Holi, the festival of colors, hails from Nepal and is largely celebrated in India. The festival gets its significance from an old Hindu story and is celebrated with colors to spread the happiness of the salvation of one of the mythical characters in the story. It is a traditional festival followed throughout our country and even in some parts of the world, and is a time to celebrate with family and friends.
Traditionally, Holi was celebrated with turmeric, kumkum, and bilwa and neem water. They didn’t have any effect on health as such and was absolutely safe.
However, today we don’t really think of using natural colors because we have convenient options available. Though it’s a traditional festival, the modern issues attached to it are many.
Several investigations were done to test the safety of these colors today. It was found that some toxic substances used in color making have harmful chemicals such as lead oxide, oxidized metals, industrial dyes and other toxic chemicals. They have several health impacts like temporary blindness, skin allergy, rashes on the skin, respiratory problems, eye allergy etc. It is also said that if these colors get dissolved in water bodies like rivers, and if this is eventually used for drinking purposes, it can cause renal failure if not filtered well.
With growing concerns about these toxic chemicals in colors, natural and non-toxic forms are being sold today. Make sure this Holi is celebrated with natural colors.
We wish you all a very Happy Holi! Keep yourself and your loved ones safe!
Working nights doesn’t mean you have to lose touch with your family and friends. With a little planning, you can still spend time and feel close to the people you care about.
Here are some tips from veteran shift-workers:
- Sleep while your friends are at work or school, so you can spend any free time together.
- Set aside time to talk with your partner every day. Even a few minutes spent together over coffee will help you stay in touch.
- Plan at least one activity with family and friends each week.
- If you’re a parent, arrange your schedule so you can attend a few special events with your children each year; e.g. holiday dinners, school activities, etc. Let your child help pick the events you’ll attend.
- Video record the special events you’ll have to miss, such as birthdays, school sports events, dance recitals, etc. Watch them together.
- Set up a family bulletin board where you and your family members can leave school work, notes, drawings, photographs, cartoons, etc.
- Make sure your partner can reach you by telephone or cell phone at work; if you can’t receive calls, arrange a time for you to call home.
- Post a calendar in a highly visible spot and mark your shift schedule as soon as it’s assigned.
- Bring up problems early and resolve them – before they threaten relationships.
- When you feel irritable, make sure your family and friends understand that it’s because you’re tired, not because you’re angry at them. This is especially important if you have young children.
- Get involved with activities that don’t require a set schedule such as sports or yoga
- Work out at a gym.
- Attend workshops or hobby clubs that interest you; you’ll have something in common with those you meet.
- Develop a circle of friends who understand your work schedule and are willing to be flexible in order to spend time with you.
- Organize co-workers or friends who share your schedule and plan activities with them.
Working evening hours can put stress on your family life and relationships, knowing how to cope with the challenges is the key. Through communicating, dealing with problems at an earlier time, prioritizing, socializing and making time for recreation, shift work will have a smaller impact on your life.
Statistics show that a working person spends almost 10% of his/ her life at workplace. As a result, their workplace has a huge influence on their health and wellness. In simple words, workplace can make or break your health and well-being. Therefore, implementing a workplace wellness program is a wise choice. This infographic to explains why it is necessary to implement a workplace wellness program.
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While implementing a wellness programs, the major challenge we face is building employee engagement. There are multiple strategies out there that focus on pushing and manipulating the employees to participate in the wellness program. However, by using this strategy employees see wellness program as another company mandate instead of a personal benefit. The best type of participation comes when employees are personally motivated. Therefore, think in terms of incentives and social recognition when it comes to wellness program engagement.
This presentation by Health Enhancement Systems does an admirable job in describing this precise concept.
“Get Healthy… Or Else” Is the Wrong Approach to Wellness
Should employees take personal responsibility for their health and well-being? Yes; but they need information, skills, and support – not threats or manipulation.
Interesting presentation by Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness from South By Southwest 2013 (SxSW). It raises an intriguing point about sedentary lifestyle being a major cause of all prevalent chronic diseases. With the advancement of web and smartphone technologies, we barely find the need to get off our chair at times when we need any information. However, these new technologies can act as a huge enabler in making us healthy. This is exactly why Truworth Wellness places a significant emphasis in providing a mobile-oriented wellness program with multi-modal touch points.
Recent research suggests that sitting is killing people and the industry continues to debate the harmful health effects stemming from sedentary lifestyles, with many arguing that technology is only adding fuel to the fire. So if sitting is killing us, then can mobile save us? Forget traditional wellness programs – the healthiest workplace is one where employees are actively mobile.
This content originally appeared in TechnologyAdvice.
Wellness Programs Grow in Popularity While Incorporating Game Elements
Video games may be associated with a sedentary, and therefore less healthy lifestyle, but applying the mechanics found in those games to wellness programs could transform the health of thousands.
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Interactive presentation that goes over the benefits of a workplace wellness program.
One of the most common questions asked by HR and Management team is “Do my employees really need a wellness program?” The answer is always a yes. The slideshow describes how wellness programs can result in surprising benefits. Additionally, you will also find some useful tips to create your own wellness program.
For more information, visit www.truworthwellness.com or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Engagement has always been a complicated matter when it comes to wellness program design. Employees usually consider their wellness program as a mandate imposed on them by their bosses as a tool to increase productivity. What most of these wellness programs fail to answer is “Why should an employee use this program?” If the employees only see a wellness program as a way of increasing their productivity, their engagement will be superficial. They will simply participate in the wellness program because their company imposed it on them. However, for a wellness program to be successful users have to show a sustained engagement.
The current state of Workplace Wellness includes companies that offer occasional health checks and informational resources to spread awareness about healthy living. However, these offerings fail to motivate employees and hence engage them to actually develop a healthy lifestyle. We all like to be rewarded for our actions – it gives us a sense of satisfaction that enables us to keep performing reward-worthy tasks. This gamification concept is the number one solution to boost engagement in any kind of program. For instance, even successful loyalty programs have a gamified platform where they reward buyers for shopping. Truworth Wellness has incorporated this concept of gamification in our comprehensive wellness platform. Our users earn reward points for completing every single task, whether it is logging in daily, tracking their vitals, reading articles, or exercising everyday. They can later redeem those points for exciting prizes.
Furthermore, for a gamification strategy to be successful it is crucial to identify the sources of motivation and correct procedures to engage people. Wellness programs will be more exciting if, in addition to rewards, users are given a way of sharing their achievements with their peers. We provide an in-built social network where people can share their accomplishments with their friends and colleagues. Users would not only be able to support their friends but also get motivated to perform healthy actions. Just like diseases, healthy behaviors are contagious too. We are more likely to exercise when we see our friends exercise. This creates a long-lasting user engagement as employees have a sense of inherent motivation to participate in wellness program. Truworth Wellness ensures that employees participate in the program to keep themselves healthy and happy instead of simply increasing their productivity.
It is very easy to create a wellness plan and pitch it to your organizational executives by mentioning that this will increase productivity and boost employee morale. However, in terms of implementation, this is far more complicated that it appears in theory. This is simply because if the wellness programs are not engaging, employees will slowly stop using them. According to a study by Virgin HealthMiles and WorkForce Magazine, out of 10,000+ that were surveyed, 61% of the employees mentioned that incentives are the key reason to participate in the wellness program.
So how exactly can we incentivize our employees to develop healthy habits? Truworth Wellness uses an engagement metric known as PEPs (Productivity Enhancement Points). Employees are able to earn PEPs when they perform tasks such as exercising, walking certain steps, eating right, and educating themselves about healthy habits. After reaching a certain threshold, users can exchange their PEPs for rewards such as discount coupons, gift vouchers, and other exciting freebies.
However, simple giving users PEPs and rewards does not guarantee high employee engagement. Our gamification and wellness strategy is based on an understanding of intrinsic motivation. Engaging in a behavior because of its inherent value in terms of interest or joy leads to intrinsic motivation. Therefore, additional to extrinsic motivation such as Health Rewards and Recognition, we focus primarily on education the users about long-term benefits of developing a healthy lifestyle. If the users are able to understand the value of healthy behaviors, they are more likely to help their peers develop the same.
Simply sitting on your desk for 10-hours a day without any exercise can be dangerous for your health. It can even make you feel sleepy and unproductive. Therefore, in order to keep the productive juices pumping in your body, make an effort to keep moving every 30 minutes.
Following are quick and simple exercises you can do at your desk or computer terminal that will help relieve tension –
- Inhale deeply through your nose and then exhale through your mouth. Repeat six times.
- Raise your arms high above your head: stretch one hand toward the ceiling, then the other, and then both together: relax. Repeat twice.
- Hold your arms straight out at the sides, with your palms up, and slowly rotate them in small circles; do 20 forward, then 20 backward.
- Clasp your hands behind your head to keep it still and press back your neck muscle to loosen and stretch it. Hold for 10 seconds and relax. Repeat five times.
Click here for more office exercises recommended by motion experts to prevent obesity and get people moving.