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The Healthy Work­places blog is brought to you by Home­wood Human Solu­tions. We are part of Schlegel Health Care, a family-owned health care orga­ni­za­tion with a focus on men­tal health and addic­tions, employee and fam­ily assis­tance, dis­abil­ity man­age­ment, and long-term care for older adults. How can we help?

Home­wood Human Solutions

Nation­wide EFAP and Dis­abil­ity Pro­grams

Home­wood Human Solu­tions™ offers a one-of-a-kind approach to the mar­ket: the high­est qual­ity of clin­i­cal sup­port and inter­ven­tion avail­able within the EFAP indus­try, and an unmatched con­tin­uum of ser­vices — span­ning health pro­mo­tion, men­tal health and addic­tions treat­ment, and prevention-focused work-life coun­selling services.

Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Program

Effec­tive dis­abil­ity man­age­ment for men­tal ill­ness must go beyond “man­ag­ing” dis­abil­ity to include both inpa­tient and out­pa­tient treat­ment. Treat­ment goals must incor­po­rate strate­gies for suc­cess­ful work rein­te­gra­tion to min­i­mize recur­rence and relapse.

The Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Pro­gram (HDTP) com­bines the ser­vices avail­able through the Home­wood Health Cen­tre – a nation­ally rec­og­nized men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment cen­tre with the best national net­work of skilled men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment pro­fes­sion­als through Home­wood Human Solu­tionsTM.

Home­wood Health Centre

Nation­ally rec­og­nized men­tal health and addic­tion facil­i­ties

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is Canada’s unsur­passed med­ical leader in addic­tion and men­tal health treat­ment, pro­vid­ing highly spe­cial­ized psy­chi­atric ser­vices to all Cana­di­ans. We are a 312-bed, Sched­ule 1 facil­ity under the Ontario Men­tal Health Act. We oper­ate nine pro­grams treat­ing a range of men­tal health and addic­tion issues.

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is located in Guelph, Ontario.

Schlegel Vil­lages

Con­tin­uum of care facil­i­ties for older adults (long-term care and retire­ment homes)

Schlegel Vil­lages are designed, built and man­aged by the Schlegel fam­ily of Kitch­ener, Ontario. Our motto: “It Takes a Vil­lage to Care” lives on.

Cana­dian owned and oper­ated, our Vil­lages ben­e­fit from the Schlegel fam­ily hav­ing over 40 years of direct expe­ri­ence co-owning, man­ag­ing and oper­at­ing Long Term Care and Retire­ment Com­mu­ni­ties in Ontario. There are eleven Schlegel Vil­lages hous­ing approx­i­mately 2500 seniors. Each Vil­lage has a Long Term Care com­po­nent, with Full Ser­vice Retire­ment Liv­ing, Assisted Care, Mem­ory Care and Inde­pen­dent Liv­ing options being added in stages. The first Schlegel Vil­lage opened in 1998 in Guelph.

Have you vis­ited our Pin­ter­est site? We have many, many more info­graph­ics to peruse. Have a look here!

We’re on Google Plus!

 

NOTE: The con­tent and opin­ions offered in Healthy Work­places blog posts do not nec­es­sar­ily reflect the for­mal stance of Home­wood Human Solu­tions, unless oth­er­wise iden­ti­fied. We bring this infor­ma­tion for­ward in the inter­ests of openly shar­ing val­ued infor­ma­tion in this time of fast-growing online con­ver­sa­tions and knowledge.

 

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How can we help?

The Healthy Work­places blog is brought to you by Home­wood Human Solu­tions. We are part of Schlegel Health Care, a family-owned health care orga­ni­za­tion with a focus on men­tal health and addic­tions, employee and fam­ily assis­tance, dis­abil­ity man­age­ment, and long-term care for older adults. How can we help?

Home­wood Human Solutions

Nation­wide EFAP and Dis­abil­ity Pro­grams

Home­wood Human Solu­tions™ offers a one-of-a-kind approach to the mar­ket: the high­est qual­ity of clin­i­cal sup­port and inter­ven­tion avail­able within the EFAP indus­try, and an unmatched con­tin­uum of ser­vices — span­ning health pro­mo­tion, men­tal health and addic­tions treat­ment, and prevention-focused work-life coun­selling services.

Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Program

Effec­tive dis­abil­ity man­age­ment for men­tal ill­ness must go beyond “man­ag­ing” dis­abil­ity to include both inpa­tient and out­pa­tient treat­ment. Treat­ment goals must incor­po­rate strate­gies for suc­cess­ful work rein­te­gra­tion to min­i­mize recur­rence and relapse.

The Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Pro­gram (HDTP) com­bines the ser­vices avail­able through the Home­wood Health Cen­tre – a nation­ally rec­og­nized men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment cen­tre with the best national net­work of skilled men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment pro­fes­sion­als through Home­wood Human Solu­tionsTM.

Home­wood Health Centre

Nation­ally rec­og­nized men­tal health and addic­tion facil­i­ties

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is Canada’s unsur­passed med­ical leader in addic­tion and men­tal health treat­ment, pro­vid­ing highly spe­cial­ized psy­chi­atric ser­vices to all Cana­di­ans. We are a 312-bed, Sched­ule 1 facil­ity under the Ontario Men­tal Health Act. We oper­ate nine pro­grams treat­ing a range of men­tal health and addic­tion issues.

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is located in Guelph, Ontario.

Schlegel Vil­lages

Con­tin­uum of care facil­i­ties for older adults (long-term care and retire­ment homes)

Schlegel Vil­lages are designed, built and man­aged by the Schlegel fam­ily of Kitch­ener, Ontario. Our motto: “It Takes a Vil­lage to Care” lives on.

Cana­dian owned and oper­ated, our Vil­lages ben­e­fit from the Schlegel fam­ily hav­ing over 40 years of direct expe­ri­ence co-owning, man­ag­ing and oper­at­ing Long Term Care and Retire­ment Com­mu­ni­ties in Ontario. There are eleven Schlegel Vil­lages hous­ing approx­i­mately 2500 seniors. Each Vil­lage has a Long Term Care com­po­nent, with Full Ser­vice Retire­ment Liv­ing, Assisted Care, Mem­ory Care and Inde­pen­dent Liv­ing options being added in stages. The first Schlegel Vil­lage opened in 1998 in Guelph.

Have you vis­ited our Pin­ter­est site? We have many, many more info­graph­ics to peruse. Have a look here!

We’re on Google Plus!

 

NOTE: The con­tent and opin­ions offered in Healthy Work­places blog posts do not nec­es­sar­ily reflect the for­mal stance of Home­wood Human Solu­tions, unless oth­er­wise iden­ti­fied. We bring this infor­ma­tion for­ward in the inter­ests of openly shar­ing val­ued infor­ma­tion in this time of fast-growing online con­ver­sa­tions and knowledge.

 

 

 

Mental Illness Awareness Week October 6 — 12

Source: Cana­dian Asso­ci­a­tion for Men­tal Ill­ness Aware­ness Week (MIAW), tak­ing place this year from Octo­ber 6th- 12th, endeav­ours to raise aware­ness and decrease stigma­ti­za­tion through the shar­ing of hun­dreds of per­sonal sto­ries from inspir­ing Cana­di­ans liv­ing with men­tal illness.

The MIAW cam­paign has fought to increase aware­ness and decrease stigma­ti­za­tion through the shar­ing of hun­dreds of per­sonal sto­ries from indi­vid­u­als liv­ing with men­tal ill­ness. Our pur­pose is to place men­tal ill­ness on the national stage by edu­cat­ing Cana­di­ans and health­care prac­ti­tion­ers on the impor­tance of early recog­ni­tion, proper diag­no­sis, and effec­tive med­ical treat­ment and show that by doing so, indi­vid­u­als liv­ing with men­tal ill­ness are capa­ble of lead­ing reward­ing and pro­duc­tive lives.

Dis­sem­i­nate cam­paign mate­r­ial. Click here.

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How can we help?

The Healthy Work­places blog is brought to you by Home­wood Human Solu­tions. We are part of Schlegel Health Care, a family-owned health care orga­ni­za­tion with a focus on men­tal health and addic­tions, employee and fam­ily assis­tance, dis­abil­ity man­age­ment, and long-term care for older adults. How can we help?

Home­wood Human Solutions

Nation­wide EFAP and Dis­abil­ity Pro­grams

Home­wood Human Solu­tions™ offers a one-of-a-kind approach to the mar­ket: the high­est qual­ity of clin­i­cal sup­port and inter­ven­tion avail­able within the EFAP indus­try, and an unmatched con­tin­uum of ser­vices — span­ning health pro­mo­tion, men­tal health and addic­tions treat­ment, and prevention-focused work-life coun­selling services.

Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Program

Effec­tive dis­abil­ity man­age­ment for men­tal ill­ness must go beyond “man­ag­ing” dis­abil­ity to include both inpa­tient and out­pa­tient treat­ment. Treat­ment goals must incor­po­rate strate­gies for suc­cess­ful work rein­te­gra­tion to min­i­mize recur­rence and relapse.

The Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Pro­gram (HDTP) com­bines the ser­vices avail­able through the Home­wood Health Cen­tre – a nation­ally rec­og­nized men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment cen­tre with the best national net­work of skilled men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment pro­fes­sion­als through Home­wood Human Solu­tionsTM.

Home­wood Health Centre

Nation­ally rec­og­nized men­tal health and addic­tion facil­i­ties

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is Canada’s unsur­passed med­ical leader in addic­tion and men­tal health treat­ment, pro­vid­ing highly spe­cial­ized psy­chi­atric ser­vices to all Cana­di­ans. We are a 312-bed, Sched­ule 1 facil­ity under the Ontario Men­tal Health Act. We oper­ate nine pro­grams treat­ing a range of men­tal health and addic­tion issues.

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is located in Guelph, Ontario.

Schlegel Vil­lages

Con­tin­uum of care facil­i­ties for older adults (long-term care and retire­ment homes)

Schlegel Vil­lages are designed, built and man­aged by the Schlegel fam­ily of Kitch­ener, Ontario. Our motto: “It Takes a Vil­lage to Care” lives on.

Cana­dian owned and oper­ated, our Vil­lages ben­e­fit from the Schlegel fam­ily hav­ing over 40 years of direct expe­ri­ence co-owning, man­ag­ing and oper­at­ing Long Term Care and Retire­ment Com­mu­ni­ties in Ontario. There are eleven Schlegel Vil­lages hous­ing approx­i­mately 2500 seniors. Each Vil­lage has a Long Term Care com­po­nent, with Full Ser­vice Retire­ment Liv­ing, Assisted Care, Mem­ory Care and Inde­pen­dent Liv­ing options being added in stages. The first Schlegel Vil­lage opened in 1998 in Guelph.

Have you vis­ited our Pin­ter­est site? We have many, many more info­graph­ics to peruse. Have a look here!

We’re on Google Plus!


Com­ments? Thoughts or resources to share?

.

NOTE: The con­tent and opin­ions offered in Healthy Work­places blog posts do not nec­es­sar­ily reflect the for­mal stance of Home­wood Human Solu­tions, unless oth­er­wise iden­ti­fied. We bring this infor­ma­tion for­ward in the inter­ests of openly shar­ing val­ued infor­ma­tion in this time of fast-growing online con­ver­sa­tions and knowledge.

 

 

A Social-First Fitness App

First social net­work­ing fit­ness app.

We don’t usu­ally pro­vide cov­er­age of a health app, and do not endorse or have any ties to this app, but a game changer was released today.

Cap­i­tal­iz­ing on the appeal and poten­tial user ben­e­fit of social net­work­ing, two for­mer Microsoft devel­op­ers and dig­i­tal health entre­peneurs today released the first true social net­work­ing app focused on the fit­ness community–Cody.

Cody not only focuses on the user’s per­for­mance but also enables forg­ing social con­nec­tions with like-minded enthu­si­asts who may want some­thing more than what they can get out of post­ing their fit­ness progress on Face­book or Twitter.

As reported by the developers:

On Cody, you share sto­ries not just met­rics. By com­bin­ing pho­tos, loca­tions, and notes, you can cap­ture your work­outs in a vivid and inspir­ing way. When work­outs are rich they kick-off con­ver­sa­tions. Our users tell us there’s noth­ing more moti­vat­ing than the likes and com­ments their friends send them after a workout.”

…your vir­tual fit­ness coach, [Cody] is also there to cel­e­brate your mile­stones and encour­age you along the way.  He will even pro­vide you with work­out sug­ges­tions, tai­lored just for you.”

The Cody web­site, itself, is inter­est­ing. Lots of tips/articles/recommendations.

To down­load the app, visit the Cody web­site: http://blog.codyapp.com/

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How can we help?

About Home­wood

For more than 129 years, Home­wood has been a cor­ner­stone of Cana­dian addic­tion and men­tal health treat­ment. We save lives. We have helped thou­sands of Cana­di­ans for decades to cope with the dev­as­tat­ing effects of men­tal ill­ness and addic­tion. Founded in 1883, we are renowned for the qual­ity of our treat­ment, our med­ical integrity, and the breadth and depth of our inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team.

Home­wood is part of Schlegel Health Care, a family-owned health care orga­ni­za­tion based in Kitch­ener, Ontario, that incor­po­rates three other entities:

Home­wood Human Solu­tions (www.homewoodhumansolutions.com)

Home­wood Human Solu­tions™ offers a one-of-a-kind approach to the mar­ket: the high­est qual­ity of clin­i­cal sup­port and inter­ven­tion avail­able within the EFAP indus­try, and an unmatched con­tin­uum of ser­vices — span­ning health pro­mo­tion, men­tal health and addic­tions treat­ment, and prevention-focused work-life coun­selling services.

Home­wood Health Cen­tre (www.homewood.org)

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is Canada’s unsur­passed med­ical leader in addic­tion and men­tal health treat­ment, pro­vid­ing highly spe­cial­ized psy­chi­atric ser­vices to all Cana­di­ans. We are a 312-bed, Sched­ule 1 facil­ity under the Ontario Men­tal Health Act. We oper­ate nine pro­grams treat­ing a range of men­tal health and addic­tion issues.

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is located in Guelph, Ontario.

Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Pro­gram (www.homewood.org/disability-treatment-program)

Effec­tive dis­abil­ity man­age­ment for men­tal ill­ness must go beyond “man­ag­ing” dis­abil­ity to include both inpa­tient and out­pa­tient treat­ment. Treat­ment goals must incor­po­rate strate­gies for suc­cess­ful work rein­te­gra­tion to min­i­mize recur­rence and relapse.

The Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Pro­gram (HDTP) com­bines the ser­vices avail­able through the Home­wood Health Cen­tre – a nation­ally rec­og­nized men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment cen­tre with the best national net­work of skilled men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment pro­fes­sion­als through Home­wood Human Solu­tionsTM.

Schlegel Vil­lages (www.schlegelvillages.com)

Schlegel Vil­lages are designed, built and man­aged by the Schlegel fam­ily of Kitch­ener, Ontario. Our motto: “It Takes a Vil­lage to Care” lives on.

Cana­dian owned and oper­ated, our Vil­lages ben­e­fit from the Schlegel fam­ily hav­ing over 40 years of direct expe­ri­ence co-owning, man­ag­ing and oper­at­ing Long Term Care and Retire­ment Com­mu­ni­ties in Ontario. There are eleven Schlegel Vil­lages hous­ing approx­i­mately 2500 seniors. Each Vil­lage has a Long Term Care com­po­nent, with Full Ser­vice Retire­ment Liv­ing, Assisted Care, Mem­ory Care and Inde­pen­dent Liv­ing options being added in stages. The first Schlegel Vil­lage opened in 1998 in Guelph.

Have you vis­ited our Pin­ter­est site? We have many, many more info­graph­ics to peruse. Have a look here!

We’re on Google Plus!


Com­ments? Thoughts or resources to share?

.

NOTE: The con­tent and opin­ions offered in Healthy Work­places blog posts do not nec­es­sar­ily reflect the for­mal stance of Home­wood Human Solu­tions, unless oth­er­wise iden­ti­fied. We bring this infor­ma­tion for­ward in the inter­ests of openly shar­ing val­ued infor­ma­tion in this time of fast-growing online con­ver­sa­tions and knowledge.

 

Daily tracking results on American’s use of the internet for health information-seeking

Daily track­ing results on American’s use of the inter­net, in terms of health and related information-seeking

Tele­phone inter­views by Prince­ton Sur­vey Research Asso­ciates Inter­na­tional, between August 9 and Sep­tem­ber, 13, 2010, and a sam­ple of 3,001 adults age 18 and older, revealed some strik­ing findings.

  1. 74% of respon­dents use the inter­net ‘at least occasionally’;
  2. 85% of respon­dents have a cell phone;
  3. Only 9% reported have any soft­ware appli­ca­tions or “apps” that help track or man­age health;
  4. 17% of users look up health infor­ma­tion using their cell phone; 83% do not;
  5. 66% of inter­net (not cell­phone) users have looked for infor­ma­tion online about cer­tain health or med­ical issues. This is a 3% increase since 2002;
  6. 56% of inter­net users have searched online for infor­ma­tion about a cer­tain med­ical treat­ment or pro­ce­dure, an increase from 2002 (47%); and
  7. 44% have looked for infor­ma­tion about doc­tors or other health professionals.

In terms of the top­ics being researched, in order of popularity:

  1. Infor­ma­tion about food safety or recalls (29%);
  2. Infor­ma­tion about drug safety or recalls (24%);
  3. Preg­nancy and child­birth (19%);
  4. Infor­ma­tion about mem­ory loss, demen­tia, or Alzheimer’s (17%);
  5. Infor­ma­tion about med­ical test results (16%);
  6. Infor­ma­tion about man­ag­ing chronic pain (14%); and
  7. Infor­ma­tion about long-term care for an elderly or dis­abled per­son (12%).

And the major­ity of searches were for health infor­ma­tion related to another’s risks, health, or med­ical sit­u­a­tion (36% own ver­sus 48% some­one else’s)

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How can we help?

About Home­wood

For more than 129 years, Home­wood has been a cor­ner­stone of Cana­dian addic­tion and men­tal health treat­ment. We save lives. We have helped thou­sands of Cana­di­ans for decades to cope with the dev­as­tat­ing effects of men­tal ill­ness and addic­tion. Founded in 1883, we are renowned for the qual­ity of our treat­ment, our med­ical integrity, and the breadth and depth of our inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team.

Home­wood is part of Schlegel Health Care, a family-owned health care orga­ni­za­tion based in Kitch­ener, Ontario, that incor­po­rates three other entities:

Home­wood Human Solu­tions (www.homewoodhumansolutions.com)

Home­wood Human Solu­tions™ offers a one-of-a-kind approach to the mar­ket: the high­est qual­ity of clin­i­cal sup­port and inter­ven­tion avail­able within the EFAP indus­try, and an unmatched con­tin­uum of ser­vices — span­ning health pro­mo­tion, men­tal health and addic­tions treat­ment, and prevention-focused work-life coun­selling services.

Home­wood Health Cen­tre (www.homewood.org)

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is Canada’s unsur­passed med­ical leader in addic­tion and men­tal health treat­ment, pro­vid­ing highly spe­cial­ized psy­chi­atric ser­vices to all Cana­di­ans. We are a 312-bed, Sched­ule 1 facil­ity under the Ontario Men­tal Health Act. We oper­ate nine pro­grams treat­ing a range of men­tal health and addic­tion issues.

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is located in Guelph, Ontario.

Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Pro­gram (www.homewood.org/disability-treatment-program)

Effec­tive dis­abil­ity man­age­ment for men­tal ill­ness must go beyond “man­ag­ing” dis­abil­ity to include both inpa­tient and out­pa­tient treat­ment. Treat­ment goals must incor­po­rate strate­gies for suc­cess­ful work rein­te­gra­tion to min­i­mize recur­rence and relapse.

The Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Pro­gram (HDTP) com­bines the ser­vices avail­able through the Home­wood Health Cen­tre – a nation­ally rec­og­nized men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment cen­tre with the best national net­work of skilled men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment pro­fes­sion­als through Home­wood Human Solu­tionsTM.

Schlegel Vil­lages (www.schlegelvillages.com)

Schlegel Vil­lages are designed, built and man­aged by the Schlegel fam­ily of Kitch­ener, Ontario. Our motto: “It Takes a Vil­lage to Care” lives on.

Cana­dian owned and oper­ated, our Vil­lages ben­e­fit from the Schlegel fam­ily hav­ing over 40 years of direct expe­ri­ence co-owning, man­ag­ing and oper­at­ing Long Term Care and Retire­ment Com­mu­ni­ties in Ontario. There are eleven Schlegel Vil­lages hous­ing approx­i­mately 2500 seniors. Each Vil­lage has a Long Term Care com­po­nent, with Full Ser­vice Retire­ment Liv­ing, Assisted Care, Mem­ory Care and Inde­pen­dent Liv­ing options being added in stages. The first Schlegel Vil­lage opened in 1998 in Guelph.

Com­ments? Thoughts or resources to share?

.

NOTE: The con­tent and opin­ions offered in Healthy Work­places blog posts do not nec­es­sar­ily reflect the for­mal stance of Home­wood Human Solu­tions, unless oth­er­wise iden­ti­fied. We bring this infor­ma­tion for­ward in the inter­ests of openly shar­ing val­ued infor­ma­tion in this time of fast-growing online con­ver­sa­tions and knowledge.

 

What do americans thinks of willpower? A survey of perceptions about achieving lifestyle and behaviour-change goals

In 2011, the Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion com­mis­sioned a study of stress in North Amer­ica, and as part of a follow-up sur­vey took a deeper look at the role of willpower and moti­va­tion when mak­ing lifestyle and behav­iour changes.

Here is a sum­mary of key find­ings. More infor­ma­tion can be found on the Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion website.

  1. Almost every­one (93 per­cent) sur­veyed reported mak­ing a res­o­lu­tion to change some aspect of their behav­ior in 2012. Yet peo­ple con­sis­tently report that a lack of willpower is the top rea­son they fall short of their goals to lose weight, save more money, exer­cise or make other lifestyle changes.
  2. The most fre­quently reported goals that peo­ple set for 2012 were those aimed at improv­ing health (57 per­cent reported a goal to lose weight, 50 per­cent reported a goal to eat a health­ier diet, and 41 per­cent reported a goal to start exer­cis­ing reg­u­larly) or finan­cial sta­tus (52 per­cent reported a goal to save more money, and 37 per­cent reported a goal to pay off debt), accord­ing to the follow-up sur­vey. For adults try­ing to make a lifestyle change, how­ever, willpower is an impor­tant factor.
  3. The annual Stress in Amer­ica sur­vey found that one in four reported that lack of willpower (27 per­cent) or time (26 per­cent) pre­vented them from mak­ing the change they were try­ing to achieve. Despite dif­fi­cul­ties with willpower, a major­ity of those respond­ing to the annual sur­vey (71 per­cent) believe that willpower can be learned. Good news since psy­cho­log­i­cal research demon­strates that this is true.
  4. Over the past five years, most adults have set goals for them­selves to improve their health in some way includ­ing eat­ing a health­ier diet (77 per­cent), exer­cis­ing more (75 per­cent), los­ing weight (66 per­cent), reduc­ing stress (60 per­cent) and get­ting more sleep (58 percent).
  5. In the annual sur­vey, when adults were asked to iden­tify bar­ri­ers pre­vent­ing them from mak­ing lifestyle changes they decided to make or that were rec­om­mended to them, the most com­mon bar­rier cited was lack of willpower (27 percent).
  6. Despite set­ting these goals, more than half (52 per­cent) say they did not use any strat­egy to help them be successful.
  7. Those who reported they track their goals by writ­ing them down or log­ging them elec­tron­i­cally were more likely than those who tracked their goals men­tally to report suc­cess­fully exer­cis­ing more (45 per­cent vs. 34 per­cent) and reduc­ing stress (35 per­cent vs. 23 percent).
  8. The most com­mon def­i­n­i­tions of lack of willpower include giv­ing in to temp­ta­tion (39 per­cent), not being moti­vated or car­ing enough (30 per­cent), and not being dis­ci­plined or orga­nized enough (27 percent).
  9. Nearly 4 in 10 (38 per­cent) of those who reported that lack of willpower pre­vented them from mak­ing a behav­ior change selected time as the resource they think would help them improve their will power.
  10. For those whom willpower has pre­vented them from mak­ing changes, hav­ing more energy (being less tired) (50 per­cent) and hav­ing more con­fi­dence in their abil­i­ties (40 per­cent) are seen as needed to improve willpower.
  11. Over three-quarters of those mak­ing changes (78 per­cent) report that all/most of their moti­va­tion is related to their own desire rather than being asked by other peo­ple. Con­versely, 12 per­cent report that all/most of their moti­va­tion is related to hav­ing been asked by a fam­ily mem­ber, friend or health care provider.
  12. The most com­mon strate­gies used by adults when they feel them­selves want­ing to give into temp­ta­tion are remind­ing them­selves of the long term goal (55 per­cent), forc­ing them­selves to resist (50 per­cent), and dis­tract­ing them­selves (48 per­cent). Few (11 per­cent) report seek­ing sup­port from a friend or fam­ily members.
  13. Among adults who track their progress, when attempt­ing to make a behav­ior change, most (65 per­cent) track their progress mentally.

“Learn­ing” more willpower.

What is a nec­es­sary com­po­nent for achiev­ing objec­tives? Willpower researcher Roy Baumeis­ter, PhD, a psy­chol­o­gist at Florida State Uni­ver­sity, describes three nec­es­sary com­po­nents for achiev­ing objectives:

  1. First, he says, you need to estab­lish the moti­va­tion for change and set a clear goal.
  2. Sec­ond, you need to mon­i­tor your behav­ior toward that goal.
  3. The third com­po­nent is willpower. Whether your goal is to lose weight, kick a smok­ing habit, study more, or spend less time on Face­book, willpower is a crit­i­cal step to achiev­ing that outcome.

If willpower is truly a lim­ited resource, as the research sug­gests, what can be done to con­serve it?

  1. Avoid­ing temp­ta­tion is one effec­tive tac­tic for main­tain­ing self-control. One recent study, for instance, found office work­ers who kept candy in a desk drawer indulged less than when they kept the candy on top of their desks, in plain sight.
  2. Hav­ing a plan in place ahead of time may allow you to make deci­sions in the moment with­out hav­ing to draw on your willpower. For exam­ple, some­one who’s watch­ing her alco­hol intake might tell her­self before a party, “If any­one offers me a drink, then I’ll ask for club soda with lime.”
  3. Oth­ers have also found that flex­ing your willpower mus­cles can strengthen self-control over time. Aus­tralian sci­en­tists Megan Oaten, PhD, and Ken Cheng, PhD, of Mac­quarie Uni­ver­sity in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, assigned vol­un­teers to a two-month pro­gram of phys­i­cal exer­cise — a rou­tine that required willpower. At the end of two months, par­tic­i­pants who had stuck with the pro­gram did bet­ter on a lab mea­sure of self-control than did par­tic­i­pants who were not assigned to the exer­cise reg­i­men. That’s not all. The sub­jects also reported smok­ing less and drink­ing less alco­hol, eat­ing health­ier food, mon­i­tor­ing their spend­ing more care­fully, and improv­ing their study habits. Reg­u­larly exer­cis­ing their willpower with phys­i­cal exer­cise, it seemed, led to bet­ter willpower in nearly all areas of their lives.
  4. The find­ings that willpower deple­tion is tied to glu­cose lev­els also sug­gest a pos­si­ble rem­edy. Eat­ing reg­u­larly to main­tain blood-sugar lev­els in the brain may help refuel run-down willpower stores. (But don’t let the term “sugar” fool you. Healthy meals with­out refined sugar are actu­ally bet­ter than sweets at keep­ing blood-sugar lev­els on an even keel, experts say.) Dieters, who are aim­ing to main­tain willpower while cut­ting calo­ries, might do bet­ter eat­ing fre­quent small meals rather than skip­ping break­fast or lunch.

The evi­dence from willpower-depletion stud­ies also sug­gests that mak­ing a list of res­o­lu­tions on New Year’s Eve is the worst pos­si­ble approach. Being depleted in one area can reduce willpower in other spheres, so it makes more sense to focus on a sin­gle goal at a time. In other words, don’t try to quit smok­ing, adopt a healthy diet and start a new exer­cise plan at the same time. Tak­ing goals one by one is a bet­ter approach. Once a good habit is in place, Baumeis­ter says, you’ll no longer need to draw on your willpower to main­tain the behavior.

Even­tu­ally healthy habits will become rou­tine, and won’t require mak­ing deci­sions at all.

 
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Inaugural launch of healthy workplace accreditation for US-based companies

New US accred­i­ta­tion for healthy work­places announced now!

Health­Lead is a new rat­ing sys­tem for help­ing US companies/orgs to improve employee health as a busi­ness per­for­mance strat­egy. Mod­eled after LEED cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (yes, for green build­ings!) in which sus­tain­able prac­tices are con­sid­ered a key busi­ness priority.

Two years in devel­op­ment, pilot test­ing the set of stan­dards, appli­ca­tion, and eval­u­a­tion, Health­Lead was released June 12 at Ohio State University.

The first 12 employ­ers to earn Health­Lead accred­i­ta­tion were rec­og­nized by US Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Health Howard Koh, MD, MPG and othe rpeers.

What is Health­Lead? Inde­pen­dent, third party ver­i­fi­ca­tion that an employer meets high stan­dards for a cul­ture, envi­ron­ment, poli­cies, ben­e­fits and pro­grams that sup­port employee well being.

Read more here: www.ushealthiest.org

About USHealth­i­est, co-founder of Health­Lead initiative:

US Health­i­est is a non­profit, public-private col­lab­o­ra­tion co-founded by CDC and state
and local pub­lic health orga­ni­za­tions. We exist to cat­alyze action and social engage­ment in
sup­port of the vision, “To Make US the Health­i­est Nation in a Health­ier World.” US Health­i­est
seeks to cre­ate a social move­ment pro­mot­ing health and well-being every­where peo­ple live,
learn, work, and play. We want to find new ways to solve peren­nial prob­lems of health and well­be­ing,
encour­age peo­ple to make healthy choices, and cre­ate a social and phys­i­cal envi­ron­ment
that advances healthy liv­ing and well-being.

 

 

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World No Tobacco Day May 31

May 31…World No Tobacco Day!

The cam­paign will focus on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry’s brazen and increas­ingly aggres­sive attempts to under­mine global tobacco con­trol efforts.

Some unfor­tu­nate statistics:

  • There are approx­i­mately 4.7-million smok­ers in Canada.
  • When sur­veyed, the major­ity (upwards of 90%) of smok­ers express a desire to quit.
  • This year, more than 37,000 Cana­di­ans will die pre­ma­turely as a result of tobacco use.
  • Tobacco use rep­re­sents a sub­stan­tial cost to the Cana­dian health care sys­tem, and to the Cana­dian economy.
  • Total direct health care costs linked to tobacco use are over $4.4 bil­lion per year.
  • When indi­rect cost (e.g. lost wages, pro­duc­tiv­ity, etc.) are included, the total annual eco­nomic cost of tobacco to the Cana­dian econ­omy is more than $17 billion.
  • Smok­ing is linked to 30% of all can­cer deaths in Canada.
  • Tobacco use is one of the lead­ing pre­ventable causes of death.
  • The global tobacco epi­demic kills nearly 6 mil­lion peo­ple each year, of which more than 600,000 are peo­ple exposed to second-hand smoke.
  • Unless we act, smok­ing will kill up to 8 mil­lion peo­ple by 2030, of which more than 80% will live in low– and middle-income countries.

Learn more from the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion here.

 

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Youth and young adults at greatest risk from mixing alcohol and caffeine

A new report from the Cana­dian Cen­tre on Sub­stance Abuse (CCSA) and the Cen­tre for Addic­tions Research of British Colum­bia (CARBC) exam­ines the trends and risks of alco­hol and caf­feine con­sump­tion, and pro­vides tar­geted rec­om­men­da­tions for pol­icy mak­ers, pub­lic health orga­ni­za­tions, health­care providers and researchers.

  • Youth and young adults drink caf­feinated alco­holic bev­er­ages at lev­els four times higher than the gen­eral pub­lic, par­tic­u­larly at uni­ver­si­ties, where the rate is almost dou­ble that of other young adults.
  • Youth and young adults pre­fer hand-mixed over pre-mixed drinks. This puts them at greater risk of dan­ger­ous side effects because hand-mixed alco­hol energy drinks typ­i­cally con­tain more caf­feine and alcohol.

Some of the use­ful resources pro­vided by the CCSA and CARBC:

  1. The full report and rec­om­men­da­tion: Caf­feinated Alco­holic Bev­er­ages in Canada: Preva­lence of Use, Risks and Rec­om­mended Pol­icy Responses.
  2. The pol­icy brief: Pol­icy Brief on Alco­hol and Caf­feine.
  3. Youth: Alco­hol and Caf­feine “A bad buzz”
  4. Parents: Alco­hol and Caf­feine “A bad buzz”

Also, see Canada’s Low Risk Drink­ing Alco­hol Guide­lines.

 

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Reframing health as more than health care

If you’re in agree­ment that a life­time of well-being is a resource for liv­ing, and not an end in and of itself, you will be excited by this excel­lent pre­sen­ta­tion on refram­ing health as more than health care.

Rec­og­niz­ing the impor­tance of self-management and the role indi­vid­u­als have in design­ing their own well-being.

As authors and pre­sen­ters Rajiv Mehta and Hugh Dub­berly note:

Sig­nif­i­cantly improv­ing the design of prod­uct and ser­vices for health requires a dra­matic shift in think­ing, from a pater­nal­is­tic view of patient to a respect­ful view of per­son, and from a nar­row goal of alle­vi­at­ing sick­ness to a holis­tic goal of sup­port­ing well­be­ing. Not­ing that it is a wicked prob­lem, we will expand the frame of health from tra­di­tional health-care to a resource for liv­ing. We will describe the var­ied chal­lenges peo­ple face in exe­cut­ing their self-defined health self-management efforts and in con­duct­ing tiny self-experiments. Finally we will dis­cuss the required change in design approach, chal­leng­ing design­ers to focus on meta-design and to enable users to be the ulti­mate design­ers of their own health & well­ness systems.

Refram­ing health as more than health care or watch the pre­sen­ta­tion on SlideShare.

 


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Global burden of mental health lacking parity on health agendas (YouTube)

Given its con­tri­bu­tion to the global bur­den of dis­ease, men­tal ill­ness receives nowhere near the kind of atten­tion and resources it deserves,” Patel says Vikram Patel, a psy­chi­a­trist at the Lon­don School of Hygiene and Trop­i­cal Med­i­cine and found­ing mem­ber for the move­ment for Global Men­tal Health.

In this edi­to­r­ial, and YouTube video, Patel com­ments on the bur­den of global men­tal ill­ness and how high men­tal ill­ness ranks on the scale of health bur­den. He remarks:

The level of dis­in­ter­est and apa­thy sur­round­ing this mas­sive prob­lem is mys­te­ri­ous to me…Some of it clearly has to do with the stigma that still sur­rounds men­tal health…as some­thing that an indi­vid­ual is some­how per­son­ally respon­si­ble for hav­ing and for not being able to con­trol their behavior…In devel­op­ing coun­tries, it is not uncom­mon to find peo­ple with seri­ous men­tal ill­ness chained up, locked away or sub­jected to reg­u­lar, out­right abuse, even in health care insti­tu­tions,” Patel said. “If any of us saw even one indi­vid­ual with HIV/AIDS treated like that, there would be global out­rage … But you don’t see the same out­rage when it is peo­ple with men­tal illness.

Read more of the inter­view with Dr. Patel here

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