Are Today’s Worksite Wellness Programs A Trick or A Treat?

Worksite wellness programs are all the rage today. But I bet you have never thought of these programs in terms of them being either a trick or a treat? I certainly had not, but as I describe below, I think they can be.

While we tend to think of Halloween as a one evening event, Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve is actually one of three Western Christian celebrations that occur from October 31 to November 2 annually. These religious observances are known as a triduum because they last three days. Halloween on the evening of October 31st is followed by All Saint’s Day and then All Soul’s Day. The basis of the triduum is a time to remember the dead and the faithful departed Christians.

The practice of wearing costumes on Halloween is believed to be a way for the living to disguise their identities to avoid being recognized by any departed soul that might be seeking revenge or vengeance before they depart earth. Another thought is people dress up in costumes, especially creatures that generate fear within us, as a way of poking fun at Satan.

The practice of Trick-or-Treating is said to date back to the medieval period and the practices of mumming, souling and in later years, guising. Today, the practice of Trick-or-Treating refers to the threat to perform mischief if no treat is given.

So are employers today playing a game of Trick-or-Treat with employees when it comes to worksite wellness programs? If yes, what is the trick and what is the treat? Here is my thinking:

A Trick

Based on my current understanding and perspective, the employer can use today’s worksite wellness program as a trick against employees in a couple of different ways. The first way is to shift more of the health insurance cost on to the employee under the guise of a health insurance premium differential that requires wellness program participation. A second way would be to charge a health insurance premium surcharge to an employee for smoking or some other “unacceptable” measure of health status or behavior. A third way would be to make the wellness program all about compliance and participation, rather than engagement. These types of programs are being called “Wellness or Else” type programs. The employee participates to gain an incentive or avoid a punishment, rather than to engage with the program with the goal being to enhance their health and wellbeing.

A Treat

Typically, employees view the benefits they receive at the workplace as being a treat, if not an outright entitlement. Without question, health and dental benefits, vision plans, EAP programs, work-life programs and even wellness programs can all be described as being treats provided by the employer. For employees who are already doing the right thing when it comes to their health and wellbeing, having the employer pick-up or reimburse the cost of their gym membership is certainly a treat, as the employer now assumes the cost an employee was willing to pay themselves anyway.

So how does your worksite wellness program stack-up? Is it seen as a trick, or a treat? I certainly hope it is being seen as a treat.

Guideline For Choosing Dog Treats

What makes you love your dogs? Is it because of the way he loves you in return and the eagerness that you feel when he attempts to please? This love can be more emphasized through dog training as it creates the firm bond between you and your pal.

One well recognized method of dog training is through the use of dog treats. But dog treats are not for positive reinforcement dog training alone. Most dog owners have used them as snack alternatives. This does not proceed pleasurable experiences but may also aid in maintaining your pal’s health.

Like with other pet stuffs, there are considerations that an owner should first evaluate before allowing his pet to dog treats. Health components concerning with calorie content is on the priority list.

One of the growing concerns on dog health nowadays is obesity. Almost half of American dogs are overweight. Like with the case of human, obesity may lead to a variety of diseases like diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.

Overindulgence is thought as one of the contributing reason for obesity. This may be due to human factor. Most owners tend to give dog treats on an unregulated basis. For most, it doesn’t matter how many calories does a single biscuit may contain. To resolve this issue, an owner needs to cut back on the daily calorie intake of his pet until he reduces some weight. Controlling the quantity of dog treats throughout the day may be of great help. You may also choose to lessen his foods gradually until he reaches normal weight. In line with this, it is ideal to stick with dog treats with low calories. The subject on obesity may further be resolved through consulting the vet and to implement a regular exercise regimen.

It is also an ill practice to give your dog commercially produced human foods. Some of which may contain elements that are not suited for your dog’s health. Commercial foods are also often rich with fats and calories and low in nutrients and vitamins. Moreover, this practice is really not healthy for your dog’s manners. This only encourages begging. Give him his dog treats in his own place instead but always bearing the thought of how healthy the dog treats you give are.

Tips on Dog Treats Selection

It is always best to buy naturally produced dog treats. These save you from unnecessary additives that may post threats against your dog’s health. Fat and sugar-rich dog treats are complete no-no. look for dog treats that have high concentration of fibers and protein.

Dog treats that are primarily made from fishes are good sources of unadulterated health components. These are great foods for human as well as dogs. They are low in calories and fats.

Avoid giving dog treats before any major meals. If you are training him using positive reinforcement, cut back portions of his meals to balance his diet with dog treats.

There are dog treats that are especially made to optimize your dog’s health. Working in the same principle as that of the vitamin supplements. These are aids to maintain your dog’s health and may even relieve symptoms of certain diseases.

Don’t allow that dog treats may cover as much as ten percent of your pet’s diet.

In choosing the ideal treat, it is helpful to rely on your best judgements. It is you who know your pet well enough but in cases of doubt, you may as well consult a veterinarian.

Finding an Alternative Health Program That Brings Lasting Health

To treat symptoms rather than causes brings no lasting results. To give a person a pain pill for pain rather than treating the cause of the pain, only gives a person some temporary relief. To cut out the part of the body that is affected, only weakens the overall function of the body. To replace parts of the body with artificial parts, does not help the body heal itself. All these methods only assure the medical profession of return customers and a continual income.

There must be a better way! There must be an alternative method that treats causes rather than symptoms. Truth is, there are many methods of health care that use non-conventional approaches to health care. They range from totally ridiculous to well thought-out scientific systems leading to ultimate health. The following are some that are based on well thought-out rational approaches that treat causes rather than symptoms. These are based on prevention as well as treatment.

I. Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic doctors believe the human body has an innate ability to heal itself. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) instruct their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and cutting-edge natural therapies to aid their bodies’ ability to ward off and combat disease. They view the patient as a complex, interrelated system. They craft comprehensive treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to treat disease, and restore health. They base their practice on six timeless principles founded on medical tradition and scientific evidence.

1. Let nature heal. Our bodies have a powerful, innate instinct for self-healing. Finding and removing the barriers to their self-healing (such as poor diet or unhealthy habits) nurtures this process.

2. Identify and treat causes. Symptoms will only return unless the root illness is addressed. Do not cover up symptoms. Finding and treating the cause of these symptoms will bring lasting healing.

3. First, do no harm. Naturopathic doctors follow three precepts to guarantee their patients’ safety:

Use low-risk procedures and healing compounds, like dietary supplements, herbal extracts and homeopathy, with few or no side effects.

When possible, do not suppress symptoms, which are the body’s efforts to self-heal.

Customize each diagnosis and treatment plan to fit each patient. No two people are alike. Each person heals differently.

4. Educate patients. Naturopathic doctors believe they must be educators, as well as physicians. They teach their patients how to eat, exercise, relax and nurture themselves physically and emotionally. They also encourage self-responsibility and work closely with each patient.

5. Treat the whole person. We all have unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, sexual and spiritual makeups. The Naturopathic doctor knows that all these factors affect our health. Because of this, he or she carefully tailors the treatment strategy to address the whole person.

6. Prevent illness. They understand, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” To them proactive medicine saves money, pain, misery and lives. With this in mind, the naturopathic physician evaluates risk factors, heredity and vulnerability to disease. By getting treatment for greater wellness, we’re less likely to need treatment for future illness.

II. A Master Herbalist

An Herbalist is one who uses herbs to promote health. This has been the world’s primary form of medicine since the beginning of time, with a written history of over 5000 years. Unfortunately, the use of herbs for health care in America has been overshadowed by dependence on modern medications for the last 100 years. Notwithstanding, 75% of the world’s population still relies primarily upon traditional healing practices, most of which is herbal medicine.

III. Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathy is a system of medicine which treats an individual with highly diluted substances to trigger the body’s natural system of healing. The idea is to treat “like with like.” This concept dates back to Hippocrates (460-377BC) but in its current form, homeopathy has been used worldwide for more than 200 years.

This principle was rediscovered by Samuel Hahnemann, a German doctor who was shocked by the harsh medical practices of his day (which included blood-letting, purging and the use of poisons such as arsenic). This led him to look for a way to reduce the damaging side-effects associated with these crude medical treatments.

His first experiments were on himself and a group of healthy volunteers. By giving smaller and smaller medicinal doses, he found toxicity was reduced and the medicines actually appeared to be more effective with lower doses. He further observed that symptoms caused by toxic ‘medicines’ such as mercury, were very much like those of the diseases they were being used to treat. This led to the principle he described as “like cures like.” The beautiful thing about this treatment for illness is that it treats the whole person without the side-effects of conventional medicines.

Hahnemann’s documented work and textbooks are the foundations of homeopathic medicine as it is practiced today.

Perhaps this concept should be revisited. With the growing complications brought on by our many synthetic “medicines” and their side-effects which need to be treated with more “medicines,” homeopathic remedies would be a great blessing to multitudes of over-medicated people. Let’s face it, over-medicating people is just as crude today as it was in Hahnemann’s day. Homeopathic remedies could very well be the preferred treatment for many of our modern day ills.

As you look through these three alternative health methods you can see a common thread. If we work with our body it will heal itself. Our body was made by our Creator-Redeemer God to heal itself. On a smaller scale, if we cut our finger it will heal itself. The same is so when our body is stressed by diseases, drugs or other modern-day health stressors. Remove the stress and our body will take care of the rest. This is very simple. Good sense will lead us to this conclusion. Perhaps it is time for us to “take charge of our own health.”

One last thing. Complicated problems most often have simple solutions. When a paratrooper is falling out of an airplane the simple solutions is to pull the ripcord. If a person is in a burning building, the solution is to get out of the building. If a car is out of control and heading toward a person, the simple solution is to get out of its way. The same is true with physical, emotional, and spiritual problems. Remove the cause of the problem and the symptom will vanish away.

The 10 commandments to good health listed in my previous article will take you a long way toward restoring your health. If you want ultimate health bad enough to make some lasting changes, this is a good starting place.

Natural Way of Treating Depression and Anxiety

Suffering from depression? Some doctors prescribed Anti-Depressants, Tranquillizers and Sleeping Tablets in order to treat postnatal depression.

There are caring doctors out there but there are some who over prescribe medications.

These medications that was mentioned earlier are only be used as a last resort in order to treat depression, anxiety, or insomnia, which is already severe like for instance if a person’s daily routine are being affected and when his or her problem is no longer responsive with any medication or treatment. But most of the time, people who are suffering with depression or anxiety are being prescribed with such medications which in due time becomes a problem with the patient’s health. It can even lead to other complications or problems.

If you are being prescribed with strong medication, after a while since your body get used of strong medication, soon need more and stronger medication. But this could now happen if only health practitioner will spend some of time to listen to the patient’s problem and try his or her best to help the patient overcome it problem but that doesn’t happen, they rather prescribed drugs for patient’s problem.

But the good news is that there are a lot of healthier alternatives that can work well with your depression and anxiety. This article will mention few of these alternatives, so read on.

– Exercise. A lot of people find it hard for them to do this, but you have to bear in mind that this can be helpful to you. Doing regular exercising can make you healthier, it will even increase the good feeling in your body and will boosts your self-esteem, so it will lessen the symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. But take this note, it should be done regularly. You can give about half an hour of your day by doing walking, jogging, swimming, dancing, aerobics and so on, as long as it makes you sweat and will increase your heart beat. Actually, if you only carry on, you will find yourself enjoying it already.

– Social Support. When you are depressed, you usually just want to stay at your room and be alone. But you have to bear in mind that loneliness is one of the causes of depression, so better to go out and join groups. You may not want it, but do it anyway; this can be helpful to you. If ever you do not have any group yet, start joining a social circle, you can do it by volunteering on church, sport clubs and so on. You can try out different alternatives, besides there are plenty of social groups that you can join in.

– Talk thing out. Talking about it is one of the most effective ways to relieve your depression and anxiety. You can share your problems than just keeping it all up by yourself. Soon you will find how good it is to b relieved with the problem you have. You can share your problems with family, friends and even with counselor.

Herbal remedies. There are a lot of herbal remedies out there that you can use to relieve and also prevent your depression, anxiety and stress. The use of herbal remedies can help you with your depression and anxiety naturally, safely and effectively. One of these herbal remedies for depression is relagen. Relagen is a 100% all natural product that efficiently addresses the different and devastating symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress.