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Have You Consulted a Chest Physiotherapist Yet?

Posted By Dr. Samana Sayed, Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Updated: Monday, October 8, 2018

Cardiopulmonary physiotherapy, or “chest physiotherapy” has drawn much attention, and has helped many patients with heart and lung diseases. Chest physiotherapy is an area of physiotherapy that specializes in the prevention, rehabilitation, and maintenance of patients with diseases and injuries in the heart and lungs. It helps patients in the treatment of: 

  • shortness of breath
  • persistent cough, clearing lungs
  • increased work of breathing 
  • the reduced ability to exercise or do daily activities caused due to diseases like asthma, bronchitis, COPD, lung fibrosis, lung injuries, before and after lung and heart surgeries, etc…
  • improves Quality of Life

Chest physiotherapy helps patients to get back to their daily and occupational activities. It is an integral part of the medical team for the patients admitted in the ICU on ventilators with various diseases. These physiotherapists help the patients from when they arrive in the ICU to when they get back to their normal activities and occupation. Chest physiotherapists have dispelled the myth that patients with heart diseases, asthma, or any other lung disorders cannot live a normal life, play sports, or pursue general activities. 

You may be surprised to learn that you can strengthen your lungs and heart in much the same way you strengthen the various of the body. It’s amazing to know that you can do “weight and resistance” training for your lungs and heart muscles also — safely under the continuous monitoring and supervision of a Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapist. They not only help you to improve your condition, but also assess your daily activities and help you to modify your lifestyle to maintain progress. In addition to patients with major diseases, patients with breathing difficulties from unknown causes can also be benefited with chest rehabilitation. 


What if you don’t have any disease and still you feel breathless?

Many times, bad posture can pressurize or compress your lungs. Sometimes a person’s job pattern and daily activity may lead to weakness of your breathing muscles. A physiotherapist has expertise in assessing these types of issues, commonly found in school kids, housewives, computer users, those with scoliosis. etc. Correcting and strengthening posture with targeted exercises, stretches, and strength training of respiratory muscles can help patients to overcome this and reduce breathing issues.  

Nowadays there is a misconception in people that breathing exercises in Yoga and physiotherapy serve the same purpose. Basic breathing patterns taught in yoga are beneficial for a person to keep the lungs healthy, but if a person is suffering from lung problems such as bronchitis, COPD, fibrosis, etc. then the wrong breathing exercises can add on to your problem. Your entire treatment protocol is planned by your chest physiotherapist according to your condition, age, lifestyle, etc.

As with all other medical branches of physiotherapy (i.e. sports injuries, neurology, and orthopedic conditions) cardiopulmonary physiotherapists are doing wonders with their patients in all age groups, from infants to seniors. They help to improve people’s quality of life and enable them to continue with their daily activities and occupations. 

Dr. Samana SayedDr. Samana Sayed is a renowned Physiotherapist working in Mumbai who has been serving patients for over five years. She is a Master in Physiotherapy (cardiopulmonary), Member of the Indian Association of Physiotherapy, Certified Manual therapist (spine and periphery), antenatal and postnatal trainer, acupuncturist, ergonomist, and a fitness advisor. She has eight years of experience as a senior consultant and department head in three renowned medical institutes in Mumbai. Dr. Sayed speaks internationally and nationally on physiotherapy and has contributed to several newspaper health columns. She has been awarded the National Youth Promising (Best Clinician) award. Visit her Facebook page or website at

Tags:  Cardiopulmonary  Heart  Heart Disease  Lung  Lung Disease  Physiotherapy 

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Health Consciousness and Resilience Training is More Than "Check the Box"

Posted By NWI, Friday, October 5, 2018
Updated: Friday, October 5, 2018

A course in resilience and stress management will not help your staff if they return to a toxic work environment. Empowered Health Consciousness is a route to addressing resiliency work in a conscious, mindful way to stimulate growth and health in the work culture, the work climate, and the work environment. Health consciousness and resilience work together.


The Roles of Resilience and Empowered Health Consciousness

Resilience is operable in a window of time; it is the “bounce back” from adversity. Health consciousness is an ongoing process. It comes before resilience, is at play during resilience, and continues after the resilience. If you are not conscious of what’s happening during the stress-inducing event, you are not going to be resilient. Being present and aware during an adverse experience enables you to learn from the difficulty, promoting a resilient response. Resilience and health consciousness work together to create a culture of awareness and learning in which people respond more positively to adversity.

Resilience vs. Health Consciousness


Resilience is about preparing for and learning from adversity.

Most of life’s problems are not sudden and overt. They are small daily irritations, or triggers, that over time cause strain and exhaustion. Most adverse incidents that occur are proceeded by these triggers.


Health Consciousness enables us to be proactively empowered to recognize the triggers before they accumulate.

Health consciousness helps us to be alert to our tolerance for the problems that arise in life, as well as when we “relapse” into unhealthy behaviors that may cause adversity, or in response to adverse circumstances. Having health consciousness skills enables us to create an environment that fosters resilience, making it far more likely that we’ll be resilient when difficulties arise.

Training for both areas reinforces the skills we can acquire for each, which supports ongoing learning, consciousness and a culture of learning and growing together. 

You can empower people in their own health consciousness, so they can make healthier choices for themselves!


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Tags:  Facilitator  Health Consciousness  Mental Health  Resiliency  Stress  Training 

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Why Is America’s Suicide Rate Rising?

Posted By Trevor McDonald, Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Updated: Monday, October 1, 2018

According to the Center for Disease Control, the suicide rate in the United States has increased 30% since 1999. This trend is across all social classes, genders, and ages. Sociologists and mental health professionals have wondered for nearly twenty years: why is America's suicide rate rising?

The suicide rate in the United States has increased 30% since 1999.

There are many factors at play when considering this question, but experts believe that the main reasons why we’re seeing more suicides in our country is because of increased stress, a stigma surrounding mental health disorders, increased drug and alcohol addiction, and various life crises.

Increased Stress

We are living with more stress today than ever before. The Great Recession that happened 10 years ago caused hundreds of thousands of people to lose their homes, their businesses, and their income. This caused increased stress and a marginal increase in the suicide rate at the time. But in addition, we need to look at everyday stress. We put ourselves through stressful situations both in our professional and personal relationships, which can really take a toll on our well-being.

If you feel overworked or anxious, seek help from a professional therapist, or figure out the stressors in your life and, if possible, rid yourself of them. For example, if your job has you working 60 hour weeks with work you hate, you might want to find a new job. No pay is worth your well-being and, potentially, your life. Below are also some ways to de-stress after a long day:

Stay in tune with your mind and know your limit with stress, anxiety, and responsibilities. Don’t be afraid to speak up and get help if needed.


Mental Health Disorder Stigma

It’s unclear how many reported suicide victims suffer from mental illness, but the number is likely high. It’s hard to determine this information because many people are afraid to get help or they have an undiagnosed mental health disorder, which can then exacerbate suicidal thoughts.

It’s unclear how many reported suicide victims suffer from mental illness, but the number is likely high.Although mental health is being more recognized in our society, there is still a stigma surrounding things like depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and many others. Some people think that if they have a mental health disorder, there’s “something wrong with them” or that it can be changed. For example, someone with depression might just be seen as sad and may even be told things like “just get over it.” But instead of this view, we should approach mental illness as any other physical illness. If you break your arm, you go to the doctor. No one will say “just get over it.” We know where to get the help we need for our physical ailments. But what about our mental health? Therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists are professionally trained to help address these mental health concerns. By changing this stigma surrounding mental health, we may be able to slow suicide rates and share the message that it’s okay to get help when you need it, and it’s okay to put your mental health first.


Increased Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Addiction and suicide have a very scary link. Many people who struggle with addiction also have a dual diagnosis of a mental health condition, and as we discussed above, people with mental health conditions may be more likely to commit suicide. The three are intertwined, and the stats prove it. For example, the National Alliance on Mental Health shares that “substance abuse increases the likelihood that a person will commit suicide and drugs and alcohol are the common means for committing the act of suicide.”

The National Alliance on Mental Health shares that “substance abuse increases the likelihood that a person will commit suicide and drugs and alcohol are the common means for committing the act of suicide.”There are key signs to look for if you suspect that you or someone you love is struggling with a mental illness, substance abuse, or both. Below are some red flags:

  • Distancing themselves from others or hobbies that they enjoy
  • Lack of ability to complete everyday tasks
  • Constant alcohol or drug use
  • Statements like “I don’t want to do this anymore”
  • Sudden aggressive behavior
  • Prolonged stress
  • A history of abuse

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and takes way too many lives with it. But if we understand the factors that may increase suicide rates, we can do everything possible to prevent it. We can start by removing the stigma surrounding mental illness, limiting our stress or stressful situations, and getting ourselves or our loved ones help if they are facing substance abuse.

Trevor McDonaldTrevor McDonald is a freelance writer and recovering addict and alcoholic who's been clean and sober for over 5 years. Since his recovery began, he has enjoyed using his talent for words to help spread treatment resources, addiction awareness, and general health knowledge. In his free time, you can find him working with recovering addicts or outside enjoying about any type of fitness activity imaginable.

Tags:  addiction  Mental Health  Stress  Suicide 

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NWI Member Spotlight — October 2018

Posted By NWI, Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Romy Antoine

Millennial Engagement Expert, CEO/Founder “Ones Stop Wellness, Inc
University of the Sciences Philadelphia PA

I have had a dream of helping people achieve optimal wellness from an early age. During college, I majored in biology with hopes of becoming a doctor. I was passionate about fitness as well, and became a certified personal trainer to earn extra money during school. I learned about fitness research, and began exploring the Wellness Minor at my school, taking courses in exercise science and wellness management.

My first project was starting my first company, RippedNFit, where I originally wanted to create a blog to become a trusted source of health articles online. I gained international recognition and published articles in many fitness magazines, including Men's Health. I did online health coaching with clients all over the world, gaining perspective on behavior change, motivation, and adherence.

Through RippedNFit, I hosted wellness networking events where I built a community of wellness professionals and health enthusiasts on a monthly basis. The focus of this was to engage younger professionals into a wellness network, something that had yet to exist. I volunteered at a nonprofit, working with overweight toddlers and children to get them to move more, as well as engaging with their parents on healthy eating on a budget. Working with unhealthy families in a low-income community was a new and rewarding experience, as I was able to improve community wellness as well as personal wellness for these families.  

I took on a new client who has having trouble with work-life balance — staying in shape while being productive at her new company. After working together for a few months and getting her back on track, she asked me to do a lunch and learn at her company, an experience that introduced me to corporate wellness.  

I began booking workshops at other companies and attending conferences to learn about the industry. Volunteering as a workplace health educator for the American Heart Association allowed me to network and learn what other companies were doing. 

After realizing that I could package what I was already doing with personal and community wellbeing and apply that to organizations, I started One Stop Wellness and made sure that the offerings were multi-dimensional and relevant to the current employees. I did organizational wellbeing consulting for a wide range of companies in different industries. 

I wanted to find my niche, and realized that millennials have redefined wellness to focus on multidimensional wellbeing. I eventually published my book on millennial engagement, and started doing presentations on the topic, including my talk at the 2017 NWI Conference. I was able to do a different style of workshop where I incorporated group activities into my session. What was great about my workshop was that it not only helped managers understand millennials, but gave millennials a new way to look at the workplace and better fit in. I also had the chance to network with the millennials at the conference while keeping in touch with and sharing the value of NWI to my colleagues working in HR, education, and healthcare. 

Currently, my team is building an employee engagement technology platform that caters to the personal and professional values of millennials. Instead of focusing only on physical health, we focus on engagement, recognition, professional development, community, financial, and mental health. This is a one stop shop for workplace wellness. The platform is built with the latest research and methods in employee engagement, organizational psychology, and behavior change strategy.

My efforts in the wellness field were noticed and I made the 2017 Black Enterprise BE Modern Man 100 list. With this recognition of my wellness industry and business contributions, I was becoming an influence, and was nominated for the Top 10 Healthcare CEOS of 2018 by Smart Health. 

I believe my journey over the last seven years has allowed me to work in various aspects of wellness and then fuse all that experience together to create an effective workplace wellness company. Had I just gone to medical school, this experience would never have been achievable.  


  • 2018: National Wellness Institute Board Internship
  • 2018: Young Wellness Professional - National Wellness Institute: Providing effective leadership to engage young generations in the healthcare and wellness industry via NWI. Show proven leadership on a project that impacts personal, community, organizational or corporate wellness.
  • 2017: BE Modern Man 100 - Black Enterprise Magazine - BE Modern Man 100 Features: showcasing 100 diverse men of color (African American, Afro Latino, African, West Indian, Indian, Indian-Asian, etc.) who have done or are doing exceptional work within their communities, within their respective industries and/or globally.


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Social Media and the Hiring Process

Posted By Lindsay Born, Monday, October 1, 2018
Updated: Thursday, August 30, 2018

As social media becomes increasingly prevalent in our culture, it not only affects our personal relationships but also our jobs and career opportunities. As Phil Garver advises in “Fit for Hire,” the first step to prepare for a career — and the rest of your life — is to clean up your social media presence. This means reviewing your posts, likes and photos for anything that can make a bad impression to an employer. In fact, social media is designed to enable you to promote yourself and give a first impression, so it makes sense that to an employer, our profiles are representations of ourselves — our daily lives, the activities that we enjoy, and the beliefs we support. Even if you are a “non-poster” the friends we tag show who we want to be associated with. Our comments and likes show what our interests are and where our support lies behind products and topics. 

Maintain a great online presence when preparing for an interview

We should also consider the content we are tagged in, as these posts still appear on our social media and show employers what our friends think about us. Additionally, proofread before you post; a spelling or grammar error in a 50 character tweet may look sloppy or uneducated to a future employer. All this information in your web presence combines to allow your future employer to evaluate your judgement, maturity, filtering ability, attitudes, and lifestyle during the hiring process.

Here are some tips and tricks for maintaining a great online presence:

  • Remove anything that doesn’t present you in a mature or positive manor.
  • Post positively and avoid negativity.
  • When in doubt, don’t post it.
  • Proofread! And proofread again!
  • Profile photos and appearance make huge first impressions, choose them carefully. It is best to look clean and polished.
  • Avoid drama and offensive posts.
  • Consider your profile from an outsider’s view. If you were a stranger looking at your profile, does it look like you are responsible? Like you spend many of your nights out partying? Like you use appropriate language? An employer doesn’t know that a carefree post about a night out on the town only happened one time. They may assume it is one of your regular activities. 

Lastly, while it is important to edit and clean up your online presence, you can also enhance it to stand out and shine. Use a photo or post to boost the most impressive points on your resume. Sharing posts about community involvement or service may score points with employers. 

What you post is not private. Employers can and will use your social media as a factor in the hiring process. Let your social media help you positively stand out from the pool of applicants.  

Remember to think before you post! It can reward you with a job — or save your career.

Source: Permission granted by Garver, P., Ed.D. (2016). Fit for Hire (3rd ed.). Garver Publishing.

Lindsay Born is a Health Promotion and Wellness major at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Her minor is in psychology. Lindsay is currently an intern at the National Wellness Institute, engaging in marketing, writing, planning, and communication projects.

Tags:  job seeking  social media  worksite 

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