Healthy Companies Spend Less
Kashif Khan is the Managing Director of Ritchies Auctioneers, Canada’s leading auctioneer of fine Canadian and international art, fine gems, jewelry, and personal property. Khan has recently had his eyes opened to the relationship between running a company and personal health. “Two years ago, a key employee who we were highly dependent on became ill. I felt completely helpless and vulner- able. I realized how important key team members were,” says Khan. Being in the business of valuing fine goods, Khan could see that his employees are his company’s most valuable assets.
“Her case made me realize as a CEO, I had to takechargeofpreventativehealth,”confidesKhan.
To retain key talent and keep a competitive edge Khan wanted to provide a service that would ben- efit his employees while contributing to the well- being of his business. “Heidary Health allowed me to help my employees improve their health, and reform the health of my company,” he explains. The financial burden of poor health on a company in- cludes unnecessarily high expenses of drug costs, sick days and related spending. Heidary Health helps companies save money in these areas.
Heidary Health’s offering of individual Employee Health Reports and a Company Health Report, fit the requirements of Kashif’s vision for a healthier company. “Heidary Health’s Company Health Re- port gave me a clear picture of where my busi- ness’healthcurrentlyis,”saysKhan. HeidaryHealth provides companies with a Heidary Health Index score. The score is calculated by using the individ- ual results of employee Health Risk Assessments, blood tests and blood pressure readings. All per- sonal results are kept confidential. The employer only sees the overall company score.
When speaking about the benefits of a Compa- ny Health Report, Khan said, “Financially, when my best people are down, so is my business. I can’t let that happen. I believe the initiatives we’re starting now, will help employees avoid unnecessary illness and definitely reduce our company costs related to poor health.” He goes on to say, “Awareness breeds
action, and running our team through these tests really brought awareness to the importance of managing our health. The healthy culture I want to see in our company is coming to fruition.”
Khan notes, “When all of our reports came back I made sure to allow one afternoon for our team members to look through their results during of- fice hours. That small move really proved to them what the values of our company are.” He insight- fully added, “To retain key members you need to be creative and offer up incentives that are unique, but also meaningful.” Khan also made use of Heidary Health’s Wellness Seminars to educate and motivate his team to take control of their health.
Businesses with great company cultures always support the wellness of their staff, which results in more productive personnel that remain loyal to their company. Often, a resulting benefit of en- gagement in a Company Health Report Package is reduced insurance, sick days, and prescription drug costs due to the poor health of employees.
10 steps for preventing dementia
While, for many of us, January is all about getting ourselves in shape physically, it’s also an important time to discuss mental health.
Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is upon us, and a recent Nanos survey indicates that, as with other mental health issues, dementia continues be tainted by stigma. Sixty percent of Canadians said that, compared to other diseases, they’d be less likely to disclose that they or a loved one suffered from dementia and cited stigma as the reason.
But it’s likely that stigma won’t last since, according to MyWebHealthReport.com, a preventative web-based health platform, dementia is on the rise: The number of people suffering from dementia is expected to triple over the coming decades, affecting 135 million people by 2050. Meanwhile, Mimi Lowi-Young, the Alzheimer Society of Canada’s CEO, says that, currently, 74 percent of Canadians have personal ties to dementia.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include memory loss; difficulty with language; disorientation; impaired judgment and mental faculties; and changes in mood, behaviour or personality. And while dementia is strongly influenced by genetics, lifestyle factors also factor into an individual’s likelihood of developing the disease.
Dr. Eamon Keane, a MyWebHealthReport physician, encourages doing what we can through everyday lifestyle choices to mitigate these factors. “Simple lifestyle changes can both reduce the risk and slow the progression of the disease by reducing common inflammatory pathways for dementia.”
Want to keep dementia at bay? Read on to learn what 10 simple steps you can take to keep your brain at its peak.
1. Sleep more. Sleep allows the body to restore itself. While you’re getting your shut-eye, the brain eliminates waste and toxins.
2. Eat a healthful diet. Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables fuel the brain, while healthful fats found in foods like nuts and fish maintain brain function.
3. Socialize. Research indicates that isolation can lead to cognitive decline.
4. Stay positive. An optimistic outlook on life promotes and fosters mental health.
5. Get mental stimulation. Unfamiliar cognitive activities stimulate the brain more so than those you perform every day. Learning a new language and puzzles are a great way to keep your brain active.
6. Exercise. Increasing your heart rate means that your brain is receiving more nutrients and oxygen than when you’re in a sedentary state.
7. Track your physical health. Certain physical ailments (diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol) have been linked to an increased likelihood of developing dementia. A healthy body promotes a healthy mind.
8. Take multivitamins. Ensuring your brain receives all the vitamins it needs can preserve mental faculties.
9. Lead a balanced life. Stress has been linked to brain deterioration, so managing your work-life balance is integral to mental health.
10. Keep bad habits in check. Alzheimer’s symptoms can manifest six to seven years earlier as a result of excessive drinking and smoking.
Concerned about the future of healthcare in Canada, Toronto doctors create Mywebhealthreport to empower consumers
With up to 85% of total healthcare spending consumed within the last few years of life, treating the growing epidemic of chronic diseases will increase the risk of overburdening the Canadian healthcare system as the baby boomer generation gets older and sicker. Canada’s flawed healthcare system Mostly geared towards treating sick people, not enough resources are allocated to preventing healthy people from becoming ill and developing chronic disease. Dr. Walter Heidary and Dr. Eamonn Keane, recognizing this weakness, developed a national web-based platform, Mywebhealthreport, for Canadians to take personal ownership of their health by eliminating or mitigating their risk factors for developing chronic disease. “Two-thirds of healthcare funding goes to bureaucracy and administrative costs, while only $0.33 of every dollar is spent on actual patient care,” said Heidary, founder, Mywebhealthreport. “With Mywebhealthreport, 100% of funds are spent on the consumer. The future of healthcare must include greater emphasis on prevention in addition to earlier disease detection to improve overall outcomes at a lower cost.” Empowering consumers and changing lives “Chronic diseases are the most prevalent and costly health problems of our time,” said Keane, leading doctor, Mywebhealthreport. “They are the leading cause of death, disability and lost productivity. By optimizing personal wellness approaches, many chronic diseases can be prevented or effectively controlled.” Mywebhealthreport provides evidence-based wellness strategies, with a Health Risk Assessment, biometric testing, and screening for up to 14 types of cancers, heart disease, hormone imbalances and food intolerances. Not only are consumers empowered and able to take control of their health, it also creates a gateway for companies to fulfil their responsibilities as employers. “Signing up our employees with Mywebhealthreport was very important to us,” said Joe Donnell, president, Donnell Insurance Brokers Ltd. “At Donnell, we invest in our employees. The entire process was easy and efficient with a quick turnaround on comprehensive results. I can see that our employees appreciate us investing more into their health. Mywebhealthreport did a great job following up with next steps to improve their health.” Identifying the struggle, Mywebhealthreport provides a preventative approach through enhanced health initiatives for the most affordable rates to all Canadians.