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Health-and-wellness program reduces injuries, sick days at Kroger

BY Michael Johnsen

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team on Thursday announced a reduction in employee injuries across Kroger’s Mid-South division, thanks to the implementation of a new employee wellness program called Living Life Safe and Well in October.

“Of 19 divisions in the Kroger Co., the Mid South division always came in near the bottom with the most employee injuries," stated Vance Blade, safety manager for the division. "In 2010, our division had 640 lost work hours. From 2009 to 2010, we saw a 5.8% increase in workers comp claims. Of those injured some 40% were repeaters, meaning the same employees kept getting injured,” he said. “We had to do something, so along with KORT we created the Living Life Safe and Well program to begin addressing the problem.”

A four-hour presentation to Kroger employees was divided into eight breakout seminars that were given by medical experts including KORT physical therapists, a nutritionist and a physician. Each seminar provided employees with detailed information and instruction on: Proper lifting techniques; equipment safety; personal protective equipment; culinary arts training/how to handle a knife; stretching, fitness and physical therapy; hand therapy safety; wellness and nutrition; and an ask the doctor session where employees could discuss various health issues.

“This program didn’t cost us much to implement and has been very effective,” Blade said. “So far we’ve trained 330 employees, and have moved from our spot near the bottom of the list of the most work related employee injuries into the top 10-of-19 divisions with fewer injuries. That’s a considerable improvement. We’ve reduced repeat injuries and have reduced our year-to-date injuries by 93.”

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Mar-19-2013 06:12 am

Kroger had a major shuffle in the employees recently. Several employees have retired and many have been recruited into the company. But considering the health reforms the company is trying out the best to have seminars and more to check out the health problems in the firm. The employees who are under several injuries, maximum percentage were the old employees, so some awareness program had been launched up to decrease the maximization in the health issues in the company.personal injury attorneys virginia

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In a study published in the medical journal Gastroenterology, principal investigator John Wallace reported the extent of the hard-to-detect damage caused to the small intestine only recently has been discovered through use of small video cameras swallowed like pills.

“Suppressing acid secretion is effective for protecting the stomach from damage caused by NSAIDs, but these drugs appear to be shifting the damage from the stomach to the small intestine, where the ulcers may be more dangerous and more difficult to treat,” Wallace said. He is director of the Farncombe institute and professor of medicine of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster.

He added that the use of probiotics is being investigated as a potential cure for the small intestine damage.

The study was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and a CIHR/Canadian Association of Gastroenterology Fellowship.

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GSK announces VP sales Clark Brown departure

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH — GlaxoSmithKline on Thursday announced that 25-year veteran Clark Brown, VP sales at GSK Consumer Healthcare, will be leaving the organization effective Sept. 2.

“Clark has been a valuable team member throughout his many years with GSK, and his passion and effective leadership of the U.S. consumer sales team has been critical to the success of our business,” stated Colin Mackenzie, president GSK Consumer Healthcare North America.

“GSK has been a great company to be part of, and I am proud to have had the opportunity to work alongside so many outstanding people," said Brown, who is departing the company to pursue opportunities outside of the organization. "I want to extend my deepest appreciation to those I have built partnerships with over the years, both internal and external, that have made me proud to be a part of this industry.”

Brown was named VP field sales in January 2005 and then became VP U.S. sales in January 2010. He was responsible for the customer sales force in the United States. Brown initially joined SmithKline Beecham in 1986 as a territory manager, and throughout his tenure he has held several internal positions and senior management sales positions. During his time with GSK, Brown played a key role in five Rx-to-OTC switches and created the first U.S. customer segmentation model.

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