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Corporate Wellness Conference

If you work for an employer and were told, “I want you to be in charge of our new health and wellness initiative,” you would probably ask, “How will I know what to do and how to do it?”

Fear not. The 5th annual Corporate Wellness Conference is the place to be in 2013 if you want motivation, encouragement and knowledge regarding what it takes to implement and direct a wellness program where you work.

The conference, taking place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 3 – 6, 2013, is a chance to learn how to get employees actively engaged in their own health and wellness. You can see what has worked for other employers in the past, and adapt their clever ideas for your own company. The theme of this year’s conference is “Creating a Health Culture Through Innovative Engagement Methods.”

Why bother making the trip to Vegas for the Corporate Wellness Conference? First off, you’ll hear keynote speeches from expert leaders in healthcare and wellness who will inspire you with their words of wisdom. Next, you’ll examine case studies and best practices from Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 employers who will impart their long term strategies. Plus, you’ll discover “what works” to engage employees in reaching their health and wellness goals, and how to gain their trust in your corporate wellness program. Finally, the conference is a great place to meet and network with other benefits managers and corporate executives who face similar issues and challenges.

To learn more about the Corporate Wellness Conference, please visit corporatewellnessconference.com.

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Health and Wellness in the workplace

Most people spend a good chunk of time “at work” throughout their lives, and much of that time is spent sitting at desks, staring at computer screens for hours at a time. Then, when it’s time for a break, people often head to the snack machine in the break room to get a candy bar, or they head outside to smoke a cigarette. This is not a good thing.

Why are more and more Americans obese? It’s because we don’t eat the right foods our bodies need to stay healthy, and we don’t exercise nearly enough to combat the negative effects of sitting in one position all day long, for weeks and months at a time.

There is hope, however. Health and wellness seems to be on more employers’ minds lately, because a healthy workforce is better than an overweight, “calling in sick” one.

If the company you work for believes in health and wellness, they’ll provide opportunities for you to eat well and exercise both on and off company time. A workout room or small gym is a real bonus to many employees who can pump up their muscles or run on the treadmill before or after work. Lunch breaks spent outdoors in the fresh air with a short walk around a pond or other nature-centered area helps de-stress employees so they can feel refreshed to come back indoors and face the rest of the work day.

When companies make corporate health classes and workshops a fun option for employees, it helps boost morale while encouraging health and wellness among the staff. Many organizations model their programs on TV’s “The Biggest Loser,” where employees spur one another on to lose weight by eating better and exercising more. People “weigh-in” on a weekly or monthly basis, and rewards in the form of work perks—like getting a day off with pay—or gift certificates go a long way to keep people motivated to choose healthier food options and move their body more, seeing exercise as part of a friendly competition rather than a solo chore.

By encouraging health and wellness, companies spend less on healthcare, improve morale, and retain employees who enjoy being part of an organization where it’s about total body wellness, not just profits. Having a health and wellness focus is, in the end, profitable in numerable ways for both businesses and employees.

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Effects of Stress in the Workplace

Work related stress affects most of the general public and although some stress is normal, at work, it can cause many problems.

So why are employees experiencing stress in the workplace?

  • When workers are given tasks and assignments to complete that are beyond limitations, knowledge, and job training.
  • From pressure to complete a workload in an unrealistic amount of time.
  • If they are not supported by team members, managers or other supervisors.
  • Poor work organization and limited resources.
  • When an employee feels undervalued or not rewarded for a job well done.
  • Let’s not forget the lack of ability to move about an office to stretch, get something to eat/drink or clear one’s mind.

A few of the negative effects that stress can cause are low concentration, low productivity, heightened risk of injury, physical illness, limited communication skills and low performance.

The World Health Organization stated that “There is often confusion between pressure or challenge and stress and sometimes it is used to excuse bad management practice.” When a company fails to recognize when its employees are feeling stressed, it can cost a company great amounts of money.

What a management team should be striving for is uniformity. A healthy work environment is termed as “one where the pressures on employees are appropriate in relation to their abilities and resources, to the amount of control they have over their work, and to the support they receive from people who matter to them.”

A stress-free solution for management teams to reduce stress is my corporate program. The program consists of an assessment of environmental stress factors, stress management programs are implemented and education is provided within the workplace. Having a professional workplace workshop will teach management how to recognize worker-related stress and perform practices that work. The overall work atmosphere and employee productivity will change for the better.

(Sources – http://www.task.fm/effects-of-stress and http://www.who.int/occupational_health/topics/stressatwp/en/)

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“The Awakening” Holistic Conference

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“A thought held long enough becomes a belief”

Doreen Fishman sits down with The Mary Jones Show to discuss the Law of Attraction, dealing with
negativity and how to make your emotions work for you.

Sacred Geometry

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The Evolution of Consciousness: 2012, Crop Circles and Living the Higher Dimensions with Alan Steinfeld

Alan SteinfeldSaturday, June 9 – 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. $30 for 1 ticket, $50 for two tickets. The ancient saying goes: “May you live in interesting times.” All the great traditions of the world point to this crucial moment in human history, where a leap in evolution is about to occur. Crop circles, UFOs, channelings are all ways to see how the vibrational energies of the earth plane are shifting to establish a greater connection to the source of who we are. In this power point presentation Alan will bring all these elements together to discuss: “why and how this transition is occurring and what is our role in shifting the course of human destiny. Alan Steinfeld has been the host of the popular talk show New Realities, on Time Warner television in New York for the past 15 years and has lectured across the globe.

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The Mental Side of Weight Loss

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Open House – Introducing Weight Loss Guru Rob Nevins!

Rob Nevins open housePlease join Scot Haney and Kara Sundlun, Channel 3’s Better Connecticut co-hosts in welcoming weight loss guru, Rob Nevins for an open house at the ATMA Center tomorrow, Wednesday, March 14th from 6 – 8:30 pm.

Rob Nevins and I are joining forces to deliver a comprehensive mind/body approach to wellness and weight-loss. Rob’s successful program offers healthy individualized meal plans to meet the needs of each person. As a board-certified holistic nurse and hypnotherapist, I offer a myriad of tools and techniques to shift self-limiting beliefs to a place of personal empowerment. We are both very excited to bring this program to West Hartford and look forward to seeing you. As Rob says: “You can do this!

You can learn more about Rob Nevins and his amazing work on his website.

Click here for directions to The ATMA Center in West Hartford & come join us!

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Living A Balanced Life

As my clients frequently hear me speaking about the importance of living a balanced lifestyle, I too have decided to make changes that will afford me a sense of balance and well-being in my own life.  I have presently restructured my business in order to recapture what is important to me.  So, after 2 ½ wonderful years in my West Hartford Center studio, I have decided to take a new office space that allows me the time to continue serving my clients, cultivating my writing and facilitating workshops and events both private and corporate.

My new office is located at 566 Prospect Avenue in Hartford, CT. For your convenience, free parking is located behind the office building.  My mailing address is PO Box 370416, West Hartford, CT, 06137, please send all direct mail to this address.

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