 5-10% of cancer occurrence

Living a Life to Prevent Cancer…..the best way to optimize health, focus, productivity…and happiness.

About Us Providing the Best In Corporate Health for Employee WellnessCancer is a genetic mutation. We have to enable our body to shut down the exposure to mutagens & to destroy any mutated cells. We are exposed through carcinogens of which many are silent, and oxidative stressors in our life. The right exercise & physical activity are vital members of Integrative Oncology, protecting our inner ecosystem….Cell health

Optimizing Cell health prevent disease, is the model for optimizing employee health and productivity

Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network

Shira has been interviewed on: City TV, CTV, National Public Radio, Sirius XM Dr. Rehab Dr. Jonathan Whiteson & The Sports Medicine Show, Living Cancer Free, Web Talk Radio, Voice America, Obesity Control Center

 

We at Best In Corporate Health Proudly boast….

Proud Creators of Thousands of Corporate Health Cultures World Wide

 

 

 

 

Dealing With Depression in the Workplace

Dealing with Depression: A Critical Component of Health Processes

Dealing with Depression is far more insidious than other illnesses. It still does not merit in the minds of many being classified as  a disease. Most people feeling symptoms of depression do not seek help. Depression is more than occasional feeling sad. It is a treatable mental illness – however I am asking to look at different ways of managing symptoms of depression. Yes, treatment protocol must be discussed with your health care professional, please discuss a number of possibilities.  Medication has its issues too.

Corporations can help. Obviously by helping  people get treated for depression it is going to enrich the bottom dollar for the organization.

Dealing with Depression mental Health Canada Best In Corporate Health

Statistics from the CDC on Dealing with Depression in the Workplace:
  • Depression is the major cause of absenteeism, presenteeism, and productivity impairment in  adults.
  • 18.8 million American adults (9.5% of the adult population) will suffer from a depressive illness
  •   Approximately 80% of persons with depression reported some level of functional impairment   because of their depression, and 27% reported serious difficulties in work and home life
  • In a 3-month period, patients with depression miss an average of 4.8 workdays and suffer 11.5 days of reduced productivity
  • In 2003, national health expenditures for mental health services were estimated to be over $100 million
  • Depression is estimated to cause 200 million lost workdays each year at a cost to employers of $17 to $44 billion

Diagnoses of depression in the workplace is a difficult challenge. By the inclusion of employee engagement/satisfaction surveys into the health and fitness assessment, provides vital clues to the possibility of depression. Assessment in health and fitness programs can be used to gather information, potential clues that a person is displaying signs and symptoms of depression.

By recognizing  the signs and symptoms of depression in an assessment such as:

tardiness

complaints of fatigue

productivity strain

loss of focus

changes in attitude, mood swings

assessing perceived workplace pressures

could easily help in the early identification of depression, enabling a prompt, confidential referral to further diagnostics and treatment services for the employees.

Even if diagnosis is difficult, or the employee is resistant to further diagnostics – by introducing a thorough health and fitness program, we can alleviate the  symptoms of depression. At that point, when the person feels less threatened – maybe then the employee can be approached again to seek further assessments and treatments.

Studies have consistently proven that a physical activity, healthy lifestyle program are excellent adjunct therapies  in the treatment and prevention of depression.

The first thing to be clearly stated here – it is NOT just about going out and working out faster, stronger, harder. In many cases, that could actually contribute to worsening symptoms of depression. Yes, physical activity and nutrition are from and center to adjunct therapies – as part of an encompassing healthy lifestyle program.

A note about medications:

Antidepressants – there is no question have their place. However, speak to your health care professional about potential side effects:

nausea

increased appetite and weight gain

loss of sexual desire and other sexual problems, such as erectile dysfunction and decreased orgasm

fatigue and drowsiness

insomnia

dry mouth

blurred vision

constipation

dizziness

agitation

irritability

anxiety

Sounds quite contradictory for the dealing with depression – knowing potential side effects and discussing them with the health care professional is a must. Antidepressants work by manipulating body chemistry.

One of the many magical rewards of fitness is the power to regulate hormones and brain chemistry, which are often altered due to the daily mayhem in our lives.

The Mayo Clinic clearly states that regular exercise, physical activity and the right nutrition can dramatically reduce the symptoms of depression. Psychology Today refers to over 25 studies that tells us:

Sweat=Bliss!

This epidemiological study by the University of Toronto concluded:

Moderate Exercise Could Replace Costly Medications with Side Effects

We have a serious myth though that dictates exercise requires a gym and time we think we don’t have – just not true.

Dealing with Depression in the Workplace at Best In Corporate HealthA properly designed health and fitness program, planned along with the employee balances:

what is right for the employee

what will they actually embrace

What will provide the physiological reward for adherence (not rejection)

the medical needs of the process

adjusting gut health….yes a huge part of dealing with depression, far too often only included in holistic/naturopathic remedies……….

Again, corporations have a golden opportunity here:

Physiological and Psychological empowerment of Employees

Be the hero – show management truly cares for employees

Save precious dollars by reducing absenteeism, presenteeism, improving productivity, mood

Reducing healthcare costs

Dealing with depression in  Best In Corporate Health Processes is key.  Our assessments prioritize  happiness – please refer to our post on the Corporate Happy Place.  Your Corporate Happy Place must prioritize employee happiness – which we know is a product of cell-being. Any stigma of being labelled, breach of confidentiality is alleviated with our assessments, instilling a sense of of genuine concern for happiness and well-being.

Cell-Being: True Health and Wellness

Cell-Being: Think of Cell Being  as the ultimate conductor of life. Our cells  confront the  daily cacophony of life, and orchestrate the musicians, our cells, into the symphony of life.

Cell-Being to Well-Being….the path to health, the path to providing employees what they need to perform at their very best. Stress management needs to come from the cell, not  preaching to people what to do and how to think.

 

Cell-Being.com Best In Corporate Health

When we talk about true health – we need to go right down to the very center of our being – cell health, our cell-being…all 70 trillion!!

Our Being: Our Raison D’être, the essence of a person.

Cell health has been the focus of our health and being from ancient Chinese Medicine and the flow of Qi, meditation, Yoga…..this symphony of life is critical to being. Our current world literally throws thousands of assaults daily, it is not at all conducive to cellular function…health needs to be respected at this deepest, most central level.

With all the wonderful intentions of eating right, exercising – we still live in a world which bombards us with oxidative stressors.

What is oxidative stress?  Damage to the cells that causes an imbalance, causing the cell to not function at its full potential, or even worse – malfunction and start reproducing incorrectly, out of control, destroying healthy cells …aka….cancer.

There are more fads out there claiming to be the healthiest lifestyle. Fads come and go. The truth is a life to prevent cancer is the healthiest life of all. Nurturing our cell-being   protects us from the harshness of ageing, disease, stands up against viruses and bacteria and the many bombardments from today’s world…that is the art and science of cell-being.

Cell Being…..Oxidative Stress….The Real Cause of Stress....

Cell Being Best in Corporate Health Programs with Shira LitwackOxidative stressors attack relentlessly through out the day. What we perceive as “stress” is a by product of physiological, oxidative stress. How we react to stress often further oxidatively stresses our cells:

Alcohol: One of the very worse oxidative stressors of all. It is just not true…”a glass of wine a day is good for you”….just not true. A glass+ of alcohol is chosen as stress relief – when in truth – that glass of alcohol is an oxidative stressor. Does this mean we have to stop drinking all together? No. However, coming up with a balance, is part of a cellular health program.

Smoking: I have heard people rationalize smoking is good because it relaxes them, or it stops them from eating too much – it is NEVER good to smoke.

Over exercising: Exercise and physical activity power the cells, no question. However, doing the wrong exercise can be a serious oxidative stressor.

Food choices: We may have the very best intentions of food choices, however many “healthy” food choices are ultimately endocrine disruptors or various other disguised oxidative stressors. We live in a world where are off supply is tainted by hormones, and now we have the invasion of GMOs – Genetically Modified Foods.

Or, we deprive ourselves of certain foods, thinking they are hurtful, when the truth is they are a superb source of the many vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids our cells need for defence and repair.

Besides the potential oxidative stressors listed here, the truth is there are many more. Cancer, aging, heart disease…mood disturbances….many of these are the product of a disturbance to our cellular health. The functioning of our cells are are affected by the constant bombardment of viruses, toxins, mutagens, carcinogens, bacteria and we are at the mercy of having a strong inner ecosystem (immune system, circulation, digestive system….) to keep us our of cellular stress. What we need to do is discover what oxidative stressors we have in our lives, that are sabotaging our best efforts.

It is often said ” life causes cancer”. Yes, there are those awful cases, someone could have been exposed to mutagens before birth or at a very young age. Cancer is thought to be only 8% hereditary, the rest is environmental exposures.

We often wonder why we think we are doing everything to live a healthy life – yet our biomarkers don’t reflect our efforts. So very often medicine is prescribed. Yes, there are times when medications are necessary, but every medication comes with a list of potential side effects. Lets get down to the cell. Strengthen the cell, strengthen our health. If our cells are misfiring, every aspect of our being is in jeopardy.

Now lets talk about our cells on another level: Our outer cell. Think of each of us at the center of a cell -we are the nucleus of our own cell. The cell we build around us is our family, work, our environment…all of these components of the outer cell deeply influence our inner being – our cell being.

Cell Being creates a rewarding environment. It is not a restrictive prescription of misery and sacrifice, which is why people often go “off and on” a health program. With cell being comes an inner reward – this is working, a liberation – “I feel better” – the wish list of a health process is now attainable: focus, energy, productivity, health….Inner reward  is the path to compliance and sustainability

At Best in Corporate Health, we factor into all of our health processes the cell-being, systemic-being and well- being  of every employee. This is why we strongly encourage spousal/partner participation. Our health is the union, the interdependence of these two beings – and ultimately how they flow as one.

 

 

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist

Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support), Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer

 

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist  Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry

Medical Exercise Specialist

Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery

Total of 18 exercise designations

 

Corporate Happy Place Sound “Uncorporate”?

Talking about the “Corporate Happy Place”  in the corporate world is so…..uncorporate? No, not at all.

The science of  “Happy”:

The brain typically sends trillions of messages daily. The happy messages are sent by the “Endorphin system”

The word Endorphin comes from the combination of 2 words:

Endogenous morphine. Endorphins are the brain’s pain killers – except they are far more potent than morphine.

Best In Corporate Health and wellnessIn an extremely oversimplified description – when the body is stressed (we talk physiological /cellular stress at Best In Corporate Health) the body fails to send the happy messages.

The neurotransmitters  dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine are hugely responsible for reaching our happy place. Many anti depressants use the science of neurotransmitters. The truth is, proven in a number of studies, having a healthy inner biology is the very best way to naturally pump the endorphin system. Just a reminder – a good looking exterior does NOT mean there is a healthy inner biology!!!! Inappropriate food choices, lack of physical activity, too much of the wrong exercise, lack of quality sleep, stress, discord & confrontational relationships, environmental evils, our thoughts, attitude, emotions..…all of these can detrimentally affect our body chemistry. And let’s throw in some newer research – obesogens….disguised and lurking in our every day lives, sabotaging our very best efforts.

Once again – we have to look at the underlying cellular fitness – dig deeper than the facade.

Best In Corporate Health Creating Your Corporate Happy PlaceHappiness Starts in the Cell

At the center of cellular fitness is designing a process to minimize those agents that irritate the cells – front and center are inflammation and oxidative stress – yes, the same  menaces in the world of cancer, heart disease, depression, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, many of our chronic illnesses.  Front and center are nutrition and exercise,  as well as a number of other factors we must control in our lives to minimize the daily exposures to toxins, carcinogens, mutagens, viruses and bacteria, endocrine disruptors….all of which contribute to weakening cellular performance, which leads to unwanted, premature aging, sickness, and of course severely affecting our ability to be focused and productive.

The Corporate Happy Place….At Best In Corporate Health:
 We work from the Cell  – System Function – The Exterior

So Why the Corporate Happy Place?

Let’s talk about 10 well accepted truths about the importance of employee happiness.

  1. The #1 predictor of productivity is happiness.
  2. are more motivating to others and work better in teams
  3. want to give back much more…appreciation and loyalty
  4.  Smiling is contagious – unfortunately grumping is too
  5. are more creative and learn faster
  6. tend to fix things, find solutions, rather than complain
  7. are more energetic
  8. more optimistic
  9. Take less sick days
  10. make less mistakes- not as nervous about making them more confidant about better decisions

Happy Self      Happy family    Happy Work

At Best In Health Corporate we encourage and welcome the participation of spouses in all of our processes – whether they be in the company or employee driven processes. Fitness should be a family focus. By implementing a process that not only nurtures the employee, but family as well,  the company creates that health centric, corporate happy place, prospering from health on many more levels.

AND THE LAST WORDS…..if it is not fun and rewarding…they are NOT going to do it! None of us are looking for another miserable drudgery in our lives!

Corporate Programs: 10 Common Mistakes

Corporate Programs…..Health is wealth..

Unfortunately, most corporate programs are prepackaged, and do not dig to the root of issues. We all know that productive, engaged employees are the very best asset for a company. Health is wealth. We all get wrapped up in the rat race of life, and unfortunately, health is not nurtured, until there is something wrong.

Many of the issues a company has with employees – absenteeism, lack of productivity or focus….are based on underlying dysfunction of health.

Cellular health  minimizes  those saboteurs which lead to poorly optimized health, enabling happiness, strength, empowerment, productivity  – and yes – prevent illness.

Creating a process which is individualized, carries the person beyond the end of the program, engages  participation and the mindset to continue….is not only best for the employee – but is a sound investment for the company.

Health is Wealth – Health for the employee, wealth for the company.

Far too many programs are temporary at best, or completely unrealistic for the employee to embrace. Reality, not theories of shoulds and should nots, need to guide the health process. Your employees’ realities are the template for an effective corporate program.  Here are the most common pitfalls of typical employee health programs.

Top 10 Most Common Mistakes of Corporate Health Programs
  1. Health is Wealth with Best In Corporate Health They are “programs”. Right away this implies a finite, set time, usually based on a predetermined agenda. Let’s help our employees on a process to evolve into healthier steps and give them the tools to continue this process.
  2. Don’t help the participants set the right goals – often unrealistic, superficial, or non health centric goals are set which lead to non compliance or learned helplessness. Many people reach for superficial goals normally associated with a fitness program which are temporary at best. By guiding them to dig a few levels deeper, addressing their own unique set of needs and any pre existing demands in their lives – a sustainable growth oriented process is developed and embraced. And yes, those original more superficial goals will be achieved in a more livable lifestyle.
  3. The Program is based on “pop fitness” vs. cellular fitness which is the only way to address health issues. If the Pop fitness paradigm doesn’t fit – which it usually doesn’t – leads to frustration and a sense of failure. The other aspect that very few consider – the “pop fitness” paradigm can be dangerous for many. Instead of fitness from the outside and assuming its helping on the inside (big assumption) fitness needs to be addressed from the inside out.
  4. Programs are one size fits all – not addressing needs, time, medical issues – possibly creating greater biological mayhem. Needs assessments do not have to be that complicated – and they set the stage for compliance and employee confidence. We all like to feel someone cares about us – not just filling in forms checking off boxes.
  5. Corporate Programs present a list of “shoulds” and “should nots” – Nobody is looking to feel deprived, guilted or more on their to do list.  None of us are looking for another miserable thing to do in our lives.
  6. Missing Measurable Outcomes: The process helps participants recognize progress & work through setbacks  providing mathematically measured success at regular intervals. Nothing assures adherence more than progress and victory.
  7. The Providers: most “fitness professionals” are limited to the limited outer appearances side of fitness mentioned earlier. The same information can be obtained searching online. That same information we shake our heads and say “tried it”. An understanding of hormones, circadian rhythms, agents in their environment that can be sabotaging their efforts beyond junk food in the cupboard and no time for exercise …if these many deeper aspects of cellular health are not incorporated – the program is far too simplistic, misleading and incomplete.
  8.  Lack of Accountability: We all have greater appreciation when we have invested time and effort into the project. Employees need to see a direct , quantitative relationship between individual changes and outcomes
  9. Follow through – Evolution did not happen in 1 session new habits. Psychologists say it takes 2 months of consistency to integrate a new lifestyle habit. Progression into habits often takes 2-3 cycles of  testing, growth and evolution.  We all know about going to a seminar – getting all Ra Ra – and then….flatline. A complete process needs tapered follow through
  10. Fitness Baggage…Attitude is everything. We all have experiences we are less proud of – and unfortunately that baggage weighs us down and doesn’t allow us to move forward. The go forward is far too often nothing more than either a pep talk or lost in the fine print.
    We all need to feel valued and appreciated. Implementing a “Health is Wealth” mantra proves to employees, their health is wealth…. and yes we include partners too!

 

Nurture a person’s  heartbeat – Nurture the Corporate heartbeat!

Corporate wellness….Health is Wealth

Employee Wellness Programs with Best In Corporate Health….Creating your corporate wellness program based on your employee health needs.

Ask about our live interactive webinars…Having a personal health coach at a fraction of the cost.

Shira@BestInCorporateHealth.com

 

Corporate  Programs are the #1 way to effectively touch the lives of the most people. Nothing prepackaged, each process uniquely sculpted to employee health needs from the cell, infused with fun and camaraderie to build your corporate health culture. 

Shira Litwack, Corporate Programs Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health

  • Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
  • Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate  programs
  • Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
  • Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
  • Radio Talkshow host Health and Fitness Radio
  • Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),  Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer

Shira has been interviewed on: City TV, CTV, National Public Radio, Sirius XM Dr. Rehab Dr. Jonathan Whiteson & The Sports Medicine Show, Living Cancer Free, Web Talk Radio, Voice America, Obesity Control Center, Investment Executive