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Fresh Fruit Can Help Beat Disease in the Workplace


Seattle, Washington (PRWEB) May 19, 2015

Do employers know that office fruit boosts engagement and retention by giving the brain the fuel it needs for top performance? Research shows fruits have a “halo” effect and help protect against sedentary lifestyle diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer according to Tom O’Connor, owner of Market Fresh Fruit in Seattle, Washington. No matter one’s job description, the benefits are equal when choosing to eat fresh and delicious fruit at work.

“Everyone is motivated to live a healthier lifestyle. Fruit at work is the opportunity to take that healthy step,” said O’Connor, author of the new book, “The Business Advantage for Fruit at Work: How to Boost Engagement and Retention” (Amazon Digital Services, Inc., 5.0 out of 5 stars, 2015, B00T8JL28I, $ 2.99). “The trigger can be an office-wide email that fresh morning fruit is now available. Or it can be staging the office fruit under a bright light, which can increase fruit consumption by 28%. It can also be the act of placing fruit baskets on top of office credenzas and/or file cabinets for easy dispersal.”

O’Connor’s book explains that “a greater number of sick days, increased health insurance costs and the high cost of fast food and processed snacks are just a few of the symptoms organizations face when they don’t have effective wellness programs.”

Tips from the book include:


Why offering fresh fruit at work is beneficial – A healthy workforce means more productive employees, especially with the large number of sick days, higher insurance costs, and the increasing rise of fast food and snack items.
How to move in the right direction – Employers can encourage healthier eating habits for workers in simple, cost-effective methods.
What does it mean to adopt good nutrition? – The theory of healthier eating is explained along with statistics on the effects of fresh fruit on the body.
Is it possible start a fruit delivery program at the office? The author provides several tips on how to get started on offering healthier food choices to workers at an affordable cost.

“If you have an employee population with a high BMI or high level of bad cholesterol, rather than doing exercise programs, you may want to talk to your employees about nutrition, diet and how to shop for vegetables and fruit, as basic as that is,” states Bruce Elliott, manager of compensation and benefits at the Society of Human Resources Management in Virginia, in a recent article on Entrepreneur.com. Elliot points out that more employers are offering wellness programs as an incentive for their workers.

Market Fresh Fruit is a Seattle, WA based company that delivers premium quality, local fruit to the workplace. Since 2010, Market Fresh Fruit is Seattle’s only taste-tested office fruit delivery service and is recommended by clients at Fisher Radio, Creative Circle Staffing, and Crane Aerospace. Market Fresh Fruit is owned by Tom O’Connor. Every week, their Fruit-at-Work program delivers just delicious fruit to over 8,000 Seattle area workers helping employers increase productivity and morale, while lowering employee benefit costs by offering workers a healthy snack over candy or empty white carbs like muffins or bagels.

For more information on Market Fresh Fruit and for a free fruit tasting, please contact Tom O’Connor at 206-304-2464. Also visit the website at marketfreshfruit.com for more information.







Workplace Lifestyle Intervention Program Improves Health, Reduces Diabetes and Heart Disease Risks


Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania (PRWEB) March 06, 2015

A healthy lifestyle intervention program administered at the workplace and developed by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health significantly reduces risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, according to a study reported in the March issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The program was well-received by participants at Bayer Corp., who lost weight and increased the amount of physical activity they got each day, when compared with a control group in the study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

“Health care expenditures associated with diabetes are spiraling, causing widespread concern, particularly for employers who worry about employee health and productivity,” said lead author M. Kaye Kramer, Dr.P.H., assistant professor in Pitt Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and director of the school’s Diabetes Prevention Support Center. “This leads to an interest in workplace health promotion; however, there are very few evidence-based programs that actually demonstrate improvement in employee health. This study found that our program not only improves health, but also that employees really like it.”

This demonstration program is based on the U.S. Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a national study that found people at risk for diabetes who lost a modest amount of weight through diet and exercise sharply reduced their chances of developing diabetes, outperforming people who took a diabetes drug instead.

Dr. Kramer and colleagues built on the DPP to create a group-based program that puts the findings into practice, called Group Lifestyle Balance™. The program is divided into 22 sessions over a one-year period and aimed at helping people make lifestyle changes to improve health. The sessions can be done as a group with a lifestyle coach or through a DVD coupled with brief weekly phone or, in certain cases, email consultations with the lifestyle coach. The option of the DVD with lifestyle coach support not only served as the main intervention option for those employees who traveled or who did not want to participate in the program in a group venue but also offered a valuable replacement for employees who chose to participate via group setting but had to miss an occasional session.

“Our Group Lifestyle Balance program has proven successful in diverse community settings, so we adapted it for the workplace since we found that there was a real need for effective programs that could fit into people’s work lives,” said senior author Andrea Kriska, Ph.D., professor in Pitt Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and principal investigator of the study. “This current effort in the worksite shows clearly that a proven healthy lifestyle program, like the Group Lifestyle Balance program, offered to people where they work is not only feasible but effective in reducing risk factors for diabetes and heart disease for participating employees.”

A total of 89 employees at Bayer Corp. in Robinson Township, Pa., who were at risk for diabetes or heart disease were enrolled in the demonstration program in the fall of 2010 and followed for 18 months.

Over the course of a year, participants lost an average of 5 percent of their body weight (10 pounds), shrunk their waistlines by about 2 inches and brought down the levels of fat and sugar in their blood – all measures that reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. They also increased their physical activity by almost twofold.

Of the participants, 96 percent said they felt it was beneficial to offer the program at the worksite, and 99 percent said they would recommend it to their co-workers.

“The positive results that employees experienced from this lifestyle program speak to the benefits of personalized health programs in the workplace,” said Phil Franklin, M.D., U.S. corporate medical director, Bayer Corp. “I would like to congratulate the University of Pittsburgh researchers on the study.”

Additional authors on this research are Donald Molenaar, M.D., Veterans Health Administration in Minneapolis; Elizabeth Venditti, Ph.D., Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC; and Vincent C. Arena, Ph.D., Rebecca Meehan, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., Rachel Miller, M.S., Karl Vanderwood, Ph.D., and Yvonne Eaglehouse, M.S., M.P.H., all of Pitt Public Health.

This research was funded by the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (R18 DK081323–04).

About the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, founded in 1948 and now one of the top-ranked schools of public health in the United States, conducts research on public health and medical care that improves the lives of millions of people around the world. Pitt Public Health is a leader in devising new methods to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases, HIV/AIDS, cancer and other important public health problems. For more information about Pitt Public Health, visit the school’s Web site at http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu.







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Four Ohio Organizations Named Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award Winners by the Ohio Psychological Association

Columbus, OH (PRWEB) December 18, 2014

In today’s nonstop work environment, workplace pressures continue to mount. Productivity demands, information overload and increasing pressure to balance work and home lives can take a toll on employees’ health, well-being and job satisfaction. A 2013 survey by APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence found that job-related stress is a serious issue. More than one-third of working Americans reported experiencing chronic work stress and just 36 percent said their organizations provide sufficient resources to help them manage that stress. This work stress can affect both individual well-being and organizational performance.

Some Ohio organizations have responded to these pressures by taking care of their employees. These employers are creating workplaces that do more than just improve productivity – they build a strong, vibrant organizational culture that supports the company itself.

The Ohio Psychological Association is proud to announce its 2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards winners. These workplaces were evaluated in five areas: employee involvement, employee growth and development, health and safety, employee recognition and work-life balance.

Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library—Chillicothe

The Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library has seven locations in Ross County, serving a population of about 80,000 people.

The Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library recognizes that its employees are the most valuable resource and aims to provide them with the tools they need to achieve personal and professional success. All staff members are encouraged to participate in continuing education classes, webinars and workshops. Staff members are also active in the community with outreach events, fostering a sense of pride in the organization and increasing morale. This past spring, the staff took part in a “Live Healthy, Live Well Challenge.” The six week challenge was designed to help participants improve their health and maintain their weight or lose a few pounds by encouraging regular exercise, nutrition, recipe substitutions, and wellness tips. Of those who participated, 80 percent adopted practices to reduce their risk of chronic disease and 96 percent lost or maintained their weight.

Dawson—Columbus

Dawson is a family-owned recruitment and staffing agency, operating in Columbus since 1946. They place professionals in temporary, temp-to-hire, and full-time jobs in the fields of administrative, call center, skilled trades, accounting & finance, creative, information technology, engineering, legal, and health care.

Since implementing a wellness program over a year ago, Dawson has noticed several areas of improvement in morale, physical health and stress management. Dawson has an onsite, fully equipped gym with onsite locker rooms to enable workouts before, during, or after work. They also partner with a local gym to have trainers come to the office twice a week for group fitness classes. Dawson also has an annual Wellness Week to promote healthy activities. Last year the focus was on stress management and activities included free chair massages, stress management presentation, yoga class with free yoga mats, and water bottles, and a free month of group fitness. In a survey conducted last year, 81.82 percent of folks working at Dawson currently participate in a sport or exercise on a weekly basis.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company—Akron

Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies, with operations in most regions of the world. Together with its subsidiaries and joint ventures, Goodyear develops, markets and sells tires for most applications. Goodyear operates 50 plants in 22 countries, with its world headquarters located in Akron, OH.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company introduced the GoodLife Program to help integrate all services and make sure all associates have access to programs to improve their quality of life. The original goal was to decrease the quickly escalating health care cost burden. However, it quickly became much broader. Goodyear started by hiring a Chief Health Officer. The program is designed to increase health in six components: physical, social, spiritual, emotional, environmental and mental. With the implementation of the GoodLife Program, associates have experienced a number of benefits. As a result of their “No One Gets Hurt” initiative, their incident/injury rate has dropped 28 percent. Employee satisfaction continues to improve with the most recent survey showing improvement in nine out of 12 categories. Over 10,000 of their U.S. associates now know their biometric numbers which can start them on a path toward healthier living.

Grants Plus—Cleveland

Grants Plus is a fundraising consulting firm that provides an infusion of energy and expertise for organizations of all shapes, sizes, and missions. Their team of experienced fundraising strategists, grant writers, and philanthropy experts boost their clients’ strengths with a roll-up-our-sleeves approach to the fundraising process.

Grants Plus is a fast growing company with a blossoming reputation for its forward-thinking employee-centered practices. Since the beginning they have paid close attention to balance, employee growth and autonomy, and other factors related to a psychologically healthy workplace. Grants Plus is built on a foundation of flexibility, as work is often completed by employees at their homes and on their own schedules. Their self-described “ridiculous levels of professional development,” includes regular, free educational sessions on a range of job-specific and workplace topics to personal health and wellness and recreational topics. Grants Plus also created and uses a quarterly scorecard system for reviews based on the company values: truth, bravery, hard work, laughter, professionalism and team. Supervisors meet with employees each quarter and have a dialog about the values and how the employee is demonstrating each one.

About a Psychologically Healthy Workplace

The benefits of a psychologically healthy workplace can include increased productivity and employee retention rates, recruiting advantages, company image enhancement, a better workplace atmosphere, and workers who are less stressed and more satisfied with their jobs. Applications for the 2015 awards will open in the spring.

For more information about Ohio’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award, visit ohpsych.org/about/awards/PHWA

Located in Columbus, OH, the Ohio Psychological Association is a membership organization of approximately 1,600 Ohio psychologists. Its mission is to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare.