Tips for Winter Wellness

Cold weather and short days lead to long naps and endless movie marathons. Even those who are health-conscious may find themselves sitting indoors and gradually lessening their physical activity when winter approaches. However, maintaining your health throughout the entire year is important. The following health and wellness tips will help stay in good health during the winter:

  • Go for a walk even when the weather is really cold. Your body has to work overtime to get warm and you may burn up to 50% more calories than you would on the same walk in the summer.
  • Replace hot chocolate with a cup of herbal tea. Tea contains antioxidants and can build your immune system. Not only is it a healthier choice, but you even benefit from drinking it.
  • Winter is flu season and simply washing your hands is an effective way to prevent the spread of germs. This is also the perfect time to get your flu shot, which is the best combat method for the flu. Nova Medical Centers proudly provides vaccination services to assist in keeping you healthy.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day and using moisturizers to protect your skin. Cold air and indoor heaters can dry out your skin and cause skin irritation.
  • Buying indoor plants is an inexpensive way of providing moisture and oxygen to a drier atmosphere caused by heating. Plus, they’ll even give your home or office more life and brighten any cold, dull day.

Bundling up and staying inside is a natural reaction when winter comes along. Ensuring that you stay active and healthy during the winter keeps you from working twice as hard to stay healthy during the spring.  Simple habit changes can drastically positively impact your health.

At Nova Medical Centers, we specialize in occupational health. We pride ourselves by attending to your health and safety. From updates on OSHA regulations to workplace safety tips, your safety is our number one priority. Contact Us today for more information about our services. Our team of experts and friendly staff are ready to assist.

 

Written by Nayda Sanchez

6 tips for healthy holiday eating

The holiday season is in effect and we all know that means festive food overload. A lot of eating followed by weight gain is a typical pattern for most people. The good news is you don’t have to deprive yourself of your favorite holiday foods in order to maintain health during the last seasons of the year.  These 6 tips will help you indulge your favorite foods while reducing the impact of negative consequences:

  1. Portion Control

Portion size is important throughout the entire year, but especially during the holidays. Opportunities to eat festive snacks and desserts will happen often. Eating smaller portions and lessening how frequently you eat holiday treats can help gear you away from weight gain.

  1. Eat when you’re hungry

Holiday parties and potlucks happen recurrently and it’s important to indulge only when you’re hungry. Don’t treat yourself only because the food is available.

  1. Pace yourself

Eat slowly and savor every bite. Wait 10 minutes before going back for seconds to see if you really are still hungry.

  1. Do not skip meals throughout the day

Skipping meals throughout the day to prepare for a big holiday feast may lead to overeating. It is especially important to have breakfast, as research shows that those who eat this important morning meal tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day.

  1. Strategize

There are many strategies to help you avoid overeating. For instance, using a smaller plate allows you to serve yourself less food. Also, eating vegetables and a salad before entrees and desserts can help you become full faster and prevent you from overeating on foods with higher calories like desserts, pasta, and bread.

  1. Stay active

Chilly weather tends to give people the urge to want to stay indoors, but don’t worry there are plenty of indoor activities that allow you to get a workout done while staying warm. There are plenty of options to choose from like walking up and down the stairs at home or at the workplace, working out at the gym or even joining an indoor sports team like basketball.

Eating healthy and staying active during the holiday season is achievable by being mindful of your food intake and ensuring you are continuing your workout schedule.

Nova Medical Centers specializes in occupational health. Attending to your health and safety needs is our number one priority. We proudly offer onsite health fairs that provide employees with health tips, blood pressure checks, BMI and much more. Contact us today to schedule a health fair or for more information on any of our other services.

 

Written by Nayda Sanchez

National Physical Therapy Month

Physical therapy plays a critical role in the recovery process of patients who have experienced injury or deformity. Both physicians and patients who have participated in physical therapy know that it is more than just treatment. It is a journey of transformation. American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) established National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) in 1981 to raise awareness of the life changing benefits it offers to patients. Here are some key facts about National Physical Therapy Month:

  • National Physical Therapy Month is celebrated in October
  • Every year, APTA selects a theme such as lower back pain, posture, balance, fitness and obesity, to be the main focus. This year’s focus is on the #ChoosePT campaign which encourages physical therapist to tout the benefit of choosing physical therapy in lieu of opioid medication
  • A “Day of Service” is designated to give physical therapists an opportunity to engage their communities in activities to promote healthy lifestyles and to spread awareness of the importance of physical therapy
  • Many clinics offer free posture screenings, balance assessments or fun runs
  • 50 Chapter Challenge, Neighborhood blood drives, photo contests, and Miracles Baseball Leagues are some events organized by APTA to make it easier for physicians to get involved during NPTM

Physical therapists deserve recognition for their hard work and dedication to empowering patients to take control of their treatment plans and recovery progress. National Physical Therapy Months allows physicians to spread awareness of the benefits of physical therapy while receiving the appreciation they undeniably earned.

At Nova Medical Centers, our team of highly skilled licensed physical therapy staff is committed to providing the most current treatment to patients. Our program provides one-on-one patient care, which means patients do not share their individual therapy time with multiple patients. We pride ourselves in leading the occupational health industry. Contact us  today for more information about our physical therapy program or any other of our services.

Employment Drug Testing

Drug testing promotes positive work culture

 According to a survey conducted by the Society of Human Resources, 57% of employers implement drug testing to determine if employees or job applicants are using drugs. Employers overlook drug testing because it’s not required by the state they are operating in, it’s too costly or they believe it’s not a viable investment. However, the benefits can be impactful.  Listed below are significant benefits of drug testing:

  • Creating a drug-free environment builds a safe workplace. Performing job functions while under the influence makes it more dangerous for employees and their colleagues. Using heavy equipment or driving a truck requires an employee to be alert; being under the influence will increase the likelihood of injury.
  • Drug screenings in companies has led to an increase of productivity within their employees. Drug problems can cause an individual to lose focus of their responsibilities and their commitment to their employer. Being absent and lack of punctuality are linked to drug use. Eliminating drugs from the equation helps shape a goal-oriented, productive atmosphere.
  • Employers may be eligible for discounts on workers compensation insurance for maintaining a drug-free work place by drug testing workers
  • Drug testing encourages a healthier lifestyle not only at the workplace, but also in employee’s personal lives.

Drug testing can lead to impactful company cultural changes. It is a representation of the restriction of drug use at the workplace and a great way to showcase company culture even before an employee is hired.  Reliable colleagues, motivating leaders, and a supportive learning environment are all desirable characteristics for job seekers.  Implementing a drug-free workplace shows employees that you not only care about their success, but their overall health. It is a key component in protecting the safety, health and welfare of employees.

At Nova Medical Centers  our teams of medical professionals specialize in ADA, DOT, NIOSH, OSHA and other state and regular federal regulations which govern the occupational medicine industry. Our sole focus on occupational health allows us to provide exceptional pre-employment services. We pride ourselves in tailoring our care to every single client. Contact us  today for more information about our pre-employment services.  Our friendly staff and team of experts are here to meet all of your occupational health needs.

Written by Nayda Sanchez

Preparing for Flu Season – Helpful tips to keep from spreading the flu

With fall just around the corner, now is the time to start preparing for flu season. 10% of the population contracts the flu yearly. Though it may not seem like a high percentage, more people are affected than you think. Interacting with people who have been exposed to the flu is inevitable, but it doesn’t mean we can’t better prepare ourselves. Below are 5 tips to help you fight the flu:

 

  1. Get Vaccinated

Vaccinations are the best way to help the prevention of spreading the flu. Nova Medical Centers proudly offers onsite vaccinations. It is important to know the benefits of receiving flu vaccines.

 

  1. Sanitizers are your best friends

During flu season, sanitizing commonly used surfaces such as computer equipment, doorknobs, desks and telephones can help keep from spreading the flu. Use cleaning products and disinfectants to kill germs on surfaces.

 

  1. Wash your hands

Washing your hands several times a day prevents spreading flu germs. Germs can live on anything someone who is infected has touched for over two hours. It is advised to wash your hands several times a day. You soap and water to thoroughly wash hands. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

 

  1. Stay home when you’re sick

If you have the flu, the best thing you can do for yourself and others is to stay home. Staying home prevents the spreading of the flu.

 

  1. Exercise and eat healthy

Feeding your body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and exercising regularly is proven to help you fight viruses. The healthier you are, the less prone to illnesses you become. Work-out regularly, eat your veggies and get plenty of sleep. Your body will thank you once flu season arrives.

 

Nova Medical Centers specializes in Occupational Health. We want to help you and your employees combat against the flu. Our Onsite Flu Shot Clinics provide flu shots without leaving the office or making appointments. Contact Nova Medical Centers for more information about scheduling an Onsite Flu Shot Clinic.

 

Written By: Nayda Sanchez

Self-Care Awareness Month: 4 Tips to Better Yourself

According to U.S Stress statistics , 77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress and 73% experience psychological symptoms caused by stress. Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. You can train your body to handle stress more efficiently by practicing self-care. Any activity you deliberately do in order to take care of your mental, emotional and physical health is considered self-care. Here is a list of ways you can practice self-care:

 

  • Exercise

 

Physical activity produces endorphins, chemicals that reduce pain and naturally induce the feelings of pleasure, improves ability to sleep, reduces stress, wards off anxiety, and boosts self-esteem. Exercising moderately for 30-minutes five times a week allows you to reap all of the physical and mental health benefits. You don’t have to be a pro, just stay active. Dancing, running, biking, walking, playing sports, and hiking are all great ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine.

 

  • Surround yourself with supportive people

 

Healthy relationships are a critical part of self-care. Invest your energy in those who encourage you and inspire you to become better. Drift away from anyone who drains your energy. This goes for your relationships both inside and outside of your workplace. A balance between give and take is essential for any healthy relationship.

 

  • Clean your workspace

 

Maintaining a neat work area is a good way to practice self-care at work. Your environment can have a significant impact on productivity . Only keep things you frequently use on your desk to avoid clutter. Hang pictures, artwork, or images that inspire you or make you feel good as small reminders of your values. Your work area is a representation of yourself and it shouldn’t cause you unnecessary stress, it should give you clarity and enable you to do your best at work.

 

  • Reward yourself

 

It’s important to recognize your own accomplishments. Naturally, we complete task after task and it becomes a vicious cycle of to-do lists. Take a moment to reflect what you and your team have accomplished at work or what you have accomplished outside of work; think of ways that you can treat yourself. Buying an outfit for yourself, getting a message or having a potluck at work are some of the ways you can compensate your hard work.

 

Self-care is vital and ultimately leads to overall better health. By being the best version of yourself, you will fill more confident helping those around you and want to strive to do well in all areas of your life. This short list can help jumpstart your journey to self-care.

 

At Nova Medical Centers we specialize in Occupational Health. Attending to your health and safety needs is our number one priority. We proudly offer onsite Health Fairs. Contact us for more information about our Health Fairs.

 

Written By Nayda Sanchez

National High Blood Pressure Month: 7 Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure