Nurturing your nutrition

July 18, 2018
Nutrition plays a big part in how productive we are in our working day. In this blog, Nutrition and Life* dietitian Sara Widdowson talks about the futility of the dieting cycle in maintaining a healthy body and outlook on life. The dieting cycle goes a little like this. You finish the weekend feeling like you have “over-indulged” and you decide that you will “be good” from Monday morning. You say no to snack foods in the office, even excluding yourself...

How standing around is a good thing

July 9, 2018
If you spend most of your day sitting down, it’s important to look for opportunities to stand up and move. In this blog, Fit For Work Occupational Therapist Cathy Bloome talks about how we can get more movement into our working day and improve our health on the job. Our bodies were designed to move and yet studies show the average person is sedentary (sitting) for more than seven hours a day. If you find this hard to believe, have...

Rolling into the Bay of Plenty

June 14, 2018
What’s big, green and covered in colourful spots? The brand new Fit For Work mobile health clinic! And don’t worry, you can’t catch anything from it. In fact it’s here to help keep the Bay of Plenty community healthier than ever. The mobile clinic is about to hit the roads in the region to take occupational health services directly to the work place. As well as being highly convenient for staff, the new clinic will save time and money. Staff...

Getting a grasp on hand injuries

June 6, 2018
The hands are a very complex and important part of our bodies. Fit For Work Physiotherapist Tom McSherry explains how hand injuries can affect us, and how you can minimise the risk of injuring your hands at work. Our hands are one of the most commonly used parts of our bodies. From driving or opening doors, to typing or simply holding a knife and fork, we are constantly using one or both of them. So when we injure our hands,...

Puncturing the pain away

May 17, 2018
Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of pain relief, dating back thousands of years to ancient Chinese medicine. Fit For Work physiotherapist Kelly Mabbett explains how acupuncture can be used in conjunction with other treatments to help aid healing and relieve pain. For a lot of people, the idea of having needles put into their body doesn’t conjure up particularly relaxing thoughts. But for many patients, relaxation is one of the main benefits they feel from acupuncture. A lot...
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Low back pain

April 30, 2018
Eighty per cent of the population will experience low back pain in their lifetime. Check out these tips from Fit For Work Physiotherapist Kelly Mabbett on how to combat pain and reduce your chances of being affected. Do you suffer from low back pain? If you do, you are not alone. Eighty per cent of people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. It is one of the most common reasons for time off work and...

When pain becomes a strain

April 19, 2018
Aches and pains affect most of us at some point in our lives. But during our working years it could indicate something more complicated like work-related discomfort, pain and injury (DPI). In this blog, Fit For Work Physiotherapist and Physiotherapy Professional Advisor Sarah Trail explains the importance of diagnosing strain injuries and work-related DPI. Strain injuries can have a huge impact on all areas of our lives - home life, work life and our mental health. When you’re in pain,...

The "I" in Influenza

March 29, 2018
Influenza can have devastating effects on our personal and work lives. Absenteeism, loss of productivity, associated health issues and even death can all result from the flu. In this blog, Fit For Work Occupational Health Nurse and Service Coordinator Shona Urquhart talks about the importance of getting immunised to keep yourself and those around you safe this season. Influenza season is just around the corner and it can have a huge impact on workplaces across all industries. It infects about...

How's your balance?

March 21, 2018
Fit For Work Clinical Manager Randa Abbasi explores practical ways to achieve a greater sense of balance between your work and home life in part two of her blog series. Click here to check out part one of this blog where she explains the essence of work/life balance. Making an action plan is an important first step to take when looking at practical ways to have a more harmonious work/life balance. Professional Life In 2011, a study of almost 8000...

When you work too much

March 9, 2018
Fit For Work Clinical Manager Randa Abbasi explores the essence of work/life balance in part one of this blog series. Later this month she will discuss practical ways to achieve a greater sense of balance in our lives. “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony” - Thomas Merton. Having a healthy balance between your work and home life can feel like an uphill struggle at times. It’s no secret that life can be...
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