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Published: January, 2011; Vol 7, Num 8

 

Are You in the Health Zone?

At work, you try to stay in the safety zone and for good reason – it may be a matter of life or death. But do you strive to stay in the health zone?

Good health is a 24-hour a day issue, on and off of the job. Knowing your health zone is as simple as being aware of your numbers: blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. Just as important as knowing the numbers, getting the facts on how to stay in the health zone may be a matter of life or death.

In times of economic and employment downturn, maintaining good health becomes even more important. The stress associated with financial and job uncertainty can actually make a person more vulnerable to new illnesses and exacerbate existing conditions. A recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that blue-collar workers are most affected by job loss, both physically and emotionally. And, with decreased work hours, members may even find that they lose eligibility for their health care coverage – putting medical care a little further out of reach.

LIUNA-sponsored health fairs can provide an excellent opportunity for Laborers and their dependents to find out if they are in the health zone. Health fairs can be held year round and in a variety of locations. Typical sites include picnics, monthly local union meetings and job fairs. But family days, holiday events and retiree meetings can also provide opportunities to conduct medical screenings. A pot luck supper or flu shot clinic can provide opportunities to offer blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar screenings and distribute health education materials.

The Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America can help LIUNA-affiliated entities set-up and staff health fairs. Contact Jamie Becker, BS, Associate Director, Health Promotion, at 202-628-5465 to schedule an event.