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Workforce obesity – the search for a solution

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Garcinia Cambogia – a solution to workforce obesity

Not long ago we wrote about how it’s important not to be overweight if you want to function well at work. Yes, if you are you may be able to get by for now, but what about in the long term? How can you even predict that far ahead of time? Obviously, you can’t. Rather than mitigate the risk that they could become too stressed or unfit for work most people will just continue with the status quo in life. It’s easier to develop nice comfy routines and to stick to them day in and day out. It’s reasonable. It actually saves us time. Learning a new skill or routine is time consuming because learning is always a process of failure, success, failure, success. Eventually, we learn to get it right most of the time and to do a good enough job. What if one day, you unexpectedly took a fall? Or if you had a heart attack? Or if all that cholesterol that had been building from eating pizza on work break started to really take its toll on your energy and stamina. The likelihood of having to take sick leave more often or even a break from work altogether goes up under these circumstances.

Many of these kinds of problems stem from the obesity epidemic. This is really serious stuff. What happens when a lot of people go on stress leave is that it can become a slope towards homelessness or at least being at risk of homelessness. Long term unemployment can actually have a snowball effect. You become increasingly confident. It shows in job interviews. Heck it can even show up on your applications. Not only that but prospective employers begin to wonder why you’ve been out of work so long. Suddenly, because you allowed your health to slip back when you were working three years down the track this is the scenario that can develop. While we’re employed we can simply take for granted this possibility.

In one of our previous articles we recommended that taking African Mango supplements can help lose weight. Since then we opened our online store. After contacting some prospective suppliers we couldn’t find any African Mango that was either in stock or of the right quality that we think you guys could benefit.

Instead, we’ve decided to explore whether Garcinia Cambogia could be of use as well.

Introducing NatureWise Garcinia Cambogia

Although we are going to keep a look out for some quality African Mango, we’re now stocking our first product! Introducing NatureWise Garcinia Cambogia…

Garcinia Cambogia is very similar to African Mango actually. Not only are they both extracts from exotic fruits eaten in South East Asia and Africa, they are effective at helping people lose weight. We actually think Garcinia might be more effective. In addition to helping people burn fat, it is an effective appetite suppressant. So if you hate those hunger cravings most people get when dieting Garcinia will help quell this issue. This product lower cholesterol and blocks the body’s ability to convert excess energy into carbohydrate that gets stored in additional fats. So basically, it suppresses hunger, prevents fat production, increases metabolism, as well as giving you more energy and better mood through serotonin. All of these factors come together to create a fat burning furnace in the body.

What makes NatureWise effective?

NatureWise Garcinia Cambogia contains all of the specifications that were used in clinical trials in which participants enjoyed significant weight reduction. This includes 60% HCA content, 500 mg Garcinia Cambogia per capsule, and naturally occurring potassium and calcium, which aid in the absorption of HCA in the body. In addition, each bottle contains 90 capsules, which is a months supply.

What’s this got to do with my work?

It’s widely recognized and verified through research that obesity has having a negative impact on the American workforce. Unfortunately, this is trend is taking place among lower educated segments of the labor force. This means a lot of traditional Union backed employees are being affected. This is usually laborers, cleaners, builders, construction workers and the like. Statistics show that it is these workers that are on average fatter than people in more highly paid and educated positions.

As we explained earlier, obesity can cause many unexpected health problems. This includes just feel a bit down, low in energy, and physical lack of mobility. Obese people have worse immunity because their bodies have to work harder to keep everything functioning. This can lead to sickness and having to take more sick leave. If you run out of sick leave this can place strain on the relationship between you and your employer. This can lead to lower work satisfaction. As you can see a downward spiral effect is always on the cards if not now further in the future for obese workers.

I’m worried about my weight, what can I do about it?

If you’re worried about the potential impact of your weight on your employment you need to make changes as soon as you’re ready. We say better now than never. If you don’t have time or just don’t know where to start Garcinia Cambogia can get you off and running. It can be a real time saver. With the benefit of lowering your appetite it with the early results it can have, this can really boost your confidence to want to take your weight loss even further. Try to integrate some exercise and a better diet into your regime as well. It doesn’t have to be running a marathon every day. A brisk walk a few days a week is better than nothing. Also, just try not to get too much take away. Prepare food at home and try to use unprocessed natural food. Tempting as it is to get microwave meals from the freezer, don’t do it. The sodium content in those things is nuts. Just cook up natural whole foods at home and you’ll be laughing in no time.

As we are new to eCommerce we’re only shipping to US and Canadian residents. If you live in Australia or New Zealand you will be better off visiting Garcinia Cambogia Australia HQ at www.garciniacambogiaaustraliahq.com.au

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Guide to achieving work life balance

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Tips and strategies for achieving work life balance

Life has become so crazy hectic. Work is obviously demanding at times. Some people are ambitious. However, as the cost of living goes up our ability to meet our needs begins to rest on our doing more work. If we’re not careful we can end up living for work rather than to live. This can cause problems with our health. Indeed, stress has been linked to many diseases including cancer. In the immediate term though, it can negatively impact our ability to produce good work. The last thing we need is for our dedication to work to lead to us being sacked. Becoming unemployed in this scenario could lead to ongoing unemployment if the worker has become burnt out. If they’ve got a family and a mortgage the flow on effects could be nothing short of disastrous. In this article we present some ways of staying balanced so you can keep working to enjoy life.

Jot down your priorities

What is most important to you? Difficult question to answer right? Right. Well it’s important to work out what they are. Perhaps you have a few and it’s hard to work out what’s the most important. Have a think about it and ask yourself ‘what’s most important out of all these priorities?’. Make sure to pick one at a time. Nail that. Get it under control and then consider moving onto another one and getting that down. Keep going until you’re working on a number of the things you thought of originally.

Learn to account for how you use your time

Spend the next week writing down everything you do each day. Literally, take out a weekly planner and pencil in each activity on a timeline under each day. At the end of that week review what you’ve written for each day. Notice any things that just don’t really matter that much? Perhaps some time is being spent on activities that you don’t value as highly as the priorities you wrote down in the previous task. Try and find ways of not doing these things. If they must be done, being able to outsource them is handy. Otherwise just find down time or periods that aren’t that important to get them out of the way. You may just do those things when they really must be done and only then.

Go through each task individually rather than trying to multitask

Multi tasking just doesn’t work. It’s been proven time and again in research. If you try to do more than one thing at a time nothing gets done properly. Not only that but you’ll find yourself increasingly stressed as well. If you can drill into a single thing per chunk of allocated time you’re on your way to stress free success. This principle applies to all areas of life not just work. Work is for work and being with family it’s good to focus on them. This is the sure way to life satisfaction. Without actually experiencing what you’re doing in the moment it’s really hard to enjoy anything at all.

Do something you love every day

Don’t just work, work, work or try please everyone all the time. You’ll end up resenting every one including yourself. If you love sports go out for a play. Perhaps you enjoy relaxing. So join a yoga group or the like. Also, it doesn’t need to take up all of your time. It could be as simple as going for a walk or even chilling in the park for 10 minutes. Other ideas are setting aside 1 hour for reading something, or going for a jog or doing nothing at all.

Set aside me time and protect it with your life

Think about it this way. Let’s suppose you’re a high flying lawyer who pulls millions a year. However, in order not to lose all of it you must work constantly uninterrupted. You do it because you love your big house in town and the other on the beach in Hawaii. Take this principle and treat you ‘me time’ with the same level of importance. Think about your quiet time as being so crucial that without it something terrible could happen. Even though this isn’t the case just try to treat it as sacrosanct. Keep it in your schedule unless something seriously urgent requires your attention. We’re talking something potentially disastrous or similar.

Revisit your lifestyle and nutrition habits

How healthy is your agenda? Do you sleep properly? What about diet and exercise? Not having these in check can make you feel like crap to say the least. It makes things really hard when you have no energy and are really tired all the time. Under these circumstances it just feels impossible to cope. If you’re someone who struggles for sleep getting the second two in line can make sleeping heaps easier. This is because if you regulate your food intake and exercise you can ramp up your body’s ability to burn energy. This means that by the time you hit the sack your stuffed.

In order to increase your metabolic rate and your energy burning capacity follow some basic dieting guidelines. You need a good base level of healthy whole foods. These include low fat meats such as chicken, salmon, and nice lean steak and other fish. You also want to balance this out with fruit and vegetables. Instead of having three large meals eat 5-6 smaller portioned meals throughout the day. This will really get your metabolism going. Any exercise you do on top will only boost it more. Next you may want to add some supplements that can further boost your body’s capacity to burn energy and fats. Spirulina is one such supplement that we recommend. Not because we’re trying to sell you stuff. Rather it’s actually a whole food which means it comes from the earth naturally. It’s not synthetic like other supplements such as the over rated multivitamin. Spirulina contains all the essential amino acids, is 60-70% protein and contains beta carotene, omegas 3 and 6 fatty acids and more. All of these vitamins and minerals will be absorbed by the body because spirulina is a whole food. Synthetic supplements are much harder to ingest and most of the goodness is expelled. Follow this link to view a Spirulina brand that we recommend highly.

In addition to diet, you want to continue ramping up your energy burning capability by adding in exercise. Try to do weights or some kind of resistance training 2-3 days per week. Initially make it 2 but step up to 3 when you can. This is in fact more important than cardio. Too many people get obsessed with cardio. Maybe it’s because those gym classes can be intense. Plus you end up gasping for breath and they can be pretty painful to say the least. While this is a great way to train they often isolate muscle groups. Even if they are total body there’s not enough resistance to really break down the muscle tissue. This is important because the muscles use so much energy to first function properly against resistance. Then afterwards muscle recovery and regrowth utilizes a lot of energy too. This can be tiring but that’s what we want initially. With this you’ll sleep better. Once you recover your energy will go through the roof when you need it most – during the day.

So there we have it, our guide to a better work life balance. For further reading on the subject follow this link here.

Watch the video below for more tips on achieving that work life balance from a real professional.

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Workplace safety tips series: Weight loss with African Mango for safer workers

As is true with all of our article series, we like to have an actionable article related to each issue. In case this is your first time on our site, we’ve been writing about workplace safety issues for workers. At the You are the Union website, we write to keep people informed about issues pertaining to workers and unions as well.

This week we are taking a look at a specific health issue that affect workers safety. That is cholesterol, obesity and diet. Add to that list basically any way in which workers can be affected by what they eat. This can translate into how they work and even how safe they are at work.

So let’s take your average mining or construction worker. Just think about how physically demanding these roles are. A miner is underground, in tight places and crevices, all the while they are expected to operate heavy, dangerous machinery. Often, they are underground for days and weeks without access to good oxygen. Now if such a worker were unfit, unhealthy and overweight this could be a recipe for disaster. Imagine they took a big fall because they couldn’t handle the machinery properly. Even worse, imagine they passed out on the job and a dangerous drill just fell on top of them.

Let’s also take the construction worker for example. They often walk around a site all day. Lifting, pushing and pulling. If they are overweight they may take a fall off a ladder. They may lose concentration and drop something on someone. Without good health and fitness anything can happen.

We think workers should seriously consider health and diet planning if they’re not already. We also think they need a fitness strategy. For those workers who are overweight they probably face the most danger at work. This is particularly the case if the work involves heavy lifting and what not.

African Mango, the lazy workers solution

Granted, for some of you exercise and suddenly changing diet can be tough to get going. It can also be time consuming to learn a new routine like that. These difficulties are further compounded with work stress and family life. What can get the ball rolling really nicely is a new weight loss supplement called African Mango.

African Mango is a fruit that grows in Africa. They’ve eaten it and used it in health care for centuries. It’s only just been discovered as a fantastic solution to weight loss. It reduces the need to eat, and also lowers your body’s ability to develop fat. It’s also been found to assist people with diabetes and cholesterol issues which can have a positive flow on effect to your heart. We think this would be great for preventing workplace injury. With less obese staff, a workplace is safer. There’s a lower risk of them hurting themselves or someone else if they lose their footing or drop tools and materials.

Now you may be thinking, what is this some magic potion? Well it might seem like it but it’s no silver bullet. You’ll still need to at least eat well. However, it is not a hoax. Two studies conducted to date have shown that it’s effective at helping people lose weight. You only have to see the following graph of those results to realize.
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For more information, we recommend the following reading to learn more about African Mango:
http://www.drugs.com/npp/african-mango.html

So where can I buy this stuff?

IF you are in England you may want to visit Health Spark. If your in the US Amazon.com will have you covered nicely. They have a high strength 6000mg version at the moment. This means taking less for just as much bang. In Australia, African Mango Tango (www.africanmangoshop.com.au) are selling something of similar quality. If you’re down under you can visit them here.

You may also find this video review we found on Youtube helpful…

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Workplace safety article 1: How safe is desk work really?

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For years unions have had a strong member base in highly dangerous industries. The police, fire brigade, ambulance service, nursing, builders and labourers, painters and dockers and the list goes on for those types of industries. The risk of being injured and out of work in those industries is high. If a construction worker has something dropped on their head and they break a bone or their neck that could threaten their ability to earn potentially for life.

In this article we’re interested in how safe desk jobs are really and some ways these workers go about protecting themselves from workplace injury. We’re also interested in whether they need the backup of a union much the same as workers in high risk workplaces.

Offices don’t exactly present the worker with dangerous hazards. However, in recent times we’ve heard a lot about research showing that constant sitting, typing, writing can have insidious effects on one’s well being. Deep vein thrombosis from length sitting is one. Tennis elbow or tendinitis can happen from a lot of typing and writing. Also, people’s posture and back can get a lot of complications from seating and typing all day as well. These issues may not crop up in acute symptoms and problems but how do they fare as they age? With the aging population will workers need to work longer in life. If this is the case and they have worked in offices all their lives, what happens when they can’t type as they could? Anyway, you get the point…

What we’re concerned with is how few of these workers actually join a union. If they were members they would be protected under the circumstances just mentioned above.

There are some measures that these workers take and we’ll mention these here. This is to protect your interests as much as we can so you don’t get injured.

One popular way is to use an exercise ball to strengthen your posture. When you sit on one all day you can actually condition your core muscles so that assuming correct posture becomes easier. Rather than put too much load on your back and bone structure you’re putting it onto the muscles. And that’s what they’re there for anyway. So get yourself an exercise ball.

Where can I get exercise balls from? If your in the states you might want to just visit Amazon. If your Australian you may visit Bosu Ball Blitz. Click here to view their site.

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Workplace health programs under the microscope

We at You Are The Union like to keep the bastards honest. That’s why we love to lift the lid on workplace health and safety practices in the modern era. In this article we look at workplace health programs again. In a previous article we discussed EAP issues. In this one we want to examine health programs in workplaces more broadly.

So what sought of workplace health programs are available to workers?

The Employee Assistance Program is obviously one of the most visible workplace health programs available. Most companies love to give their EAP spiel whenever workers are stressed. As we discussed previously, EAP programs seem to be designed to ensure workers stay at work working. Otherwise, if they are unwell and not working this costs money to the organization. What these programs and employers are unable to account for is when workers are so sick they cannot work. What happens then? Unfortunately, quit often they are eventually laid off. They either have to look for work again or they don’t work for a long time and struggle on health benefits.

In EAP programs, what health treatments are actually administered? We know that often the worker will be assigned a counselor or psychologist. This can often be a student clinician. We’re thinking this is as far as the actual health care bit goes. The goals of Occupational Therapy are to return workers to work as soon as possible or to prevent them stopping work at all. (see this Wikipedia article here for a summary of what Occupational Therapy involves).

What other services are there? In most organizations we’ve encountered, annual health checks and immunizations are offered. Each year a nurse comes to the workplace to do a health check. Workers have their bloods taken and receive the results weeks later. This provides them with information as to whether further tests or treatments are required. This service is of no cost to the organization except for the time the worker takes to go through the process. In our opinion, it’s neither here nor there. It couldn’t hurt to get such a check but it’s not really a health service. Click here to view an example of an organization that provides such a service.

Then there’s annual immunizations against the flu and the like. These are provided free. While they may seem like a great benefit to workers we’re not so sure. It does benefit the drug companies greatly. Someone, usually governments, subsidize these drugs. There’s not a lot of evidence that flu vaccinations actually work. Indeed, some studies suggest that it can lower immunity with time. Some articles about this issues can be read here http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2013/09/analysis-finds-limited-evidence-hcw-flu-vaccination and here http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/876/84/.

So that’s it. We don’t think workers have free enough access to workplace health services. We agree that programs like EAP need to be available so workers can keep their jobs. It’s also fair enough to optimize budgets so companies can sustain profits. After all without this there would be a dearth of work available. However, genuine therapy is needed for stress. If a worker gets seriously sick the company should see to it they are treated. Even if it is provided through health insurance, the claims should be covered by the company for the most part. This would ensure workers stay profitable and productive over time.

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Workplace health promotion and how workers benefit

We live in a busy world. Most people are required to work long hours. Sometimes they work more than one job. Managing other areas of life such as kids and family can then get very tough. It’s really important, therefore, that workplaces become environments in which health is promoted. This is crucial to the wellness or workers, companies and the economy at large. People function best when their health is in optimum shape. This means they perform better at work when they are in such a state as well.

Workplace health promotion and the World Health Organization

The World Health Organization has called for organizations to realize their role here. They coined the term health promoting workplace (HPW) (see article) to denote this phenomenon. This is where organizations have to take responsibility for educating their workers about health. This not only applies to workplace health and safety but just health care in general. As we know there are many workers that lack education. For these people, and others who just have a lack of self care, they may simply not stop to think about health issues. This can lead, unexpectedly, to sudden health crises. The problem here is obviously that the worker is unwell and we don’t want that. However, if they survive and get out of hospital, they may not be well enough to return to work for a while. If the company has to rehire and/or pay for health expenses it just becomes really uneconomical for them too. This is a lose lose scenario.

Given these issues, we at You Are The Union are advocating for the health promoting workplace as well. We would like to see organizations realize this for the good of both workers and the economy.

Is EAP really in the interest of workers?

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Most workplaces offer support services to distressed workers. These are sometimes referred to as EAP programmes. This acronym stands for Employee Assistance Program. Usually, there will be a phone number located in a common area for staff. This will enable them to ring privately if they are struggling with stress or an issue at work. They then have the option of being allocated to a support worker who is usually a psychologist. They call these supports ‘counsellors’. The question we consider in this piece is, are these programs beneficial? Also, who are they for?

The worker that arrives at the office of an EAP counsellor usually gets to have about 3-6 sessions with the psychologist. The way it goes is they will talk a bit about the issues. The psychologist will be nice and sympathetic. Maybe the worker will think they are a nice person. Then the psychologist usually looks for ways to get the worker back to work as soon as possible. This is known as occupational rehabilitation. It operates in a different framework to the traditional counselling model which is rooted in the medical model. If not the latter model some sort of model that recognises the need to talk in depth about the individuals emotional life in order to get better.

Anyway, back to the issue. So the psychologist will then meet with management to work out ways in which the workplace could be ‘modified’ or the role be changed to make it easier. Perhaps the hours will be shortened or the tasks required less demanding.

It seems to us this is more about saving money for the bosses than anything else. For one thing, the EAP probably doesn’t get used enough to make it expensive. Second, it means getting workers to work and not take sick leave for a start. The 3-6 sessions is not going to do anything for the worker emotionally. Moreover, now that others in the organisation are aware there is added stigma on the worker now. They become labelled, in the bosses mind, is the worker with problems or a beef or whatever.

Anyway, that’s our rant for today. We really think more workers could benefit from union membership rather than EAP as you can tell.

For information about EAP programs visit this site here. Or for information about joining a union visit this site.