Global logistics firm Toll to launch WellteQ Wellness platform with MyFiziq

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Highlights:

  • Contract signed with global transport and logistics provider Toll
  • Integration of the MyFiziq platform into the Toll corporate wellness platform
  • The offer will go out to 12,000 Australian-based staff
  • MyFiziq will be embedded alongside a number of activity challenges, rewards, health and fatigue prevention programs with virtual coaching, blood pathology across the application within the Toll offering.
  • WellteQ brings a vast number of user acquisition opportunities to MyFiziq with a client portfolio that includes APAC & EMEA employers Credit Suisse, King & Wood Mallesons, Qantas, Telstra and Bupa to name a few.
  • Corporate Wellness is a fast-growing 47-billion-dollar per annum vertical.

MyFiziq Limited (ASX: MYQ) (“MyFiziq” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that WellteQ has signed a contract with Australia’s largest transport and logistics provider, Toll. MyFiziq will be incorporated into WellteQ’s application and made available across Toll’s Australian workforce. WellteQ has once again demonstrated their unique offering with the inclusion of the MyFiziq Technology in its wellness platform to further make its mark in the 47-billion-dollar global corporate wellness market.

Under the commercial terms between WellteQ and MyFiziq, MyFiziq will be integrated into WellteQ’s state-of-the-art wellness analytics platform. The application will be released to Toll’s 12,000 Australian employees in Q1-2019.

WellteQ has an existing corporate clientele with both Australian multinationals and global Fortune 500 companies including but not limited to Qantas, Bupa, Prudential, Telstra, Credit Suisse, Rolls Royce, Deakin University, King & Wood Mallesons, and GWSW AFL to name a few.

WellteQ is currently demonstrating the advanced analytics when combined with the MyFiziq solution to its clients with a view to grow its monthly users to 500,000 by 2020. Under the commercial terms of the agreement, MyFiziq will receive a per user payment of US$2.99 per user per month.

Vlado Bosanac, Chief Executive Officer of MyFiziq, said:

“This is another great opportunity for MyFiziq to showcase our tech in the world of corporate wellness. We bring capabilities to WellteQ that no other Wellness platform in the world can provide. The ability to map anthropometric data against blood pathology, activity, stress levels and sleep patterns is a world first and WellteQ are winning deals because of it.

This will be one of multiple organisations worldwide that are positioning themselves with offerings to the corporate wellness space. Combining our technology with WellteQ will be a paradigm shift in analytic capabilities for the employer and the individual. Taking fitness and wellness into the workplace has been growing rapidly with corporations acknowledging the need to engage with their workers on their healthy body, healthy mind outcomes to further expand better workplace outcomes and productivity.

“It’s undeniable, when looking at the corporate register WellteQ bring to MyFiziq, this is an exciting pathway to increase revenue for both organisations. WellteQ analyse multiple facets of the employee’s activity in and out of the workplace, with multiple engagement protocols from mental wellbeing to activity tracking. The holy grail of this activity for the employer is the ability to not only assist in better productivity, but to augment the change and be able to deliver a visual tool that shows the return and change their employees are achieving.”

Scott Montgomery, Chief Executive Officer of WellteQ said:

“This integrated wellness, anthropometric and biometric solution being a world first, Toll has proven itself as a truly innovative and caring employer. The forward vision of the executive and their willingness to bring this solution to their employees shows both dynamic and pivotal resolve for their employee’s wellbeing. MyFiziq, being the only solution of its kind is a perfect fit for our growing list of elite partners. Through their technology, we can very accurately assess and monitor changes in body measurement within our users as they participate in our behaviour change programs – this is a step change in our ability to accurately calculate health risk and ROI. For our clients, this enhances our contribution to a data-driven HR business function, and for the user, the employee, a world-class engagement feature that further feeds intrinsic motivation with a visually engaging avatar that quantifies their results as reward for health improvement efforts.”

About WellteQ

WellteQ is the leading digital wellness solution for employee health engagement and HR data analytics. Recognised globally as a leading B2B wearable agnostic platform, our suite of innovative engagement programs including activity challenges, mental wellness, financial wellness, HR onboarding, virtual coaching and telehealth for employees. We offer the most comprehensive data analytics for real-time engagement and post-program ROI in the market.

Solutions are highly customizable and provide an experience packed with gamification, group projects, social interaction, rewards and charity all to maximise healthy behavioural change. With customisation comes flexibility, which is paramount for businesses of all shapes and sizes around the world today.

About MyFiziq

MyFiziq is an augmenter of current technologies, rather than a disruptor. We partner with highly scaled existing applications and provide our partners with a deeper insight into the data they currently retrieve from their users.

When consumers step, ride, train, calorie count or simply buy clothing online, the end result is a drive toward understanding human dimensions or change. MyFiziq provide that missing link to why users engage with other ecosystems.

MyFiziq is a revolutionary technology embedded in a partner’s applications that uses pictures from your smartphone to create a representation of you in the form of a 3D avatar with accurate circumference measurements. Partners embed our SDK (Software Development Kit) into their new or existing apps, and then customize the experience to satisfying their branding requirements.

MyFiziq leverages the power of Computer Vision, Machine Learning and patented algorithms, to process these images on secure, enterprise-level infrastructure, delivering an end-to-end experience that is unrivalled in the industry.

Body measurements provide more useful information about shape changes than simply measuring weight. MyFiziq simplifies the collection of these measurements and removes the margin of human error present in traditional tape measure methods.

For more information please visit www.myfiziq.com or contact:

Vlado Bosanac,
Chief Executive Officer
MyFiziq Limited
E: admin@myfiziq.com

David Tabb
Chief Operation Officer
MyFiziq Limited
E: admin@myfiziq.com

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Blood Screening

WellteQ partners with intelligent blood screening solution, i-screen

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12 December 2018

Highlights

  • APAC’s leading digital wellness platform now integrated with over 3,000 blood pathology collection centres in Asia and Australia.
  • Combined solution offers wearables integration, rewards, gamification and blood pathology analytics.
  • Partnership celebrates its launch with a national B2B contract in Australia to commence Q1-2019.

WellteQ is proud to announce a partnership with leading health analytics and blood testing organisation i-screen. i-screen’s network includes over 3,000 blood pathology collection centres across APAC.

By integrating i-screen’s health analytics into its digital wellness platform, WellteQ is now able to digitise on-site health checks and incorporate pathology testing services into its offering. The i-screen biometric data offers unique insights into risk factors for lifestyle related conditions
such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, endocrinological and nutritional deficiencies. A comprehensive report of results complete with recommendations from a medical professional can now be securely delivered to a user’s email inbox within 48 hours. When correlated with WellteQ’s lifestyle analytics, this brings a new depth and comprehensiveness to health assessments. The user is more informed and protected knowing that all results are confidential and only aggregated, de-identified insights are derived for employers.

Using i-screen’s extensive network of affiliated collection centres across APAC, WellteQ users will have access to nationally accredited pathology laboratories where their blood samples can be collected, analysed and reported.

For employers this collaboration brings a new approach to employee health screening leveraged by technology:

  • Empowering employees to take ownership of their health data with easy-to-follow visualisation of test results in their online dashboard.
  • Engaging employees in positive lifestyle changes with personalised interpretation
    of results and advice from experienced medical professionals.
  • Motivating employees to sustain lifestyle improvements by monitoring health data
    over time.
  • Driving a deeper understanding and personalisation of a user’s journey as they
    engage with the WellteQ platform.
  • Enabling more targeted workplace wellness interventions and better ROI through anonymised aggregated data insights.

Amelia Thornycroft, Director of Operations at i-screen, said:

“For too long insights into employee health have been limited to annual medicals targeting senior executives – a demographic which was traditionally considered to add the greatest value but pose the biggest health risk. i-screen’s collaboration with WellteQ offers employers an inclusive, digital and cost-effective health screening solution, which can be rapidly deployed across the entire workforce. This powerful blend of data provides unique insights into employee health and wellbeing designed to empower individuals to take ownership of key health indicators such as cholesterol and fasting glucose, and make targeted lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of lifestyle disease”.

“We’re excited to work with WellteQ to lead the transition away from event-driven employee wellness activities, to a dynamic data-driven digital wellness platform designed to engage the employee in their health journey”.

Scott Montgomery, CEO of WellteQ, said:

“The partnership with i-screen is an exciting step forward in our strategic direction to provide individuals with a complete snapshot of their total wellness. This allows us to service corporates with essential blood pathology testing of employees and bespoke analysis. By taking a systemised approach we negate the individual’s need to travel to a doctor whilst benchmarking their risk levels across our 4D risk analytics model (self reported HRA, wearable data points, anthropometric measurements and pathology biomarkers). We’re seeing clients increasingly shift their focus to digitising and automating their wellness initiatives which consolidates their spend, and virtually removes the operational headaches typically seen from managing the logistics of on-site services”.

“This partnership enables WellteQ to digitise the complete on-site health check and repurpose organisations’ traditional spend for a lot more value. This collaboration also allows us to monitor key biometric health metrics, through our engagement platform, across a 12-month period rather than an isolated snapshot moment in time”.

About i-screen

i-screen is an intelligent health screening solution that tracks key biomarkers in your blood. We provide online access to the tools, insight and medical expertise to help people make better health decisions, avoid preventable illness and work towards optimum health and wellbeing.

Samples are collected and analysed by leading pathology laboratories and results are interpreted by our experienced medical professionals meaning you can be confident of a safe and reliable service. We are strongly committed to protecting personal information and only share data with our medical professionals who review results within our platform.

Our doctors have an ethical, professional and legal duty to respect your rights to privacy meaning you can be sure of complete discretion and confidentiality.

About WellteQ

WellteQ is an award-winning, holistic digital wellness solution for employee engagement and HR data analytics.

Our suite of innovative engagement programs include activity challenges, mental wellness, financial wellness, HR onboarding and virtual coaching for employees. We offer the most comprehensive data analytics for real-time engagement and post-program ROI in market.

Programs are highly customisable and provide an experience packed with gamification, group projects, social interaction rewards and charity all to maximise healthy behavioural change – there is no one-size-fits-all solution. With customisation comes flexibility, which is paramount for businesses of all shapes and sizes around the world. WellteQ’s platform is available for white labelling.

WellteQ was founded in Perth, before moving its headquarters to Singapore.

For all press and image queries, please contact Ed Burleigh: ed@wellteq.co

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Wellness Dollars

Wellness Dollars: Cashing in on Your Health and Wellbeing

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The healthier your employees are, the less insurance companies need to pay out for your policy. So, the more healthy people they have on their plans, the better their profit margins.

As well as bringing down insurance costs, healthier employees equate to more engaged employees. Indeed, WellteQ’s wellbeing initiatives are proven to increase employee engagement by over 40%.

For this reason, many insurers incentivise employers to improve the wellbeing of their workforce with wellness dollars.

So What Are Wellness Dollars?

Wellness dollars are essentially funds that some insurance providers, such as Bupa Wellness, offer to reimburse the investment in your company’s health programs.

How Can You Spend Them?

As another year draws to a close, now is the perfect time for companies to cash in on those unspent wellness dollars.

It will differ from insurer to insurer, but wellness dollars are typically used for a variety of initiatives – anything from gym membership to meditation classes to smoking cessation programs.

Once you have ascertained how many available wellness dollars you have from your insurance provider, it’s time to allocate them strategically. Here are a few ways you can maximise those wellness dollars.

Upgrading Your Wearables

Wearables are an important tool for keeping your workforce healthy as they offer a personalised digital health experience that can monitor and improve overall health and wellbeing both at work and home.

When used in conjunction with a wellness program, wearables become even more powerful as you add a social dimension, eg weekly team step challenges.

You may already have a free or subsidised wearables scheme at work but, if your insurance provider allows you to, it is worth considering an upgrade to make best use of the latest technologies, eg on screen workouts with the Fitbit Versa, or in-depth stress monitoring on the Garmin vívomove HR.

Expand Your Wellness Program

Check with your insurer as you may be able to use those wellness dollars to enhance your employee reward offerings and incentives, eg giving away vouchers for sports apparel.

It’s important to listen to your workforce to find out what the best way to incentivise them is. By gathering feedback in this way you can keep your wellness program current and relevant.

Test Variations of Wellness Programs

It’s in an insurer’s best interests to allow companies to test different types of wellness programs as they may not be able to cover all aspects of employee wellbeing.

By encouraging companies to explore different ways to keep their workforce healthy, such as offering biometric screenings, blood testing or nutritional advice, the will be able to reduce the number of claims.

So check the terms of your wellness dollars with your insurer provider and spend wisely!

Get in touch with the WellteQ team to find out more. 

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Disability in the Workplace: Inclusivity and Equality

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Performance and productivity are the bywords of companies that pride themselves on excellence. In such environments, a hard worker is considered an able worker. But can this notion of ability accommodate disability as well? Despite the differences in station, there is nothing that prevents employees with disabilities from achieving the same as their non-disabled counterparts.

In light of the United Nations’ 2018 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we look at ways to empower people with disabilities to ensure inclusivity and equality in the workplace.

Disability Stigma

The stigma around hiring people with disabilities is an unfortunate precedent built on an absence of empathy and a number of false premises:

    • Workers with disabilities won’t perform as well.
    • Workers with disabilities have more absences.
    • Hiring a disabled worker is costly and therefore prohibitive.
    • Having a disabled employee in the workplace invites dispute.
  • Workers with disabilities tend to use their condition as a cover/leverage.

The fact is, there is nothing factual to substantiate these claims. On the contrary, a three-year study by DuPaul University showed that employees with disabilities averaged a similar productivity rating as their non-disabled peers. The same study also found that these workers actually displayed fewer absences than those without disabilities.

Adapting the Workplace

When it comes to the cost of accommodating workers with disabilities, employers can expect to spend more. However, this expense need not be significant. Most countries offer tax incentives to help lessen the financial burden of implementing special arrangements such as assistive technology.

Socially speaking, the presence of workers with disabilities is no different than what you’d expect with non-disabled individuals. Disagreements can, and should, be settled amicably. That being said, there is nothing unethical about disciplining or terminating the employment of a worker who consistently fails to meet the expected standard of performance, even if they are disabled. Fair treatment deserves fair work.

Disability Programmes

Workplace disability management is often confined to a case-by-case basis, but having a wider programme in place can have significant benefits for both employers and employees. Preventative wellness programmes are proven to be highly successful, so it stands to reason that a similar programme for workers with disabilities will perform just as well.

An effective workplace disability programme can:

    • Increase the number of employees who successfully return to the workforce post-injury/illness.
    • Reduce the cost of disability for both parties.
    • Create a safer and more assured environment of employment (ie benefits and income level).
    • Minimise the negative impact disability has on the worker’s family and colleagues/superiors.
  • Foster mutual trust between all stakeholders through co-operation.

Such a programme is preemptive in nature and should take the needs of the greater disability community into account. Examples include chronic conditions, mental health disorders, long-term pain, musculoskeletal conditions and vision/hearing loss. To put the necessity of having a comprehensive plan into context, consider that a 2016 report by the Centres of Disease Control and Prevention found that one in every four adults in the US suffers from a disability that negatively affects life activities.

Specialist Consultants

Engaging a qualified consultant will allow you to develop a suitable workplace disability programme for your company. The consultant may recommend a number of  adjustments, such as:

    • Modifications to premises (eg wheelchair ramps).
    • Changing a disabled worker’s hours.
    • Providing specialised training or mentoring.
    • Obtaining or modifying equipment.
    • Modifying procedures for employee testing/assessment.
  • Making allowances in employee attendance for rehabilitation, treatment and assessment.

Equal Rights

A person’s life changes dramatically with a disability, but that shouldn’t consign them to the unemployment office. There are people with disabilities who refuse to let it undermine their career prospects as they are just as capable as people without disabilities. The bottom line is that everyone, regardless of their situation in life, deserves to be treated fairly and with respect.

Get in touch with the WellteQ team to find out more. 

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How to Manage Diabetes in the Workplace

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In recognition of World Diabetes Day, we take a closer look at managing diabetes in the workplace.

A recent study on global trends in diabetes complications revealed large increases in diabetes prevalence in almost all regions of the world. In the United States alone, prevalence of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes is projected to increase by 54% between 2015 and 2030, along with annual diabetes-related deaths climbing by 38%. While managing diabetes has always been a top concern of world health officials, it really boils down to the efforts of the individual. Considering how modern living sees us spending most of our time in a work environment, how can we manage the risks and effects of diabetes in the workplace?

Fortune Favours the Proactive

There are many health complications associated with diabetes: heart disease and stroke, eye damage, skin and mouth conditions, kidney damage and foot problems to name a few. When it comes to functioning at work, one of the main concerns of diabetics is the onset of hypoglycemia, a condition characterised by one’s blood sugar falling below a certain level. This can cause a person to feel faint, weak, or even lose consciousness altogether. The danger inherent in this is painfully obvious.

Thankfully, there are various preventive measures employees can take to keep themselves safe and their families free from worry:

Plan in advance

Getting enough sleep, planning your meals, and staying hydrated are can make a significant difference to your safety. They also happen to be things that can be scheduled and defined on your end. Keeping these areas of your life secure will allow your to have more control over your condition.

Know your rights

Diabetics are protected under national health policies to ensure that their ability to work safely is not compromised, nor their condition discriminated against. Labour laws do vary across countries, so do your due diligence in finding out what’s what. If it is within your rights to make a request for a small change in work arrangements, don’t hesitate to speak up about it!

Protect against danger

Office parties are fun, but they often involve sweet treats and alcohol – not exactly good for diabetics. If you do decide to indulge, be sure to keep your portions on the small side. Keeping your desk stocked with healthy, blood-sugar friendly snacks will ward off the temptation of raiding the office pantry. As another precautionary measure, remember to keep a small supply of your medication handy in case of emergencies.

Make movement a priority

Spending all day seated at your desk is not good for your resting blood sugar levels, so set a timer to go off every 15-30 minutes as a reminder for you to move. Take a short walk down the hall or even do a couple of stretches in your area. During your lunch break, try to take the stairs whenever possible to get your heart rate up. A standing or treadmill desk is another great alternative to consider.

Keep your workplace informed

It’s important that your employer is aware of your diagnosis so they have the opportunity to be understanding of your medical situation. Take the time to explain to them what diabetes is and how it affects everyday life – most people don’t even know what having diabetes entails other than having to worry about blood sugar levels. Letting your work buddies or direct supervisor in on your condition and medical protocols also makes it easier for them to keep an eye out for you.

Avoid taking jobs that are unsuitable for your condition, such as shift work or high-stress positions. Telecommuting or self-employment may be more suitable for individuals who exhibit more severe symptoms.

Keep Your Loved Ones in the Loop

Outside of work, family also plays an important role in diabetes management. A family unit that offers a strong support system can help with sustainability when it comes to certain aspects of diabetes management, such as nutrition, exercise and mental health.

Sharing a life with a diabetic will take some getting used to, so getting your loved ones on board needs to be a gradual process. Building this upon a foundation of open and honest communication is the best way to create a healthy relationship whereby both parties will be able to benefit mutually. To start:

Educate on the condition

Your family may need help understanding what diabetes entails, like the need for a different eating schedule or nutrition plan. Dropping some quick facts about diabetes and the relevant medications enables them to identify red flags and react accordingly.

Define boundaries for support

While help is always welcome, there are times when family members can become TOO involved in the management process. Acknowledge that their intentions stem from a good place, but be firm in drawing the line to prevent micro-management.

Ask for help when needed

It is understandable how those with a serious medical condition tend to view themselves as a burden to others. Remember, you are not alone and your family will do whatever they can to help you find your own pace. For this to work, however, you need to put aside your pride and ask for help when you need it.

Final Thoughts on Diabetes in the Workplace

It’s important to remember that despite the seriousness of the condition, diabetics can still go on to lead relatively normal lives through the adoption of healthier lifestyle habits. Staying safe in the workplace is a matter of identifying the risk factors and addressing them in advance. Being prepared not only safeguards your productivity, but your happiness as well!

To find out more about how our wellness programs can help your organisation establish preventative health measures, get in touch.

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Men’s Health at Work: Are You Man Enough to Talk About It?

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Men's Health, men health, mens health

It’s time to talk about men’s health in the workplace

With reports of chronic stress and similar conditions at an all-time high, the emphasis on promoting healthy practices in the workplace is now as important as ever. However, men’s health, in particular, is a tricky subject to tackle as, traditionally, men struggle to open up about health issues for fear of appearing weak or emasculated. While there have been some progress on this, thanks largely to awareness campaigns such as Movember, unfortunately these archaic notions still hold sway in today’s society.

“Male Wellness” is Not an Oxymoron

Prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide are just some of the health issues affecting men. The sad truth is that men are less likely to make use of their primary health provisions as compared to women. This means that even if the right measures and protocols are in place, men might not stand to benefit from them because of the simple fact of non-engagement.

Regardless of profession, men in general are more prone to chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, stroke and depression. They are also much more likely to respond to such situations by resorting to harmful coping mechanisms such as smoking, alcohol and substance abuse, while eschewing more productive avenues such as therapy, counselling or social support groups.

Psychological Made Physical

Hugh Martin, a psychotherapist, coach and founder of men’s health organisation Man Enough, says that such isolative behaviours are very specific to the male psyche and that the typical male upbringing ‘really enables that sense of isolation, or that a man can’t bring up an issue they’re having’.

Martin goes on to add that, in the workplace, men also tend to overextend themselves when it comes to working hours: ‘They tend to feel more isolated from home life, not as efficient at multitasking… It’s hard to sustain’.

Indeed, the following facts around men’s health are a serious cause for concern:

  • Men enjoy less life satisfaction.

  • They have less access to social support systems.

  • Men are more likely to be obese.

  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 35.

  • More then three-quarters of suicide victims are male.

  • Boys are falling behind girls at all levels of education.

“Awareness” may be a nice word to throw around wellness circles, but there’s a difference between knowing and acting. Most employers have their hearts in the place when they engage wellness consultants or invest in corporate well-being programmes. However, these efforts will count for nothing if they fail to address the crux of the matter.

It’s Time to Talk About It

The problem is social by nature. Men benefit greatly from the feeling of inclusivity that comes with a support network. When surrounded by their peers – all of whom face similar issues – men are more likely to voice their concerns and work towards solutions as they no longer suffer under the illusion of external judgement. Once this network is in place, change can truly take place.

Of course, the way such an initiative is executed also matters. Communication is key when it comes to building and maintaining relationships, and the same holds true in the workplace. You can’t expect something as impersonal as a bunch of generic motivation posters to do the trick. Kritika Singh, of corporate health provider SMG Health, emphasises the importance of a tailored approach to addressing the wants and needs of male employees: ‘It’s all about how the message is promoted to the staff. It has to be clear and show why the individual should take care of themselves’.

Last Thoughts on Men’s Health

While it may be unrealistic to create “male-friendly” workplace environments, the situation faced by men across the world is very real. We all wish to be in good health – even the most “alpha male” of men amongst us. Just because it’s not spoken about enough, it doesn’t mean that the problem doesn’t exist. So, men, don’t be afraid to open up to friends, family and colleagues about health issues.

To help install healthier habits in the workplace, get in touch with the WellteQ team today.

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WellteQ Talks: Fatigue

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There’s often a misconception that tiredness and fatigue are the same thing. In the health and fitness space, how do you differentiate between the two? Tune into this episode of WellteQ Talks, with Natalie Dau, to find out.

WellteQ is running an exclusive offer to help you maximise the ROI on your wellness initiatives in 2019. Click below to find out more.

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5 Tips to Make You Healthier, Happier and More Productive at Work!

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Improve your work life

Healthier, Happier and More Productive at Work!

It happens to the best of us, but sometimes we just can’t bear our job! There are a few simple tricks you can do to combat the drain work has on our mental and physical health. So here are five ways you can feel healthier, happier and more productive at work.

1. Move it or Lose it! 

They say that sitting is the new smoking. Yes it’s a crude comparison, and sitting down next to someone is not nearly as antisocial as blowing smoke in their face, but the science backs it up. A recent study from the American Cancer Society finds a link between long periods of leisure time sitting and a higher risk of death from all causes.

Terrifying!

Scaremongering aside, sitting can also have adverse effects on your productivity. While you might believe that you’re ‘in the zone’ and that every minute of the day counts, taking regular short breaks between tasks will actually help you stay focussed. Splitting your day’s tasks into bitesize chunks, rewarding yourself with a short break in between, can help you manage your workload more effectively.

So stand up, get the blood pumping and cruise through your day’s tasklist.

2. It’s Rude Not to Stair

It’s one thing taking regular breaks to move around, but are you ready to take on the stairs? Researchers from McMaster University recently found that climbing stairs for 10 minutes a day can have major benefits for heart health, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. You burn more calories stair climbing so it’s also a great way to lose weight.

Taking the stairs can also helps boost energy levels. Researchers from University of Georgia found that 10 minutes going up and down stairs gives you more energy than 50mg of coffee. Cheaper and healthier too!

Try swapping the work elevator for the stairs. If your office is on the 50th floor, you could always take the lift part way up and walk the rest of the way. Even better, using a wellness program, set up a ‘Stair Master’ challeng and compete with your colleagues to take your fitness to the next level.

3. Do Sleep on the Job

If you ever find yourself nodding off at work, maybe you shouldn’t fight the urge for a sneaky nap. Ok so spending all afternoon with your head on your desk drooling onto your keyboard is a quick way to get fired, but research shows that a 10-20 minute power nap can do wonders for you. The many benefits include increasing alertness, boosting creativity and reducing stress.    

Taking naps at work is being recognised worldwide with some offices actually installing sleeping pods for just that purpose. In Japan they even have a word for sleeping at work: “inemuri,” which translates roughly as “sleeping while present.” So find yourself a comfy spot in the office, grab a pillow and catch a few zzzs!

However, you should not be napping because you don’t get enough sleep generally. You should still be aiming to get at least 7 hours’ sleep a night. Using wearables is a great way to track both the quantity and quality of your sleep.

4. Don’t Be a Slouch

When you’re spending several hours a day at a computer it can be difficult to maintain good posture. Having bad posture can cause both short and long-term injuries. Try using these ergonomic tips to help your body assume a neutral, strain-free position:

  • Sit upright with your feet flat on the floor and your back fully supported by your seat.
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed, allowing your upper arms to hang naturally. Your elbows should be close to the body and bent between 90 and 120 degrees.
  • Your thighs should be parallel to the floor, and your knees close to the same height as your hips.
  • Keep your monitor about an arm’s length away; the top of the screen should be at eye level, so that you can read without craning your neck.

4. Find Your Work BFF

Making friends at work is proven to be beneficial to our wellbeing. A 2014 study by LinkedIn found 46% of professionals worldwide believe work friends are important to their overall happiness. More recently, a survey by Comparably found 60% of women and 56% of men admitted to having a work BFF.

You probably spend more time per week with your co-workers than you do with your other friends, so it’s important to be sociable. Indeed, having work friends can have a dramatic effect on workplace happiness in a number of ways, including: not feeling alienated, being able to bond over shared feelings about the company and reducing stress by having someone to talk to if things go wrong.

Wellness programs are also great to foster friendships at works as they allow you to enter into a community-driven environment where you can compete with, or against, other colleagues.

To find out how WellteQ can help with all of the above, and more, get in touch with the team.

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WellteQ Talks: Cognitive Performance

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“Things like memory, processing speed, impulse control and emotion regulation are the functional output of our brain that help us get along with our activities of daily living”.

Really excited to have Mylea Charvat, Ph.D. from Savonix chatting about cognitive performance on this episode of WellteQ Talks.

WellteQ is running an exclusive offer to help you maximise the ROI on your wellness initiatives in 2019. Click below to find out more.

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You Are What You Eat: Nutrition, Health and Wellbeing

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Nutrition can improve your physical health and wellness

Nutrition, health and wellbeing at home and in the workplace

In recognition of World Food Day (supporting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger) and National Nutrition Week in Australia we turn our focus to nutrition.

In today’s health-conscious society, we’re always hearing about nutrition and how we should pay more attention to it. Yet, despite its importance to wellbeing, the exact nature of nutrition remains shrouded in mystery for many. So let’s dig a little deeper into learning more about such an integral part of our lives.

More than Just Numbers

Perhaps the most basic of understandings regarding nutrition involves the existence of calories. Essentially treated as fuel by the body, calories are derived from the food that we eat. The first layer of personal healthcare—weight management—is commonly attributed to the balance shared between caloric intake and expenditure. Put simply, if you take in more than consume, you’ll gain weight. The inverse is also true; taking in less than you require results in weight-loss.

However, human biology cannot be regarded using such a simplistic equation. Firstly, caloric density can vary between similar foods just by method of cooking (which can also alter glycaemic index values). Secondly, not all calories are created equal. While “calories in vs calories out” is the primary consideration for weight management, where you derive calories from matters too.

Bring in the Big Guns

Nutrients are the next most pertinent subject when it comes to this discussion. The three most prevalent ones—protein, carbohydrates and fat – are collectively referred to as macronutrients. Just as the word “macro” denotes a larger capability, macronutrients fulfil a variety of functions within the human body. From promoting cellular health to regulating hormone production and repairing body tissue, macronutrients are vital to just about every aspect of physical and mental health.

Ensuring that your body gets the proper ratio of macronutrients is crucial to good health. While this figure does fluctuate accordingly to numerous variables (age, gender, physical occupation, body composition, medical status, etc.), the key takeaway here is that it is far better to internalise a ratio rather than to not have one at all. If, for example, your body needs 2,000 calories a day to fuel its activity, having 90% of it as carbohydrates will be akin to short-changing it of the benefits afforded by a balanced diet.

DO Sweat the Small Stuff

Micronutrients stand somewhat diminutively next to their macro counterparts. Despite occurring naturally in trace amounts, micronutrients (ie vitamins and minerals) play the vital role of supporting the macronutrients’ efforts to keep the body up and running. Despite it being almost impossible to separate micronutrients and macronutrients (they’re a package deal in whole foods), the “modern” diet makes it all too easy to come up deficient in them. Heavily processed and refined food products often lose their micronutrient value, or even having them replaced with synthetic variants.

Possessing a micronutrient deficiency may seem harmless, but its effects are far-reaching and can cause something more serious. Magnesium deficiency—one of the most common micronutrient deficiencies—carries as many as 23 symptoms (both neurological and physical) and is known to be related to 16 medical conditions. Not surprising when you consider its key role in over 350 enzymatic processes and its involvement in virtually every metabolic activity of the body. It is a natural process for our bodies to deplete its store of micronutrients, so it becomes essential for us to replace them at the earliest opportunity.

Weird Diets and Nutritional Supplements

Bringing things back to the crux of the matter, what we eat is important because it has a direct impact on how much energy our body receives and its ability to function optimally. A balanced diet rich in whole foods ensures your body gets what it needs, in terms of quantity and quality. A poor diet, on the other hand, skews your intake and leaves you in a semi-deprived state. While there are some scientifically proven diets that advocate a large-scale de-emphasis on certain food groups (eg the ketogenic diet), bear in mind that these diets are typically prescribed for a predetermined amount of time, or for very specific populations.

Nutritional supplements are another important factor when it comes to health and wellbeing. While you shouldn’t build a nutritional plan around supplements, intelligent use allows you to address shortcomings and promote recovery. Active people require more nutrients, so things like protein powder and fish oil can help keep the body healthy.

The Effects of Good Nutrition

One thing to remember about nutrition, and its effect on our health, is that it’s not something immediately apparent. However, there are a number of ways you can ensure you’re not secretly sabotaging yourself. Building a diet around quality whole foods and keeping your consumption to reasonable levels, while also minimising alcohol and sugar intake, can do wonders for your wellbeing. A lot of it boils down to good old common sense—you get out what you put in!

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