Wellness programs are good for business. They can lead to better performing workers, lower absenteeism and decreased healthcare and insurance costs.
Next week, all across the globe, people are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week, which is held every year on the first week of August to promote, protect and support breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding has many health benefits to mother and baby and has been identified as a priority of the Healthy People 2020 Goals outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Exclusive breastfeeding, which means the infant only feeds on breast milk,for the first six months, has been shown to support both mother and baby’s health after a delivery. According to the 2007 report from the US Department of Public Health’s Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality, the newborn has a decreased risk for diarrhea, ear infections and even Type 1 and 2 Diabetes when breastfed. Additionally, a lactating mother has decreased risks of postpartum depression, breast and ovarian cancers, and Type 2 Diabetes.
POP QUIZ: Deli slicers – How hard can they be to use?
Everyone seems to have story about someone being cut at work while using a deli slicer*. If you don’t have one yourself, ask a friend or colleague—they almost certainly do. And more often than not, the story involves a younger worker.
For many, the initial reaction to a cut is, “No big deal—it’ll heal soon enough.”
But what if that cut affects a tendon or ligament in the finger, which causes deformity or permanently limits movement? What if that cut isn’t a cut at all, but an amputation?
Young workers under age 25 are twice as likely to be injured on the job as older workers. And any injury has the potential to create a lasting impact on everyday life, or even one’s future, in addition to the more immediate suffering.