By Bethany St. John You have probably heard the term, “clean eating” before and may be wondering what type of new trending diet it is. The truth is it’s not a diet at all and while the term “clean eating” may be relatively new, the principles are not. The term clean eating refers to a lifestyle that consists of consuming food in its most natural state or as close to it as possible, which provides [...]
On February 10, 2014, Michelle Obama praises construction industry pledge to hire 100,000 veterans over 5 next years during her speaking engagement at a National Symposium on Veterans’ Employment in Construction, hosted by the Labor Department, in Washington. Congratulations to Cianbro on your recognition by First Lady, Michelle Obama as being a leading employer of veterans. You can hear Cianbro being mentioned around 18:45. Cianbro is a Pittsfield, Maine based construction company who partners with [...]
Is your glass half-empty or half-full? Throughout each day this week, periodically stop and think about how you are feeling & write it down. If you find you are thinking negatively, think of ways to put a positive spin on those thoughts. Positive thinking doesn't mean that you just completely ignoring unpleasant facts or life's less pleasant situations but that you approach the unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. Monitor how your week [...]
Having three close friends diagnosed with testicular cancer, it has made me realize the importance of making sure males are doing self-examinations. Simple testicular cancer self-exams can truly help in catching the development of cancer in its earliest stages. OMC has an HRA question for males ages 10-40 relating to self-examinations each month. As a Health Coach I am always sure to explain why we ask the self-examination question and that there is a real [...]
By Erik Gordon Miller and Rollnick define it as, “the natural desire of helpers to set things right, to prevent harm and promote client welfare.” In other words, it’s the want to help people and the belief that we can provide them with solutions to their problems as well as lead them to living a healthier lifestyle. To some degree, we all have the righting reflex or it’s likely that we wouldn’t be in this [...]
High participation rates are critical if you expect to see bottom line impact. Remember, probably not much more than 70% at best of a company’s health care costs are directly related changeable at risk health behaviors. Therefore, if you hope to be able to impact the health care cost curve over time, you need to enroll a significant portion of the population, both employees and spouses if possible, in your health behavior change program. Remember, [...]
One of OMC’s Health Coaches shared pictures from her client company's 2nd annual Super Bowl Healthy Chili cook-off. It is always great to see Health Coaches making wellness fun at their companies!
Keep a journal this week to write down what you are grateful for. Each day list at least 1 thing in your life you wouldn’t want to lose or change. Taking the time out of your day to reflect what you are grateful for reminds you of what’s important and can remind you of the positive things you have in your life.