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Buffalo Wellness Committee

 

The City of Buffalo has introduced a Wellness Program for its employees.  The program’s mission is to make the pursuit of health and wellness a priority for every employee.

What is a Wellness Program? 

The City of Buffalo Wellness Program consists of health-related education and activities that promote a healthy lifestyle.
The City of Buffalo has established an aim to provide health education, workplace wellness initiatives and other activities that encourage healthy behavior.  The City’s Wellness Committee has a primary goal of shining a spotlight on health and wellness and making the workplace more conducive to healthy choices and more supportive of a healthy lifestyle.

The City wants to implement a Wellness Program for the following reasons:

·         To keep employees and their families healthy.  Many serious and chronic diseases are preventable.  The City of Buffalo cares about employee health and wellness.  Studies demonstrate that healthy employees are happier and more engaged.

·         Since people spend so much time at work, the workplace is an ideal place to provide employees with information, encouragement and support for improving employee overall well-being.

·         Successful Wellness Programs can reduce health care costs.  This is a positive sign for both the City of Buffalo and its employees.

 

Wellness Articles


Study: Mushrooms Revealed as Potent Source of Key Antioxidants

Mushrooms, particularly certain wild varieties, are abundant in glutathione and ergothoniene, important protectors against oxidative damage, according to recent research published in Food Chemistry.

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The Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Putting Out the Fire in your Diet

If you’re feeling more achy, tired, or sluggish than usual, inflammation may be lighting your body up both inside and out. Recent research suggests that persistent inflammation is at the source of many diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Generally, inflammation is a defense mechanism in the body that helps stop growth of abnormal cells, promotes healing of injured tissues, and signals cells to fight off viral and bacterial infections. But when inflammation persists, it requires the body to recruit different mediators to protect the cells. And when these mediators are present for prolonged periods of time they can destroy healthy tissue and trigger disease.

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Alzheimer's Natural Treatment Options & 7 Notable Breakthroughs

Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that can rob people of the ability to think clearly, perform everyday tasks and ultimately, remember who they even are. Because the disease is so devastating, and since previous treatments failed to come up with a cure, I’m always on the lookout for Alzheimer’s natural treatment options and Alzheimer’s news, scouring the medical journals for Alzheimer’s breakthroughs.

There’s so much we still don’t know about the human brain, but thankfully, 2016 marks a year of progress and some pretty significant Alzheimer’s breakthroughs. Let me share some of them with you.

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Shift Work Increases Risk of Apple-Shaped Obesity

Shift workers, especially those who work permanent night shift, are more likely to be overweight or obese than people who don't work shifts, and most frequently, their obesity is in the form of abdominal fat, a meta-analysis of the literature reaffirms.
"Shift work has recently been identified as an important occupational hazard, with a growing body of evidence showing an association between shift work and adverse health effects such as metabolism abnormalities that include obesity," Miaomiao Sun of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, People's Republic of China, and colleagues write in their paper, published online October 4 in Obesity Reviews.

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The Surprising Health Benefits of Saunas

Spending time in the sauna may help lower your chances of developing high blood pressure, say the authors of a recent study in the American Journal of Hypertension. Finnish men in the study who used the sauna four to seven times a week for about 19 minutes each time cut their risk of high blood pressure nearly in half, compared to those who visited just once a week.
The study authors, from the University of Eastern Finland, published research in 2015 linking sauna bathing with a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease and sudden cardiac events. Now, they say, they may have one potential explanation for those early findings.

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