The Oxygen Plan and The Rochester Athletic Club Team Up to Reduce Stress

The Oxygen Plan and The Rochester Athletic Club Team Up to Reduce Stress













Stress Test – The Oxygen Plan


Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) May 31, 2011

Employee stress drains $ 400 billion a year from U.S. employers–almost $ 5,000 per employee/year. Stress is the number one modifiable health risk in the United States and is linked to several chronic conditions. Stress also impacts short term health and wellness because people are more likely to eat emotionally, drink, smoke or engage in risky behavior when they are stressed.

When it comes to the health club industry, stress is one of the biggest obstacles members encounter in the pursuit of their goals. The stress from a few different dimensions — work, home and social stress, along with the internal stress of behavior change inherent with trying something new, can be huge obstacles for health club members. Stress leads to missed workouts, lack of energy and poor adherence to personal goals. Stress also negatively impacts sleep quantity and quality.

Consistent with its overall strategy of providing innovative holistic solutions for behavior change for its members, The Rochester Athletic Club is implementing The Oxygen Plan. “We see The Oxygen Plan as a great companion program to what we deliver,” says Wes Emmert, Fitness Director at The Rochester Athletic Club. “For optimal results, the ideal program encompasses much more than simply working out at the gym. Lifestyle choices and behaviors are fundamental to reaching the desired outcomes. We believe The Oxygen Plan’s user friendly system is a significant innovation for the health club industry.”

The entire training staff has been trained on using The Oxygen Plan online to help members reduce stress. Through August, The Rochester Athletic Club and The Oxygen Plan will waive the $ 9/month subscription fee. Interested RAC members and nonmembers alike can contact anyone on the fitness staff to get started.

About The Oxygen Plan

The Oxygen Plan is a revolutionary new behavior change program designed to help employees recognize and reduce stress, live healthier, happier lives while helping employers lower health care costs and improve productivity and employee engagement. The Oxygen Plan, co-developed by Dr. Donald E. Williams, board-certified clinical health psychologist (American Board of Professional Psychology/ABPP), and Chief Science Officer, and Founder, Eric Lucas, is the only stress reduction program to use a patent-pending green, yellow, red color coding to easily facilitate stress recognition and behavior change for individuals and organizations. The Oxygen Plan is also the home of the Stress Number™, the new health metric, and first to quantify stress levels. For more information visit http://www.theoxygenplan.com

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Breast Cancer Survivors Learn Healthy Stress Response at Ontario Wellness Spa

Breast Cancer Survivors Learn Healthy Stress Response at Ontario Wellness Spa











Port Hope, ON (PRWEB) September 25, 2006

To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Hillcrest Valenova, an overnight wellness spa in Port Hope, Ontario, launches wellness retreats 3 nights in length that help breast cancer survivors and their supporters choose healthy responses to the stress of critical illness. During the retreat, guests participate in a customized workshop and individual stress management session delivered by Robin Dines, Stress and Wellness Consultant certified by The Canadian Institute of Stress.

“By helping women understand their unique ‘stresstype’, or way of responding to stressful situations, they can take action to build a healthier response to everyday stresses. The physical benefits are immediate — deeper breathing, increased mental focus and a more confident, optimistic outlook on life, even during the most critical of illnesses,” comments Dines.

The Strength Through Wellness spa retreat is built upon twenty years of clinical research on the Body Age which is conducted across the globe. The Body Age studies, founded on the principles of Dr. Hans Seyle and carried out by Dr. Richard Earle of The Canadian Institute of Stress, showed that of 3000 participants, body age was reduced by 11 years on average. In addition, participants increased their “Vitality Quotient”, which indicates the extent to which one enjoys optimal health and participates in a full life.

Sonja Shepherd, of Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre in Oshawa, Ontario remarked after a visit to the Spa, “The nurturing atmosphere at The Hillcrest Valenova allows women in all stages of cancer recovery to seek wellness on new levels. Cancer friendly treatments such as massage, reiki, and aromatherapy promote relaxation and help heal the body and soul, while the tranquil surroundings of the elegant overnight spa allow the spirit to be refreshed.”

The Hillcrest Valenova wellness spa employs mature, experienced staff, each of whom has a friend or family member touched by breast cancer. Spa Manager Simone Beitler explains, “We have the utmost regard for our guests’ dignity and privacy. The one-to-one ratio of staff-to-guest allows us to truly be ‘daymakers.’ This could be as simple as taking a reflexology treatment to a guest’s suite so they can be tucked into bed immediately following. We look for whatever might heighten the well-being of the person in that moment.”

The Valenova Wellness Spa is North America’s first and only Dr. Hauschka Destination Spa. Using this biodynamic product line imported from Germany, the Valenova spa menu is customized for breast cancer survivors.

The new Strength Through Wellness retreats at The Hillcrest Valenova Wellness Spa help breast cancer survivors to deal positively with the stress of a critical illness. Retreats run Tuesday-Thursday weekly, and include workshop, private consultation, all meals, spa treatments and overnight spa accommodations. Breast cancer survivors save by mentioning the Pink Ribbon Club.

About The Hillcrest — A Valenova Inn & Spa

Situated on 15 serene acres with panoramic views of Lake Ontario, this CAA/AAA 4-Diamond wellness spa is truly a private retreat. Guests are offered a variety of invigorating and healing spa treatments. The organic, biodynamic skin care products of Dr. Hauschka are used throughout the spa, offering guests an experience not available at any other destination spa in North America.

Guests of The Hillcrest are treated to organic meals, fine dining, mid-day tea, fitness facilities, outdoor seasonal saline pool, indoor/outdoor hot tubs, full-service spa, outdoor spa gazebos, forest walking trails and more. Web site: http://www.thehillcrest.ca

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Harvard Health Publications Launches Online Stress Resource Center

Harvard Health Publications Launches Online Stress Resource Center











Boston, MA (Vocus) January 28, 2009

Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, today announced the creation of its online Stress Resource Center at http://www.health.harvard.edu/stress. The resource center was created to help the general public understand the ways that daily stress affects their bodies and how they can reduce these damaging effects.

The Stress Resource Center was unveiled by Dr. Michael Miller, editor in chief of Harvard Health Publications’ Harvard Mental Health Letter, in his appearance today on the Martha Stewart Show, in a segment titled “Stress Less with Dr. Michael C. Miller.”

Harvard Health Publications’ Stress Resource Center offers a variety of tools, including:

    How Stress Affects Your Body: An interactive illustration showing how stress triggers physical changes in the body
    How to Measure Your Blood Pressure at Home, an instructional video showing how to monitor blood pressure at home to make sure it’s not rising too high
    Q & A — The Impact of Stress: Answers to five common questions about how stress affects your health
    The Portable Guide to Stress Relief, which includes tips on taking the sting out of 10 common stressors and instructions for doing mini-relaxations: http://www.health.harvard.edu/stress-relief.

The Stress Resource Center also provides links to stress-related articles from other Harvard Health Publications newsletters and special health reports, including the Harvard Mental Health Letter, Harvard Health Letter, Harvard Heart Letter, Harvard Men’s Health Letter, and Harvard Women’s Health Letter. Topics include:

    Resilience: Remaining mentally strong and healthy during times of stress
    Caregiver Stress: When helpers need help
    Sing Along for Health: Singing to boost mood, relieve stress, promote relaxation, and enhance the immune system
    Optimism and Your Health
As part of Dr. Miller’s appearance on the Martha Stewart Show, Harvard Health Publications distributed to the studio audience 200 free copies of its special health report Stress Management: Approaches for preventing and reducing stress. This report helps readers identify stress warning signs and provides information on how to better manage stressful situations.

http://www.health.harvard.edu features additional health resources, diagnostic tools, and customer reviews of products.

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May be used in whole or part with attribution. Media inquiries welcome.

Harvard Health Publications

Contact: Raquel Schott

Raquel_Schott (at) hms.harvard (dot) edu

617-432-5781

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