Sitting at a Desk Is No Excuse for Poor Ergonomics and Posture

Man with poor posture at deskIn a recent post, I talked about how “text neck” is becoming an epidemic in our country. More and more people spend hours each day with their head down, staring at their smartphones and tablets. The farther you tilt your head forward, the more strain you create on your neck.

Text neck is just one example of how poor ergonomics and posture can lead to musculoskeletal pain and tension, which most commonly occur around the base of the skull, the temples, the upper shoulders, between the shoulder blades, and the lower back.

This is the result of what we call mechanical distortion in the human body. As Nobel Prize winner Roger Sperry said, the more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy is available for thinking, metabolism, and healing. Continue reading

About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Why Vacations Are a Critical Part of Your Job

Dr. James Proodian and FamilyAs summer winds down, I’ve been shocked to learn how many people don’t use their vacation time. After doing a little digging, I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised.

According to the State of American Vacation 2016 report from Project: Time Off, 55 percent of American workers didn’t use all of their vacation time in 2015. On average, Americans used 16 vacation days in 2015, down from 20.3 in 2000. Researchers estimate that Americans left 658 million vacation days on the table.

The top six reasons for not using vacation time were:

  • Fear of returning to a mountain of work (37 percent)
  • Nobody else can do the job (35 percent)
  • Unable to afford a vacation (30 percent)
  • Taking time off is more difficult as you grow in the company (28 percent)
  • Desire to show complete dedication (22 percent)
  • Fear of being seen as replaceable (19 percent)

Despite these numbers, employees who used 11 or more vacation days were more likely to have received a raise or bonus than those who used 10 or fewer days. Could it be that employers are taking advantage of the hard work and perceived insecurity of certain employees? Continue reading

About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Why More Sleep Could Help You Boost Workplace Productivity

Sleepy office worker According to a recent survey from Accountemps, about three quarters (74 percent) of American workers claim to work while they’re tired. More than three in 10 (31 percent) say they do so very often.

Not coincidentally, 52 percent have trouble focusing, 47 percent procrastinate, 38 percent say they’re grumpy, and 29 percent make more mistakes because they’re tired. And the consequences of lack of sleep are costly.

One survey respondent said an accident that was blamed on fatigue caused every employee to be paid twice. Another said weariness caused the deletion of a project that took 1,000 hours to create. All told, a study from Harvard Medical School found that sleep-deprived American workers cost their employers $63 billion in lost productivity each year.

So who’s to blame for the fact that most American workers don’t get enough shut eye?

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

How to Implement a Corporate Wellness Program, Part 2

starting a corporate wellness program

In my last post, I started to explain the steps involved in launching a corporate wellness program. The process begins with understanding the true meaning of health and wellness, building a culture that supports those definitions, and choosing a health educator to serve as the spokesperson and advocate for your wellness program.

The health educator is the most important person involved with your wellness program and should have access to other qualified healthcare professionals who can help implement program services.

Not only should the health educator be a doctor who has been trained to lead a wellness program, but they need to be inspirational. Employees aren’t going to act on newsletters, emails and memos. They need to be motivated and educated through seminars, meet-and-greets, and 1-to-1 interaction.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

How to Implement a Corporate Wellness Program, Part 1

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Wellness program. It’s the hot thing to say and do these days. Companies ranging in size from mom-and-pop shops to large enterprises are realizing that a successful wellness program can reduce health insurance premiums.

Unfortunately, most wellness programs today are just fluff and givebacks. Give employees 10 percent off their gym membership. Give them 10 percent off at Whole Foods. Give them free yoga classes at lunch time.

The real giveback of a true wellness program is that you’re adding years to the lives of your employees. In some cases, you’re saving their lives.

Companies like Johnson and Johnson blazed the trail for corporate wellness because they’ve built a wellness culture. The Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 but Johnson and Johnson had a corporate wellness program back in the 1980s.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

The Physical, Mental and Financial Impact of Presenteeism

the cost of presenteeism

I’m sure you can remember more than one occasion when you were off your game at work. Maybe one of the kids was sick and you didn’t get much sleep, or your mind was elsewhere. You had a lousy day, but you got caught up the next day. It happens to the best of us.

But when your health affects your productivity on a regular basis, that’s a much more serious problem.

When employees are physically present at work, but chronic illness, pain or stress is affecting their job performance, this is called presenteeism. And it’s on the rise.

According to a 2012 study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, 30 percent of respondents said more people were going to work ill than during the previous year. 52 percent of these companies noticed an increase in presenteeism.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

What Is Chronic Illness?

Diabetic is doing a glucose level finger blood testChronic illness is a manmade tsunami that has taken over the world. 18 percent of our nation’s GDP is spent on healthcare. By 2040, that figure is expected to rise to 34 percent.

Why? Because 75 percent of all healthcare costs go to treating chronic illness, which gets worse as we age in most cases. It’s crippling healthcare and strangling healthcare workers across our country and around the world.

Some of the most common chronic illnesses are:

  • High blood pressure
  • Type II diabetes
  • Gout
  • Dementia
  • Autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis
  • Neurological disorders like depression
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Autism
  • Digestive diseases like gastric reflux
  • Ulcers
  • Inflammatory bowel
  • Bone loss diseases like osteoporosis
  • Obstructive pulmonary diseases
  • Asthma
  • Muscle pain and weakness from chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia
  • Kidney and liver ailments
  • Vision problems like macular degeneration
  • Cancer

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Want to Reduce Health Insurance Costs and Boost Employee Productivity?

Corporate Wellness programsOn January 1 of this year, the Affordable Care Act enacted new rules that make it possible for employers to reward employees for improving their health – or penalize them for failing to do so.

More specifically, an employer can implement a wellness program and offer financial incentives with the goal of improving the employee health. The most common incentive for meeting the standards of a wellness program is a discount on health insurance premiums. Some companies have offered cash rewards and gift cards.

Employees can also be forced to pay higher premiums for failing to adhere to an approved wellness program, although most companies prefer incentives over penalties. Of course, the more serious penalty is likely to come in the form of illness and chronic disease that could have been prevented if employees had embraced a wellness lifestyle.

Companies can reduce health insurance premiums for employees by as much as 30 percent if standards are met. In certain cases, like programs that involve reducing or stopping the use of tobacco, employees can have their premiums cut in half.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Research Confirms the Obvious: Healthy Food Saves Lives and Money

Natural Healthcare Center Long Branch “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

It’s a cute little saying that was first printed in the 1866 issue of the publication Notes and Queries. The original saying actually said, “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”

Thanks to a recent study, this rhyming proverb is now backed up by current scientific research.

According to a 2013 report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) – The $11 Trillion Dollar Reward: How Simple Dietary Changes Can Save Lives and Money, and How We Get There – if Americans ate one more serving of fruit or vegetables each day – one half cup – more than 30,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease could be prevented, and more than $5 billion in annual medical costs could be saved.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Why Personal Responsibility Must Dictate The Future Of Healthcare

A couple of weeks ago, CVS made headlines when they decided to establish health-related rules for employees. Each employee would be subject to an annual exam to assess their weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass.

Refusal to participate would result in a yearly $600 surcharge on their health insurance premiums. CVS then kicked it up a notch by telling employees that they should “know their numbers” and “take action to manage them.” Finally, employees were ordered to quit smoking by May 1, 2014 or enroll in the company’s program to stop smoking. Failure to do so would result in fines and penalties.

While CVS has been widely criticized for penalizing negative behavior instead of incentivizing positive behavior, this could be considered a preview of sorts of what’s to come.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

How to Reduce Your Company’s Health Insurance Costs and Boost Productivity

Wellness at Work offers free seminars for companies looking to decrease their health care costsWe can watch politicians bicker about the reasons for high health insurance costs until the cows come home. While they blame each other, I know a significant part of the blame lies somewhere else.

75% of healthcare costs reimbursed by insurance companies are related to chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  More often than not, these conditions are preventable, treatable and reversible.

In a nutshell, we’re paying to treat conditions that we’ve created ourselves.

The path we’re on is simply unsustainable. Economically, our businesses and our employees can’t afford it. From a quality of life standpoint, we can’t keep doing this to ourselves.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.