Spring Health Tips

Spring is almost here! Here, we review some health tips to help you make the most of it. 

The old adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ helps us to lead healthy and productive lives for as long as possible. Healthy eating habits include buying fresh in-season vegetables and retaining as many vitamins as possible when cooking – steaming, for example. Broccoli, spinach, scallions, asparagus and garlic are all good for nutrition. Fruit is also important for healthy eating; red-coloured produce (such as plums, peaches, nectarines etc) is rich in antioxidants. These are good for the body as they help to eradicate free radicals (or waste products).

Diet

A Mediterranean-style diet brings many health advantages; citrus fruit has a high Vitamin C content to help us avoid spring colds. Other good ideas include extra virgin olive oil, organic produce, essential fatty acids from nuts and seeds – and particularly walnuts, which contain tryptophan (which along with blue light, stimulates serotonin production). This is good for our mood and mental well-being.

Exercise

Spring is a good time to think about an exercise programme to stretch and tone the muscles, perhaps walking some distance outside in the fresh air. Avoid pollen exposure in high risk periods and if symptoms persist, consult your doctor. Moderate sunshine is good and boosts Vitamin D levels in the body, but avoid excessive exposure. Outside, warn children about poisonous plants if exploring the countryside.

Employee Health Checks

Preventive medicine is important – including wellness checks. Early detection of medical conditions is highly beneficial; along with offering individual advice as necessary, any possible symptoms or potential illness can be treated or cured early – and usually more easily.

Employers can help to promote employee health, to maintain or improve employee productivity. This also promotes job satisfaction and the perception of a caring employer – with all the benefits that these bring. Ergonomic assessments (for example, the height and angle of seating, workstations or any other equipment) play a key role in managing employee health. Office furniture should provide good posture and lumbar support. Manual workers also require monitoring to maximise efficiency, prevent bad practices and to help avoid injury and work claims. 

They can help with organising and implementing employee health care, saving your Human Resources Department time and effort – so they can focus on core activities. With a number of medical specialists and consultants at your disposal, focussed advice is available on workplace-related issues. You may opt for assistance with compliance, hearing tests, screening for drug and alcohol consumption, fitness and fatigue assessments – and even immunisation for travel. Muscular-skeletal assessments are also part of the services offered, along with ergonomic and manual handling assessments where physical effort is required.

Finally, some advocates recommend ‘mental spring cleaning’ – in other words, removing the clutter from one’s life and avoiding complications and stress. ‘Simplify’ (where possible!) is the maxim here. 

Diets including vegetables and fruit, exercise, the great outdoors and a health check – all these are steps towards a healthy you over the next few months. Remember, healthy habits also mean avoiding habits that harm us – “everything in moderation”
Enjoy the spring!
Written by Erin Warbrook, a freelance writer from Western Australia. Staying healthy in all seasons is important no matter what you do for work. She spoke to the health experts at Complete Corporate Health for info about health checks and general wellbeing during the spring season.

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