Scientists have isolated a gene that seems to work as a volume knob for pain. Could this lead to new therapies and treatments to help millions of Americans who currently manage their days amidst chronic pain?
Wired takes a deep dive into this discovery and its possible implications. You can check out the article here.
According to the National Institutes of Health, more than one in 10 American adults (that’s more than 25 million people) say that some part of their body hurts some or all of the time.
The Wired article reports that more people than ever before are having trouble walking a quarter mile, climbing stairs, contributing at work and spending time with friends.
While science speeds ahead to solve for chronic pain, what can your organization be doing to counter this pervasive problem? Pain can wreak havoc on a person’s daily life, but healthy habits can lessen the impact pain has on a person’s physical, emotional, social and financial wellbeing.
Does your population have the necessary tools to put pain on pause and reach its true potential? To assess the wellbeing of your organization, contact CHC at email@example.com.
On any given night, you can see the homeless men and women gathered along Lower Wacker Drive in Chicago. What isn’t readily apparent, though, is the generosity and commitment of a man people along this stretch of downtown call, “The Angel of Lower Wacker.”
Since early 2001, Dr. Patrick Angelo, founder of CHC Wellness, has traveled from his home in the Northwest Suburbs each week to deliver blankets, gloves, hats, mittens and up to 80 McDonald’s hamburgers and warm cups of coffee to a group he calls “my guys.” Angelo’s bi-weekly trips to Lower Wacker Drive began after a thought occurred to him while sitting in his whirlpool on a bitter cold February day. “I thought, ‘How can I sit here in this warm bath in my beautiful home when I know people are cold?’ I got up, got dressed and went downtown. I have been doing it ever since.” He went on to say, “I have a good life: A good home, five beautiful children, and a great business. “I have been blessed with a lot, and I am called to give back to others out of gratitude for what I have been given.”
Dr. Angelo’s compassion and generosity have been an inspiration to many who have learned about his work and are now “Doc’s Angels,” working with him to provide nourishment, warm clothing, and a caring presence to even more of our city’s homeless.
We are thrilled to announce the launch of the new CHC Wellness Participant and Company Online Health Portal!
We have completely changed the look and feel of the portal, along with the navigation throughout the site. An exciting new feature of the portal is that it is now mobile friendly, with all features being optimized for use on your mobile device.
To access the new portal all users should go to REGISTER/LOGIN page. Login with your username/password (please note, your existing username/password will remain the same on the new portal). If you do not have a username/password please call CHC at 866.373.4242. You can follow the same instructions to access the portal from your mobile device as well.
CHC would love to hear any feedback including questions, comments, and concerns regarding the new portal that you may have. Here is the link to a short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CRPCDT7. We look forward to hearing from you.
Perrysburg Schools in partnership with CHC Wellness have created a culture of health and wellness, which in turn has kept their health insurance rates the same for the last 3 years. There are many benefits to their wellness program beyond just the financial aspect including employee morale and creating a positive environment at the school and with their students. Perrysburg Schools keeps participants actively engaged through various challenges and campaigns throughout the year.
CHC Wellness awarded Perrysburg Schools with the Culture of Health award for maintaining a 75 percent wellness program participation rate for the last 3 years. Through their annual health screening with CHC Wellness, Perrysburg Schools has been able to detect health issues sooner which in turn creates less expensive treatments later. These screenings can also prevent serious diseases and save lives, which means the world to their employees.
CHC Wellness congratulates Perrysburg Schools on their achievement.
The SSOE Group, a global engineering, procurement, and construction management firm has been honored with the Culture of Health Award by CHC Wellness. Through their dedicated efforts to expand participation in their wellness program, SSOE was chosen to receive this award for setting a standard within their community which has positively impacted their employees. CHC Wellness Executive Vice President Pat Loridas was on hand to present the award to SSOE and stated, “We are presenting this award to SSOE based on key metrics achieved through their wellness programs, such as participation, engagement, and executive sponsorship. Over the years, SSOE has seen a continuous increase in participation and engagement, which clearly indicates the firm is doing all the right things to create a culture of wellness within its organization. We’ve also seen great involvement at the executive level from SSOE to represent and model the importance of wellness. Congratulations to SSOE on this great achievement!”
CHC Wellness congratulates SSOE Group on their achievement.
February is American Heart Month however the importance of heart health is something that everyone should be thinking about of all year long. Statistics show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, another 20 million have diabetes and yet another 57 million are pre-diabetic. The common misconception about heart disease is that it results solely from elevated cholesterol with the only remedy therapy being prescribing medication and a severely fat restricted diet. This stance on heart health is no longer scientifically or morally defensible.
Inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease. Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and stroke. Without the presence of inflammation, cholesterol would move freely through the body. Chronic inflammation and blood sugar cause repeated injury to the vessel wall and set up inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your deviate blood vessels.
Doctors and Nurses are exposed every day to the elements of cold and flu season, therefore who better to share ways to avoid getting sick? In this article doctors and nurses share their tips and advice for continuing to boost your immune system.
Tips include limiting alcohol consumption, decreasing sugar intake, staying on top of your vaccinations, washing everything your hands touch, popping probiotics, avoiding biting your nails or putting your hands near your mouth, keeping work outs consistent but giving your body time to recover, avoiding inhalations through your nose and mouth when you’re around someone who is sick, and making sure you get fresh air even if it is cold out. These tips will help to increase your immunity and likeness to be susceptible to sickness during the cold and flu season.
When it comes to health, walking 5,000 steps a day can pay big dividends. A recent actuarial analysis of 2,700 individuals shows that combining comprehensive screening, biometric outcomes and activity can significantly improve employee health and behavior. The study, conducted by CHC Wellness, shows that participants who had an initial Biometric Screening and Health Risk Assessment, plus engaged in the CHC Walking Program had significant improvement in key biometric measures including Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. Here are the results: