Seven Must-Follow Advice for Workplace Wellness

Steps to keep healthy at work

How many times have you found yourself saying—with a nasal voice and crumpled tissues in hand—”I’m sick…something has been going around the office.”

The office. Like a school classroom, it can quickly become a hotbed of germs. And if your office is a classroom, then we truly feel for you. To help protect you and your co-workers all year long, we’ve compiled seven must-follow advice to minimize the spread of germs and promote wellness in the workplace.

  1. Wash Your Work Clothes. According to research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), when someone sneezes, germs can travel up to 200 feet—or about two-thirds the length of a football field. Even if you don’t come in direct contact with a sneezing (or coughing) coworker, germs can cling to clothes and eventually make you sick. Always wash your work clothes, even if it means extra trips to the dry cleaners.
  2. Just Say No to Office Treats. Germs aren’t the only workplace hazard you should fear. You know that generous co-worker who always keeps a jar of candy stocked on her desk? If you get into the habit of grabbing a piece (or two) every time you pass by, it could result in a few extra pounds by the time the annual holiday party rolls around. Resist the urge to stop and taste the Smarties.
  3. Don’t be an Overachiever. You may have earned your last promotion through long hours and hard work, but you could be putting your health at risk. If you have a desk job, then working nine, ten, or even twelve or more hours a day means you’re likely not getting enough exercise and could be experiencing too much mental strain and emotional stress—all of which can negatively impact your overall health.
  4. Get Up and Move. Why not turn your morning stand-up meeting into a walking meeting outside if weather permits? Even an extra ten or fifteen minutes of activity in the form of a brisk walk can help to clear your mind, increase blood flow, and rejuvenate your mood.
  5. Get Your Flu Shot. When flu season rolls around in the Fall, protect yourself by getting immunized. If your office offers free flu shots for staff, make time for an appointment. That three hundredth email of the day can wait ten more minutes.
  6. Say Home When You’re Sick. We understand that your team needs you, but you don’t need to go into the office and power through feeling sick. Not only could you slow your recovery time, but you could also end up infecting others, which will have an even more detrimental effect on your team if half of them end up being out sick during the same week—because you didn’t want to impact departmental productivity.
  7. Clean Your Desk. Again. According to a report by CNN Health, the average workplace desktop has almost 21,000 germs per square inch, and the office desk phone has more than 25,000 germs per square inch. Make it part of your weekly ritual to disinfect your desk. Then share your cleaning supplies with your cubicle mates so they can de-germ their surroundings too.

The average worker will spend over 90,000 hours at the office throughout their lifetime. By staying vigilant about the threat of germs and practicing these workplace wellness tips, you can use your two weeks of PTO this year for that vacation to Hawaii you’ve always wanted to take—and not to battle bronchitis.


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Nova Health Announces Opening of New Roseburg Clinic Location

Nova Health, formerly Roseburg Urgent Care and Prime Care Partners, has announced that it will open a new health clinic at 780 NW Garden Valley Blvd in Roseburg on April 15. Conveniently located in the Garden Valley area, the clinic will offer both primary care and hand therapy services to scheduled patients from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday.  As a result of the new Garden Valley clinic opening, Nova Health’s existing Roseburg facility, located at 1740 NW Goetz in Roseburg, will serve exclusively as an urgent care center, treating non-life-threatening illness and injuries for both scheduled appointments and walk-ins from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

The newest Nova Health primary care and hand therapy location in Garden Valley will provide critical and convenient patient care and treatment for residents and families in the Roseburg area, expanding on Nova Health’s network of conveniently located quality health care facilities.

“Our name has changed, but we are still staffed by the same compassionate and knowledgeable health care professionals our patients have come to trust,” said clinic manager Brittany Shaver, referring to the facility’s recent rebranding as part of the Nova Health family of urgent care centers, primary care clinics, physical therapy and hand therapy facilities.

The newest Nova Health clinic location will be staffed by experienced and compassionate medical professionals prepared to provide treatment for chronic conditions, minor illnesses, primary care and well-patient care.

“We are excited for the opportunity to expand our number of locations,” said CEO, Bill Clendenen. “By moving our primary and hand therapy services to a new location, we will be able to serve a larger number of patients within the community more promptly when they are in need of compassionate care.”

Celebrating Earth Day 8 Reasons Why Being Green Keeps You Well

Celebrating Earth Day 8 Reasons Why Being Green Keeps You Well

How many times have you found yourself saying—with a nasal voice and crumpled tissues in hand—”I’m sick…something has been going around the office.”

The office. Like a school classroom, it can quickly become a hotbed of germs. And if your office is a classroom, then we truly feel for you. To help protect you and your co-workers all year long, we’ve compiled seven must-follow advice to minimize the spread of germs and promote wellness in the workplace.

  1. Wash Your Work Clothes. According to research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), when someone sneezes, germs can travel up to 200 feet—or about two-thirds the length of a football field. Even if you don’t come in direct contact with a sneezing (or coughing) coworker, germs can cling to clothes and eventually make you sick. Always wash your work clothes, even if it means extra trips to the dry cleaners.
  2. Just Say No to Office Treats. Germs aren’t the only workplace hazard you should fear. You know that generous co-worker who always keeps a jar of candy stocked on her desk? If you get into the habit of grabbing a piece (or two) every time you pass by, it could result in a few extra pounds by the time the annual holiday party rolls around. Resist the urge to stop and taste the Smarties.
  3. Don’t be an Overachiever. You may have earned your last promotion through long hours and hard work, but you could be putting your health at risk. If you have a desk job, then working nine, ten, or even twelve or more hours a day means you’re likely not getting enough exercise and could be experiencing too much mental strain and emotional stress—all of which can negatively impact your overall health.
  4. Get Up and Move. Why not turn your morning stand-up meeting into a walking meeting outside if weather permits? Even an extra ten or fifteen minutes of activity in the form of a brisk walk can help to clear your mind, increase blood flow, and rejuvenate your mood.
  5. Get Your Flu Shot. When flu season rolls around in the Fall, protect yourself by getting immunized. If your office offers free flu shots for staff, make time for an appointment. That three hundredth email of the day can wait ten more minutes.
  6. Say Home When You’re Sick. We understand that your team needs you, but you don’t need to go into the office and power through feeling sick. Not only could you slow your recovery time, but you could also end up infecting others, which will have an even more detrimental effect on your team if half of them end up being out sick during the same week—because you didn’t want to impact departmental productivity.
  7. Clean Your Desk. Again. According to a report by CNN Health, the average workplace desktop has almost 21,000 germs per square inch, and the office desk phone has more than 25,000 germs per square inch. Make it part of your weekly ritual to disinfect your desk. Then share your cleaning supplies with your cubicle mates so they can de-germ their surroundings too.

The average worker will spend over 90,000 hours at the office throughout their lifetime. By staying vigilant about the threat of germs and practicing these workplace wellness tips, you can use your two weeks of PTO this year for that vacation to Hawaii you’ve always wanted to take—and not to battle bronchitis.

Nova Urgent Care Donates AED to Ted Norman Memorial Baseball Complex

Young boy playing baseball

Nova Urgent Care, formerly Eugene Urgent Care, has donated an automated external defibrillator (AED) and protective device cabinet to the Ted Norman Memorial Baseball Complex, the home field of the Willamette Valley Babe Ruth (WVBR) Baseball league. Nova Urgent Care representatives will present the AED during the WVBR opening ceremony on April 20. The donation helps the Eugene baseball complex to enable a greater chance of survival from sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest or Commotio Cordis, the sudden arrhythmic death caused by a chest wall impact that puts athletes partaking in sports with projectiles such as baseballs at particular risk. This is seen mostly in athletes between the ages of 8 and 18 who are participating in sports with projectiles such as baseballs, hockey pucks, or lacrosse balls.  These projectiles can strike the athletes in the middle of the chest with a low impact but enough to cause the heart to enter an arrhythmia.  Without immediate CPR and defibrillation, the outcome of commotio cordis can be critically fatal.  This condition is extremely dangerous with rare survival. Access to an AED helps strengthen the “chain of survival” as described in Health & Safety Institute emergency care training programs by helping to prevent sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) from becoming irreversible death.

“On behalf of Nova Urgent Care, we are thrilled to offer an AED donation to WVBR and the Ted Norman Memorial Baseball Complex,” said Kristine Rice, Nova Health Marketing Director. “Providing access to this critical and potentially life-saving technology furthers our efforts to help safeguard the health and wellness of our community.”

Health and Safety Institute (HSI), headquartered in Eugene, Oregon will also donate an online cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) AED and first aid course to all WVBR coaches. This combination of AED access and associated training will help to ensure the greatest possible safety of players, team personnel, and fans by arming coaches with the skills necessary to provide an immediate safety response while awaiting emergency medical care in the event of a life-threatening incident.

“As a former HSI employee it is personally rewarding to partner with Nancy Liebig, VP of Client Services to provide this crucial emergency care and safety training for this initiative,” said Rice. “Hundreds of families visit the Ted Norman Memorial Baseball Complex every week. In the event of a potentially catastrophic event, access to an AED and use by trained personnel could make the critical difference in saving a life.”

Every year, SCA claims nearly 350,000 victims a year, leading healthcare experts to advocate placing AEDs in offices, schools, and community recreation facilities. With convenient access and proper training, AEDs can significantly increase the chance of survival in the event of a cardiac episode. Studies conducted by The American Heart Association have shown that sudden cardiac arrest victims who received immediate defibrillation have up to a 60 percent survival rate one year after SCA.

“We are pleased to be able to offer at minimum online awareness of CPR, AED and first aid training to help inspire people to act in their community,” said Anthony Corwin, General Manager of Emergency Care Brands from HSI. “The more people we can educate on the importance of CPR training and AED availability along with their proper use, the more people who will respond to an emergency and give someone a chance at surviving a sudden cardiac arrest. HSI always recommends participating in a skills training session after the online course to attain a CPR/AED and First Aid certification and be fully prepared to respond.

About Nova Health

Celebrating over ten years of serving patients throughout Lane County and Roseburg under the names Prime Care Partners, Eugene Urgent Care, Roseburg Urgent Care, and Atlas Physical Therapy we have established a new brand name and identity, Nova Health and Nova Urgent Care. Our look and name have changed, but one thing has been the same since the beginning: Our commitment to quality patient care and our commitment to each other. Nova Health is a medical company that provides urgent care, primary care, physical therapy services, and musculoskeletal clinic services in Lane and Douglas Counties. Our focus is providing high- quality patient care to the neighborhoods and communities we serve. Nova Health is a growing company that was established in 2008 with one clinic and nine employees and has grown to 13 clinics all within the Eugene, Springfield, Junction City, Veneta, Oakridge. Cottage Grove, Florence, and Roseburg areas. For more information, please visit novahealth.com.

About HSI and its Family of Companies

The Health & Safety Institute (HSI) is a family of well-known and respected brands in the emergency care and workplace safety training space. Its American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) and MEDIC First Aid brands offer award-winning CPR, AED, and first aid training that is recognized, accepted, and approved by, or meets the requirements of, federal and state regulatory bodies nationwide in more than 120 occupations and professions. For more information, visit emergencycare.hsi.com.

To learn more about the Community Giving Program with Nova Health click here

Nova Health Acquires McKenzie Primary Care Associates in Florence

Nova Health, formerly Prime Care Partners, Eugene Urgent Care, and Atlas Physical Therapy, has announced that it has acquired McKenzie Primary Care Associates (MPCA), located at 4480 G Hwy 101 N in Florence. All former MPCA providers will continue to provide primary patient care as part of the Nova Health family of care specialists.

The clinic will offer urgent care services in the late summer at the location, expanding patient care opportunities for existing patients and families in the Florence area.

According to clinic manager Brittany Elliott, the addition of MPCA to the Nova Health family of care facilities is an ideal partnership.

“MPCA has a long-standing tradition of providing quality medical care within the Florence community and surrounding areas, and that will never change,” said Elliott. “By joining the Nova Health family and adding urgent care services, we will be better able to serve our patients’ needs.”

Nova Health is focused on increasing access to care within rural communities. Bringing MPCA into its network of clinics provides a significant opportunity to make quality primary and urgent care available to a larger number of individuals and families in Florence and the surrounding areas.

“We are excited to add MPCA to the Nova Health family,” said CEO Bill Clendenen. “We are confident that our patients will value the expansion of urgent care services at our location, while still receiving treatment from the same care team they have come to know and trust.”

About Nova Health

Celebrating over ten years of serving patients throughout Lane County and Roseburg under the names Prime Care Partners, Eugene Urgent Care, Roseburg Urgent Care, and Atlas Physical Therapy we have established a new brand name and identity, Nova Health. Our look and name have changed, but one thing has been the same since the beginning: Our commitment to quality patient care and our commitment to each other. Nova Health is a medical company that provides urgent care, primary care, physical therapy services, and musculoskeletal clinic services in Lane and Douglas Counties. Our focus is providing high- quality patient care to the neighborhoods and communities we serve. Nova Health is a growing company that was established in 2008 with one clinic and nine employees and has grown to 13 clinics all within the Eugene, Springfield, Junction City, Veneta, Oakridge. Cottage Grove, Florence, and Roseburg areas. For more information, please visit novahealth.com.

Hand and Wrist Strengthening Techniques for Golfers, Celebrating the Masters

wrist-strengthening-golfers

Every April since 1934 some of the world’s most elite golfers gather at the pristinely manicured and outstandingly gorgeous Augusta National Golf Club for a chance to go down in history as one of the world’s best golfers and take home a classy green blazer. If you’re like us, then just thinking about this renowned tradition makes you want to put on your best pair of brightly colored plaid pants and hit the links. Before you begin swinging the irons, however, make sure your hands and wrists are strengthened and prepared for 18 holes after a winter of indoor relaxation. We’re providing hand and wrist strengthening techniques to help keep you out of our hand therapy offices this season.

Wrist Strengthening Iron Lifts

Stand straight and tall with your arm hanging by your side. Hold a short iron in your hand, placing the head of the club on the ground. Keeping your arm stationery, raise the club head upward as high as you comfortably can using only your forearm and wrist strength. Slowly lower the club back down to the group. Repeat 12 times. Switch sides and complete the motion 12 more times. Practice this wrist strengthening routine three times per week.

Wrist Curls

This movement can help strengthen your grip and does not require significant weight to be effective. Sit on a bench or a stable chair, a dumbbell in each hand, with your forearms resting on your thighs, palms up. Extend your hands over your knees and then lower the weight as far as you comfortably can, then curl your wrist up toward your body. Complete ten repetitions. Then repeat the movement but switch your grip so that your palms are facing away from you. Reversing the action helps to strengthen all the muscles in your hands. Complete 12 repetitions.

Towel Pull Ups

You’ll need access to a pull-up bar for this advanced routine. Drape two hand towels over the pull-up bar with the ends hanging down toward you. Grip the towels with your thumbs facing you and the backs of your hands facing outward and pull yourself up using your arms and shoulder muscles. The need to squeeze the towels tightly in your hands while you pull yourself up will strengthen your grip, which is critical for hand strength.

Wrist Stretches

Stretching helps build flexibility and can mitigate your risk of injury. After every upper body workout, including a day at the links, stretch your wrists. Hold your arm straight out in front with your palm facing outward. With your opposite hand pull your fingers back toward your body. You should feel a stretch in your wrist and forearm. Hold for a few seconds, switch sides, and repeat three times.

By regularly strengthening your hands and wrists you can benefit from straighter and longer drives, more accurate putting, and long term comfort and enjoyment of a pastime. That sounds to us like a hole in one.

To learn more about hand exercises or if you are experiencing pain make an appointment with one of our therapists.