Health and wellbeing

Nutrition for gut health

October 15, 2018
Gut health is currently one of the hottest topics in nutrition and wellbeing with various products such as sauerkraut, probiotic containing yoghurt or fermented beverages such as komboucha claiming to be just what you need for gut health. While there is evidence to suggest that including these functional foods is warranted we have plenty of other simple nutrition advice to share when it comes to showing your gut some much needed love. It is first important to understand why looking...

Stepping our way to health for a great cause

September 17, 2018
Fit For Work Accounts team member Jenny Harris is training for a marathon in October. She is active year-round, training for different sporting events. However, some of the Fit For Work team are not usually quite so energetic. Last year Jenny introduced the team to Steptember, a campaign run by The Cerebral Palsy Society in partnership with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Australia. The charity event challenges people to take 10,000 steps a day for 28 days straight in the month...

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...

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...