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Look Good Feel Better Cancer Recovery Support

Look Good Feel Better – Giving Women Back Their Womanhood

The Look Good Feel Better program’s tag line is GIVING WOMEN BACK THEIR WOMANHOOD.  It offers a unique sense of community to women from all walks of life. For a cancer survivor, it’s the opportunity for women to get closer to the person they were before cancer. The LGFB program is available in 26 countries around the world. Tens of thousands of volunteers have helped more than 1.7 million women across the globe. Just Google LGFB global reach – and you can get a list along with websites and email contacts.

The Psychosocial Aspects of Cancer Recovery: (CancerQuest, Emory University)

Look Good Feel Better
Giving women back their womanhood…….

A lack of social support has been associated with higher levels of anxiety and a lower quality of life in cancer patients.  A good social support network has been linked with an increased quality of life for cancer patients undergoing treatment. Nearly all studies have shown a psychological benefit for cancer patients who attend support groups. Most patients attending support groups feel more emotionally fulfilled, get help managing side effects and experience less pain and anxiety. Support group attendance may also extend the life of cancer patients, but more investigation is needed to verify this. Social support is a critical component of recovery.

The Look Good Feel Better program gives women another source of social support.

Saturday August 11, 2018  Shoppers Drug Mart and LGFB Beauty Gala.  Go online and find a Beauty Gala near you. This Beauty Gala makeover is open to all women. $10. $5 will go to the LGFB program & $5 can be applied to any makeup purchase.

Look Good Feel Better Cancer Recovery Support
@bjuttafulu

Listen to Jutta, listen to her cancer journey – how she has empowered herself through her treatment, discussing the Look Good Feel Better program. BTW, Jutta discovered her breast cancer performing her own self check breast exam….KUDOS Jutta! Follow her on instagram: @bjuttafulu

 

There is an estimated 750 Billion dollars in U.S. health care waste every year. Our technology assures you are not contributing to that $750 billion. Health technology serving the continuum from prevention through chronic illness management. 

Let’s talk: calendly.com/Shira-Litwack

Save Health care dollars with  our “Choose My Doctors”:

Introducing Choose My Doctors….We identify the optimal provider for treating every Choose My Doctors Best In Corporate Healthillness and procedure  (Chronic & episodic). Matching patients with specific illnesses with providers having demonstrated success for treating those specific illnesses,  providing data for the highest probability of success in terms of price efficiency and quality. Only hard objective data, not subjective opinion.  Saving millions to many

We are the only ranking system to map every doctor & hospital in the United States to all 70,000 ICD-10 codes set out by the WHO. You know you are getting the very best provider, very best cost available for your specific condition

 

URAC approved health technology…..Having earned the trust of 6 million people per month

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, BSc, Corporate Wellness specialist, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist

Questions, brainstorming, demos……..Shira@BestInCorporatehealth.com

 

Let us customize your corporate health program.

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 15 years:

Articles featured in:  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

Asthma Management: Lifestyle & Medicinal

Asthma Management: Preparation for the September Asthma Peak

Asthma management – was NOT what The Happenings had in mind with their hit  “See You in September” !

Summer goes by quickly. Let’s start getting ready for asthma season.

Every September, there is a dramatic increase of children being take to Emergency Rooms with asthma attacks. Week 38, known as the September Asthma Peak, can be unpleasant for one in four Canadian students living with asthma. Alarmingly – each year in Canada – 20 children and 500 adults die from asthma.

According to the CDC, in 2013 the economic burden of Asthma in the workplace was 81.9 billion  and the 2017 CDC stats say  8.3% of both adults and children have asthma, and there are 1.7 million ER visits yearly due to asthma and there were 3,615 deaths attributed to asthma.  

Asthma management with Dave Allen GSK Best in Corporate HealthAn asthma attack is a sudden worsening of asthma symptoms caused by the tightening of muscles around your airways (bronchospasm). During the asthma attack, the lining of the airways also becomes swollen or inflamed and thicker mucus — more than normal — is produced.

Asthma Management & other Upper Respiratory Disorders with Dave Allen GSK:

Dave Allen GSK Best in Corporate Health Asthma managementDave Allen, the head of the Respiratory Therapy Area at GSK (GlaxoSmithKline)  and is responsible for the identification of novel differentiated medicines and their progression to registration and launch. He leads a group of over 200 scientists and clinicians who exploit scientific innovations that have the potential to address the major unmet needs in diseases such as COPD, severe asthma, acute lung injury and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Dave is a member of a number of GSK’s senior decision-making boards within research and development. In November 2014, Dave was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Strathclyde in recognition of his pioneering work in drug discovery. Dave joined the company as a research chemist in 1981 after completing his MA and BA at Oriel College, Oxford. During his career he has also worked on discovering antibiotics and cardiovascular medicines, as both a medicinal chemist and project leader.

Topics of Discussion:

  • Why do asthma attacks rise in September? Preparing for September through out the summer
  • Asthma management, COPD

    Asthma triggers
  • Developing asthma at different ages
  • severe asthma phenotypes
  • a mild asthma – sudden increase in symptoms, difficulty breathing, always take asthma seriously
  • The spike in asthma in Canada, Israel & other countries  in September
  • The cold virus, rhinovirus, transferring the cold virus & asthma
  • Triggers for asthma
  • medication adherence
  • The Canadian Sleeve Sneeze….so smart
  • Research in upper respiratory disease
  • T-cell therapies from oncology
  • Researching asthma focusing on people going in and out of remission
  • inflammation and disease, immune response
  • Stop smoking – its a necessity – once there is COPD it is not reversible
  • Burning animal dung……..ugh….and COPD
  • spirometry – assessing lung function
  • COPD + Cardiovascular disease
  • Smart Inhalers – digital inhalers  the future of inhalers – cost effective management

 

 

Best In Corporate Health:  Providing Health Technology , Live interactive webinars, Corporate health engagement and participation……

We provide the scalability & cost savings with technology, and still provide personalized health, guiding people to have fun participating, all toward the corporate health culture.

URAC approved health technology…..Having earned the trust of 6 million people per month

  • health hub
  • personal health record….import health data into one space
  • digital health coaching determined by Health Risk AssessmentDigital Health Technology
  • white labelled
  • Health Risk Assessment (Customizable)
  • Extensive reporting – Productivity, Presenteeism, Data to measure ROI VOI
  • wearable technology
  • virtual adventures
  • Corporate challenges
  • Fully integrate with other health tech
  • Engagement……the most robust health technology platform at an unbeatable price
  • Choosing the best specialist: rankings & cost
  • Live, interactive webinars: engagement, building health literacy –

 

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, BSc, Corporate Wellness specialist, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist

Questions, brainstorming, demos……..Shira@BestInCorporatehealth.com

Let us customize your corporate health program.

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 15 years:

Articles featured in:  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

Ankylosing Spondylitis – May is Arthritis Month

Ankylosing Spondylitis…An Interview with Dr. Nigil Haroon

Ankylosing Spondylitis is a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine, although other joints can be affected,   causing  inflammation of the vertebrae and  can lead to severe, chronic pain and discomfort.

Back pain is a major cause of absenteeism and presenteeism in the workplace.

May is National Arthritis Month

Ankylosing spondylitis May is Arthritis Month Best in Corporate HealthAnkylosing Spondylitis is not a rare disease. The Spondylitis Association of America says it is more prevalent than multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis and Lou Gehrig’s disease combined,  but, it is tricky to diagnose. It can take up to 10 years from the time the first symptom is experienced to get an accurate diagnosis.  Patients often have to see five or more health professionals, and  over 60% (finally) get their diagnosis from a rheumatologist.

Today with Dr. Haroon, we discuss:

  • differentiating Ankylosing Spondylitis from arthritis, from back pain
  • ASAS International Society for the Assessment of Spondyloarthritis Ankylosing spondylitis on Best in Corporate Health
  •  Axial Spondyloarthritis
  • Diagnosis
  • Symptoms: differences to mechanical back pain & osteoarthritis
  • The importance of exercise
  • The effects of inflammation – symptoms throughout the body, potential risk with cardiovascular disease
  • Eye (uveitis), gut & skin (psoriasis)  side effects
  • High association with a gene HLA-B27, Genomics
  • The window of opportunity for diagnosis providing best treatment & outcomes
  • We’ve Got your back ” UHN Education for Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Medication choices
  • Lifestyle tips – Group exercise, seeing a physiotherapist
  • Epidemic of arthritis now: lifestyle tips- Diet, exercise, caloric restriction, compression

More info, please refer to StandUpToBackPain.ca

Dr. Nigil Haroon Associate Professor University of Toronto Medicine & Rheumatology, University Health Network Toronto, Ontario

 

Dr. Nigil Haroon:

University Health Network, in our own very beautiful Toronto, Ontario Canada. Dr. Haroon is Associate Professor of Medicine and Rheumatology, University of Toronto, and speaks 4 languages!!! From my research – it looks like the Doctor has earned the Dr. several times over between medical school, internal medicine,  Immunology, rheumatology, and sure why not get a PhD as well! Listen & learn with Dr. Haroon

Providing Health Technology , Live interactive webinars, Corporate health engagement and participation……

We provide the scalability & cost savings with technology, and still provide personalized health, guiding people to have fun participating, all toward the corporate health culture. 

URAC approved health technology…..Having earned the trust of 6 million people per month

  • health hub
  • personal health record….import health data into one space
  • digital health coaching determined by Health Risk AssessmentDigital Health Technology
  • white labelled
  • Health Risk Assessment (Customizable)
  • Extensive reporting – Productivity, Presenteeism, Data to measure ROI VOI
  • wearable technology
  • virtual adventures
  • Corporate challenges
  • Fully integrate with other health tech
  • Engagement……the most robust health technology platform at an unbeatable price
  • Choosing the best specialist: rankings & cost
  • Live, interactive webinars: engagement, building health literacy –

 

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, BSc, Corporate Wellness specialist, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist

Questions, brainstorming, demos……..Shira@BestInCorporatehealth.com

Let us customize your corporate health program.

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 15 years:

Articles featured in:  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


Physical Activity While Sitting

Physical Activity While sitting – Preventing Chronic Disease

Physical activity while sitting…. Make it a habit.

Physical activity while sitting Preventing chronic diseaseGiven the CDC release of yet another study concluding the omnipotent role of physical activity in our lives,   a brief list for the desk bound. Physical activity does not have to be in a gym.  Even when confined to the deadly potential of sitting, physical activity while sitting is a habit to nurture.

Physically active = Work the muscles + elevate the heart rate (from physical activity not stress)

A brief summation from the CDC Preventing Chronic Disease Percentage of Deaths Associated With Inadequate Physical Activity in the United States

“Current physical activity guidelines recommend that adults participate weekly in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity equivalent aerobic physical activity to achieve substantial health benefits. Conclusions:

A significant portion of deaths was attributed to inadequate levels of physical activity. Increasing adults’ physical activity levels to meet current guidelines is likely one way to reduce the risk of premature death in the United States”

Yes, sitting is the new smoking.  Sitting is a reality of our computer dependant  lives, so let’s evolve to:

  1. Walk hourly, as much as possible
  2. Get physical activity while sitting

One of the more profound experiences of my life was about 10 years ago sitting in a hospital room wth my uncle, as he was in a coma. He stroked out during angioplasty, unblocking the arteries of the heart, and lay in a coma for many months afterwards. My uncle, albeit a brilliant man in many ways, a Queen’s Counsel, he thought our beliefs in a healthy diet and exercise were “rubbish”.  While he was in the coma, physical therapists came around every hour to work his muscles for him – not just to stop bed rash, but to work his muscles to pump. It is just that important.

Current stats show us most North Americans are are sitting an average of 13 hours a day and sleeping an average of 8 hours resulting in a sedentary lifestyle of around 21 hours a day……..

Do you have a desk job, spend a great deal of time driving, in front of the television, computer, dining table…….Experts say, for those with a desk job,  we should start standing up at work for at least two hours a day — and work our way toward four. 

One of the best investments I ever made was my work station bike. I can peddle away while I am working. There is a wide variety of work station exercise  equipment. Check around for the best deals. Certainly a great investment in your health, energy, focus  and productivity! A great investment for employers, work stations get employees happy, healthy & productive (oxygenating the brain), and very appreciative. 

Another great investment is a heart monitor or a wearable device that monitors activity and heart rate at a minimum. Please don’t believe the calories burned in most of the devices out there. Again, we want to elevate heart rate from movement and using that precious muscle mass. 

A few ideas for physical activity while sitting:
  • Keep resistance bands at your desk. Use them
  • Dance in your seat – who cares if anyone is watching – hopefully it’s contagious
  • Tennis ball squeeze – raise your arm in the air and squeeze, Squeeze between the knees….
  • Feet on the ground: step in place push hard into the floor
  • Pump arms, pump legs, torso twist…..
  • Great time to do Kegel exercises  – improve urinary control & your sex life. 50-100 reps
  • “No turkey neck” exercises – counteract always having head down to computer
  • Stretch the neck  gently, carefully, release stress and deep breathe
  • Get up and walk at least 3 minutes per hour
  • Drink water so vital to your health and make you go to the bathroom more often
  • I keep a Pilates wheel at my desk
  • Isometric contractions – push against a static force, such as the floor and breathe deep. Push hands against each other Not recommended for those with high blood pressure. 
  • Many telephone calls can be done while standing
Physical activity while sitting
Pilates wheel/circle

There is an endless list here. 

And while watching television?

Don’t just watch DWTS, Dance with the stars. Don’t just lay down on the sofa, do leg lifts, bridges…..core work……. Choose your fav TV show – and make that an exercise time, even from your sofa. 

Life combo: Our heart speeds ⇒  raising heart rate to pump extra food and oxygen to those beautiful muscles. Breathing speeds up to get more oxygen and to get rid of more carbon dioxide.  The more muscles we work together, the better the physical activity.

Aerobic exercise to increase blood flow to the brain. Aerobic exercise can raise our cardiovascular function and, thereby, also increase blood flow to the brain. Further, it is very helpful for oxygenating the body, which will improve the health of brain cells and tissue connections

And a BTW here, if you think you have “no energy”, “no time”, “no strength”, “too sore” for any of these – chances are very high that you are not getting enough physical activity. The more you do it, the more you want it. Physical activity while sitting can be invigorating, the more you do it the more you want it, the more physical activity you will crave.

Rest Is Rust, Motion is Lotion!

 

Physical Activity while sitting at the office? – Ask us – let us get your employees happy, healthy & productive.

Providing Health Technology , Live interactive webinars, Corporate health engagement and participation……

URAC approved health technology…..Having earned the trust of 6 million people per month

  • health hub
  • personal health record….import health data into one space
  • digital health coaching
  • white labelled
  • Health Risk Assessment (Customizable)
  • Extensive reporting
  • wearable technology
  • virtual adventures
  • Corporate challenges
  • Fully integrate with other health tech
  • engagement……the most robust health technology platform at an unbeatable price

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Choosing the best & most affordable specialist, live coaching & webinars, choosing insurance……all your health benefits simplified, integrated & most of all, affordable

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, BSc, Corporate Wellness specialist, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist

Questions, brainstorming, demos……..Shira@BestInCorporatehealth.com

 

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 15 years:

Articles featured in:  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


Dennis Robbins- Person Centricity

Dennis Robbins –  Patient Engagement    True Empowerment

Dennis Robbins  is a prominent health innovator, thought leader, and innovation catalyst. His  career impacts multiple sectors of health, wellness, health care, business, ethics and policy. He has authored and published eight books and contributes to the literature extensively with over 400 articles, chapters, and thousands of lectures in health and healthcare. His work on patient centric engagement and now person-centricity ™ is a major paradigmatic shift in how we think about health, healthcare, liability, self-determination, the person and the future.

Dennis Robbins person centricity Best In Corporate Health “Patients”  implies we are passive, vulnerable, sick, wounded, subservient, and on unequal footing,  creating a disadvantage and sense of helplessness for the person. Dr. Dennis Robbins has empowered the person, by changing the dialogue from “patient” to “person.”

 

 

Topics of Discussion:

  • What is the person centric prevention modelDr. Dennis Robbins on Best In Corporate Health
  • our current “rescue reactive care that addresses acute episodes of un-health”   ⇒real health
  • helping people become healthy and stay healthier – the need for creating sustainability
  • Leveraging technologies to impact ecosystems
  • What we can learn from population health
  • Adopting the Person Centricity model in corporate wellness programs

 

 

Providing Health Technology ……

URAC approved health technology…..Having earned the trust of 6 million people per month

  • health hub
  • personal health record….import health data into one space
  • digital health coaching
  • white labelled
  • Health Risk Assessment (Customizable)
  • Extensive reporting
  • wearable technology
  • virtual adventures
  • Corporate challenges
  • Fully integrate with other health tech
  • engagement……the most robust health technology platform at an unbeatable price

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Choosing the best & most affordable specialist, live coaching & webinars, choosing insurance……all your health benefits simplified, integrated & most of all, affordable

Questions, brainstorming, demos……..Shira@BestInCorporatehealth.com

 

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, BSc, Corporate Wellness specialist, 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 15 years:

Articles featured in:  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


Cyberchondria..Depending on Dr. Google

Cyberchondria……Is Dr. Google infiltrating our heads?

Cyberchondria – Uh Huh……the fears we get from reading too much from Dr. Google. It is not empowering with knowledge, but debilitating with anxiety. And worse of all – people are self diagnosing.

Cyberchondria Best In Corporate HealthI remember when I was studying in high school and college, um, before the internet and the resident Dr. Google, I was a health sciences student – I majored in psychology & chemistry. The worse was abnormal psych. I was actually fearful and diagnosed myself with every illness.

Well now its far easier to self diagnose ourselves with every physiological & psychological illness, driving us to cyberchondria.

Avoiding Cyberchondria:
  1. Remember how it was said “get a second opinion”? Googling our symptoms and concerns can lead to far more than “second opinions”. Check out carefully the credentials of the author, institution…anyone can call themselves an expert. As I always say, my chihuahua could post something on the internet. OK, she happens to be a very smart chihuahua, but no, she is not an accredited healthcare professional.
  2. Send those junk emails to spam. Those emails that promise you …the “unpromiseable”. You know, the cures, achieving the unthinkable, discount drugs and supplements, ignore them all – and please do not click on any links. Scaremongering is a tactic to play with the head. A reputable source will not be sending out spam.
  3. Do not take anything, supplement or otherwise, unless consulted with a healthcare professional. The truth is you could be creating an issue, or, have an interaction with medication.
  4. Researchers have proven that  the constant checking – attempts to self diagnose – that we go through online  actually  increase, rather than decrease, anxiety about physical ailments. We are not helping ourselves.
  5. Be an active partner with your healthcare professionals. Keep a personal health record. Record any symptoms & go for regular checkups. Discuss with your healthcare professionals any symptoms or issues  you might be having – but leave out the judgment and diagnosis. Leave that to the professionals.
  6. Sure get educated. There are a number of great, reliable health sites from reputable organizations. Get on the email list and learn. Feel confident you are learning from reliable resources. Any of these reliable resources, will tell you to never self diagnose, and their information is to never replace seeking help from healthcare professionals.
  7. Live a healthy lifestyle. Eat a healthy diet, get exercise & physical activity, breathe, have fun. It is overwhelming how living a healthy, balanced lifestyle can help you analyze more logically.
  8. You take control, don’t let the internet control you. Be a savvy researcher. A researcher knows what goes into forming a conclusion, it is far beyond cyber surfing.  Use reliable sites to learn, not to diagnose. Ask your medical doctor, naturopaths…whatever healthcare professionals you have entrusted with your health which sites they recommend. Use the information to ask informed questions, not to judge and panic. Health literacy is to be commended.
  9. The same goes for apps. Just because someone has an app does NOT make them a health expert.
  10. If you are blessed to have access to Tele-health or Tele-medicine, contact them with your concerns. Check out employee health programs, community health programs that have validated the authenticity of the providers. Get engaged. Become a health ambassador in your company and community.

Remember: Psychologists tell us, the experience of being left alone with our own thoughts can potentially turn out to be anything but relaxing. In fact, it can be downright anxiety producing. Ever woken up in a cold sweat?  Our minds can have a tendency to race, running away with our concerns. Thoughts can spiral out of control, building a web of anxiety and confusion that is not easy to claw through the panic and back to reality. Decipher the cyberchondria from reality. Taking deep breaths, counting to five while inhaling and five as  exhaling, can help alleviate  fears. Go for a walk and deep breathe, tickle your senses with joy.

URAC approved health technology…..No more Dr. Google…affordable employee health

health hub, personal health record, digital health coaching, white labelled, Health Risk Assessment, Extensive reporting, wearable technology, virtual adventures, engagement……the most robust health technology platform at an unbeatable price…..Everyone deserves affordable healthcare – ask me for a demo.

Interactive corporate health programs…what a wonderful way to affordably  make the world a happier, healthier place. Ask us about our digital health platform and our wearable technology program – where wellness programs are included!

Informative  ➪ Informalive

Shira@BestInCorporateHealth.com

“Abbey Normal” Brain, Young Frankenstein……Enjoy!

 

 

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

 

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 15 years:

Articles featured in:  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


Health Technology Cutting Presenteeism

Health Technology: Boosting Engagement – Reducing Presenteeism

That pesty presenteeism – that nasty cloud over productivity –  like smog over a metropolis…….health technology, waking people up to their health……

health technology reducing presenteeismUnlike absenteeism, presenteeism is more insidious. You know when employees don’t show up for work, but we don’t know when—or how much—illness or a medical condition is  hindering someone’s performance…we only detect sub par quality or  productivity. Researchers have found that less time is lost from people staying home than from them showing up but not performing at full capacity.

The National Institute of Health refers to presenteeism as a public health hazard.

According to the National Health Survey the average working adult American experiences an average of two episodes of medical symptoms a month or twenty-four a year.  Duration of episodes vary. The majority of the time people choose to go to work rather than stay at home. 42% of respondents say they go to work exhausted or feeling ill regularly.

Getting people engaged in their health successfully is a critical component of reducing presenteeism. Enter health technology…..to infinity and beyond!

Remember Charlie Brown’s teacher? Are we doing this with health & wellness programs?

Harvard: Health-related work losses are estimated to cost US employers more than $260 billion each year, and may cost some companies more than direct medical expenditures.

American Productivity Audit— Calculated the total cost of presenteeism in the United States to be more than $150 billion per year.  Studies confirm that presenteeism is far more costly than illness-related absenteeism or disability.  On-the-job productivity loss resulting from depression and pain was roughly three times greater than the absence-related productivity loss attributed to these conditions. That is, less time was actually lost from people staying home than  showing up but not performing.

 Gallup–  70 % of U.S. employees are not showing up to work fully committed to deliver Health technology reducing presenteeismtheir best performance. Adding insult to injury, 52 percent of those workers are basically sleepwalking through their day, and 18 percent of them are busy acting out their unhappiness.

Health Technology…The move from Informative  ➪ Informalive

Finally, we have the ability to get people engaged in  wellness, thanks to health technology. We all agree we need to get people more into wellness, taking charge of their health – managing existing conditions and preventing illness.

I know I have quoted the CDC on this many times before, so please forgive the repetition.

80% of chronic illnesses are lifestyle induced…..

But people are tired of being lectured, everyone thinks they are too busy…whatever the reason. Health technology engages people, often fascinates people, and here is some data, explaining why interactive learning is far superior to the traditional “lecture based” or reading based learning.

National Academy of Sciences–  Undergraduate students in classes with traditional stand-and-deliver lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than students in classes that use more stimulating, so-called active learning methods.
The meta-analysis  concluded that teaching approaches that turned students into active participants rather than passive listeners reduced failure rates and boosted scores on exams by almost one-half a standard deviation.

Interactive learning in the workplace….

  • 59% of executives agree that if both text and video are available on the same topic, they are more likely to choose video
  • 54% of senior executives share work related videos with colleagues weekly
  • 4x as many customer would rather watch a video about a product than read about it
  • YouTube has over a billion users, almost one-third of all people on the internet
  • 48% of marketers plan to add YouTube to their content strategy in the next yea
  •  People spend on average 2.6x more time on pages with video than without

When people hear information, they’re likely to remember only 10% of that information three days later. However, if a relevant image is paired with that same information, people retained 65% of the information three days later.

Getting Employees Interactive with Health Technology…….Make it pleasure, not pain!

TEC Technology Enabled  Care: A collective term for telecare, telehealth, telemedicine, digital health  TEC unites health technology, digital, media and mobile telecommunications and has become a cornerstone of health technology and wellness solutions addressing many of the challenges facing the health and social services allowing access to everyone, affordability, privacy…. A good, thorough wellness platform will encompass all of these services, provide cohesion and act as a triage for corporate health as well as employee health.

The aim of TEC is to improve people’s ability to self-manage their health and wellbeing, alert healthcare professionals to potentially unhealthy changes  in health, wellness compliance  and support medication adherence.

Digital Health Platforms: Health Technology with endless possibilities…Happily earning the trust of 6 million viewers per month


Wearable Technology.……health technology Extraordinaire! Creating health, incentivize, reward, wellness programs all in one. Not all wearable technology are worth the faith or $$. Only choose wearable devices that present actual biometrics – NOT calculated data based on averages.

Nothing has gotten people off the couch like wearable technology.


Interactive corporate health programs…what a wonderful way to affordably  make the world a happier, healthier place. Ask us about our digital health platform and our wearable technology program – where wellness programs are included!

Informative  ➪ Informalive

Shira@BestInCorporateHealth.com

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:  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


Healthy Sleep: Productivity & Workplace Safety

Healthy Sleep to Increase Productivity, Employee Engagement** and Workplace Safety

Healthy Sleep is by far the most neglected aspect of our health. Health is the most undeniable aspect of employee performance.

Healthy Sleep with health Technology Best In Corporate Health
Now Health Technology to measure, monitor & to improve sleep for increased productivity, workplace safety and public safety

 

45% of Americans and Canadians report sleep problems. If we are not practicing good sleep hygiene we are jeopardizing our health and workplace productivity. From a corporate perspective, sleep deprivation in our workforce is a dangerous liability to workplace safety,  is guaranteed to increase healthcare costs, and will negate all other employee engagement and performance efforts.

 

💤April 2017 Benefits Canada’s Calgary Benefits Summit:💤

As plan sponsors, we should be very concerned, sleep has direct consequences for the workplace, particularly in terms of safety, productivity and group benefits costs. Sleep is not a luxury. It’s a necessity, as vital as eating, drinking and exercise, sleep disorders exert a negative impact on people’s health and, if untreated, can lead to chronic illnesses such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, depression and obesity……It’s in our best interests to take a structured approach, including both prevention and intervention measures, to help employees sleep better………It’s clear that cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia is the best way to treat the condition in adults….This is a huge paradigm shift, doctors now recommend that patients enrol in a behavioural change program for sleep before taking medications.

 

Sleep disorders - the cost
Financial cost of 3 most common sleep disorders….cost on health?

Sleep deprivation ➠ chronic illness

Why is healthy sleep a necessity to health and human performance?

Sleep deprivation  leads to higher risk of chronic health problems including:

  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • Alzheimers
  • obesity
  • diabesity
  • cognitive dysfunction
  • accidental death
  • memory Issues
  • immune suppression
  • depression
  • moodiness
  • metabolic syndrome
  • hormonal dysfunction
  • greater vulnerability to colds and flu
  • premature aging
  • alcohol use

According to Harvard Medical School, for people with hypertension, one night without enough sleep can cause elevated blood pressure all through the next day.

According to a British study, those who had cut their sleep from seven to five hours or fewer a night doubled their risk of death from all causes, particularly from cardiovascular disease.

Sleep is regulated by two body systems:

  • sleep/wake homeostasis
  • Our biological circadian clock

Sleep/wake Homeostasis: Alerts us that a need for sleep is accumulating and that it is time to sleep. It also helps us maintain enough sleep throughout the night to make up for the hours of being awake. With every waking hour there is a strengthening of the homeostatic sleep drive. Researchers believe this is a product of the demands of brain activity during wakefulness.

Circadian biological clocks: regulate the timing of periods of sleepiness and wakefulness throughout the day. The circadian rhythm dips and rises at different times of the day.  For most, the strongest sleep drive occurs between 2:00-4:00 am and in the afternoon between 1:00-3:00 pm, although there is variation depending on if a person is more of a “morning person” or “evening person.” We experience sleepiness during these circadian dips, but with  sufficient sleep, the degree of sleepiness will be less intense.

Most people are unaware that their sleep is not a health sleep. Companies must take preventive measures to address the sleep health of their employees to increase productivity and engagement,  reduce healthcare costs, and assure workplace safety. We need to proactively measure the quality sleep of our employees, and provide monitoring and feedback for those employees with sleep dysfunction.  Healthy sleep is an investment in employee health and productivity as well as the company’s bottom line.

Assuring employees attain a healthy sleep is also a vital aspect of corporate responsibility. For many companies – such as construction, trucking, health care providers…

being proactive about sleep hygiene is a matter of public safety.

Employee Risk Assessment Best In Corporate Health
Our Data for your Process:
Employee Health Risk Assessment
Process Design based on Assessment
Chronic Disease Management

At Best in Corporate Health, we have a dedication to providing implementation & measurements for success for all of our corporate health programs. We have proudly introduced into our health risk assessments and coaching programs complete sleep analyses. We have teamed up with the leader in providing employees a health sleep. They have changed the way sleep healthcare is delivered utilizing multifaceted  solutions.

The process  has complete accessibility – providing employees the required flexibility

 

Employers report:

  • 23% savings in overall healthcare spend
  • 25% increase in workforce productivity
  • 70% reduction in preventable accidents
  • 40% reduction in defects.

Contact us  to get your workforce on to healthy sleep.

** Employee Engagement vs. Talent Engagement:

With the advent of a new economy and workforce composition, we now have a  talent market. Companies are surrounded by a cloud of talent, coming from multiple sources: Temp workers, freelancers, contract workers, suppliers, … All of these talent resources need to be engaged  to help organizations to reach their objectives.

Shira@BestInCorporateHealth.com

Your Corporate Health Risk Assessments provide the template for your wellness processes.

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

 

Population Health Management with Technology

Population Health Management – Effectively Using Healthcare IT

I have read more garbled definitions for population health  management- so let’s try and simplify, and then apply to our own company’s scenarios.

Electronic patient records, electronic health records (EHR)  were huge when they started – that really started the cascade of what we now refer to as population health management. The options keep growing exponentially.

population health management Best In Corporate HealthMost typical definition: Population Health Management is the aggregation of patient data across multiple health information technology resources, the analysis of that data into a single, actionable patient record, and the actions through which care providers can improve both clinical and financial outcomes. In other words, we want to maximize the health of the employee by collecting and analyzing data by different providers in the most cost effective way possible. This by definition will improve the ROI.

Now – let’s break it down and understand what we as corporations can prosper from here.

Keeping our employees happy and healthy is the soundest asset investment we can support. 

We should be expanding population health management to far more than chronic disease management, we equally must encourage proactive health care. The potential ability of a provider to effectively manage the healthcare needs of a defined group across a range of healthcare services either through direct provision of care or through structured relationships with other providers will benefit both the employee and the company. Providers have strived for decades to turn our system from a “sick care” model to a truly “health care” model. An effective population health management system can transform healthcare from reactive and transactional to proactive and ongoing.

However, we must be able to provide the strictest of confidentiality to the employee, otherwise, the population health management model will fail. The threat of a data breach will undermine all of our best efforts of implementation. Mobile health (cell phone apps, fitbits….), telemedicine ( insulin pumps & other monitors that health care technicians can review remotely) and other health IT incentive programs – these technologies must be carefully used and monitored assuring cybersecurity. With all that said – as a corporate health provider for many years, I very strongly believe on these health IT incentives and monitors – they strongly enable participant adherence and success.

Its easy to get wrapped up and let in the maze of gadgets and health IT. Remember quality of care, in terms of proactive support and chronic disease management is the outcome that matters, in terms of health and ROI.

Employee Risk Assessment Best In Corporate Health
Not just lifestyle….Employee Risk assessments, Programs directed to illness prevention based on those risks, chronic disease management

We still need providers to interpret data, make health assessments and recommendations. This might be very obvious for chronic disease management, but is frequently overlooked and minimized on the proactive health care side of health management. A good wellness provider can identify  risks that needs to be pursued by a physician, catching potentially life threatening illnesses at a much earlier stage.  Health Risk Assessment.

Wellness Programs that  Save Companies Money….Actually..

Harvard Business Review:  Employee wellness programs were examined to see if they really cut employer costs. They concluded yes – however, the answer is not simple lifestyle programs; it’s programs that prevent at-risk employees from becoming ill and help chronically ill employees stabilize their conditions.

According to the CDC, currently the vast majority of people are at risk for disease.  “At risk” conditions are also reducing workplace productivity and engagement**. 

population health management saving corporate dollars Best In Corporate HealthA recent Rand study, “Do Workplace Wellness Programs Save Employers Money?”Examined 10 years of data from a Fortune 100 employer’s wellness program. When compared against the lifestyle-management component, disease management delivered 86% of the hard healthcare cost savings, generating $136 in savings per member, per month and a 30% reduction in hospital admissions.

Population health management with healthcare IT provide health specialists valuable tools for assessment, determination of health risks which saves lives and costs to all. Properly constructed, it can provide the employee the confidentiality they seek, and employers the tools to provide true healthcare to support their most valuable asset – their people.

** Employee Engagement vs. Talent Engagement:

With the advent of a new economy and workforce composition, we now have a  talent market. Companies are surrounded by a cloud of talent, coming from multiple sources: Temp workers, freelancers, contract workers, suppliers, … All of these talent resources need to be engaged  to help organizations to reach their objectives.

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