More Than Holiday Stress

December 11, 2013
Hosted by Susan Doherty

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The holidays can represent a time of great stress but also great opportunity for growth. In this interview/discussion we will examine three types of holiday stress and how to approach this time of the year as a potential path to peace, joy and renewal. First, we will talk about diet stress and holiday food and ways to enjoy the deliciousness of the season without over-doing it. Second, we will look at all the various stressors associated with the holiday including shopping, money, family, and travel and how to prepare for your greatest stress triggers. Finally, the holiday season is one associated with spirituality and deep feelings, as illustrated in two great holiday classics "A Christmas Carol" (by Charles Dickens) and the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" (directed by Frank Capra). We will discuss these movies, the meaning of anniversaries, and a review of this year's past losses. These can be key stressors that turn us toward meaning and spirituality as ways to cope.

Investing in the Future: Creating Wealth Through Health

Investing in the Future: Creating Wealth Through Health

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Our show is designed to help employers understand the complex issues surrounding employee wellness programs. We take deep dives into specific program offerings to learn how and why they work. We look at ways to improve employee engagement and get them excited about wellness as a way of life. We talk to employers about best practices and hear from experts on healthcare reform and legal issues. We cover absenteeism, productivity, incentives, disease management, fitness, stress, ergonomic design and more.

The health of our nation is no longer about personal choices. Obesity and diseases affect us all. They also affect the bottom line of all businesses, large and small. Creating a culture of health in the workplace is no longer optional, it is essential to a healthy balance sheet. Health programming need not be expensive. Failure to actively participate is costly.

My goals are to inform, enlighten and sometimes entertain you. Let’s make a difference in our world today!

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Susan Doherty

Susan Doherty

Susan Doherty’s goal is to get everyone moving towards better health. She previously managed the wellness programs for a restaurant chain with up to 50,000 employees nationwide. There she implemented premium incentive programs, biometric screenings, activity based pay-for-prevention and employee coaching programs. She also managed a corporate gym, weight loss programming, anti-smoking campaigns and national health discounts. Susan was also the onsite ergonomic program manager for up to 800 corporate employees.

Susan holds a Human Resources Certification from San Diego State and is a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist and a passionate health coach. She is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, currently sits on the Board of Directors of NAWBO-SD and is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management. She is a past board member of the Corporate Health and Wellness Assoc. and past winner of the Corporate Wellness Leadership Award through CHWA, a past presenter at their national conference and other wellness conferences.

Her businesses include The Healthy Well, a corporate wellness company, Working Wellness Solutions and Action Ergonomics. She and her associates help your company with all aspects of your health and wellness programs from design consulting to 'feet on the ground' management at your sites. They are employee focused and budget conscious. Susan is a passionate speaker and available to speak to any size group.

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January 2014

December 2013

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Jonathan Edelheit

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Dr. Steve Edelman

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Dr. Edelman has written more than 200 articles, 5 books and won numerous awards and recognized by SD Magazine as a Top Doctor 8 of the last 9 years, named Diabetes Educator of the year by American Diabetes Assoc in 2009, the Distinction in Endocrinology award in 2011 and was recently named by US News and World Report in top 1% of endocrinologists in the US. View Guest page

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Raymond J. Fabius, MD

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John Kahle

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Christopher Lowe

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