Occupational Wellness consists of one’s attitude toward work and feelings of satisfaction from work. Importantly, occupational wellness considers leisure time, time away from work. Occupational wellness is the balance of work and play. MyTendWell knows that all work and no play makes for a dull flower, so Chef D and Dr. K educate you about the best practices for occupational wellness. Dr. K’s background includes Ergonomics and Workplace Wellness and Dr. K teaches individuals and groups how to evaluate their workplace and how best to fit their job and their job fit them.
Food for Thought: Hot Topic in Occupational Wellness – Sedentary Behavior (the new smoking!)
Sedentary behavior is a risk factor for many health-related issues: musculoskeletal concerns such as low-back pain, and obesity. Dr. K provides solutions for decreasing sedentary behavior, especially while at work. For more information on sedentary behavior, read Dr. K’s chapter, Ergonomics of Redesigning Sitting, in the upcoming peer-reviewed text, Sedentary behavior and health concepts, assessments, and interventions. (Shea, J. B., & Baute, K. J. (2017). Ergonomics of redesigning sitting. In W. Zhu & N. Owen (Eds.), Sedentary behavior and health concepts, assessments, and interventions (pp.321-331, 414-416). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics).
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Dr. K suggests taking station-breaks every two hours during prolonged sitting or standing tasks such as working at a computer workstation or standing at a food prep station. Prolonged, static postures contributes to poor health, from metabolic to musculoskeletal. Getting up and performing deliberate movement every 2 hours will improve muscle health, stimulate your brain and generally wake-up your body. Dr. K has created, Back in 5, 3-minute workout videos that teach you exercises designed to correct poor postures by working muscles that need worked and stretching muscles that need stretched. Dr. K leads you through these corrective exercise movements after you have spent a couple of minutes walking around office space, hallways or stairways, and if possible, getting outdoors and perhaps walking around the building. Performing