Helping the Workplace Stay Healthy
Workplace wellness not only improves job satisfaction and as a result boosts productivity, but healthy employees spend less on medical costs and have less sick days too. Wellness is also contagious…
At the 2012 Benefits and Pension Summit for Benefits Canada, Dee Edington, director of the University of Michigan Health Management Research Center, recommends that companies not only focus on wellness initiatives for those at high risk for major diseases (smoking, overweight, etc.) but to pay attention to their healthiest employees who can become champions for a culture of wellness amongst their fellow co-workers. 60% of employees are at low risk of major diseases and most corporations do nothing for these low-risk employees.
“Help the workplace stay healthy, rather than waiting for defects and then treating [them]… [Low health risk employees] are your champions. Typically, champions are rewarded in business. Why not reward them for health and wellness? These energetic people can lead a change in corporate culture.”
– Dee Edington, University of Michigan Health Management Research Center
When we started doing employee wellness seminars at companies, we started seeing a trend in the attendees. They were mostly healthy people who wanted to stay healthy or get even healthier and manage stressors better. They were interested in mindfulness, healthy eating, fitness, tips for maintaining overall good health, stress management and disease prevention. When we do repeat seminars at the same company, we see the familiar faces of previous attendees, but many of them have also brought a friend – a co-worker who may be less healthy who they are encouraging to live a healthier lifestyle. We have seen these champions and how they lead change to create a wellness culture both for their own personal lives but also for the company as a whole.
About Our Seminars
We have an extensive and evolving selection of engaging employee wellness seminars focusing on a holistic and natural approach to healthy living and optimized wellness.
Delivered by our team of Professional Health Providers, our inspiring and refreshing seminars are geared to motivate your employees to make positive healthy lifestyle changes.
Good Food: You Are What You Eat
Learn the importance of good nutrition and how eating good foods can help you achieve optimal health. Gain insight into the nutrient components of foods and how these nutrients are used in the body. Are fats good or bad? Should carbs be avoided? Why are proteins so important? Is it possible to get enough protein with less meat? Is meat really that bad for you?
Food Labels Decoded: Uncover Your Power of Food Choice
You’ll be able to see past the marketing tricks and uncover what’s really in your food after this interactive and engaging seminar. Learn how to decode a food label, including quick and easy ways to scan for the amount of sugar and salt, deciphering puzzling ingredient names, unmasking “naughty” ingredients disguised in pretty-named packages, and more. Take control of your health with a glance at the side of the food box.
Spice Up Your Life: Unlocking the Powers of Healing Spices
Spices can be pretty powerful. They can add a delicious element to your food, and may also have an impact on your health. In this seminar, learn how to use spices in your everyday cooking to improve your health. Discover which spices are antioxidants, which ones you can use to reduce inflammation, which ones you can use to fight off the flu, and more. Your spice rack might double as your medicine cabinet after you find out the many amazing ways spices can keep you healthy.
Good Food Habits: You Are How You Eat
Eating good food is only one part of the equation to healthy eating. How you eat can have as great an impact on your health as what you eat. Do you eat in front of the TV? At your desk? In the car? Do you eat quickly? Do you skip meals? Do you eat alone? The answers to these questions can impact how you digest and absorb the nutrients from your food. In this seminar, learn how your eating habits can impact your health and how to establish good food routines for you and your family.
Brain Food: Eating for Energy & Focus
What you eat can have a powerful effect on your energy and concentration levels. Did you know that juice can increase hyperactivity? What other foods are you putting in your body that can make you tired, restless and foggy-headed? What foods can you eat to increase energy and focus? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this eye-opening seminar, and get tips and recipes on how to nurture your brain through food.
Show and Tell: Discovering Healthy Foods
This interactive session is a sort of “show and tell” where participants will be able to see and sample different foods, with a discussion on why these foods are healthier options. This is also an opportunity to discuss how to cook things like quinoa and brown rice, how to make fresh rolls, and discover a healthier alternative to peanut butter & jam!
Eating Well: Making Healthy Food Choices
Learn what is really in your food, the consequences of processed foods and preservatives, and how to make the best food choices for yourself and your family. What are the bad fats? Which oils should be used for cooking? What sweeteners are ok? How much sugar is in a soda? Is tofu good for you? How much milk should you have every day? Which vegetables have the most nutrients?
Eating On The Run: Easy, Healthy Office Snacks & Lunches
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult, expensive, or time-consuming. In this session, learn tips on healthy snacks and lunches that are quick and easy to make for the office. Healthy foods at work can give you more energy, helping you to reduce your dependence on caffeine, fight that mid-afternoon fatigue, and have more energy when you get home. Recipes will be provided.
Stress is everywhere – at home and at work. Stress can have a huge impact on your health, including weight, sleep, digestion, and can make you more susceptible to diseases. We can’t run away from stress, but we can learn how to better cope. In this interactive session, learn how stress affects your body, and practical techniques to reduce your stress levels, including mindfulness breathing exercises that you can do at home or at the office to reduce and eliminate the effect of stress on your life.
Good-For-You- Stress: Building A Positive Mindset
Stress is not all bad. Stress can enhance performance and growth, raise your energy levels, improve health, and lead to greater life satisfaction. BUT only if you have a positive stress mindset seeing stress as a challenge, a positive, health enhancing state. This goes beyond positive thinking and having a good attitude. You will not only walk away from this session with tools to build a positive stress mindset, but also with transformed stress mindset with immediate changes to your cognition, emotional state, and stress hormone levels.
Brain Fitness: Harnessing Cognitive Fitness
Brain Fitness is a highly interactive energized and fun workshop that will provide attendees with tips and techniques to apply immediate cognitive fitness to reduce stress, enhance wellbeing, optimize performance and become more self aware. Brain Fitness addresses common personal and workplace issues and goals such as: health, wellbeing, stress management, self care, productivity and the enhancement of daily roles and initiatives of individuals and organizations.
Mindfulness: Focused, Calm, Grounded
Mindfulness is a highly effective way to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, and anger. In this seminar, we introduce the concept of mindfulness and its many applications. Learn a number of mindfulness techniques to increase awareness of the mind’s wanderings to be more grounded, present and focused. This introduction to mindfulness is suitable for every type of person – especially those who find it difficult to “turn off” an overactive mind.
Relaxation Techniques: Practical Ways To Unwind
In these stressful times, it can be difficult to unwind, release the tension held in your muscles, and turn off the overactive, worrying mind. This highly interactive seminar will walk you through several techniques to trigger the relaxation response and calm the mind, including exercises for deep breathing, reducing anxiety and worry, triggering muscle relaxation, and keeping an uncluttered mind.
Mega Memory: Boosting Attention & Recall
Is a poor memory a natural part of aging? Is it the price you pay for a hectic lifestyle? It doesn’t have to be! In this interactive seminar, learn exercises to enhance your memory and tips to keep your mind sharp. Stop forgetting people’s names, meeting times, and important dates. Improving your memory will help both at work and at home, and give you a boost of confidence when walking into any room, meeting or situation.
Fatigue Fighter: Boost Your Energy
Do you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning? Feel that mid-afternoon slump? Or drag yourself through the day? Chronic stress is often cited as the cause, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. When we eat, how we snack, how much we sleep, how long we stare at the computer screen, can all impact our energy levels. In this interactive seminar, we will explore the myriad of reasons why fatigue sets in and you will learn how to prevent fatigue and keep your energy high.
In Time: Juggling Everything In 24-Hours
One of the most common sources of stress is the feeling that you have too much to accomplish in too little time. Juggling various tasks with deadlines, meetings, and a growing email inbox from 9 to 5, then going home to juggle chores, child-care, homework, laundry, and social relationships may seem impossible to fit into a 24-hour day. In this interactive session, learn tips and techniques for better time management and finally get some of that “me time” you deserve.
Muscle tension in the neck, shoulders and back are common occurrences if you spend most of your days sitting, at a desk, at a computer, or driving. Muscle tension can lead to states of chronic inflammation in your muscles, causing chronic pain. The longer you let it go on, the harder it will be to fix the problem. In this session, learn techniques and tips to reduce muscle tension and prevent it from coming back.
Healing Headaches: Getting Over The Daily Pain
Do you have occasional or chronic headaches? Though they may seem like a minor nuisance, headaches can have a significant impact on the quality of your day-to-day life, including difficulty concentrating, sleeplessness, poor work performance, low energy, and much more. In this session, learn some of the most common causes for headaches and some simple tips to get rid of them.
Heart Smarts: Blood Pressure, Cholesterol & Diabetes
Many Canadians struggle with high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. Are there other options for lowering your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar before you need to go on medication? Or are there ways to reduce your dependence on these pills? In this session, learn about safe and effective ways to lower your risk of heart disease through diet, lifestyle, herbs, and other natural strategies
Good Guts: Getting the Most From Our Digestion
A well-functioning digestive system is a cornerstone of good health, not only in breaking down and absorbing the nutrients from the food we eat, but it also is a factor in immune health and emotional and hormonal regulation. Symptoms of weak digestion, including gas, heartburn, bloating, constipation and diarrhea, are the first warning signs of poor digestion. In this session, we will discuss the ins-and-outs of the digestive system and its impact on our whole health and learn tips to improve digestion and optimize function throughout the body.
Lighten Up: Lose Weight Naturally
There are so many weight loss diets out there. Do you really need a complex diet to help you lose weight? NO! In this session, learn about how changing the foundations of your diet can help you manage your weight, and how other factors, including stress, can play a huge part in whether you shed those pounds.
Chronic Pain: You Don’t Have To Live With It
Many people live with chronic pain. In this session, we will explore different conditions that can cause chronic pain and present some gentle and natural therapies that can help alleviate the pain. You will also learn some practical techniques to help you decrease and better manage certain types of chronic pain.
Stop Sitting: Standing Up To A Sedentary Life
Sedentary lifestyles are a leading cause of disease including obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and can even increases your mortality risk. Sitting for the majority of the day, both at work and in your off-work times, can have a major impact on your ability to get healthy—even if you exercise regularly. In this seminar, learn strategies to decrease the hours you spend sitting. These tips will lift your mood, boost productivity, help manage your weight , and improve your overall health.
Healthy Shifts: Vitality Across Rotational Schedules
Shift workers make up 25% of the North American population, and include industrial work, health care, protective services, hospitality, call centres, and more. Work schedules that are outside of the typical 8-hr daytime shift can have an impact on employees’ health and has been associated with an increase risk for certain health conditions, including insomnia, heart disease, obesity, stomach ulcers, depression, and more. In this informative wellness seminar, shift workers will learn how to improve their health, as well as how to monitor & mitigate health risks, including insomnia prevention, keeping a healthy sleep schedule, maintaining a healthy diet on different schedules, juggling the work-life balance, preserving family/social life, controlling stress levels, moderating moods, improving digestion and preventing heart disease.
Out Front Health: Coping With Stress On The Front Line
Employees who directly deal with consumers, including first responders, customer service, and healthcare workers, deal with a uniquely high amount of pressure and demands. This session, specifically tailored to the particular challenges faced by this important group of workers, will provide practical & easy-to-implement tools to cope with high stress in a fast-paced environment.
In The Flow: Multitasking, Interruptions & Productivity
Interruptions and multitasking can reduce a worker’s productivity by preventing the attainment and maintenance of “flow”. In this seminar, learn how the long-coveted multitasking mindset can negatively affect productivity and how interruptions can increase workplace errors. We will also discuss how working in the sweet-spot of “flow” can optimize productivity while making work seem easy and enjoyable. The actionable advice in this seminar will change the way your work—optimizing your productivity and taking your work habits to a whole new level.
Work-Life Integration: Keeping Pace In The 21st Century
Our “always on” culture has established being busy as the norm, leading to the “new-normal” of chronic stress, fatigue, depression and anxiety. In this enlightening seminar, learn how to gain a higher degree of control over your life by moderating your expectations, rethinking your priorities, and mastering work-life integration. Don’t fight to keep up with the modern pace… change your every day experience instead.
Creating Balance: Walking The Thin Work-Life Line
The line between work and home life is becoming increasingly blurred. With the use of emails and Smart Phones, we are doing more work at home and taking more private “calls” at work. This can often leave us feeling like we are working all the time and not fully engaged in our home lives, leading to overall dissatisfaction. In this seminar, we discuss how to build and maintain strong boundaries and clear priorities, cultivating a sense of balance and satisfaction in all areas of our lives.
Do you have trouble falling asleep or wake in the middle of the night? Sleep is a time for the body to restore itself, fight infections, heal wounds, and restore your nervous system. When you are not sleeping well, this can have a huge impact on your health, including weight management, infections, memory and cognitive function. In this interactive session, explore how poor sleep effects your body, and learn gentle and natural techniques to help you get a good night’s sleep.
Be Well Naturally: Stay Healthy & Prevent Disease
Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? The body has many self-healing and self-regulating mechanisms that keep you healthy if they are working optimally. In this session, learn how these mechanisms work and how you can keep them working well. You will learn some simple ways to stay healthy and prevent disease.
Sizing Up Supplements: What Am I Taking?
Most Canadians have taken a natural health supplement, whether Vitamin C when sick or calcium for bone health. Even though these natural health products are sold over the counter without a prescription, it doesn’t mean they are safe for everyone. In this seminar, our Naturopathic Doctor will go over some popular supplements, including what they are used for, how they should be taken, and who should use caution or avoid the product. There will also be a Q&A forum for participants to bring in or discuss specific supplements they are taking.
Detoxification Demystified: How and What It Is
Our bodies are exposed to toxins on a daily basis, at a rate faster than our bodies can eliminate them. Learn how toxins can affect your health and explore how the body naturally detoxifies. In this session, we will demystify the many different types of detox diets and cleanses out there and help you pick which one is right for you.
Hydrotherapy: Healing With Water
Hydrotherapy is the use of hot and/or cold water to stimulate circulation in a specific way. Different applications are used to affect the immune system, circulatory system and digestive system, as well as regulate the nervous system. In this session, you will learn some basic techniques to help fight infections, cold hands and feet, poor digestion, constipation, insomnia, relaxation, general well-being, and much more!
Ask The Naturopath: An Open Q&A Forum
In this drop-in forum, get the answers to your questions about health from a Naturopathic Doctor. Examples of questions asked in previous forums include: How much Vitamin C is safe to take? What alternative treatments are there to lower blood pressure? How can I tell if I have a food allergy or sensitivity?
Why do some people get the flu while others don’t? The answer: a strong immune system. Whether we’re talking about the seasonal, bird or swine variety, the flu virus does not have to affect you. In this seminar, you will learn the ins and outs of the flu virus, how we spread it and how the flu vaccine and your immune system can protect you. You will get a balanced look at the pros and cons of the seasonal flu shot, and learn ways to boost your immune system.
Immune Warrior: Building A Strong Defense
Our immune systems protect us from the outside world . It wages wars on our behalf against bacterial, viral and fungal infections. In this 1 hour session, learn how to keep your immune system strong, ready at all times to protect you from harm. We will show you techniques and tips to strengthen the immune system when you’re healthy, boost the immune system when you’re sick, speed healing and reduce inflammation.
Healthy Holidays: Seasonal Self-Care
The holidays are not always happy and joyous – stress, getting sick, and worrying about your weight can put a damper on your festive spirit. In this interactive session, learn the top 10 ways to take care of yourself to have a happy and healthy holiday season. Prevent the holiday burnout with simple and easy-to-implement tips.
Holiday Eating: Have Your Fruitcake & Eat It Too
Learn 10 life-changing eating tips & secrets that you can use right away. Yes, you can have that holiday cake & eat it too if you know the facts on how your body & mind works with the food you eat. You can stay trim & fit this holiday season while still enjoying all the holiday foods.
A Healthy Start To School: Boosting Your Family’s Immune System
With the new school year approaching, it may be time to think about boosting your child’s immune system. With kids going back to school and being exposed again to other children, many parents find their children catching the flu or some other illness and soon the whole family is sick! In this session, we will discuss how strengthening the body’s natural defense mechanisms can ward off these infections. You will learn some practical tips, safe for adults and kids, that you can do at home to give your family a healthy start to the new school year.
If you are interested in a topic not listed here, we are able to design a custom seminar or workshop to suit your needs. Customized services can range from a 1-hour lunch’n’learn to a full-day workshop.
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