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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


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


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 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:


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:


increased appetite and weight gain

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

fatigue and drowsiness


dry mouth

blurred vision






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:


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. 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