Mercy Business Health Services Fall 2005 Newsletter

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1 Mercy Business Health Services Fall 2005 Newsletter Healthy Businesses Build Healthy Communities Mercy Health2Work - Improving Your Employee Health Start 2006 by making a healthy investment in your company! Healthy companies start with healthy employees. With Mercy's Health2Work program, you can promote health at both the individual and organizational levels and see measurable benefits to your employees and your bottom line. Health2Work can help your company: Lower health-care expenditures Identify employee and company health needs Measure costs of health care, absenteeism and turnover Customize wellness programs And much more. Call for more information or a demonstration of the Mercy Health2Work program. You also may visit for more information on this program. Mercy Fitness Center Fitness, Not Fashion Do you need a little more Motivation to get to the gym? Are you having trouble meeting your Goals. Join the Mercy Fitness Center and let its professional trainers give you the attention and help you need to get the most out of your workout. They provide guidance and encouragement, and help keep you motivated and accountable. They are trained to work with people who are healthy and those with special health needs, including those who have osteoporosis, arthritis, knee and hip replacements, disc problems, cancer, asthma and many other health-related issues. As an employer, if you have five or more employees who wish to join the Mercy Fitness Center, they qualify for the affiliate rate. For more information, please call the Mercy Fitness Center at and ask for Donna. Join today. Help Your Employees Get Excited About Wellness Consider having a health fair in conjunction with open enrollment? Call us for information about on-site blood pressure checks, cholesterol and body composition screenings. How about providing your hard-working staff with a chair massage to add a little fun to the workplace? We will provide you with many health and wellness information tables and displays to capture the attention of your employees. Let us help you coordinate this event; contact Denise Izzolena at or

2 Daybreak Discussion: Workplace Wellness: Making it Stick in 2006, presented by Nancy Dostal-Hoyt, Director, Mercy Fitness Center Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7:30 to 9 a.m. (complimentary breakfast) Register by contacting Denise Izzolena at or All training and educational programs are held at: Mercy Health Plaza Fitness Conference Room 5264 Council St. NE Cedar Rapids, IA Upcoming Training Programs for Employees: Register employees by contacting Denise Izzolena at or First Aid and CPR Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7:30 a.m. to noon, OR Tuesday, Oct. 25, 12:30 to 5 p.m. This course teaches employees to handle emergency situations. Training consists of: Adult CPR Adult choking-rescue techniques Automated external defibrillator (AED) and Adult first aid skills. Cost per person: $45 (payable at time of training) Supervisor Training for Drug and Alcohol Awareness Initial Training Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. OR Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2 to 4 p.m. Cost: $25 per person (payable at time of training) Annual Training Thursday, Oct. 27, 1 to 2 p.m., OR Wednesday, Nov. 16, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Cost: $15 per person (payable at time of training) Bloodborne Pathogen Tuesday, Oct. 18, 1 to 2 p.m., OR Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7:30 8:30 a.m. This program will fulfill OSHA s mandate to provide initial training and annual retraining to persons who potentially could be exposed to blood or body fluid or injured co-workers, such as your first aid providers. The standard requires employers to adopt engineering and work-practice controls that minimize employee exposure to hazards associated with bloodborne pathogens. Cost per person: $15 (payable at time of training)

3 Register employees for any of the above programs by contacting Denise Izzolena at or Workstation Warning Do your employees complain that their wrists ache after typing, or do they have a burning sensation between their shoulder blades after sitting at their desks all day? These are two common complaints that may be due to a work station that is not set up correctly. Proper training is important to help employees understand how to adjust their workstations and chairs to help achieve proper body postures. This helps reduce pain and prevent injury. Mercy Rehabilitation Services offers on-site ergonomic workstation assessments and various injury prevention programs to keep your employees working healthy. For more information on prevention services for the worksite, contact Denise Izzolena at or Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - Partnering With You Companies and organizations have a long history of helping their most valuable assets -- their employees -- manage stress. Employers are faced with the challenge of dealing with workplace stressors that impact employees. These stressors have undesirable effects such as: Decreased creativity and productivity Absenteeism Increased insurance and disability rates Diminished staff moral. Mercy EAP partners with employers to provide professional, confidential help not only to employees, but also to their families. The program assists employees with problems that are affecting job performance and personal lives. By recognizing and identifying issues that cause stress, employees can main their highest levels of productivity. Employers interested in learning more about Mercy EAP and how it can benefit employees and employers should contact Mercy EAP at or For Your Occupational Medicine Needs MercyCare North Mercy Care South 5264 Council St Edgewood Rd. SW Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids Monday Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open most holidays

4 Walk-ins welcome Please call to schedule employment physicals and drug screenings. Mercy Medical Center Emergency Department 24-hour full-service injury care Mercy Medical Center Fast Track For less serious injuries or illnesses Noon to 10 p.m., seven days a week Mercy Business Health At Work for You! We offer many disease prevention, health improvement and required training programs that can be delivered to your workplace. Our wide range of programs include: Blood pressure checks and education Comprehensive blood screening: cholesterol/glucose screening and prostate cancer screening (PSA) Flu vaccinations Hepatitis B vaccine Health Risk assessments Healthy lifestyle presentations Health fairs Comprehensive wellness programs customized for your health and wellness objectives CPR and first-aid training Bloodborne pathogen training Drug and alcohol supervisory awareness training Ergonomic assessments for workstation analysis Chair massages. To find out more about these services, please contact Denise Izzolena at or Sick Child on a Work Day? Call Mercy s Bearly Sick! Most childcare facilities won t accept sick children and many employers do not have sick-leave policies for parents with youngsters who are ill. It can be a difficult situation for parents trying to meet their responsibilities to child and job. Mercy Medical Center offers a solution. Mercy s Bearly Sick is a day care designed specifically for ill children ages 6 weeks to 14 years, who are too sick to attend regular childcare or school. Attendance is on a first-come basis; up to 10 children can be accommodated at a time. Bearly Sick is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Your child s stay at Bearly Sick is easy to arrange. We encourage you to pre-register your child before the first visit for a quicker check-in. You can register your child online at Then, when your child becomes ill, just call. We will need

5 approximately a one-hour notice to prepare for your child. Call for more information or Fit Families and Trim Kids Mercy s Fit Families program is now offering Trim Kids, a scientifically supported, clinically proven method to help children and families form healthy lifestyle habits. The 13-week program is designed for a parent and child to complete together. Throughout Trim Kids, your child will receive a health assessment, which helps professionals tailor a diet and fitness plan to meet your child s needs. During the 13 weeks, parents will learn how to coach their families into making healthy choices. Each session will provide a health check, short educational component and a new activity for everyone to try. Trim Kids is an active program. You will be asked to track your progress, write goals and complete homework. Together, you and your child will discover activities you enjoy, new foods to try and how to modify habits that lead to poor choices. For more information about Trim Kids and other programs offered by Fit Families, call the Center for Fit Families at

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