Major National Occupational Health & Medicine Conference Invites General Public to Attend and Learn of an Unfolding Crisis

Major National Occupational Health & Medicine Conference Invites General Public to Attend and Learn of an Unfolding Crisis











Toronto, ON (PRWEB) June 6, 2006

Asked the nature of the crisis to be addressed at the OEMAC conference, conference chair Dr. Noel Kerin stated that it is both a human crisis and a looming economic crisis for industry. “Currently, one third of manufacturing costs are devoted to human capital” said Dr. Kerin, “and mismanagement of human capital can drive that figure to 40+% of total costs. At that point, trying to manage a profitable business in the global market is a downhill slope. From the human aspect, the impact of chronic diseases on workers, families and employers is a legacy which modern industry must address effectively.”

Dr. Kerin noted that this conference is of particular importance to all parties involved in Human Capital Management. “By opening the conference to non-medical people and industry” Kerin said, “we can bring all the workplace stakeholders together—unions, management, insurance, and WSIB—with a forum where they’ll be heard on issues.”

Topics on the conference agenda, to be delivered by an international who’s who of occupational medicine, include Occupational Asthma, Beryllium—the ‘new’ chronic lung disease, and Mental Health in the workplace. “Economics of Occupational Health” will look at Benefits for the Workplace, The Cost of human Capital, and Examples of Best Practices in Industry.

Dr. Kerin said that the overarching purpose of the Conference was to build answers to three key questions and bring them to the front of mind of business. “How can we help our employees stay at work and be healthy? How can we help our employees return to work in a timely manner? How are we doing in this regard?” Dr. Kerin said. “If we can start to share and understand the different perspectives, Canadian Industry will be in a better position to make sound human capital management decisions—particularly in relation to chronic diseases’ huge toll on employees and industry.”

OEMAC sees the Conference as a unique opportunity to develop consensus. “We—all parties—need to learn how human capital can be better managed.” said Dr. Kerin. “And we need to learn quickly, if Canadian industry wants to continue as global competitors. The statistics are grim, and they don’t lie.”

Contacts:

Dr. Noel Kerin

Chair, Conference Planning Committee

The Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada

Cell: 416-618-7716

Office: 416-488-2900

Dr. Howard Hamer

Conference Planning Committee

Phone: 416-248-5539

The Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada

1-866-513-9925

OEMAC.org

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Major Health Food Brands Unite to Combat Junk Food in Vending Machines

Major Health Food Brands Unite to Combat Junk Food in Vending Machines












(PRWEB) January 30, 2007

Major health food brands such as Vitamin Water, Fiji, Clif, Hansen, Horizon, Guru Natural Energy Drink and Bolthouse Farms can now be found in a nationwide healthy vending initiative recently launched by “YoNaturals” of San Diego.

YoNaturals has studied the business models of Whole Foods, Wild Oats and many other healthy retailers, which have demonstrated that consumers are willing to pay a premium for brands they desire hence the launch of our new automated healthy vending machine called the “YoZone” says CEO Mark Trotter. “Our program allows for a new breed of vending operator who now can participate and profit in an industry partaking in massive change” says Trotter. “With soaring rates of childhood obesity and early onset diabetes, the U.S. is awash in the consumption of nutrient poor sugary sodas and junk food” “Vending is the one of the least healthy industries in the U.S” making our entry in to the market much easier then we anticipated”. “For once, vending machines can be associated with a leading movement in consumer health and wellness.

“YoNaturals” has developed a comprehensive program featuring state of the art Healthy Vending Machines complete with 24/7 monitoring software, cashless payment systems for credit and debit cards and complete food & beverage distribution service that covers most of the U.S.

The “YoZone” generates a positive perception opening up new location possibilities such as health clubs, hotels, hospitals, retail and office environments where vending is currently perceived in a negative light.”

The American Heart Association & the Clinton Foundation have recently struck a deal with the big soft drink & candy companies to withdraw their sugary and caffeinated products from schools by the end of 2007 and we can now see other traditional vending locations following this trend quickly”.

To strengthen the rollout of its program YoNaturals has named Dr. Roy Vartabedian, the New York Times best-selling author of Nutripoints, as its nutritional advisor and product consultant. Dr. Vartabedian is President of California-based Vartabedian & Associates, a consulting firm that promotes health and wellness programs to schools, corporations, hospitals and physicians nationwide. “Having Dr. Roy join us in the fight against junk food in vending machines is significant because his expertise in developing nutritional programs is ‘second to none.” said Trotter. “The timing to get into this business couldn’t be better’ said Dr. Vartabedian, ‘people are seeking better choices in their diets and healthy snacks and beverages are the fastest growing product segments in the food industry”.

YoNaturals healthy vending machines are currently located in a wide variety of successful locations within the San Diego area including Camp Pendleton Marine Base, Shopping Malls, Schools, Corporate Offices and Retailers. “The response has been overwhelming not just here but all over the country and we are looking to partner with entrepreneurs and locations alike to meet the high demand.

For more information please visit http://www.yonaturals.com


or call YoNaturals at (858) 794-9955

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