A few reminders and simple, common sense precautions to take to ensure a fun-filled and safe summer.
Franklin & Marshall College has once again been awarded "Fit Friendly Company" status by the American Heart Association. This year we have moved uo to Platinum status! The status recognizes employers who display progessive leadership and "who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees' health."
Wednesday, March 26th at Noon in Booth Ferris SouthPeople who sit for large portions of the day are at high risk for back injury. There are ways to prevent such injury simply by adjusting your chair and workstation. Having an ergonomically correct workstation can also lower risk of developing other musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome. This session on Office Ergonomics will discuss the various problems that office personnel run into as a result of workstations that are not ergonomically correct. We will also review the simple steps that one can take to fix their workstation by adjusting their chair and reevaluating their desk setup. In addition to reviewing office ergonomics, we will have samples of various ergonomic office equipment to examine. This event will take place on March 26th at Noon in Booth Ferris South. Employees are invited to bring their lunch to this event.
Here are several handouts from the recent talk on how to prevent slips, trips and falls in the workplace:
Trips, Slips and Falls: The Powerpoint Presentation, from Denise Freeman, F&M's Director of Environmental Health and Safety
The Dangers of Slips, Trips and Falls (from the National Safety Council)
The Prevention of Slips, Trips and Falls (from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Slips, Trips and Falls: Prevention and Regulations (from Grainger Industrial Supply)
This year it's easier than ever to use F&M's Wellness Rewards program, brought to you by the FPS Wellness Committee and Highmark Blue Shield.
Physical Activity completion should be entered into the Wellness Rewards Program at the end of each month. At the end of each month, a new tile will be shown for the current month. The tiles will be labeled “Monthly Physical Activity- with the current month.” Previous months will also be shown. If you forget to enter a month’s activity, you can always go back and choose the tile, but you will not be able to flip a new tile before the actual month of activity.
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One of the most important things you can do for yourself is to schedule regular checkups and preventative exams. As you get out the calendar to start planning commitments for the year, take some time to invest in yourself and schedule recommended exams.
Preventative exams help to maintain your body and good health throughout your entire lifetime. You'll also be investing in one of best methods to prevent illness from happening in the first place, and to detect a disease in the earliest stages so that it will not become serious enough to negatively affect your life.
When you're sick, you have no choice but to think about your health. However, with preventative care, you are in control to plan and follow through ahead of time. That's more convenient than dealing with an illness that could have been prevented.
Preventative exams, screenings, immunizations and flu shots are vital elements of F&M's employee Wellness Rewards program. Employees can earn these points that add up quickly toward rewards:
Colorectal exam -- 10 points
Mammogram -- 5 points
OB/GYN exam -- 5 points
Vision exam -- 5 points
Dental exam -- 5 points
Preventative exam -- 10 points (other preventative exams that do not fall into the other categories, such as a bone density test for osteoporosis, or thyroid disease screening, or general physical checkup, for example)
Flu shot -- 5 points
As an investment, preventative care is worth the time and sacrifice to keep you and your family on the road to good health.
Lancaster General Health offers the following flier on free programs to help make a quit plan that works for you.
Y members enjoy access to fitness facilities and equipment; indoor and outdoor pools; indoor and outdoor tracks; a steam room, sauna, and whirlpool; a variety of fitness classes and recreation activities for all ages; and an "I-Zone" fitness room and child watch area for kids. Please visit http://www.lancasterymca.org/ for more information about the Lancaster Y.
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Think that you don’t have time for a strength workout along with your aerobic program? Looking for a new program? Try this circuit program at the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center.