Monthly Archives: March 2016

Role Of Corporate Fitness In Employee Retention

The benefits of exercise have become so important to such an extent that companies have now started their own fitness programmes. Worksites play a crucial role in influencing the health of their employees. Most of the adults walk more at their workplace than anywhere else, making it a prime venue for promoting healthier habits. Absenteeism due to bad health will reduce companys productivity. Regular workouts and health awareness would reduce work related stress and other diseases to a greater extent. Spending on a corporate wellness program can produce a healthy return on investment, according to multiple surveys and case studies cited by organizations such as, the Wellness Council of America.

Corporate Fitness has assumed a lot of significance in Melbourne. Companies are advocating many fitness regimens in their daily activities including yoga, Pilates and breathing exercises. The in-work fitness culture is becoming popular in Melbourne city and in other parts of the world. The Benefits of corporate fitness programmes are discussed below:

Decreased Tardiness and Lower Absenteeism: A regular corporate fitness programme ensures that the employees are healthy and less prone to ailments. Fit employees miss fewer workdays and fewer hours during the workday usually due to dealing with pains, taking medicines and visits to the doctor. A decrease in weight and stronger core muscles reduces back pain, which is the commonly cited as a reason for low employee turnout in offices.

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Fitness Equipment and the Fitness Exercise MuscleToning Belts

There are thousands of fitness exercise products under the fitness equipment genre including the toning belt. Whether these toning belts are a fitness exercise accessory or an actual piece of exercise equipment is narrow. Traditional exercise equipment may be seen in terms of the treadmill, cross trainer, exercise bike or multi gym. Fitness exercise may be seen in terms of Pilates, yoga, weight training; the act of using a form of the fitness equipment. Toning belts seem to fall into both categories without the actual -doing-.

As the toning belts work by using electrical muscle simulation on the selected area(s) of the body (usually abs) instead of the manual sit-ups, it seems futile. Just plug the toning belt in and it becomes the fitness equipment abdominal machine without the effort of the sit-ups. It carries out the fitness exercise while you do something other than worry about fitness equipment. Is this too good to be true? Read a book whilst a toning belt works the abdominal muscles for you! There is even a new mini toning belt designed especially to give you the perfect buttocks while you carry on your daily chores.

If you weigh about 400 pounds hate any form of fitness exercise and eat like an elephant then the toning belt may not be the ideal stand-alone piece of fitness equipment for you. You will obviously have to consider changes to your diet, lifestyle and investing in a high fat burning piece of fitness equipment first e.g. treadmill, then using the toning belt to shape up. Fitness equipment and toning belts are not going to help much if you are eating far more than you burn off with your fitness exercise selection. For the majority of people the is a great addition to the fitness exercise routine and a very handy piece of fitness equipment.

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Pakistan arrests parents for refusing children’s polio vaccinations

Pakistan authorities have arrested hundreds of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children against polio, officials said Tuesday, as community opposition and Taliban threats block efforts to eradicate the crippling disease in one of its last strongholds.
Frustrated officials turned to police to deal with parents influenced by some clerics who decry government vaccination campaigns as a tool to weaken Islam, according to Pervez Kamal, director of health for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region in the northwest.
“There was no other option. We have run so many awareness campaigns for the parents and general masses that there is no harm in the vaccine, but to no avail,” Kamal said.
Pakistan reported 306 polio cases last year, far and away the largest share of the 359 cases worldwide recorded by the Global Eradicate Polio Initiative.
Kamal said on Tuesday that a list of “chronic” refusal cases has been prepared and warrants issued for more than 1,000 parents.
“So far, we have arrested 471 parents and efforts are under way to capture others,” a police officer in Peshawar said.
Once a common childhood disease, polio – which can cause paralysis and mostly affects children under age five – has declined by 99 percent in the last 25 years with aggressive vaccination campaigns, according to the WHO.
Polio has made a comeback in Pakistan since the Taliban, seeking to topple the state and establish strict Islamic rule, began targeting government health workers conducting vaccine campaigns.
Sixty-four people have been killed in attacks on polio teams and their security escorts since 2012, when the Taliban banned vaccinations in areas they controlled.
Some Pakistanis are also against vaccinations because they believe they are part of a Western plot to sterilize children.
The image of vaccinations suffered by association after a CIA-employed Pakistani doctor used the guise of a vaccination campaign to spy on Osama bin Laden in the months up to the U.S. raid that killed the al Qaeda chief in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad in 2011.
The government conducts a national campaign against polio every month. Data from the first campaign of the year shows that nearly 60,000 children had been missed due to parental refusals.
A government official, Riaz Mehsud, said there had been more than 14,000 refusals alone in Peshawar.
“We have decided to take it a challenge and make sure that every child gets vaccinated,” Mehsud said.

(Writing by Kay Johnson; Editing by Nick Macfie)

There’s No Off-Shore Medicare Help Aside From Rare Travel Exceptions

Your Medicare coverage pretty much stops at the U.S.
border. There are only a few exceptions to this policy. I’ll cover those with a few more comments.
Make no mistake about it. Medicare is a U.S. based health ‘insurance’ program, and only for those who’ve reached age 65. You’ve been paying into it for most all your life. And you still must if you work and live abroad since you must always pay U.S taxes which include the Medicare tax.

But if you move offshore, Medicare will not pay your health expenses that you incur abroad. You, of course, can come back to the U.S. to incur your expenses there under Medicare’s help. But the exceptions for Medicare help while outside has to do with traveling – and they are rather limited.

The Original Medicare Plan generally doesn’t cover health care while you’re traveling outside the United States. But note that Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands are considered part of the United States.

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