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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios