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...

Working in hot weather

February 15, 2018
Did you know that New Zealand has the highest melanoma rate in the world, with more than 4000 Kiwis diagnosed with it each year? More than 300 people also die from it annually. To help prevent damage from the sun, including melanoma, you should always: wear a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen and reapply it at least every two hours cover up with loose-fitting clothes wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and a wide brimmed hat to protect your neck and...

Starting the conversation - key to workplace mental health

January 26, 2018
Mental health in the workplace is still an issue that many employers would prefer to brush under the carpet, according to Fit For Work Director and Occupational Medicine Specialist David Beaumont “While changes are being made across many industries to keep people mentally and physically well, there is still plenty of room for improvement,” he says. One of the barriers to improving mental health in the workplace is that many employers don’t know where to begin. “There is a real...

Keep moving, work longer!

December 13, 2017
No matter what your age, it is never too late too start exercising says Fit For Work Physiotherapist Ellen Smoothy. There are a number of benefits to keeping up exercise as you age including maintaining or losing weight, reducing the impact of illness, and improving sleep. However, one of the biggest positives is the increased likelihood of being injury free and therefore maintaining employment. “As we get older it is not uncommon for people to slow down on their physical...

Healthy Habit Hero - Dr David Beaumont

December 4, 2017
Fit For Work Director Dr David Beaumont was recently selected to be Synergy Health's "Healthy Habit Hero". Here's what he had to say: As I look out of my Cromwell office window at the blue sky and sun reflecting off the last vestiges of snow on the mountains I feel gratitude for arriving in Central Otago 12 years ago. It was a family holiday from the UK. We never left! I’m an Occupational Physician – a rare breed of doctor,...

Work Readiness Programme secures exciting new career

October 12, 2017
At the start of the year, Brendon Storer couldn’t have imagined working in a classroom full of children. But, with just the right mix of support and encouragement, during Fit For Work’s Work Readiness programme, he has found a permanent job that has changed his life. The new position is also making a huge difference to the lives of his eager young pupils who are benefitting from his role as a Teachers’ Aide. The Balclutha local had previously been supported by...

Bringing Mindfulness to Work Part 2

October 10, 2017
We often try to be efficient by multitasking at work. However, multi-tasking is really a myth: it is actually our attention having to take repeated, rapid changes in direction. It gets our brain fired up on adrenaline, so we feel superficially alert – like the effect of caffeine. This uses up a lot of energy and can leave us feeling drained by the end of the day. This approach to work also undermines our ability to pay attention. This has...

STEPtember Update

September 25, 2017
At just half way through STEPtember, Fit For Work had already completed a total number of 7,527,200 steps and counting! We have been busy stepping up and down the country. A group of us recently walked the Mount Somers Track and it was a great day full of sweat, tears and laughter. There were some beautiful views at the end when we reached Woolshed Creek Hut. If you are keen for a fun adventure with the family, this overnight tramp...
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