Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans, claiming 647,457 lives, in 2017. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 50% of Americans experience at least one of the top three risk factors: high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and smoking. Other factors include obesity, lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating habits. This is a great time to discuss prevention and lifestyle changes you and your coworkers can take to improve health. For instance, offer healthy food options to employees, create a wellness program and offer incentives to employees for participating. Other benefits of this include: lower health costs, more productive employees, behavioral changes and tax incentives. Raise awareness of Heart Month and improve heart health with the following member-exclusive materials: 5-Minute Safety Talk: Managing Stress at Work Checklist: It’s Never too Late to Form Healthy Habits Quiz: Employee Wellness To remain healthy, start at home. [...]
In these colder days, workers must be trained not only about cold-induced illnesses and injuries, but also to determine environmental or work site conditions that may cause cold stress. They should be especially trained in recognizing the signs and symptoms of cold stress or cold-induced injuries like hypothermia and frostbite.
As the weather gets colder, it's time to be aware of the signs of Carbon Monoxide build-up. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a gas that is odorless, tasteless and colorless that results when fossil fuels are not burned properly.
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Pancreatic cancer is currently the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and is anticipated to become the second by 2020.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so it’s not a surprise that skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer, with about 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer diagnosed in the United States each year. These cancers in the outer layer of your skin occur most where your skin is exposed to the sun, such as the face, ears, neck, lips and the backs of your hands. Melanoma, a more dangerous type of skin cancer that begins in the cells that make pigment, will account for about 73,000 new cases this year. You can reduce your risk of getting skin cancer by protecting your skin from overexposure to ultraviolet rays, which are emitted by the sun but also by tanning beds and sunlamps. The American Cancer Society notes the best way to avoid overexposure to harmful rays is to stay in the shade. [...]