Bringing Health to Health & Safety

Your H & S program may be missing one key component…..a focus on healthy and fit employees.

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Sitting down a comfortable killer

Sitting too LongHemant Barot says by leaving his workstation from time to time, he actually becomes more productive. A computer programmer who works in a downtown Sudbury office, he finds it beneficial to stand up, go for a stroll, to hit the reset button as it were. "I try to avoid just sitting for a couple of hours constantly," Barot said. "Sometimes when we're busy, we forget, but I try to stand up at least every hour, go to the washroom, go to a drink of water, make a coffee, or just to move around. I'll go into the next cubicle to talk to somebody for two to four minutes, a small chat. "It refreshes your mind. Most of the time, when we're working on a specific task and I finish it, before starting a new task I just take a small walk and...
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Time to start the conversation

Northern Life - Start the Conversation July 31, 2014 Would you be comfortable talking to your manager about a mental-health issue you were experiencing? Would you fear you would be judged or perhaps fired after revealing to your employer that you were struggling with mental health? According to Health Canada, one in five Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. The remaining four will have a friend, family member or colleague who will. With so many individuals suffering in silence, it’s time to start the conversation to remove the stigma that mental illness is something to be ashamed of. Keep in mind, mental illness is not just disorders like severe depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. It can include anxiety disorders, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and simple day-to-day stress. “Mental health is a significant business issue that requires the attention...
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