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Category Archives: Workplace Wellness Articles

My Fabulous Fat Loss Journey 2: Wine Not? The Wine and Dine Disaster Written by Anri van Rooyen I am now past my 3 week mark with ‘My Fabulous Fat Loss Journey’, click here for my first entry. So far so good, I am standing at 1.6kg of fat loss in less than 3 weeks, read more…

Mental Health in the Workplace written by Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB NHA FRSPH MISMA Depression affects more than 100 million people worldwide, being the second leading cause of disability among individuals aged 15–50. The World Health Organization (WHO) projects that by 2020 depression will be second only to ischemic heart disease as the read more…

Workplace Wellness with Dr Arien written by Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB NHA FRSPH MISMA As consultant in workplace wellness for well over 20 years, I’m amazed that even now, relatively few companies implement at least some basic wellness interventions for their employees. After all, employees are any company’s most important assets! We live read more…

Press Release: Interview with Dr Arien Proactive workplace wellness programmes no longer optional nice-to-haves but a sound return on investment While globally organisations are increasingly implementing workplace wellness programmes to improve their bottom line, profit margin, employee loyalty and organisational growth, Dr Arien van der Merwe, a leading local expert on workplace wellness and stress read more…

An Overview of Health and Wellness Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe (refer separate bio) Wellness is more than the absence of disease, it’s the optimal health of body, mind and soul. Wellness comes with joy, vitality and balance. It gives us a sense of fully embodying our potential, the ability to face our read more…

Women and Stress Women experience and react to stress differently than men do, with very specific stress related health challenges Both men and women experience stress with its related health problems and risk implications. Most, if not all illnesses and ailments have an underlying current of long term stress at the source. Some health challenges read more…

Training & Presentations  Summary of recent seminar (Click here for the presentation): Developing an Integrated Organisational Wellness Program  Presented by Dr Arien van der Merwe Click here for  more information on courses available. Click here for Client Feedback

Health Awareness The Importance of Health Screenings Health screenings can identify and assess the following health risks: diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high cholesterol, overweight and obesity, osteoarthritis, cancer, heart disease, chronic inflammation, depression, etc. Dr Arien herself is an example of why regular health screenings are so important. A very unpleasant surprise awaited her when she did read more…

Workplace Wellness : Longevity, Preparing for Wisdom Years Longevity and rejuvenation: Our birthright! Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB FRSPH MISMA Medical doctor and author specialising in holistic, integrative medicine, stress management and workplace wellness. More information: www.drarien.co.za/timelessdna The wellness needs of mature employees, from age 50 to infinitum, is where the current read more…

Stress less holiday tips Try to eat healthy on your holiday, lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, smoothies, fresh water and herbal teas to drink. Most people stop taking their supplements during the holidays when you should continue your normal ritual. Eat a balanced diet and stick to your exercise program adapted to the holidays: read more…

Meaningful holidays Many of us often get the feeling that the December holidays could be more meaningful, with a little less emphasis on the material, don’t you agree? Have the holidays become too commercial for you? Making some simple changes, adding a few easy activities – for yourself, your family and friends – will ensure a read more…

International Workplace Wellness Course Facilitated by Dr Arien Date: 2 & 3 December 2014 Medical Practitioners from the National Assembly Abuja (Wellness Centre) in Nigeria, did a 2 Day Short Course in Workplace Wellness. Feedback: Murtala Abdulahi During the programme I learnt: How to set up a wellness clinic It is better to go for read more…

Workplace Wellness: Stress Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB FRSPH MISMA As consultant in workplace wellness for well over 17 years, I’m amazed that even now, relatively few companies implement at least some basic wellness interventions for their employees. After all, employees are any company’s most important assets! We live in a rapidly changing read more…

Sleep and Health One of the most important health benefits is sleeping 7 to 8 hours in darkness and quiet every night. Following your natural sleep-wake rhythm or circadian cycle, is one of the most important ways of keeping cortisol (the long term stress hormone) levels balanced during the day. Our body, including our mind, brain read more…

Mental Health: Depression, Anxiety and Stress Disorders in the Workplace Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB FRSPH MISMA Depression affects more than 100 million people worldwide, and in the year 2000, was the second leading cause of disability among individuals aged 15–44. The World Health Organization (WHO) projects that by 2020 depression will be second only read more…

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