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Obese Workers Costing Companies $73.1 Billion, According to New Study

Obese Workers Costing Companies $73.1 Billion, According to New Study

Sources: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), Volume 52, Number 9

Summary: The cost of obesity among U.S. full-time employees is estimated to be $73.1 billion, according to a new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. This is the first study to quantify the cost of decreased productivity…

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Overtime Increases Risk for Heart Disease

Overtime Increases Risk for Heart Disease

Sources: European Heart Journal 10.1093/eurheartj/ehq124

Summary: A new study published by the European Heart Journal issued that overtime work affects coronary health. The study looked at over 6 thousand British workers between the ages of 39-61 for the course of 11 years who did not have…

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Preventative Care Helps Elderly Avoid Falls

Preventative Care Helps Elderly Avoid Falls

Sources: HealthDay April 2011

Summary: A new study suggests that elderly people who have taken a prevention program to prevent falls were dramatically less likely to fall again. The study was composed of  204 elderly adults ages 60 and over. Half of the participants worked…

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Employees Return to Work 4 Months Earlier

Employees Return to Work 4 Months Earlier

Sources: BMJ-British Medical Journal (2010, March 16)

Summary: A recent study published in the British Medical Journal demonstrates that employees that are part of a “integrated care” program return to work on average 4 months earlier than those receiving more conventional care. Studies like this seem to prove…

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Worker Pain Related to Work Beliefs

Worker Pain Related to Work Beliefs

Sources: ScienceDaily, Sept. 9, 2009

Summary: Article cited from ScienceDaily, Sept. 9, 2009  by Jette Nygaard Jensen, Karen Albertsen, Vilhelm Borg and Kirsten Nabe-Nielsen Whether from heaving, twisting, bending or bad lifting postures, it’s well known that caring for the sick or elderly can lead to back…

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New Study: Muscle Loss Finding May One Day Save Physiques

New Study: Muscle Loss Finding May One Day Save Physiques

Sources: Eurkalert

Summary: Press Release cited from Eurkalert by Will Sansom, Feb. 12, 2010 SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 12, 2010) — Hey guys, remember the muscle shirts we wore in our teens and 20s? After the age of 40 that meager part of our…

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Reading: Labor Force Participation Rates: The Population Age 55 and Over, 2008

Reading: Labor Force Participation Rates: The Population Age 55 and Over, 2008

Sources: EBRI February 18, 2010

Summary: Cited from EBRI February 18, 2010 by Craig Copeland In a study published by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), it is reported that the labor-force participation rate for older Americans (ages 55 and older) is increasing, which in turn,…

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Safety White Paper: “Ergonomics in the Poultry Industry: A Review of 25 Years of Industry Efforts”

Safety White Paper: “Ergonomics in the Poultry Industry: A Review of 25 Years of Industry Efforts”

Sources: National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association

Summary: A new white paper published from poultry associations: National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association reports the poultry industry’s success in managing the occurrence of MSDs (musculoskeletal disorders) in the workplace. Since 1992, the…

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New Study: “A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Training & Education”

New Study: “A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Training & Education”

Sources: Institute for Work & Health

Summary: In a new study from the Institute for Work & Health entitled A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Training & Education for the Protection of Workers, it was determined that training programs (e.g. lectures, classes, printed materials) had a…

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A Comparison of Strength Training, Self-Management and the Combination for Early Osteoarthritis of the Knee

A Comparison of Strength Training, Self-Management and the Combination for Early Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Sources: Arthritis Care & Research

Summary: In a new study published in the January 2010 edition of Arthritis Care & Research, researchers determined that physically inactive, middle-aged people were able to reduce the symptoms of their osteoarthritis after engaging in strength training and self-management programs. What…

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