The entire month of June has been designated as National Safety Month, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). From the 3rd through the 9th, the NSC is working to Promote Employee Wellness. Just as employers are required to make sure that work places are safe for employees, employees should focus on their own health and wellness.
Employers and employees can make small changes in the workplace to help to promote wellness and health and to reduce the risks of accidents and injuries on the job in Boston and elsewhere. Some of the changes that the NSC is promoting is by helping employees to increase their physical activity, to eat right and to quit smoking. If only these few changes were made, then about 80 percent of all cases of type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease could be prevented. To make it sound even better, about 40 percent of all cancer cases could be prevented, according to the World Health Organization.
Our Boston workers’ compensation attorneys understand that there are small changes that we can all make in our lives to help to improve our health and to help us stay safe on the job. Make sure that your fellow coworkers are working along with you to stay healthy. It’s a team effort and the month of June, National Safety Month, is a great time to spread the word.
Did you know that losing just 5 to 7 percent of your body fat can help you to significantly reduce your risks for diabetes? That’s only about 10 or 15 pounds on a 200 pound person. Another thing you can do is to reduce the sodium in your diet. It is recommended that you consume less than a teaspoon of salt a day. Lastly, residents are urged to get out there and get moving. Physical activity not only helps to keep your blood pressure stable, but it also helps to strengthen your heart and keep your stress level at bay.
Tips for healthy eating:
-Make half of your meal fruits and vegetables.
-Make sure that half of the grains that you consume are whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat bread, oatmeal).
-Choose fat-free or low-fat yogurt, cheese and milk.
-Choose lean sources of protein.
-Choose foods that are low in sodium.
-Keep an eye on your portions.
-Stay away from sugary drinks and sodas. Instead, opt for water.
Tips for staying active:
-Take a quick walk during your lunch break.
-Work outside in the yard.
-Go for a stroll on your bike after work.
-Consider joining an intramural sports league.
-Sign up for a local gym membership.
-Take a dip in the pool and swim some laps.
The Boston workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC are here to fight for those who have been injured or killed in a work accident and would like to file a claim, call today to schedule a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-877-617-5333.
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