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How To Stay Healthy When Travelling On Business

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Elzanne Amao If you regularly travel on business (even just one day trips) you’ll know how difficult it is to keep up with your normal routine. We tend to grab food on the go, stay up late, stress more and hardly get any exercise. Just because you’re not in your normal routine between your home and workplace, doesn’t mean you should let go of all those good health habits you’ve cultivated. Here are five healthy travel tips to remember for your next business trip: Pack some healthy snacks When you’re on the go all day you don’t have time to…

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How to use personal data to improve Corporate Health

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The success of any workplace programme is hugely reliant on employees taking charge of their health. But until now, employees haven’t really had the data or tools to measure how healthy, or unhealthy they are at any given time. But the advent of digital technology and mobile devices in the workplace are presenting huge opportunities to give people more control over their health. One of these is over their health information. What does health data have to do it? Your health data is key in outlining your levels of fitness and wellbeing. A high blood pressure or cholesterol reading are…

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Top 5 signs of stress to watch out for

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Staff writer On the surface Lara’s life is great; she recently got promoted, just moved house, her wedding is in a few months, and her dad has been given the all-clear after a battle with cancer. Yet she feels like she is barely coping from the stress of it all. What is Stress? Stress is your body’s response to any kind of demand. It can be triggered by both positive and negative experiences. In Lara’s case, she is feeling pressured to prove herself as a new executive, and the process of buying a new home was longer and more arduous…

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Top 5 Snacks you should take to work

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Staff writer If you’re like most of us, having snacks at work is often what helps you get through a stressful day. However, research shows that our desktop snacks are making our waists wider, increasing our risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart attack and generally contributing to today’s unhealthy lifestyles. If you want to keep trim, stress-free and healthy, here are the top 5 snacks you should be eating at work. Yogurt cup Yogurt is one of the easiest healthy snacks out there and because the cup is easy to pop in your bag and the portions…

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How much is bad health costing your company?

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You may have heard by now that healthy employees equal a successful  company. But, as an employer, it may seem counter-productive to encourage people to take walks when deadlines are looming, to subsidise health meals when fruits go uneaten or sponsor yoga classes. If you’re thinking of ditching that wellness programme, here is why investing in employee health is one of the best spends you can make. Reduced health care/insurance costs Business health insurance is a major cost of doing business, especially for small companies. It is estimated that healthcare spend can be cut down by up to R30-billion every…

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What are the dirtiest places at work? (hint: not the toilet)

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Staff Writer If you haven’t heard yet, office germs are pretty scary stuff. They lurk in corners you didn’t even know existed, go around super fast and are not only annoying but a real health risk. Here are the four germ hotspots in your office to look out for Your desk                                                                                                  …

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Do’s and don’ts of taking medication

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Staff writer Drug related deaths of world famous celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Bruce Lee, and Heath Ledger captured the world’s attention when they happened. But prescription and over the counter drugs also pose a danger to everyday people. If you or anyone you care for is taking medication, here are some things you need to do to be safe. Don’t mix medication Certain medications have a similar function and can increase each other’s effects, risking severe side effects or overdose. Others behave in the exact opposite way and decrease or block another drug’s efficacy, causing one or both drugs…

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What you should know about date rape drugs

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Going out for cocktails and having a good time with friends is meant to be fun, but it doesn’t always end up that way if your drink gets spiked with drugs. Physical assault and rape date are usually motives for giving others date drugs. What are date drugs? Date rape drugs, also called “club drugs” are drugs used to assist in a sexual assault, including rape. In some cases they are used to subdue victims with the intention of robbing them. The most common drugs are flunitrazepam (Rohypnol), also called roofies; gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), also called liquid ecstasy; and…

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How to help if you come across a car accident

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Staff writer You’re driving home one evening and you are happen across the scene of a car accident. No one else is around, and you have to do something to help. What do you do? Call an ambulance Getting experienced, capable help on the scene is often the difference between life and death. Get your bearings right so that you can give the emergency responder the correct location of where you are. Try and explain as best as you can the nature of the accident and injuries you have seen. If the paramedics arrive on the scene, do exactly as…

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How your Mobile phone can save your life

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Staff writer Mobile phones have a bad reputation for causing accidents, distracting people and generally being a safety hazard. But a study published in the Journal of Emergency Medicine has found that patients are more likely to survive when emergency services are called from a mobile phone rather than a landline. The study stated that the use of mobile phones to alert emergency services in a life-threatening situation is linked with improved mortality rates at the scene in patients with medical problems and a lower likelihood of admission to the emergency department. Here are some ideas of how to turn…

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