Total Worker Health (TWH)

Workplaces and Eldercare

It’s been about a year since I was immersed in decisions and responsibilities related to my parents’ care. Filling up medication boxes, following up with physicians and hospitals, advocating in rental agreements. I wouldn’t give up any of it, given the choice. In living this – and sharing my experiences with friends and co-workers – I’ve found it to be more common than not, that those around me are facing the same daily phone calls, … Read More

Sleep Loss Costs US Workers … and Industry’s Bottom Line

The Sleep and Shift Work: Impact on Health, Safety and Productivity Symposium (learn more on Twitter at hashtag #CROETSleep), reported that insomnia costs US industry an estimated $63 billion per year based on a loss of 8 days of productivity per year determined in a survey of nearly 8000 people (published in Sleep, 2011, by Kessler).  Turning to an example of impact on working people, shift workers (who have disturbed sleep) have a 5-fold increased … Read More

OHSU’s Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness Talks Urgency

The health of the US population has gotten dramatically worse during the last 4-5 decades and reversing that is a matter of the highest priority at a population and personal level. At the top of the list is the health of pregnant women because the entire life of their unborn children is affected by their nutrition while pregnant.  This was the message of Dr. Kent Thornburg, Interim Director of the OHSU’s Moore Institute for Nutrition … Read More

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center speaks at Work Stress Health in LA

The Principal Investigators of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center research and translation projects spoke at the Work Stress and Health conference in Los Angeles (CA) in a symposium devoted to their solutions intervention projects on Total Worker Health (TWH). The PIs are shown in the picture answering audience questions after describing their pilot research now largely completed.  They are now conducting their randomized controlled trial studies to evaluate the effectiveness of their solutions interventions. Those … Read More

Total Worker Health Conference Points to a Potential Burden of Workplace Wellness Programs and a Way to Avoid It

NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard led a Roundtable at the Work, Stress and Health 2013 Conference in LA focused on Total Worker Health (TWH) that discussed the issue that wellness programs can place a significant requirement on employees to achieve wellness goals.  Wellness programs need to be designed to support employee success and avoid using them to penalize employees who are in poor health or who have predispositions toward unhealthy lifestyles.  Two pictures from the … Read More

Work, Stress, and Health Conference focused on TWH

The Work, Stress, and Health Conference (formally the 10th International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health) began today in LA. The conference is focused on Total Worker Health (TWH) which is the integration of occupational safety and health with wellness and wellbeing. Attendees are learning about recent research, and practitioners are attending to learn new ways to develop and implement TWH programs in the workplace. A picture of the audience at the opening session is … Read More

2013 Safety Break Meets Wellness

  Oregon Health and Science University is pleased to be one of dozens of Oregon organizations and companies participating in Safety Break for Oregon this year. While we believe in being safe every day, Safety Break allows us to join employers throughout our state to make a public statement about the importance of safety and health. Here at CROET, the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, and OHSU, we wanted to go one step further and address … Read More

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center Seeks Pilot Project Applications

  The Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center seeks applications for two Pilot Projects that will expand our portfolio of research on programs that improve occupational health, safety, and personal wellness. A maximum of $50,000 for the first pilot and a maximum of $25,000 for the second pilot is available for a 1-year project beginning in August, 2013. The proposal must address a strategic goal in a NIOSH NORA sector area. For the $50,000 award, the Principal … Read More

Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

Thursday evening New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Moss spoke to a near-capacity OHSU auditorium audience about the obesity epidemic in the US and the role of food in the development of that dangerous and costly trend. His new book on the subject (Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us) is the headline to this blog.  Among many topics, Mr. Moss described the way in which new processed foods are created through … Read More

Calling all Wellness “Favorite Tools!”

Perhaps by now you’ve gotten word on the 2013 Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference. Maybe you’ve attended before and already have it on your calendar for March 4-7, 2013. If not, make sure to visit the GOSH website, and review the enormous program containing over 150 technical sessions. You’re sure to see why this event is touted as the largest event of its kind in the Northwest. And when you do attend, make … Read More

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