Summer 2010

businesshealth® newsletter
Summer 2010 vol. 6-2

Editorial 
Can you get there from here? "While the finances are easy to quantify, it is the health effects that create most of the value for employers..."
 
View from the Top
The Karo Group. "I have this view there is no personal life/work life. There’s just life. If you have issues at work I can guarantee you’ll bring them home and vice versa."
 
Bottom Line 
Environics Communications Inc. "Companies who tell their staff how valuable they are and then skimp on safety, or communication, or benefit programs will sabotage their own performance."
 
Disease Management
Osteoporosis and Bone Health. "Statistics Canada reported that 10% (3.3 million) have inadequate levels of vitamin D...The most at-risk group was men ages 20-39."
 
Doctor On Call
Bone Health with Dr. Marla Shapiro. "Unfortunately, this is not a disease that gives you pain, so most often we see the consequences only after the disease is well advanced."

In This Issue

Can you get there from here? - Three provinces have embarked on significant changes to drug policy that affect private plan sponsors. As the provinces again act to control their costs, the pharmacy industry is likely to raise prices elsewhere to compensate. Many private plans are exposed, even though the Ontario government has offered partial protection. Read More »
Environics Communications Inc: Recognising Leadership - Environics Communications is a firm on a roll. After being honoured by its industry peers in January, it recently placed first among 75 organizations named to this year’s prestigious Best Workplaces list. Bruce MacLellan talks about managing the firm over its remarkable 15-year history. While key financial metrics are collected, the firm’s "talented and motivated" employees are recognised as the lynchpin of its operational achievements. Read More »
Osteoporosis and Bone Health - Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. Eventually, a more fragile bone structure results in fracture, particularly of the hip, spine and wrist. Complicating prevention and diagnosis is the fact that bone loss occurs without symptoms. Read More »
The Karo Group - The Karo Group is a leading brand management agency with offices in Calgary and Vancouver. Chris Bedford talks about the firm’s philosophy, which has been considerate and respectful to employees and helped it rebound from the recent recession. Read More »
Bone Health - Dr. Marla Shapiro speaks to the importance of bone health, and her approach to managing this issue among her patients. Since the condition presents itself without symptoms, timely and accurate diagnosis is difficult, and effective treatment is rarely prescribed or maintained. Proactive management is required. The incidence of fractures related to low bone mass is surprisingly high, but there are several options available to prevent bone deterioration. Read More »
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