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Obesity and Ergonomics

Posted by Bryan Fass on January 1, 2000
Category: Blog, Change, Health, Weight Loss, Wellness

Studies show that persons who are overweight or obese (O/O) are more likely to have ergonomics problems (Kort & Baldry, 2002) and are more likely to have greater workers’ compensation (WC) claims (, 2007). Also, persons who are O/O are more likely to get cancer, including breast, colon, lung, prostate and others. Dump the pounds and lower your cancer and ergonomics risks at the same time! There are simple and highly effective ways to help your employees loose weight, make healthy choices and save you money through improved wellness, productivity and less presenteeism, let me show you how.

How is wealth created in any society? You talk to a thousand economists and you will get a thousand different answers. The question I ask is all-encompassing in that it pertains to all societies in any time frame–whether 2,000 years ago, today, or 2,000 years in the future. There are only FIVE generators of wealth in any society. These five are: 1. Fishing 2. Mining 3 Agriculture 4. Manufacturing 5. Construction. That is the list. Have you noticed what is missing? What is missing is the service industry. The service industry in and of itself is not a wealth producer.


Posted by Bryan Fass on January 1, 2000
Category: Blog, Focus, Health, Wellness

Ask an10  employee’s what wellness is and you will get 10 answers, all different.  When choosing a speaker / trainer for corporate wellness there needs to be an understanding that wellness means a lot of different things to a lot of different people.  When I teach wellness and lifestyle changes to my clients it has to be “dialed down” to some simple key concepts that employee and employer can handle, grasp and manage.  Small changes pay back big dividends in less missed work days, more productivity, better health and superior mental clarity.  These are simple to achieve and will save

Qi and blood are two essential elements to achieve a person’s balance of body and mind. A person in the balanced state of body and mind definitely will contribute a marvelous effect in his life and work. Here I like to introduce two formulas for helping our bodies qi and blood. 1. Si Juen Zi Tang (four gentlemen’s decoction), for qi boosting, its ingredients as: ginseng, actractylodes, poria coco, licorice root. 2. Si Wu Tang (four agents decoction), for blood boosting, its ingredients as: angelica sinensis, rehamannia, peony bark, ligustic root. If a person who is short of qi and

I believe it was Ben Franklin who stated that there are only two things in life that are certain.   These two things are Death & Taxes. Even in science there is no certainty.  This was best expressed by the late American physicist Dr. Richard Feynman who said, “If you think that science is certain–well that’s just an error on your part.” What is true with science is also true with business &  economic systems.  There is no certainty. All movement in the business of life is turbulent and, therefore, unpredictable.  There is no Grand Plan

Once upon a time there was a father of five wonderful daughters.  All of the daughters were very gifted, talented, lovable and delightful.  The oldest daughter was, however, unique and special to her parents.  Her parents did not love her more than their other daughters, but there was something special about the eldest daughter.  Her heart was deep and rich and filled with love.  Her dark brown eyes were pools of tenderness. This daughter loved ballet and took classes for many years.  There was one year when she was the Dew Drop Fairy in her ballet school’s production of the Nutcracker.

I was in getting a haircut the other day and a young girl asked me what had happened to my arm. As I explained to her that this was something that I was born with and had lived with all my life. Her parents scolded her for asking, and even though I told them it was alright and not to be upset at her I could tell this had angered them and embarrassed them. It reminded me how very young children when curious will ask straight out and after they get an answer that’s it, done!!! So later I remembered

In his book entitled “Love, Medicine, & Miracles” Dr. Bernie S. Siegel, M.D. wrote: “Unfortunately most of us must suffer before we can be transformed.  My wife, Bobbie, and I were sitting in the kitchen when the garbage disposal jammed.  I said, “what shall I do ?”  She said, “Just push the reset button.” So I went to God and asked, “If you’re such a great creator, why didn’t you give us a reset button?”  God answered, “I did give you a reset button, Bernie.  It’s called ‘pain and suffering’.”  “It is only through pain that we change. It can be

I had a couple of show business memoirs on my 2011 reading list. One was Growing Up Laughing: My Story and The Story of Funny by Marlo Thomas, her remembrances of growing up in show business, mostly as the daughter of the great comic and actor Danny Thomas. The other book is by my idol, Dick Van Dyke, titled My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business. I have been more influenced by professional comedians, TV stars and comic actors in my own speaking career than by any other single group of role models. Even though the

Fatigue Leads to Safety Issues

Posted by Bryan Fass on January 1, 2000
Category: Blog, Health, Wellness

A recent study by UPMC concluded that fatigue increases the risk of safety issues. Decision making, concentration and errors were significantly higher when fatigued. This costs employers money and inhibits productivity.