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2017 Team Health & Wellness Fair at AB&I

AB&I held its annual Health and Wellness Fair for team members on Thursday, October 12, 2017.  These events are designed to encourage team members to take preventive measures to avert the onset or worsening of an illness or disease and to adopt healthier lifestyles.

Team Members were provided free biometric screenings through eHealthScreenings flu shots by U.S. Health Works, and financial planning by Merrill Lynch.  Participants were also offered a massage, a discount gym membership at 24 Hour Fitness and could win prizes for participating in a challenge of making a smoothie while riding a bike.

A huge thanks to Filice and Western Suppliers for their help in organizing this year’s event and to the vendors that attended the fair.

ABI 2017 Health Fair

 

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McWane Ductile New Jersey Holds Annual Team Health Fair

McWane Ductile New Jersey held their annual Team Health Fair on Thursday, October 12th.  They partnered with St. Luke’s to provide free screenings to team members on-site. The event is a daylong event from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is available to all hourly and salaried team members.

Tests and services provided by St. Luke’s included:

  • Sleep apnea and pulmonary function testing
  • Diabetes counseling and education
  • Blood pressures/smoking cessation
  • BMI and body fat analysis
  • Bone density screening
  • Stress management
  • Fitness information
  • Vascular screenings for PAD (peripheral artery disease affecting the legs and ankles)

Hansel Conway was the lucky winner of a gift basket that St Luke’s Fitness Center gave away in the raffle.

MDNJ 2017 Health Fair

Apple-Raspberry Sorbet

Happy Friday, everyone! To celebrate the weekend, here is a deliciously healthy recipe to enjoy. Gather your family and friends to enjoy this sweet treat and beat the heat!

This raspberry sorbet recipe is a wonderful way to use extra summer berries to make a dairy-free, healthy and light dessert perfect for any hot day. If you can’t find apple-raspberry juice, apple juice works well.

MAKES 6 SERVINGSDF8430_Krasner
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 4 3/4 hours
Course: Dessert

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of raspberries (about 1 pound), fresh or frozen (see Tips)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of apple-raspberry juice
  • 5 tablespoons of sugar

Directions

  1. Puree raspberries in a food processor until smooth. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl and press on the solids to extract all the juice.
  2. Combine water, juice and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Stir the syrup into the fruit puree. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator until cold, about 4 hours.
  4. Pour the sorbet mixture into an ice cream maker. (No ice cream maker? See Tips.) Freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Tips: If using frozen fruit, measure it frozen and then thaw before pureeing. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, freeze the mixture in a shallow metal cake pan or ice cube trays until solid, about 6 hours. Break into chunks and process in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.

Make Ahead Tip: Freeze in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Let soften slightly before serving.

Nutrition Information Per serving: 116 calories; 29 g carbohydrates; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 0 g dietary fiber; 1 mg potassium; 10 mg sodium. Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (20% daily value)

By EatingWell.com, ©Meredith Corporation.

Did you know that stretching can prevent repetitive motion injuries?

Anaco Stretching Exercises Training

A few years ago, Anaco researched how they could prevent injuries in jobs with the highest levels of repetitive motion. After much discussion about the best way to address the problem, they instituted a stretching program where team members stretch for 2 minutes at the top of the hour throughout their shift. We are happy to report that these stretching exercises have helped reduce and almost eliminate repetitive type injuries from these departments!

Anaco recently decided that it was time to “refresh” the stretching program. If you’ve ever tried to stick to an exercise program, you know that doing the same exercise every day can get boring, make you quickly lose interest, and even no longer challenge you as your body begins to adapt to the repetitiveness. To avoid this, Anaco brought in a physical therapist from a local clinic to observe how team members perform their tasks and recommend stretches that would best prevent injuries.

After the initial observations, the entire team came together in the training center in groups for a hands-on demonstration and practice of some new and improved stretches. Great job, Team Anaco! Way to be proactive!

Give Stress a Rest

April is Stress Awareness Month. It is important to be aware of our health. Here are tips to remember during the demanding times:

Stay active! Don’t let the hotter temperatures keep you indoors and away from the heat. Think of options such as swimming or biking to stay active and cool. You could also do things like parking farther away while shopping and taking the stairs instead of the elevator, when possible.

Beware of constant snacking! Prepare healthy snacks in advance. Look for seasonal fruits and vegetables, multigrain snacks and low sugar alternatives. It is important NOT to skip out on summertime treats (like popsicles and ice cream…yum!), just enjoy them in small portions and balance with healthy alternatives.

Drink water! During the spring and summer, the air is more humid, the temperature is higher, and dehydration is real. Drinking plenty of water is especially important.

Get your ZZZs! Sleep not only helps the body repair itself, but also energizes you for your next adventure.

Get organized! High amounts of stress are linked to many health complications. To-do lists or calendars help keep stress under control; just beware not to OVER schedule yourself!


“Take time to unwind…It’s healthy to relax, renew, and rejuvenate” | For more information on managing stress, please visit the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Federal Occupational Health stress campaign website.

Celebrate #WorldHealthDay + Fruity Nutty Chicken Salad recipe

Fruity Nutty Chicken Salad

The theme for World Health Day 2015 is “Food Safety.” There are many germs and bacteria that our foods are exposed to, and sometimes those bacteria even make it into our bodies causing many of us to experience a food or water borne disease at some point in our lives. In order to help prevent these illnesses, it is our duty to make sure we always practice safe food handling practices.

The World Health Organization had this to say about food safety:

The great majority of people will experience a food or water borne disease at some point in their lives. This highlights the importance of making sure the food we eat is not contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses, toxins and chemicals.

“Food safety: from farm to plate, make food safe” is the theme of World Health Day 2015. The day focuses on demonstrating the importance of food safety along the whole length of the food chain in a globalised world, from production and transport, to preparation and consumption.

Over the past half century, the process by which food gets from the farm to the plate has changed drastically. Food contamination that occurs in one place may affect the health of consumers living on the other side of the planet. This means that everyone along the production chain, from producer to consumer, must observe safe food handling practices.

As you can see, food safety is very important and we should always take proper precautions when handling food. To celebrate #WorldHealthDay, we have shared an awesome recipe for “Fruity Nutty Chicken Salad” that we hope you enjoy! Remember to observe safe food handling practices when preparing this dish!


To learn more about World Health Day, please visit: http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2015/en/

Seasonal Health Tips

During this fall/winter season, make sure to take proper precautions to ensure that you are in the best health possible!

Fall for Good Health

AB&I Holds Fifth Annual Wellness Fair and Offers Free Flu Shots to Team Members

AB&I Wellness Fair

AB&I held their Fifth Annual Wellness Fair for team members on September 25. The goal of this year’s Wellness Fair was to raise awareness through education the importance of keeping fit and eating healthy as well as the critical importance of preventative care.

To accomplish this, AB&I partnered with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Alabama to offer onsite biometric screening. Team members took advantage of the opportunity to participate in the voluntary confidential biometric screening that was provided to them at no cost on-site. The screenings included measurements of blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and glucose. Team members were furnished the results right away so they could begin making any necessary changes to improve their results.

AB&I’s insurance broker, Filice, provided a healthy lunch, massages, and a fun way to find out your brain age through a card game. AB&I’s Mickie Nguyen finished the game in 28 seconds making her the youngest team member in “brain age” under 20 years old.


AB&I Free Flu Shots - Isaac Beltran, Jr.

AB&I Team Member – Isaac Beltran, Jr.

As part of the preventative care program, AB&I provided on-site flu shots to all team members free of cost and through U.S. Health Works on October 2.

This program followed the recent Wellness Fair at AB&I.