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Walk to Work (Even if You Drive)

Posted 8/13/2014 by UHBlog

There are two magic numbers when it comes to walking: 60 and 10,000. According to sports medicine specialist Robert Truax, DO, walking a total of 60 minutes a day or 10,000 steps a day provides significant health benefits. “Your body needs as much physical activity as possible, and walking is the simplest form of exercise there is,” he says. “It’s a full-body activity, and it keeps the muscles metabolically active.” Are you logging enough steps each day? Workers wh...

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A Pain in the Wrist: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Posted 8/1/2014 by UHBlog

Numbness, tingling, pain – carpal tunnel syndrome can make even the simplest of tasks uncomfortable. “Driving a car, holding a book or picking up a phone all become difficult,” says neurologist Bashar Katirji, MD. The source of this pain is a pinched nerve in the wrist. The median nerve is enclosed in a narrow tunnel that runs along the forearm and palm. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the nerve inside becomes compressed. It’s commonly believed that carpal tunnel syn...

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Family Medical Leave Explained

Posted 7/18/2014 by UHBlog

It can feel hard enough to balance work and home when everyone in your family is well – but what happens when someone is seriously ill? The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was put in place to protect workers who need to take time off when sickness strikes or other family needs arise. Your Legal Rights U.S. federal law mandates that employers allow covered workers to take an unpaid leave of up to 12 weeks within any 12-month period for certain medical or family reasons. Not all workers...

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Executive Screenings: Good for Health, Good for Business

Posted 7/16/2014 by UHBlog

Successful executives face the daily challenges of demanding schedules, long hours and serious responsibilities. Their focus on business may eclipse their own personal health needs, preventing them from taking the time to regularly visit doctors for screenings and treatment. University Hospitals Executive Health Program was designed nearly 20 years ago to help these career-driven people maintain a healthy lifestyle. The Executive Health Program offers busy executives the opportunity to receive ...

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Sitting Healthy - Proper Desk Posture

Posted 6/24/2014 by UHBlog

If you’re not properly seated at your desk, work can become a literal pain in the neck – or the back or shoulders or wrists. When you’re logging eight or more hours a day in front of the computer, you need to make sure your body is positioned in a healthy way. Occupational therapist Brian Adams, MOT, OTR/L shares his head-to-toe approach for proper desk posture. Head and Neck “The biggest issue with the head,” says Adams, “is that monitors are way too low.&r...

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Low-Cost – and No-Cost – Ways to Make the Workplace Healthier

Posted 5/22/2014 by UHBlog

Is your workplace on trend when it comes to health and wellness? Even if you don’t have the budget to offer employees perks like luxury gym memberships or complimentary acupuncture, there are a host of affordable benefits that can make a meaningful impact in your organization. Occupation medicine specialist David Rosenberg, MD, is a big advocate of wellness programming in the workplace. “It results in decreasing health care costs, absenteeism and disability,” he says, “a...

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