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The Need for Workplace Wellness and Stress Management Training   While full time in a corporate wellness environment, Dr Arien van der Merwe focused her research and program development on stress and wellness challenges as she had experienced in the workplace on a day-to-day basis. The statistics gained from an interactive Internet based stress management program, with read more…

Wellness: a Sound Return on Investment (HR Future Mag) Chronic diseases of lifestyle (e.g. heart disease, incl. stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, high blood fats; diabetes mellitus; cancer; depression; asthma and lung disease) are responsible for 37% of deaths in South Africa, second only to HIV / AIDS (39%). Added, these are responsible for read more…

HR Future Mag: The Heart of the Workplace Results of a recent study published in the British Medical Journal show that work stress is associated with double the risk of death from heart disease. In promoting cardiovascular health, the traditional advice has always been for people to stop smoking, limit alcohol intake, eat less fat, and read more…

Workplace Wellness Ways to wellness (some of the most popular wellness programs / interventions companies and individuals can use): Stress solutions: Practical stress management tools and techniques, as well as stress courses Work-life balance Management of chronic lifestyle diseases: e.g. ischaemic heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, depression, HIV/Aids, chronic obstructive lung disease, diabetes mellitus Positive mental read more…

Neuropeptides: Molecules of Emotions [Part 1 & 2] Working with your subconscious feelings and beliefs are important for sustainable and long term management of any health challenge  Part 1  ‘I suggest that the body and soul react to each other in sympathy. A change in the state of the soul would necessarily have an effect read more…

Step-by-Step Healthy Detox A ten-point plan for gentle detoxification as part of a healthy lifestyle We all experience the need to cleanse and detoxify our bodies and minds, to rid ourselves from toxic thoughts, as well as toxins and accumulated waste products inside our cells, organs and systems. This instinctive urge is as old as read more…

Metabolic Syndrome Statistics: Demonstrating the essential need and urgency to define and address this prevalent health challenge Statistics released during 2010: 150 million people diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome! This is expected to rise to 300 million by 2030. This serious health risk can result in many other diseases, such as depression, heart disease, colon and breast cancer, diabetes, etc. read more…

Men’s Health: The Heart of the Matter June is Men’s Health Month. The focus of the health column will therefore be on heart health. Up to fairly recently, heart disease was regarded as a male health challenge. This is no longer so. As more and more research also focus on women and their hearts, it read more…

 Timeless DNA: Beauty Without The Serum A super charged delivery system of active nourishing ingredients for the skin, penetrating deeply to repair, regenerate, replenish and rejuvenate. 100% natural, made with pure, organic ingredients, carefully selected and formulated using the highest grade herbs and plant oils with gently healing, deeply nourishing and penetrating abilities.The pure essential read more…

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Enhancing Physical Wellness: Practical Ergonomic Principles (HR Future Magazine) Ergonomics is the study of the interface between the individual and his or her immediate environment, and includes the implementation of healthy workplace practices, postures and habits to enhance wellness and prevent injuries, musculo-skeletal problems and other health concerns. The World Health Organisation and the International read more…

Introduction Stress stats: 75-90% of all patient visits to a primary health care facility are stress related Stats from the SA Heart Foundation: Costs of cardiovascular disease: From a study done by the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town and the Chronic Diseases of Lifestyle Programme at the Medical Research Council (MRC): Estimated cost read more…

Wellness Stress Solutions According to Dr Arien van der Merwe, Founder and Director of the Healthy Living Space, many people have excess stress that affects their health, happiness and other areas of their lives. While most of us could benefit from adding healthy habits to our lifestyle, it’s harder to begin a new habit than read more…

Stress is the number one threat to health and wellbeing According to Dr Arien van der Merwe long term stress increases the risk of conditions as diverse as colds and flu, heart disease, depression and insomnia. What is more, statistics show there has been a five-fold increase in stress-related illness in the last 40 years read more…

Most of us get a feeling of impending doom as winter approaches. Here are a few well known, proven and trusted natural remedies to help you prevent and control colds and flu! Stay in bed for a few days. You will recover a lot sooner. Listen to your body and rest a while. Your immune read more…

Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB FRIPH FRCAM MISMA; medical doctor & workplace wellness & stress management consultant, author, director Centre for Health & Wellbeing in Pretoria. As a workplace wellness consultant for the past 12 years, and having recently completed the first round of peer educator training as a workplace wellness intervention read more…

Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB FRIPH FRCAM MISMA This article is aimed at providing some of the facts to assist you in making informed choices regarding lifestyle changes should you decide to do so. Focusing on heart disease provides a model for addressing the lifestyle link in all the major killer diseases, read more…

Work-Life Balance  Stress can be positive or negative. When stress sparks personal achievement or life enjoyment and appreciation (positive stress), it can work to your benefit by making you enthusiastic, creative and productive, motivating you. But stress can easily spiral out of control, becoming negative distress, taking its toll on your physical and emotional health read more…

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