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Cancer Awareness: ROI in Lives and Dollars

Cancer Awareness – Measuring ROI in Lives and Dollars

February is National Cancer Awareness Month.  Newly released data from the American Cancer Society,  for 2016,  reports:

  • 1,685,210 new cancer diagnoses
  • 595,690 cancer deaths

According to the CDC, 75% of chronic illness can be adjusted with lifestyle – however, where this fall shorts is a completely incomplete explanation of lifestyle. We all know certain basics – Don’t smoke, eat right & exercise. That’s great – but even if we are following that advice, it falls painfully short – and we are all left wondering …why do we still get sick.

According to 2014 research from IBI, Integrated Benefit Institute, a leading workforce health and productivity research and measurement organization, cancer costs businesses $19,000/100 employees per year.

Cancer Costs:

  • In lost work time & treatment: $19,000/100 employees/year
  • Lost work time and presenteeism  $10,000/ 100 workers
  • Medical and pharmacy treatments  $9,100
  •  Absent 3.8 more days per year
  •   Lose the equivalent of 1.8 more days per year to presenteeism.
  • At any given time, about 1/4 of employees with a history of cancer are in treatment.
  • Employees with cancer have an average of approximately four other conditions that complicate care management strategies

Impact on productivity, co-morbid conditions:

  • depression (16% of employees with cancer)
  • chronic fatigue (22%)
  • obesity (19%)
  • anxiety (14%)
  • chronic back or neck pain (23%)
  • high cholesterol (30%)
  • and hypertension (24%).

“Cancers present complex challenges for the workplace. At a basic, human level, a cancer diagnosis is a frightening, sometimes emotionally devastating, event. It is natural that co-workers and supervisors will want to provide support to a friend and colleague when told he or she has cancer. At the same time, balancing privacy and workplace accommodation is a critical, but sensitive, issue. Many employees with cancer will frequently feel too sick to work, while others report that remaining on the job keeps them ‘connected’ and provides a sense of routine as they undergo treatment,”

(Past)  IBI President Tom Parry, PhD.

At the root of all of our chronic illnesses is the reality of oxidative stress, and a resulting condition of chronic inflammation. Nurturing our cell-being – sadly, is not incorporated into employee wellness programs, except at Best In Corporate Health, aka, Cell-Being.com.

Cancer awareness Shira Litwack, corporate health provider, on Voice America Oxidative Stress
Oxidative Stress – The Root Cause of Chronic Illness

Oxidative 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. Some chemistry geek – Free Radicals: A molecule that has a single unpaired electron in an outer shell ….Reactive Oxygen Species. Our redox state, the balance in our body between free radicals and antioxidants, determines the status of our inner biology, our cell-being. Uncontrolled oxidative stress can lead to inflammation – which a certain amount is necessary – however chronic inflammation has been proven to be at the root of all of our chronic illnesses….cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, Alzheimers, macular degeneration, respiratory, our ability to focus, mood disturbances, autoimmune disease……….

Cancer awareness is all health awareness. Building cancer awareness into our employee wellness programs will provide a brilliant ROI, measured in both dollars, and lives.

Author…..Living a Life to Prevent Cancer is the Healthiest Lifestyle of all…..

Shira Litwack….Measuring & Maximizing Employee Cell-Being

Cancer awareness cancer in the workplace - Shira Litwack on Breast Friends Voice America
Shira talking with Becky & Sharon on Breast Friends, Voice America on Oxidative Stress and inflammation

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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),Myeloma Canada, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer, Sirius XM Doctor Radio

Employee Assistance Programs and Wellness

Employee Assistance Programs AND and Effective Wellness Process

Often there is confusion between an Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and an effective,  customized to each individual employee,  wellness program. This comparison is not suitable for generic, wellness programs presented to the masses.

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Our data for your process: Employee Risk Assessment Analysis, Address those Risks, Chronic Disease Management

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) are work-based intervention programs, often part of an employee benefits package,  designed to identify and assist employees in resolving personal problems ( marital, financial, emotional or family issues; substance or alcohol abuse) that may be adversely affecting the employee’s performance. I would like to add to that broad definition  – the management of the company actually cares for the health and wellness, happiness of the employees.

The studies I have reviewed in both Canada and the United States say only 3-5% of employees use their EAPs, and the reasons are thought to be:

  • They fear confidentiality
  • Unfortunately, there is a stigma over reaching out for help
  • Misinformation: employees mistakenly  think permission from their boss or HR is necessary;
  • They don’t know it exists…..or think it only covers issues such as substance abuse

The original intent of an EAP was to provide assessment and services for addressing a variety of personal problems and concerns that interfere with employees’ well-being and work performance. Interventions for issues such as depression and substance abuse were delivered in person, by telephone or over the Internet by licensed counsellors, typically offering employees up to six of  sessions.

A different model is often used in today’s EAPs. Now there is an assess-and-refer model: Employees contact the EAP, but instead of receiving traditional  counselling, they are referred to a provider outside of the EAP, triggering a claim on the employer health care plan (this is still a variable between plans and countries).

With the rising cost of health care to both employers and employees, changes in private insurance and public health care plans, the last thing either party wants is to trigger more claims.

The goal of effective, employee wellness processes, that fit each employee, is prevention, being proactive, and yes, dealing with a number of health challenges.

Very often in challenging situations there can be an underlying health disturbance, an imbalance, which could be contributing to the employees issues. Health specialists are trained in identifying unique scenarios, and addressing with appropriate lifestyle modifications.

Example: Stress

stress management employee health programs Best In Corporate HealthWe all know stress is a serious challenge in the workplace. And many of the people seeking help from Employee Assistance Programs are under a great deal of stress, that can be one of the triggers to the personal problem. By not just stress management techniques, but to get down to the  sources of cellular stress – from where stress spreads its wrath – is a huge and overlooked part of managing stress. We don’t want to provide temporary coping mechanisms, we want to provide physiological relief, so issues can be managed more successfully – to be blunt – to allow the treatment to work.

Due to a complex, plethora of reasons, both employer and employees lives are becoming more complicated.

More than 90 percent of business leaders say that promoting wellness can positively influence employee productivity and performance (survey  from the nonprofit Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO).)

The February 2015 survey report, Exploring the value Proposition for Workforce Health, evaluates how employers see a healthy workforce influencing morale, employee  engagement and overall corporate performance. The findings are based on a survey completed between May and July 2014 by more than 500 business leaders from across the U.S., from a variety of industries and company sizes.

Employee Assistance Programs Best In Corporate Health57% of business leaders said their organizations viewed health as an “investment in human capital “ and as “part of the organization’s core business strategy”. Less than a third saw investments in health primarily as a health care cost-containment strategy (30 percent), and fewer still as an expense (13 percent). The HERO study concluded: “This finding is important because it recognizes growing support for a broader value proposition for investment in workforce health and wellbeing.”

A carefully crafted wellness program designed around the employees particular needs can address the drawbacks of an EAP. And of course,  we can identify a need for an employee to turn to the Employee Assistance Programs, assuring safety and confidentiality.

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

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.

stress reduction and sexual health employee wellness programs with Best in Corporate Health

 

 

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
    sexual health in employee wellness programs Best In Corporate Health
    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

 

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!

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