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Workplace Wellness for Small Business

Consult your workplace wellness coordinator please.Consult your workplace wellness coordinator please.When we first thought up Break pal we really didn't have a lot of idea as to the state of workplace wellness in the US and around the world. It was just simply a great idea we had to act on. So we did.

Since then our level of expertise in the area has obviously changed. What is really striking at this point is that up until now workplace wellness programs were something found only in the domain of big business and the public sector. Workplace wellness in the small business world was pretty much unheard of.

It's not that there isn't a great deal of benefit for small business. There is. It's just a matter of scale. And as any small business owner knows it's also a matter of what needs to get done 'right now'.

Liz Weaver's picture

No New Resolutions

Yes, you heard me. As I was sitting down to think about my 2010 resolutions (it's already the 8th)I glanced over at the book shelf and there was my 1996 resolution staring me in the face: Complete works of William Shakespeare. I picked it up and apparently I only made it 56 pages before I gave out on that one.

My favorite each year is: Be an athlete. Like a lean, mean athletic machine. So I hit it hard, I buy a new tube of Bengay and a big bottle of Advil. You guessed, after a week of my house smelling like Bengay I decide as long as I can fit into my favorite jeans, I’m athletic enough.

As back up for my no resolutions theory, I watched an Eckhart Tolle DVD last night and he reminded me that there is no future, there is only now. Now I still fit into my favorite jeans.

Just in case he’s wrong I’m off to workout and tonight I’ll start Taming of the Shrew.

Liz Weaver

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Prove Peter Wrong!

Just watched an interview with the amazing Peter Shankman.

This is the first I've seen of Peter on video but I read every one of his three emails per day (including the ads). I can say without a doubt I read his email newsletter more than any other email I get. Like Peter, it's straight to the point and awesome. If you want to get media exposure it's the best
Help a Reporter out

He comes off a bit brusque in the video as a lot of people commented. But Frankly, who cares. He's got some good info and has definitely made a success of himself by helping others. Isn't that how it's supposed to work?

But I'm not here to pump Peter Shankman. I'm writing this post to strongly disagree with a statement he makes. At about 17:28 he makes the statement

"Social media is not going to save the world or take 20 pounds off your ass"

And if he's right I might as well pack it up because I'm trying to do both.

Peter's a social media guru. He consults for the biggest of social media campaigns and speaks all over the world on the subject. From the flavor of his email newsletter he's obviously a righteous dude.

But I think social media CAN save the world and take 20 lbs off your ass

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Play or Pay Workplace Wellness

With the health debate raging on and soaring health care costs a major expense for US companies workplace wellness is fast becoming a focus. With the potential to increase productivity, decrease health care costs, and improve morale companies are becoming very serious about looking for effective workplace wellness solutions.

However the question of who's going to pay comes up quickly. One common method that is popping up is "Play or Pay". What companies do is actually charge employees who DO NOT participate in workplace wellness programs. That's sure to raise some opinions. Certainly this is some potential ground for discrimination?

At first look it seems a little uncertain. However if you look at the big picture maybe not.

Brad Creer Says:

Workplace wellness programs are an effective way to reduce major risk factors for heart disease, such as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes, says a new American Heart Association policy statement.

Each year, heart disease costs the United States about $304.6 billion, the association says. Companies spend 25 to 30 percent of their annual medical costs on employees with significant health risks, mainly because of their increased likelihood of experiencing heart disease and stroke, it says.

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Getting "caught up"

All my community commitments for this year are done! I've been at my desk getting "caught up" for three days and all I can say is thank God for Breakpal, lol. I haven't been at my desk much the last few months and it shows.

It looks like we have some new users and some old users have recommitted. I'm looking forward to being around more, that means I'm in my office getting something done!

It's good to be back. I'll see you in 30 minutes.
Liz weaver

Phil Weaver's picture

Easy Fitness Tips for Professionals

There are times when 24 hours a day are not enough to squeeze in all that you want to do and all that needs to be done. And when you’re a professional with responsibilities on the job that cannot be put off because you are not your own boss, life becomes that much harder because you’re juggling too many balls in the air. So with your personal and professional lives taking up all your time, you have hardly any to devote to health and fitness. But then, without health, you don’t really have a life. So even if you’re the busiest professional in the world, you need to squeeze exercise into your day. A good Workplace wellness can help. If you’re looking for easy ways to do this, read on:

  • Avoid the elevator: Your workplace probably has more than one of these and you’re definitely going to be taking one up or down to your office more than once a day. Instead, try walking up and down the stairs. It will take a little more time, but you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes to your weight, health and fitness.

  • Park far away: Don’t choose the parking spot closest to your building; instead, park as far as you can so that you are forced to walk for at least five minutes or more both ways, on your way into work, and back on your way home.

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We'll see...

Tim Ferriss, author of The 4 Hour Work Week says that you should work every day like tomorrow is Vacation. He's right it's amazing how much you'll get done when you want to get out of the office.

Working off that theory we should all be super productive today!

We'll see...

Liz Weaver

Lynne the newbie

Hi, I had a whole bunch more to say, but I got bumped off my 1958 laptop. Gotta get a new one. In case it happens again, I'd like a partner or partners to help be get started. I love weigh training, yoga all of which I used to a lot of. Then I had a series of 8 surgeries on an infected prosthetic hip over a 3-4 year period. Needless to say, I'm stating this with a body I don't recognize and it's VERY depressing. I've found that vigorous exercise (lots of weight) really helps fight depression - it never fails. So I'm so excited about getting started!

Lynne the newbie

Hi All,

I'm brand new here, just signing up today. I teach college biology courses, most of them online, so I sit at a computer many hours every day. Sometimes when I get up from using my laptop, my back hurts so bad, I'm bent over like I'm 110. Plus I have a prosthetic hip which normally works fine but is inflexible and painful when I wake up, so morning exercises will be best for me. I have a large office at work, so have so fear of anyone seeing anything I do (not that I would care; my department loves all sorts of new things like this).

Ok - my commitment starts this week!

Wish me luck... I started a personal challenge which I am beginning in the morning to do breakpal consistently for 30 days. I will be posting regularly about my progress on my blog and linking in to BreakPal {whoo hoo, Phil/Liz, don't you guys love me!?}

So... we will see how it goes! haha

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