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Live Well, Live Healthy: Easy tips for Good Life   

You are as good as your work place.  Keep it good.

                                                                                             T A Varkey

Wellness can be defined as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Eating right, exercising and sleeping well play an equal role in the prevention of infections and diseases.

Health follows a social gradient. Stress damages health. The health impact of early development and education lasts a lifetime. Poverty and social exclusion are naturally breeders of stress. And,  stress in the workplace increases the risk of disease.  Job security improves health while  unemployment causes illness and premature death; social supports and supportive networks improve health. Alcohol, drug and tobacco use, notoriously harmful to health, is influenced by the social setting.

Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability worldwide, increasingly affecting people in low- and middle-income groups as well as in high-income groups. Chronic diseases impact people in their "working" years, reducing productivity and increasing costs. Multinational companies are called upon to use the workplace to promote long-term behavioral changes that will benefit employers, employees and communities.

Employment has a significant impact on our physical, mental and social health. A healthy work environment is one that is conducive to good lifestyle habits and in which respect, support, security, safety, opportunities for learning.
Wellness programmes that integrate healthy environments, health promotion and health screenings have been shown to:

  • improve employee health
  • reduce employee stress
  • reduce workforce turnover
  • improve employee decision-making ability
  • reduce organizational conflict
  • reduce absenteeism
  • create a healthier organizational culture
  • improve employee morale and loyalty

Many organizations today, acknowledge that wellness promotion at work is an effective way of fighting the growing burden of chronic diseases. As some corporate entities try to promote healthier working environments & workplace wellness that specifically target risk reduction for cardiovascular and other chronic diseases, Preventive medical Check-ups assume a great role in promoting wellness.

For instance, the executive check-up analyses the blood urea, fasting blood sugar, lipid profile and ECG apart from the usual check-up measures. Thus, the executive check-up examines deeply for kidney and heart problems and checks the cholesterol in detail, deconstructing it into LDL and HDLcholesterol. 

Then there is the Intensive Health Check-up that, in addition to the routine tests, considers the levels of Creatinine and Uric Acid to detect possible kidney malfunctions. The check-up also includes liver function tests and X-Ray of chest, thus addressing liver, lungs and heart problems.

Similarly the Master Health Check-up, which assesses Kidney by testing Blood Urea, Creatinine and Uric Acid and abdomen by Ultra Sound Scan, goes a step further.

Comprehensive check-ups provide in addition to the routinely performed tests, Treadmill Test (Stress Test), Echo Cardiography, Pulmonary Function Tests and Prostate Specific Antigen(Males) & Pap Smear test(for Females) to allay any concerns. Thus while general check-ups help to appraise the overall health status; the specialised packages give an in-depth evaluation of the physical health.

Laboratories employ various means to ensure that the test results reported are accurate.  Many organizations of international repute provide Quality Control Programmes at third party level.  A satisfactory participation in such Quality Control Programmes sets a benchmark for the Quality of Tests in a Laboratory. The National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) formed by Govt. of India under the aegis of Department of Science and Technology has introduced the ISO 15189 to regulate and benchmark medical laboratories. Accredited Laboratories undergo regular surveillance of their performance for satisfactory compliance to international standards. As NABL is affiliated to the world body of the Laboratory Accreditation Committee, they enjoy a worldwide acceptance of their laboratory reports without any recheck.

Sustainable health and wellness is not only part of our survival but it is also a continuously rewarding way to live out our entire lives.