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Balancing Work-Life

Overview

To be most effective in both your professional and personal lives, you have to find the right balance between work life and home life. Here are some resources and tools related to health, wellness, and financial security.

Health & Wellness

Healthfinder.gov is a free guide to reliable consumer health information, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies. This site:

  • Links to information from over 1,700 health-related government agencies and not-for-profit organizations
  • Includes many online checkups
  • Offers daily health news in English and Spanish

Dimensions of Wellness

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Intellectual
  • Social
  • Occupational / Environmental

Physical

Sustain a healthy body through:

  • proper nutrition
  • physical activity
  • appropriately scheduled health screenings and vaccinations
  • avoiding harmful habits such as tobacco use, alcohol abuse, and excessive sun exposure.

Always, be aware of potential safety threats in your environment.

Physical Activity

  • Fitness.gov is the Website of the President's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. You can find out about the Council and its work, view our publications, and link to the resources of other government agencies as well as to health and fitness organizations.
  • Be Active Your Way: A Guide for Adults teaches you how to fit physical activity into your life—your way. The Guide is based on the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. It can help you decide the number of days, types of activities, and times that fit your schedule.
  • The CDC’s site physical activity site includes information for all age groups and interests:
    • Strength training for older adults
    • Physical activity for a healthy weight
    • BAM! Body and Mind - designed for kids 9–13 years old

In partnership with the Ad Council, SmallStep.gov aims at preventing obesity by encouraging small dietary and physical activity changes.  The site includes the list of steps as well as success stories and tips. You can sign up for a newsletter with tips, recipes, and more. You can also create an activity tracker to monitor your progress.

Food and Nutrition

  • A Parent’s Guide to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity booklet can be downloaded at no cost. The guide provides recipes and tips on nutrition and physical activity to improve the health of the entire family.
  • USA.gov’s official site for Health & Nutrition Information can help you find specific health information by specific demographic populations.
  • A service of the National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Nutrition.gov is a great resource for up-to-date food and nutrition information. The site includes:
    • food and nutrition
    • information on weight management
    • information on food assistance programs
    • grocery-shopping tips
  • The food section of FirstGov for consumers is a great resource for consumer information related to fruits and vegetables, seafood, meat and poultry, labeling, nutrition, product recalls, and safety. 
  • The Weight-control Information Network provides a helpful fact sheet designed to help individuals make informed decisions about weight loss programs. It offers:
    • an outline of what safe and effective weight loss programs should include
    • questions to ask weight loss program providers
    • contact information for additional resources
  • The Interactive Menu Planner from the National Institutes of Health helps you calculate the servings and calories from a list of available foods and beverages to make up a meal of specified calories. It also has a link to a Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator and Portion Distortion, which describes the evolution of portion sizes in restaurants.
  • The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2010) are published jointly every 5 years since 1980 by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • rvice of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).  WIN was established in 1994 to provide the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress with up-to-date, science-based information on obesity, weight control, physical activity, and related nutritional issues. WIN also developed the Sisters Together: Move More, Eat Better national initiative to encourage Black women to maintain a healthy weight by becoming more physically active and eating healthier foods.
  • The interactive component of the USDA’s new food pyramid site allows users to input their age, sex, and amount of daily physical activity to create a personalized food pyramid. The personalized pyramid comes along with recommendations of consumption of specific foods and a meal-tracking worksheet to follow your progress. The site also links to MyPyramid Tracker , a tool that allows users to take an interactive, in-depth assessment of their food intake and physical activity.

Prevention

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  The precautions you take and the daily choices you make are key to your safety, health and wellbeing.

  • There are more than 1,700 fatalities and 840,000 injuries yearly due to vehicle crashes off public highways. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides you with a variety of supportive information for road and vehicle safety including:
    • Stopping aggressive driving
    • Bicycle safety
    • Distracted driving
    • Driver education
    • Enforcement & justice services
    • Impaired driving
    • Motorcycles
    • Occupant protection
    • Pedestrian safety

Sun Safety

Preparedness

Food Safety

  • This site features helpful food safety fact sheets for safe food handling, meat preparation, poultry preparation, egg product preparation, seasonal food safety, appliances and thermometers, food-borne illness and disease, emergency preparedness, Food Safety and Inspections Service (FSIS) programs and workforce, production and inspection, and food labeling. The site also features Thermy™ temperature charts.
  • FoodSafety.gov is a gateway Web site that provides links to selected government information on food safety. The Consumer Advice section of this site provides extensive access to information about safe food handling and food safety concerns for specific population groups, such as seniors, pregnant women, and children. This site also contains a News and Safety Alerts section with links to product recalls, alerts, and warnings, as well as to other announcements. 

Personal Safety

  • The Office on Violence Against Women provides federal leadership to reduce violence against women, and to administer justice for and strengthen services to all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This is accomplished by developing and supporting the capacity of state, local, tribal, and non-profit entities involved in responding to violence against women.
  • Trafficking in Persons and Worker Exploitation Task Force TPWETFwas established to provide a coordinated, government-wide effort to prevent trafficking in persons and worker exploitation throughout the United States. The Task Force is co-chaired by the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, and by the Solicitor of the Department of Labor, and includes other federal agencies that encounter worker
  • Civil Rights Division — Criminal Section has the primary enforcement responsibility for the involuntary servitude and peonage statutes. It works closely with the FBI, U.S. Attorneys Offices, and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section to investigate and prosecute cases of trafficking in persons and worker exploitation. The Civil Rights Division also funds and staffs the national complaint line for reporting trafficking crimes.
  • Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) offers victim support, protection services, prosecutorial and law enforcement strategies, and education resources to trafficking victims and victim service providers. OVC also offers funding to provide direct services to victims of trafficking under programs like the Trafficking Victims Protection Act Grant Program

Women’s Health

  • The mission of the Bright Futures for Women's Health and Wellness Initiative (BFWHW) is to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate a variety of culturally competent, evidence-based consumer, provider, and community tools for women across their lifespan.  Materials help women of all ages achieve better physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health by encouraging healthy practices. 

FREE copies of BFWHW Tools are available in limited quantities from the HRSA Information Center at 1-888-ASK-HRSA. Online versions are available below and at the Maternal and Child Health Library.

Maternal Wellness Tools

Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Tools

Emotional

Understand your emotions and find healthy ways of expressing them as an essential part of quality overall health and wellbeing.

Emotional Wellness Tools

Intellectual

Cognitive health is a vital part of healthy aging and quality of life. The “use it or lose it” phrase is particularly applicable to the optimal function of the brain. Combat the progression of the slowing of the brain by keeping your mind active with learning, creativity, and problem solving.

  • The CDC’s Healthy Brain Initiative is a multifaceted approach to cognitive health that includes the following:
  • There is growing evidence that a diet rich in dark vegetables and fruits, which contain antioxidants, may help protect brain cells.  Adopt the Alzheimer’s Association’s brain-healthy diet that reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes, encourages good blood flow to the brain, and is low in fat and cholesterol.  Like the heart, the brain needs the right balance of nutrients, including protein and sugar, to function well. A brain-healthy diet is most effective when combined with physical and mental activity and social interaction.
  • The Alzheimer’s Association’s Maintain Your Brain workshops will introduce attendees to scientifically rooted advice on brain health based on strong lifestyle choices, including:
    • Staying sharp with challenging mental activities
    • Engaging in social interactions
    • Adopting a brain-healthy diet
    • Remaining physically active
  • The more something is 'second nature,' the less our brains have to work to do it. To really help your brain stay young, challenge it. Change routes to the grocery store, use your opposite hand to open doors and / or learn a new skill. All this will force your brain to wake up from habits and pay attention again.  Have fun working your memory, language, and problem solving skills with these online games from AARP .

Social

Maintain healthy social networks that enrich your life and lead to a healthier you. Spending quality time with friends, family, co-workers, and volunteer buddies strengthen our abilities to relate to one another, enrich your life and provide support when you need it.

The Corporation for National and Community Service
(Coordinator of the Senior Corps, VISTA, AmeriCorps and other voluntary service programs)

United We Serve
(Volunteer opportunity search tool of the Corporation for National and Community Service)

Occupational / Environmental

Occupational health refers to the identification and control of the risks arising from physical, chemical, and other workplace hazards in order to establish and maintain a safe and healthy working environment. These hazards may include chemical agents and solvents, heavy metals such as lead and mercury, physical agents such as loud noise or vibration, and physical hazards such as electricity or dangerous machinery. Protect yourself from environmental hazards and look for ways to help keep the earth healthy too.

Financial Info & Resources

Current and future financial uncertainty can not only play havoc with our emotional health from stress, but can also affect our physical health. Being in the know about how to best manage your money in good times and bad is essential to wellbeing.

  • Monthly educational seminars – Financial planning for your age and stage, Roth IRA, Retirement Planning, Reducing Your Tax Burden, Basic Budgeting.  Let us know if there is a specific subject you’d like presented.
  • Resources and referrals

Financial planning, savings, budgeting, credit, how do you get the mot from your money?

Knowing how to save and manage your money can be the difference between just barely making ends meet and growing a thriving nest egg.  The following links will help you and your family to learn smart, safe ways to build your wealth. 

U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission

http://www.mymoney.gov/agency.shtml
Title V of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACT Act) established the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (Commission) with the purpose of improving the financial literacy and education of persons in the United States.  To reach the widest number of people possible, the Commission established a website and a toll-free telephone number (1-888-MYMONEY) to coordinate
educational materials from across the spectrum of federal agencies that deal with financial issues and markets.
http://www.mymoney.gov/

Smart Consumer Info

Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection

The Commission is directed to administer a wide variety of consumer protection laws, including the Telemarketing Sales Rule, the Pay-Per-Call Rule and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.  In 1975, Congress gave the FTC the authority to adopt industry-wide trade regulation rules.

The FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection works For The Consumer to prevent fraud, deception, and unfair business practices in the marketplace. The Bureau:

  • Enhances consumer confidence by enforcing federal laws that protect consumers
  • Empowers consumers with free information to help them exercise their rights and spot and avoid fraud and deception
  • Wants to hear from consumers who want to get information or file a complaint about fraud or identity theft

Kids and Money Management

By children starting good financial practices in their youth they will more likely maintain these good habits in adulthood.

Start Smart: Money Management for Teens teaches teens about the importance and fun of saving, spending and protecting their cash.
www.fdic.gv/consumers/consumer/news/cnsum06/smart.html

The H.I.P. Pocket Change website has lots of fun activities and lesson plans that promote basic economic understanding:
http://www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/financialLiteracy.cfm

Jump $tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy notes that the average student who graduates from high school lacks basic skills in the management of personal financial affairs.  Many are unable to balance a checkbook and most simply have no insight into the basic survival principles involved with earning, spending, saving and investing.
The Coalition’s direct objective is to encourage curriculum enrichment to ensure that basic personal financial management skills are attained during the K-12 educational experience.  Use this link to search their clearinghouse of free personal finance educational materials.
http://www.jumpstart.org/search.cfm

A financial education program that enables individuals to learn the basics of handling money, finances, and how to establish a positive relationship with financial institutions.
 
This website provides financial literacy and educational materials from across the spectrum of federal agencies that deal with financial issues and markets. 
1-888-MYMONEY
Updated: Thursday, March 7, 2013