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Effective return to work strategies

Disability Management Institute (DMI) President, Matt Hendrick explains how the right return to work strategies can help reduce the duration of employee absences and generate positive outcomes for both employees and employers. Read more in Benefits & Pensions Monitor  

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Networking is Nice, but Sweatworking is Better!

Part of what makes working at GroupHEALTH so great is the emphasis placed on health and wellness at home and at the workplace. You can’t walk too far through the office before spotting a well-stocked fruit bowl (help yourself!), and twice a week you’ll look around and think ‘where did everyone go?’, only to find […]

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The Canadian Obesity Crisis: What You Can Do

The obesity crisis in Canada is real according to a Senate committee report released earlier this week. The number of obese adults has doubled in Canada since 1980 while the number of obese children has tripled. Each year 48,000 to 66,000 Canadians die from illnesses linked to excess weight, such as heart disease, high cholesterol, […]

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The Heart Failure Epidemic

The 2016 Heart and Stroke Foundation Report on the Health of Canadians finds the number of Canadians living with cardiovascular disease, including heart failure, is increasing. Currently there are 600,000 Canadians living with heart failure with 50,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Many Canadians believe heart failure happens when your heart completely stops beating. In […]

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Tips to make your New Year’s Resolution a Reality

It’s the start of a new year and we’re about halfway through the month of January, which also means we’re two weeks into New Year’s resolutions. According to Forbes, only 8% of people who make resolutions are successful and 24% of people who make resolutions year-after-year never actually reach their goals. Let’s make this year […]

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Limit Halloween Candies Creatively

Happy Halloween! Every October, people of all ages celebrate Halloween. It’s a day where both children and adults dress up in costumes and eat a lot of candy. Maybe too much candy? There is such a thing as too much sugar, so pediatricians recommend parents use Halloween to talk to their kids about health concerns, […]

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Are you Heart Healthy?

Recently, we had Dr. Duanita Eleniak come in from Ceridian LifeWorks for a Lunch n’ Learn to discuss heart health. She started off the Lunch n’ Learn with a quiz to test our heart health knowledge, and ended with tips on how to be more heart healthy. She also identified the cause and markers for […]

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Call for Tax on Sugary Drinks

The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) made an announcement earlier this week asking federal leaders to support and eventually introduce a tax on sugary drinks according to CBC news. The association links Type2 diabetes to these sugary drinks and estimates 10 million Canadians have diabetes or prediabetes, costing Canadians $14 billion in health care and economic […]

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Don’t let Stress keep employees at Home

A new survey by Morneau Shepell discovered 52% of employees miss work due to stress rather than illness. Many employers require medical notes from their doctor to validate the absence, which does not solve the root cause of the problem. The survey also found instead of addressing the issue, 81% of companies gave out warning […]

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Protect yourself from the Summer Heat

Summer is here and it’s HOT! If you are travelling this summer to hot and tropical locations, or live in Western Canada where it’ll be an extremely hot weekend, make sure you take the proper precautions. If you do not, it could lead to dehydration, which occurs when your body loses fluids, mostly water, than you […]

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