In a 2015 study, Americans outranked Australia, Sweden and Switzerland for average hours worked among the world’s largest economies. In a typical work week, American workers log an impressive 34.4 hour work week and nearly four in 10 workers report logging 50+ hours at their job each week.
Twice each year, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) hosts their National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This initiative aims to provide a safe and effective way for the general public to dispose of prescription drugs, while also providing education on potential prescription drug abuse. On this day, the public is encouraged to visit local collection sites, which include fire departments and police stations, to forgo any unused or unwanted prescription medications – without question.
Retail pharmacies, like CVS and Walgreens, seem to occupy every street corner from coast to coast. With nearly 70 percent of Americans taking at least one prescription medication, it’s not uncommon for people to feel comfortable and become familiar with their local retail pharmacy and pharmacy staff.
With the rise of prescription drug abuse and more than half of polled teens saying it’s easy to get prescription drugs from their parent’s medicine cabinet, its clearer now more than ever that practicing medication safety at home is utterly important.
Yesterday, IWP had the pleasure of attending the Mental Health and Workplace Well-being conference in Boston, Massachusetts. This event, which was sponsored by The Alliance of Women in Workers' Compensation, brought together industry stakeholders from various backgrounds with one common goal – creating awareness for mental health issues within the workers' compensation.
Depending on what state your injury occurred in, the state’s workers’ compensation system may have some say on what medications are right for your injury. Treatment guidelines, or drug formularies, have been popping up each year in various states as a measure to rein in workers’ comp costs and curb prescription drug abuse.
Topics: Workers' Compensation
Each February, thousands of Americans raise awareness for the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States – heart disease. Heart Health Month has become an annual event filled with fundraisers and local events in support of researching efforts to help millions of Americans minimize the risk of heart disease.
Across the country, 36.7 million Americans practice yoga each year. Whether they’re practicing for health benefits, stress relief or overall enjoyment, stepping on a yoga mat has been proven to heal both body and mind.
Topics: Workplace Wellness
Every New Year resolutions of healthy habits come and go in the blink of an eye – or with the bite of a pizza. According to a poll from Statistic Brain, 21.4% of people polled said losing weight or developing heathier eating habits was their number one goal. Out of the 12 options that were available, 4 resolutions tied in directly to improving ones overall health – including quitting smoking, life or self-improvements, and working out more. Sadly, only 8% of people achieve their new year’s resolutions each year.
In a 2007 study by the American Psychological Association (APA), work was found to be a top source of very or somewhat significant stress for adults. A similar study by APA conducted in 2014 reported an increase of extreme stress levels in adults that had a negative impact on their mental and physical health.
Topics: Workplace Wellness