Our Comprehensive Lifestyle and
Nutrition Stress Recovery Program
The Center for Integrative and Functional Health & Wellness is committed to helping your organization and its employees move toward a healthier lifestyle. We have created a comprehensive wellness program that addresses one of the leading causes of disease- chronic stress.
Stress is a normal part of life and everyone experiences stress at one time or another. The body was designed to respond to short bursts of stress, followed by long periods of rest and relaxation. In today's world, however, time to relax is considered a luxury, while stress levels are now at an all-time high. Personal, financial and job responsibilities coupled with life events such as death of a family member, family conflicts, or major personal illness or injury can create a cumulative effect that exceeds the body's ability to cope with stress resulting in physiological breakdown.
Stress is frequently referred to as “the silent killer” as it has been associated with the top six causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide. Stress also contributes to many other major health problems faced by the nation's workforce including high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, back pain, suppressed immune response, obesity, fatigue, insomnia as well as increased risk of dependence on drugs, alcohol, or smoking.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), two out of three visits to the primary care doctor are for health issues where stress plays a significant role. 1
However, in conventional medicine, stress is commonly overlooked and rarely treated directly as a predominant health risk. It has been estimated that 60 to 90% of doctor visits are attributed to stress-related illnesses and symptoms.1
Data from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has revealed that employees who report that they are stressed incur healthcare costs that are 46% higher than non-stressed employees.1
If left untreated, chronic stress can increase the risk of developing chronic and costly diseases. In 2007, diabetes cost U.S. businesses $58 billion in indirect medical expenses including 15 million work days lost to absenteeism and 120 million work days lost due to reduced productivity.2, 3
The Stress Recovery Program
Our stress recovery program includes a holistic lifestyle and nutrition approach. Utilizing medical history and dietary assessments, stress questionnaires and stress hormone testing, we develop unique programs to help each individual reverse the harmful effects of stress and promote optimal wellness. We thoroughly assess each client's needs and develop specific lifestyle, nutrition and nutraceutical protocols that help bring their mind and body back into balance. This includes targeting some of the underlying factors that overwhelm the body's stress response system such as mental and emotional stress, blood sugar imbalances, insomnia and inflammation.
The Benefits of Corporate Wellness Programs
Healthy employees help businesses improve productivity in a variety of ways, from better attendance to an increase in work performance and employee morale. Wellness programs also save companies money. According to the Small Business Wellness Initiative, businesses average a return of $3-5 in reduced health care, workers' comp and absenteeism costs for every $1 they invest.
Our mission is to improve the health and well being of each individual which, in turn, has a positive impact on their contribution in workplace, improves job satisfaction and also helps reduce the organization's health care costs.
To find out more about our Corporate Wellness Program please call 630-980-1400 x 113.
1. Benson Herbert M.D. Role of mind in physical healing and health. Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives. Nov 1997.
(published the American Psychological Association.)
2. American Psychological Association. Stress in America. 2008; Oct 7.
3. American Diabetes Association. Direct and Indirect Costs of Diabetes in the United States.