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In addition to offering employee assistance programs and health and wellness activities and services, ProHealth offers a wide range of organizational and post-traumatic interventions, such as return to work programs, support in situations of harassment and violence, and of conflict management. Our Canada-wide network of professionals is ready to support you through those difficult moments. [...]

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We hope you enjoyed the holiday season and had the opportunity to rest and recharge your batteries! The whole ProHealth team would like to wish you a year that meets your expectations. It is a great pleasure and also with great pride that we launch our new directory of workplace services 2017, which includes now a section [...]

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One of ProHealth’s strenghts is that we offer a wide range of educative interventions in the form of workshops, seminars, courses, etc. Among them, some stand out through their popularity: Maintaining a work/life balance Turning your back to back pain Healthful foods at grocery store Preventing professional burnout Optimal posture and behavior for preventing injury [...]

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Obtain Health Profiles for all your staff free of charge with the purchase of a workshop to be held at your workplace.   If you stopped by our booth during the Congrès international francophone des ressources humaines (CRHA), you are still eligible for our Health Profile promotion. We are pleased to offer you an online Health Profile for each of [...]

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LIFT sessions are now available in group format. You can join live 30-minute LIFT classes from anywhere, and rock an amazing workout with up to 12 LIFT members in different locations. Get the same advantages of private sessions, but at a lower cost! Contact us to learn more. 418-681-9900 | 1 888 660-4585

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Approximately 25% of Canadian workers have non-standard work schedules, and 40% of these workers suffer from sleep disorders. Such work schedules (e.g. shift work and night work) can also impact workers in other ways, such as disrupting their family life and social life, worsening any pre-existing health conditions and increasing their risk of gastro-intestinal and [...]

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In the spirit of promoting workplace wellness, once again this year the ProHealth team will visit a number of sites across Canada to set up employee flu shot clinics. Visit our website to learn more: http://prosante.com/vaccination-antigrippale/

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My physical health

Use eaTracker to check your food and activity choices, analyze your recipes and plan your meals. Sign up to set goals and track your progress. http://www.eatracker.ca/default.aspx?lang=en

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May is the physical activity month! Celebrate by exercising and learn more about those energy gel packs in this article written by a sport nutritionist. http://www.espaces.ca/articles/sante-et-nutrition/nutrition/gel-energetique/1482-comment-choisir-son-gel-energetique (French only)

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Standing desks, ergonomic work spaces and other tweaks to the built environment are showing promise in increasing total employee well-being and decreasing worksite injuries and pain. But what is the financial and health impact of these interventions? Workplace ergonomics expert and physical therapist Erik Nieuwenhuis gives us the total value story in a brand new [...]

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March is nutrition month! This year, the theme chosen is to foster consumers to develop a healthy relationship with food. Consult the campaign website to learn tools in relation with this thematic.

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We spend about a third of our life sleeping. It is therefore of vital importance that our sleep be restorative! Unfortunately, this is not the case for many of us.  For some years now, more studies show the importance of sleep in a healthy lifestyle. A lack or too much sleep can affect health, among [...]

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For many people wishing to achieve a healthy weight, "weight loss" can seem synonymous with deprivation, restriction and frustration. Your best bet is to adopt a positive outlook and focus instead on healthy choices and having fun! Rather than short-term drastic changes or "miracle" products, the key to successful weight loss lies in changing your [...]

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Are you looking for a way to get as much exercise as possible every day? Working out at home could be the answer! The key to getting the most out of your home workouts depends on three factors: enjoyment, intensity and consistency. If you work out at home, you could save time as you would [...]

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To save yourself from having to answer this question daily, take a moment each week to plan a weekly menu and prepare a related grocery list using the menu planner developed by Eat Right Ontario. Why not get all family members involved in the process? Try the menu planner here: http://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/MenuPlanner.aspx?aliaspath=%2fen%2fMenuPlanner

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What is that light, sometimes whitish sheen on fresh fruits and vegetables? Is it toxic? As fruit and vegetables grow, a natural, waxy coating forms on their surface. After harvesting, the products are sent to a packing house, where they are most often washed, which removes this natural coating, and a protective coating is then [...]

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Summer may be in full swing, but hot weather is no excuse for not working out! Follow these tips from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute to stay active safely in the heat. Source: http://pwc.ottawaheart.ca/awareness/heart-health-series

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How high are the mercury levels in canned tuna? Is canned tuna, an otherwise healthy food, safe to eat? Mercury is a contaminant found in fish and its levels can vary, depending on the species. There are two kinds of canned tuna: light tuna and albacore tuna. Light tuna species (skipjack and yellowfin) are much [...]

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So you’ve been mandated to implement health initiatives in your workplace. Where do you start? Who do you turn to? You may seek a comprehensive approach to setting up a health program, or you may just want to organize a few activities. Either way, when choosing a service provider, you need to take various factors [...]

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Known for being able to powerfully influence positive lifestyle change — and by extension, employee health — individual coaching is a key feature of a health and wellness program. Its success is down to its personalized contact: an approach that has proven instrumental in generating a lasting commitment to adopting healthy behaviours. When it comes [...]

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Energy drinks (e.g. Red Bull®, Guru®) are generally known to provide physical and mental stimulation for a short period of time. They are said to increase both concentration and performance and to stimulate the metabolism. What is the recipe for this miracle cocktail? Caffeine (LOTS of caffeine) and sugar. Consuming these drinks in excess or [...]

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My psychological health

Work allows us to go beyond ourselves. It is a sphere of life in which we have to excel and perform and where demands are always high. However, for some people it becomes just another opportunity to reach perfection. Perfectionists can give the impression they focus all their energy to continually improve themselves and that [...]

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Welcoming a new child into your family is a happy event for all. Everybody is prepared for it and have very personal expectations with regards to this new impending relationship. While the arrival of this new child represents nothing less than pure family happiness, children who now have to “share” their parents might perceive this [...]

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Time does anything but stand still. Ever get the feeling that life is moving at warp speed? And yet, everything around us seems to be geared toward giving us more time and providing us with greater ease and convenience. We are surrounded by technology… Scientific progress never ceases to amaze us. Every effort is made [...]

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Canadian Mental Health Association proposes 10 advices to improve your mental health with the holiday season approaching. Develop healthy self-esteem Love yourself the way you are. Be able to laugh at yourself: do not take everything seriously. Learn to accept yourself with your own strengths, limits, needs and values. Accept compliments …and give some! Try [...]

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What are you saying? Communication is truly the cornerstone of good working relationships. Communicating the technical and practical aspects of the work at hand, such as conveying information, is as important as communicating the social aspects of the working world. Good communication leads to more harmonious team relationships, minimizes the risk of errors, and fosters [...]

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We live in a fast-paced society in which the notions of time and idleness are hard to fit into our busy schedules and we all feel exhausted once in a while. How can we tell if it’s a burnout or if it’s just a case of temporary tiredness? What is this insidious disease? The word [...]

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Anyone can experience psychological problems at some point in their life. People may simply become dissatisfied with life and want to make changes or redefine themselves in some way (in their personal life, their life as a couple or their interpersonal relationships). Others may undergo some sort of hardship or trauma such as a bereavement, [...]

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Some particularly difficult events can leave marks or traumatize us. Assaults or attacks, occupational injuries, car accidents, natural disasters and armed robberies are all examples of such events. Various symptoms can appear following traumatic events, though it is equally possible to have very few, if any response to them after the fact. Watch this video [...]

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Mental health can be full of nuances and subtleties, making it difficult to assess. However, the Canadian Mental Health Association has developed a Mental Health Meter to help us identify both our strengths and areas of our mental fitness that can be improved. To take the Mental Health Meter, click here

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Do you find it difficult to balance the different roles in your life? If so, you’re not alone – 58% of Canadians report “overload” as a result of the pressures associated with work, home and family, friends, physical health, volunteer and community service. Take this quiz proposed by the Canadian Mental Health Association: Take this [...]

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Well-Informed Managers

The Canadian Association for Mental Health developed a guide designed for employers concerned about retaining employees with a mental illness, and those actively seeking to hire people with a psychiatric disability. It outlines principles and practical strategies useful to small businesses and corporations, the private sector as well as government services. Download the guide Source: http://toronto.cmha.ca/files/2012/09/WorkingWell-AnEmployer%E2%80%99sGuideToHiringAndRetainingPeopleWithMentalIllnesses.pdf

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When we think about recognition at work, we usually think about annual bonuses or about the employee-of-the-month concept.  However, recognition is a varied and multidimensional concept that is often misunderstood but that can generate unsuspected effects within organizations. Recognition is a fundamental need of all human beings that is equally essential for the good health [...]

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Check out the Canadian Psychological Association’s website and find a wide variety of tools to inform and educate about psychology. Learn how psychology can help people live a healthy and happy life, help communities to flourish, help employers to create an effective work environment and help governments to adopt good policies. http://www.cpa.ca/psychologymonth

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How does leadership—even at the management level—shape the health and well-being of employees? Watch this video where Laura Putnam of Motion Infusion tells us the three ways a manager can become a wellness multiplier in your organization. https://www.welcoa.org/blog/podcast/003-getting-managers-on-the-move-interview-with-laura-putnam/

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Mentalities are slowly changing yet the same applies to businesses too. Work used to be a serious matter yet nowadays we realize that its quality is improved when it is a labour of love rather than obligation. What kind of humour? By humour, we mean positive humour i.e., when it does not affect the physical [...]

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Emotional intelligence is defined as the capacity to perceive emotions, to integrate them in a way to facilitate thoughts, to understand and master them in order to encourage personal fulfillment. The next video explains and emphasizes the importance of emotional intelligence in the management of employees. Source : https://youtu.be/OoLVo3snNA0 

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From October 1 to 31, take part in Healthy Workplace Month! The purpose of Healthy Workplace Month is to raise awareness of the need for a holistic approach to workplace health in Canada that is influenced by the four elements of a healthy workplace: Healthy lifestyles Workplace culture and mental health Physical environment Corporate social [...]

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We all have mental health. We all have periods where we have trouble coping. This distress is something we can all relate to. In this film produced by the Mental Health Foundation, we explore what mental health is, what we can do when we or someone we know is having trouble coping, for whatever reason. [...]

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The mental health of employees in the workplace is an ongoing concern and managers need the proper tools to address it. It’s very important to be well-informed and knowledgeable about mental health. To this end, ProHealth suggests a directory of various well-known and accepted resources available online. Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Management This [...]

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Absenteeism occurs when an employee decides not to show up for work when he or she should normally be present and whether it is justified or not. This can have serious consequences on company operations. In fact, their work has to be assigned to their colleagues during their absence. Sooner or later, these repeated absences [...]

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To help you to privately reflect on your managerial style and how it may be affecting employee well-being.answer this interesting online questionnaire! http://workplacestrategiesformentalhealth.com/mmhm/survey.html

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It’s hard to learn that a colleague has cancer. As a manager, you may find yourself feeling powerless in the face of such a situation. What to say? What to do? How to react? The amount of time off required by the employee is a delicate matter; but you also need to address the employee’s [...]

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The publications of U.S. company Forbes (such as its famous magazine) have enjoyed an enviable reputation in business circles for decades. The magazine publishes articles by experts in finance, industry, technology and so on. Entrepreneur John Rampton, a regular contributor to Forbes, published an interesting article in February 2015. Aimed at company heads, the article [...]

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Your tap leaks. The drip is endless. You put out containers to catch the water. But you need to keep remembering to empty them as they fill. All your efforts are focused on this annoying problem, funnelling valuable time away from other things. Why not just repair the tap and stop the leak? This analogy [...]

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When we think about recognition at work, we usually think about annual bonuses or about the employee-of-the-month concept. However, recognition is a varied and multidimensional concept that is often misunderstood but that can generate unsuspected effects within organizations. Recognition is a fundamental need of all human beings that is equally essential for the good health [...]

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